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. A supplement of 50% applies for single passengers requiring a twin cabin.

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

trois fontaines abbey

Trois Fontaines Abbey 


                During 2019 we are offering cruises based on the canals of the Champagne Region in France.

The Champagne cruise embraces part of 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 a typical French market and the wood framed churches of the champagne bocage. 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.  A review of a cruise by Andrew Montagu  may be viewed at Review 2018. 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.

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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

Cruise Dates and Availability: Twin (T): Single cabins (S)

11th May, 18th May, 25th May (2T:1S), 1st June (3T:2S), 8th June (2T), 15th June, 22nd June (3T) 29th June (2T:2S), 6th July (2T:2S)13th July, 20th July (3T), 27th July (3T:2S), 3rd  August , 10th August, 17th August, 24th August, 31st August (3T:2S), 7th September(2T:2S) , 14th September (3T:2S), 21st September

Dates in red are fully booked

Cruises start and finish at Vitry le François except for those on the 29th June 2019 (Vitry le François to Bar le Duc) and 6th July 2019 (Bar le Duc to Vitry le François).

2020 (full availability)

     9th May,16th May, 23rd May, 30th May, 6th June, 13th |June, 20th June, 27th June, 4th July, 11th July, 18th July, 25th July, 1st August, 8th August, 15th August, 22nd August, 29th August, 5th September, 12th September, 19th September

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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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