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Stay informed about the latest news and updates for the barging industry. We like to share fun facts about the countries you travel and advise about how to make your trip even better. We believe that travel should be fun, stress free and enjoyable, not just the travel part but the booking and planning as well. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.” – St. Augustine

LucioleexteriorHave you considered chartering a hotel barge with family or friends, but wishing there was more activity and adventure? Hotel Barge Luciole is now offering the perfect cruise for you!

Tree walking, horse riding, cave climbing and kayaking are exciting activities alongside our regular visits. Families and friends wanting a summer adventure that pleases every age, do read on.........

capricemooredIt's happy hour time! The Caprice has decided to include complimentary happy hour every evening in addition to the normal wines with lunch and dinner. Just another great example of how the Caprice likes to keep their passengers happy. Cheers!

MarjorieII_CruisingWe have a new barge called the Panache that is offering a special cruise from Bruges to Paris and we can offer a special 20% discount. Don't delay we are booking up fast!

You can book by cabin for a six night cruise or the extended 13 night cruise.  The Panache is a deluxe fully crewd hotel barge with queen-bedded suites, Jacuzzi on deck and beautiful light and airy decor. The price is all inclusive with gourmet meals, all beverages (including open bar), daily exucursions with driver and guide, use of bicycles and transfer to and from barge.

Self_Drive_with_Family_and_BikesWant to try a self-drive cruise, but a little intimidated by navigating it by yourself? 

Would you like a little break from the cooking?

Good news! For 2012 we can offer a Captain and Chef to hire for the LeBoat 1503 & LeBoat 1504 series. You buy the groceries and your onboard chef will do all the cooking....that is a nice way to vacation!

LB_Vision_BoatBrand new fleet of eco-friendly luxury self-drive boats for hire in France. Unlike any other self-drive barge on the canals and waterways, with the very latest technology for efficient and effortless cruising as well as an exceptionally spacious and well-designed internal and external layout. Available in 8+ and 6+ configurations.

Barging_in_Burgundy_on_LBEBarge Connection had a fun Cruise Chat on Twitter - take a look at all the quesitons and answers. Twitter Cruise Chat

capricemooredThe Caprice has a special Wine & Gourmet Cruise from Lyon to St Leger on October 15, 2011 with a special last minute discount.

ONLY $2,300 PER PERSON  (normally $3,090 per person)

Includes six night accommodations, all meals, wines with lunch and dinner, daily excursions, use of bicycles and transfer to and from barge (Lyon and Le Creusot).

The Marriage of Wine and Food Cruise - No country on earth puts as much emphasis on food and wine as France.  And no region of France puts as much emphasis on food and wine as does the region along the Saone River from Lyon through Burgundy. 

capricemooredTwo for the Price of One on the Caprice August 20, 2011. Cruise the beautiful Burgundy region of France on the twenty one passenger Caprice barge for half the price.

Unbelievable price of $2,690 for two!!! We have six twin-bedded cabins and one single cabin (single cabin half price too) available, as of July 18, 2011.

Price includes six night accommodations, all meals, wines with lunch and dinner, daily excursions with guide, use of bicycles and transfers to and from Dijon.

La_Belle_Epoque_CruisingAfter your visit to England why not take a quick flight directly to Dijon and cruise on a fully crewed Hotel Barge. Quick flights now available in 2011 on Eastern Airways.

Sojourn_ExteriorThe NEW elegant eight passenger Sojourn is perfectly designed for cruising on France’s smaller and scenic rivers. Her journey on the River Saone cruises into the scenic Beaujolais wine region as well as close to some of the top Michelin 3* restaurants in France. Combined with visits to chateaux and markets, this is the cruise for travelers wishing a deluxe, yet relaxed gourmet experience in France.

The route begins in Burgundy, cruises all through the Beaujolais, and ends in Lyon, France’s second city and a dynamic destination it its own right. The itinerary both cruises and drives through vineyard regions. Small and historic riverside towns provide gentle moorings.

LBE_New_Salon_2011Newly refurbished La Belle Epoque is offering a special Walking Cruise for October 9, 2011 at value season pricing. This is a wonderful way to explore the well renowned Burgundy region of France and experience barging, but still get some exercise.

Junior Suite per person $4,550.00
Suite per person $4,750.00
Single Cabin $4,890.00
Charter Max. 10 pax. $48,900.00
Charter Max. 11 pax. $50,200.00
Charter Max. 12 pax. $51,500.00

Price includes: Local transfer to and from the barge, a luxury 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, an open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of 5 crew and use of barge facilities, which includes bicycles and spa pool.

SD_PictureNEW For 2011, rent a quality stainless steel gas BBQ and outdoor lantern for superb alfresco dining.

To add some extra sizzle to your summer boating vacation, with a stainless steel gas BBQs for rent from all the self-drive barge bases. The BBQ fits neatly onto the railings of your sundeck and is very easy to use. With lots of colorful food markets to visit, a BBQ is the perfect way to enjoy regional and local specialties, and alfresco dining on your sundeck is a great way of enjoying mealtimes with family and friends. A rechargeable lantern is also available to go with your barbecue so that you can grill even after the sun’s gone down. Make sure you order a BBQ when you book!

La_Belle_Epoque_Cruising La Belle Epoque has undertaken a $400,000 in refurbishments and she is looking pretty. When we said cruising in style...we weren't kidding!

Just to mention a few....
The cabins have been redecorated, re-carpeted and beautiful new bed linens
New solid brass light fittings and curtains throughout the barge
Redecorated salon with new curtains, wallpaper and parquet flooring

CarcassonneNewly renovated three star hotel located at the entrance of the Medieval Carcassonne Castle. It features an outdoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi and free Wi-Fi access. The elegant guest rooms at the Hotel Du Chateau are equipped with air conditioning and a TV, and each has a private bathroom. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk and provides free private parking. A spa with pool will be open from February 2011. They have 16 rooms and the starting cost is 110 Euros.

Burgundy_CanalC'EST LA VIE has new and creative programs for 2011 such as spa and barge and gourmet cooking lessons and barge. Creative and fun ideas for barging.

SPA & BARGE: For the weeks of July 10th, 17th 24th 31st and August 7th & 14th. Two to three hours in the Spa at the Hotel Restaurant, La Cote St Jacques during which you can have a 30 minute body treatment. This will not replace any excursions. You won't miss a bit of the cruising. Spa included in the price.

GOURMET COOKING LESSONS AND BARGE: Cruise on the deluxe C'est la Vie in Burgundy for three nights and then discover the secrets of Burgundy cooking with private cooking lessons. What a wonderful vacation! Highlights: Dijon Market, Abbey of  Fontenay, Hands on cooking classes, Private wine tastings & dinner at 3* Michelin Restaurant.

LBV_CruisingLa Bella Vita is a stylish 20 passenger vessel that was newly refitted in 2010 and ready to cruise the waterays of Italy for 2011. There are two upper-deck suites and eight cabin staterooms, each with en-suite facilities. The dining room, bar and saloon areas are bight and spacious and the entire barge is air conditioned. Louvred doors open to the side decks to give a perfect viewing platform, whilst above is a huge sun deck with comfortable sun loungers. For those who wish to explore the area further there are bikes available on board and an expert tour guide to recommend the best routes to take.

Delicious regional cuisine, fine Italian wines and the services of an attentive crew of seven will make this an unforgettable cruise.