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On the Canals in France with Back-Roads Touring

The canals of France provide idyllic cruising routes through countryside that is culture-rich and captivating. A barge holiday with Back-Roads allows you to take a unique journey of discovery at the gentle pace of your hotel barge.

If you are hankering to get to the heart of French history, culture and cuisine, our touring series afloat on the canals of France provide a truly special way of experiencing its abundance. Explore the back roads of the waterways; envisage cruising gently through provincial towns, quaint villages and a rustic landscape resplendent with rural bliss, stopping off to explore their stories and delicacies as you go.

 

Loire Valley cruise 2018

A Cruise In The Heart Of France - 7 days from $4084*

*price shown is based on travel 17 May or 12 Jul 2018 and including a 5% earlybird saving
 

Cruise through the stunning former Berry province and the incredible Sologne region. Take a magnificent tour of the memorable sites, historic cities and prestigious vineyards of the area.
 

Highlights:

  • Marvel at the Briare Aqueduct, one of the most prestigious waterways in France
  • Stroll through well-preserved historic sites of this exceptional traditional region of France
  • Enjoy included drinks and onboard meals as well as a Gala dinner and welcome cocktails

Tour Inclusions

6 nights on board a boutique hotel barge, Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader, Premium mini-coach transportation, European breakfast daily (B), Daily lunch (L), Daily evening meals including farewell gala dinner (D), Selected drinks during the cruise including wine, beer, fruit juice and coffee, Bicycles available on board, Transfer from Paris to Nevers and Briare to Paris, Tour of Nevers, Fontmorigny Abbey, Apremont-sur-Allier, La Charite-sur-Loire, Visit wine tourism centre at Tour de Pouilly-Fume and goat farm at Sancerre


Burgundy cruise 2018

A Cruise Along Le Canal De Bourgogne - 7 days from $4464*

*price shown is based on travel 23 Aug or 18 Oct 2018 and including a 5% earlybird saving
 

Rich and refined, Burgundy is as elegant and enticing as the wines it’s world-famous for. Drift past vineyards, stop at picture-book towns and stroll grand palaces – all from on board a luxury barge.

 

Highlights:

  • Cruise on a floating boutique hotel along a peaceful, vineyard-fringed canal
  • Get a taste of Burgundy’s wine-making heritage at Château du Clos de Vougeot
  • Discover the citadel of Besançon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Tour Inclusions

6 nights on board MS Jeanine, a boutique hotel barge, Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader, Premium mini-coach transportation, Local guide in Dijon, Daily European-style breakfast (B), 5 lunches (L), 6 evening meals including farewell gala dinner (D), Selected drinks during the cruise (water, wine, beer, coffee), Selected local taxes, Bicycles available to hire, Return transfer from Paris to Dijon, Tour of Royal Saltworks, Trail of the Chat Perché tour, Entrance included to: Citadel of Besancon and Palace of Fontainebleau.


Champagne and The Great War cruise 2018

A Cruise From Epernay To Paris - 7 days from $4749*

*price shown is based on travel 7 Jul & 04 Aug 18 and including a 5% earlybird saving
 

Cruise the Marne Canal on a boutique hotel barge and visit the famous Champagne Tourist Route, the battlefields of the Marne, the Museum of the Great War and a tour of Les Invalides in Paris.
 

Highlights:

  • Take a tour of the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery
  • Join a guided tour of the Battlefields of the Marne and the Museum of the Great War
  • Embark on an out-of-the-ordinary visit to Paris and a tour of Les Invalides

Tour Inclusions

6 nights on board a boutique hotel barge, Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader, Premium mini-coach transportation, Daily European-style breakfast (B), daily lunches (L), daily evening meals including farewell gala dinner (D), Selected drinks during the cruise including water, wine, beer, fruit juice and coffee, Bicycles available on board, Belleau and the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, The Battlefields of the Marne and the Museums of the Great War.

 

Prices shown are based on low season travel including Early bird discount

Travel Dates

Specific travel dates apply

*per person share twin

7 Days From

$4,084*

Includes

  • Accommodation on board a boutique hotel barge with inclusions as specified

Bonus

Price includes 5% saving - book and pay by 15 January 2018

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