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French Country Waterways


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French Country Waterways Cruise Highlights

Why Go?

Intimate hotel barges carrying no more than 18 passengers

Off-the-beaten track French itineraries

Onboard bicycles to explore local villages and countryside

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French Country Waterways Overview

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.

Who goes on French Country Waterways 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.

What are French Country Waterways cruises' 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.

Is everything free on French Country Waterways?

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.