Hotel barge cruising ( barging ) in France


Hotel barge cruising in France with Merganser starts on Saturday and is scheduled to last six nights. Arrangements will be in place to transfer passengers from and to the Eurostar terminal in Paris at the start and finish of their cruise. Eurostar bookings from London may be arranged on request. Passengers may instead elect to be transferred from and to locations in Paris or the major airports serving Paris.

Price £900 per person per week

Price includes all meals, wines, bar drinks, guided tours and excursions, and transfers.

trois fontaines abbey

Trois Fontaines Abbey 


                During 2017 we are offering cruises based on the canals of the Champagne Region in France.

The Champagne cruise embraces the area bounded by Reims, Bar le Duc and Joinville. Reims, which we visit during the cruise is a large regional capital and is notable for its magnificent Cathedral. Not only an important centre of the champagne wine industry it also has a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere with attractive shops and cafés. To the South of Reims lies Châlons en Champagne, an important and attractive town, where we moor close to the excellent town centre with good shops and another fine cathedral; from here we visit the nearby basilica of l’Epine, a remarkable example of 15th Century Gothic architecture set in the middle of the chalky Champagne fields. Vitry le François gives us a chance to visit the wood framed churches of the champagne bocage, the Lac du Der and the 11th Century Cistercian Abbey of Trois Fontaines. From Vitry we also visit  our own champagne supplier located in the village of Bassuet, a small area to the South of the vignoble which produces some of the finest wines of the region.  The route of our cruise is good for towpath cycling and walking and offers, in addition to the planned visits, an opportunity to visit local villages beside which we moor the barge. Passengers should note that our inclusive tours depend on availability and the date and no particular visit is guaranteed; some champagne houses accept no tours during the harvesting of the grapes and local holidays may also limit our options.  In June 2016 the regional daily, L'Union, published a double spread about the cruise. Text, images and translation may be viewed at l'union-article

Canal Lateral à la Marne

Reims and L'Epine

The wood framed churches and the Trois Fontaines Abbey

Champagne House and the Lac du Der


13th May, 20th May, 27th May, 3rd June, 10th June, 17th June, 24th June, 1st July, 8th July, 15th July, 22nd July, 29th July *, 5th August *, 12th August, 19th August, 26th August, 2nd September, 9th September, 16th September, 23rd September

Dates in red are fully booked

Cruises start and finish at Vitry le François except those marked  with an asterix which run between Vitry le François and Bar le Duc.


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DEPOSITS: Booking deposit per person 50% of the total cruise cost, final payment six weeks before the cruise. Charter payment terms by arrangement.

CABINS: there are three twin cabins and two single cabins. All cabins have low-level beds and private bathroom with shower, hand basin and flush WC.



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