Book a barge holiday in France and experience the stunning French countryside at a leisurely pace and in absolute comfort. There are so many beautiful canals winding their way through the gorgeous French countryside and exposing the rural heart of our continental neighbour. The vessels travelling on the waterways are essentially floating hotels, complete with all the expected services and added extras. The cabins are spacious with ample storage, en suite facilities and luxurious bed linen and towels. There is a professional, friendly and efficient staff on board at all times and everything you need is at your disposal. Wonderful food is served in the onboard dining room and is complemented with regional wines of exceptional standard. There is a well stocked bar and ample opportunity to sample all manner of local specialities.
Travel the Canal de Garonne On a Barge Holiday In France
The Canal de Garonne and The Canal du Midi converge to form the canal of two seas, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Stretching 193 kilometres from Toulouse in the Languedoc region to Castets in Aquitaine, it takes you through one of the most splendid regions of the country. For hundreds of years the stunning scenery in the area has been the inspiration for local artwork and has attracted swathes of visitors. Cruising along the canal you pass beautiful rural towns and charming villages inhabited by the people who work the fertile lands and contribute to the production of some world famous wines.
Food and wine is synonymous with the country, and on a barge holiday in France so close to Bordeaux there is plenty of opportunity to indulge. Enjoy some of the famous Sauternes, the slightly sweet wine, traditionally served with fois gras, and follow it with a local Merlot or Cabernet, perfect with red meats and rich sauces. You will be able to spend time during the day visiting local towns and attractions, such as the medieval town of Sarlat or Mont de Marsan. The latter city is perfectly located at the crossroads of Toulouse, Bayonne and Bordeaux and showcases a rich fusion of the food, tradition and culture from each region. The Basque regions proximity means that there is a strong Spanish connection and, particularly during the summer, Spanish fiestas are held throughout the area.
You can spend your days wandering local villages, exploring cobbled streets and discovering the local arts and crafts. Take a break for a pastry and coffee, visit the colourful markets and take in the stunning views that dominate every aspect.
There is no doubt that a barge holiday in France is one of the most relaxing ways to get a real feel for the country. Travelling out of the main tourist areas and absorbing the rhythm of daily rural life while being taken care of by a professional staff is, for the discerning traveller, the perfect way to do it.