French Country Waterways
French Country Waterways Highlights
- Intimate hotel barges with no more than 18 passengers
- Canal trips offer unique European itineraries
- Old-fashioned feel with no phone, TV, radio, Internet onboard
- Onboard cuisine features local ingredients
- French Country Waterways News: French Country Waterways Re-Launches Nenuphar
French Country Waterways Fleet (5)
The 12-passenger Nenuphar focuses on France's Champagne region. It received extensive renovations in 2006.
And the eight-passenger Princess centers on Champagne and Alsace-Lorraine; among the standouts on this voyage are a visit to the city of Reims, a tour of Strasbourg and Champagne tasting at Moet & Chandon.
In 2005, French Country Waterways launched its newest, most elegant vessel. The 12-passenger Adrienne is sailing Loire Valley canals once plied by Nenuphar, highlighted by visits to France's historical Chateau region and a cruise across the unique Briare Canal bridge, an aqueduct designed by Gustave Eiffel (of the tower fame) carrying vessels over the Loire River, a span of more than 600 meters (.4 mile).
Mealtime -- as one would expect on a canal cruise of France -- is a highlight of the day and onboard chefs use ingredients picked up in the village-of-the-moment. French wines are included in the fare.
Otherwise, sightseeing is the primary diversion; each barge organizes daily activities though independent-minded folk can borrow a bicycle and head off on their own.
The biggest difference between a canal cruise and a river voyage is the pace; these barges move at about four or five miles per hour (as opposed to 10 - 15).