Experienced hands will need little introduction to the unique delights of self-drive boating, but for the uninitiated we promise a journey of adventure and discovery.
From the moment you board until you dock at the conclusion of your voyage, each day will unfold with new pleasures and experiences. It’s all about you taking the controls, deciding when and where to stop, cruising at your own pace, navigating your route, and quite simply the fun of being the skipper and driving the boat!
The boats we can book for you come in different styles and sizes, but whichever one you choose you can be assured of everything you need for your convenience and comfort. You will be given as much instruction as you need for complete confidence in casting off on your adventure.
LUXURY HOTEL BARGES
The essence of a luxury hotel barge cruise is a combination of tranquil waterways, stunning vistas, fabulous food and fine wines. The barges we feature have been personally inspected and are among the best available. Each has an experienced skipper and a small crew, leaving you free to relax in harmony with the gently unfolding countryside, and enjoy cuisine prepared by master chefs as part of an all-inclusive arrangement. Your crew also offers intimate local knowledge to make cruise itinerary visits to vineyards, sites of historical and cultural note and stops at towns and villages all the more interesting.
Optional pursuits such as hot-air ballooning, canoeing, cycling, walking and horse-riding can be added, helping to make a luxury hotel barge holiday the ideal choice for mixed-generation families!
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HOME & AWAY CRUISE VACATIONS
Our special Home & Away offer on the luxury hotel barge Magnolia is based on the English speaking skipper, Nicolas, and his wife, Magalie, running the barge whilst you look after all of the catering, although breakfasts can be included for a small charge.
Together they will crew the barge through the locks, and handle all the navigation, moorings and mechanics. During your stay, they will ensure that towels are changed when necessary and cleaning is discreetly tended to. They have their own private quarters in the stern of the barge and are available at all times to provide any assistance needed, including food shopping if you wish.
The barge provides luxurious accommodation with en-suite cabins and a spacious saloon. There is an outside kitchen for BBQs and plancha style meals or a professional galley below deck.
Rates for 2017
€6000 for a 6 night stay with 5 days of cruising, for 6 people, with optional continental breakfast for €400, and optional 5 excursions for €220 per person.
Our half-board packages combine all the relaxation of a luxury hotel barge but with the flexibility of making your own plans for dining out each evening. As breakfast and lunch are included, you are free to discover local riverside cafés, bistros or exclusive restaurants for dinner. The choice is yours!
Children are welcome and with no rigid timetable, you are able to explore towns and villages at your own pace. This is the perfect choice for families.