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French Country Waterways Cruises

French Country Waterways

About French Country Waterways Cruises

Massachusetts-based French Country Waterways is a family-owned and -operated company whose ships have been plying the canals of France for decades. The company has carved out a niche for its more luxurious interpretation of the barge experience, one that focuses both onboard and ashore.

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  • French Country Waterways Cruise Tips, Activities, and Overview

    Who goes on French Country Waterways cruise ships?

    French Country Waterways markets primarily to American and Canadian travelers in the 50-plus age range and aims for those who are more interested in an in-depth experience of a particular region of France -- as opposed to folks who simply like to cruise. This is not an experience good for families with small children (unless the family charters an entire barge).

    Do I have to dress up on a French Country Waterways cruise?

    No, there is no dress code. What's most important is to pack clothes suitable for the climate and for going out on excursions. Some passengers change into slightly smarter clothes for dinner, but this is not expected.

    Is everything free on French Country Waterways cruises?

    Pretty much. Fares cover all meals, an ever-changing selection of fine wines served with lunch and dinner, an open bar, fully escorted shore excursions, Wi-Fi and transfers. Gratuities are the only extra, aside from a handful of shoreside activities (such as hot air ballooning) that might require an upcharge.

    What are French Country Waterways’s most popular activities?

    Shore excursions are the most popular activity for passengers on a French Country Waterways cruise and the choices are varied. Private excursions visit points of interest, such as castles, historic towns and vineyards for wine tasting. Additionally, a weekly dinner at a Michelin-star restaurant is a highlight and activities including balloon rides are available.

    Onboard, it's all about relaxation and socializing.

    Why go with French Country Waterways?
    • Intimate hotel barges carrying no more than 18 passengers

    • Off-the-beaten track French itineraries

    • Onboard bicycles to explore local villages and countryside

    Best for: Francophile couples and friend groups looking for upscale slow travel.

    Not for: Fast-paced types who want an action-packed vacation.



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