Barge trip in France

Apr 20th, 2002, 03:35 PM
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Barge trip in France

Does anyone have any recommendations for short barge trips in France? We will be there this summer and would like to see the Loire Valley and the chateaux.

Apr 21st, 2002, 05:33 AM
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We, a 3 generation group of 6, have been working with for a summer 2003 barge trip. They have been very helpful. Now I must wait a year+ to find out how wonderful it will be.
Apr 21st, 2002, 06:06 AM
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Contact a bunch of these places to get information to learn more about barging:

Crown Blue Line provides barges for cruising through the canals. You skipper your own boat. They give you lessons in boat handling that qualify you to receive a temporary French inland boating license. The boats are fully equipped for living, with bedrooms, galleys, etc.
Tel: 800-355-9394

Tel: 1-800-688-0172 (wait for English)
Fax: 011-33-3-86-62-42-41
e-mail for locaboat is < [email protected] > or
< http:// >

French Country Waterways
P. O. Box 2195
Duxbury, Massachusetts, 02331
Tel: 800-222-1236.

Hoseasons Holidays Ltd.

Connoisseur Cruises

The Barge Lady:
Two numbers - try both:
800-880-0071; 800-243-6244

Premier Selection
1106 Calvert St.
Harrison NY 10528

Fax 201-236-1214
Burgundy, Champagne, Provence, Upper Loire

Continental Waterways
Tel: 1-800-323-7308

Combines barge trip and Paris
Tel: 800-255-4266

Abercrombie and Kent
Tel: 800-323-7308

The Barge Lady

The Barge Co.

France Afloat

Boat Rental Companies throughout France-
Syndicat National des Loueurs de Bateaux de Plaisance
Port Javel
75015 Paris
Tel: 011-33-1-44-37-04-00
Fax: 011-33-1-45-77-21-88

Barging in Burgundy Wine Country-
Comite Regional de Tourisme de Bourgogne
Boite Postal 1602
21035 Dijon Cedex
Tel: 011-33-3-80-50-90-00
Fax: 011-33-3-80-30-59-45

Barging in Bordeaux
Gurnham Group

Barging in Brittany-
Comite de Promotion des Canaux Bretons et des Voies Navigables de l'Ouest-Bretagne
12, rue de Jemmapes
44000 Nantes
Tel: 011-33-2-40-47-42-94
For Paris information e-mail me: [email protected]
Apr 21st, 2002, 08:51 AM
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I don't know of any companies that offer "barge" trips in the Loire, if that's what you're looking for. There are a variety of boating activities you can undertake on the Loire, from short excursions you can arrange from the ports de plaisance along the river to rides in the traditional barques through the marshes of the Marais Poitevin, to kayaking. You can also hire your own houseboat through the local tourist offices.
Apr 22nd, 2002, 01:23 PM
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French Country Waterways has the Nenuphar which does the upper Loire Valley, stopping at Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte.

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