Tips for Masterminding a Family Barge Cruise in France

By Marie Nieves

Tips for Masterminding a Family Barge Cruise in France: Few holiday options can beat the charm of a family barge cruise, especially in Italy or France

Paris. (Source: Pixabay).

Few holiday options can beat the charm of a family barge cruise, especially if you and your loved ones are visiting a picturesque region which abounds in waterways such as Italy or France. Still, unless planned with care beforehand, your water-borne adventure can set your family budget back quite a bit, which is why you should try and come up with a detailed trip agenda before you head out. Don’t know how to pull that off? Fret not: here are a few smart tips you can use when devising a cruise plan for your family’s voyage across France.

Tips for Masterminding a Family Barge Cruise in France: Few holiday options can beat the charm of a family barge cruise, especially in Italy or France

Dordogne. (Source: Pixabay).

Know Thy Trip Budget – and Stay Within It

Before you start looking for cruise deals in France, you should take the time to set up the plan and budget for the trip and see how far mileage and luxury-wise you can afford to go. Note that cruises in certain regions of France are pricier than others so be sure to take into account all the expenses you expect to incur en route when drawing up the budget. To get a reliable estimate of the total expenses you’ll have on the trip, add up transport costs to and from France, allocate a part of the cash for emergencies, and compare cruise costs in different parts of France online. Based on the framework estimate, you should have a clear idea about the cruises you can afford – and once you do, it’s time to look up the deals that fall within your budget.

Tips for Masterminding a Family Barge Cruise in France: Few holiday options can beat the charm of a family barge cruise, especially in Italy or France

Dordogne. (Source: Pixabay).

Do Your Research Like a Good Cruise Scout

Once you have the trip budget in place, you should go online and see which region of France has all your family is looking for in a holiday deal. When comparing deals, check if the cruise is child-and-pet-friendly, and look into the menu in case some of your family members follow a special nutrition plan. As a rule, most cruises offer both classic and vegetarian meals but if you’re up for vegan or gluten-free delights, you can inquire about the option with the cruise authorities via e-mail. Also, you should book the cruise ahead of the peak tourist season (from April to October) and check available discounts for children and whole-family tours.

Tips for Masterminding a Family Barge Cruise in France: Few holiday options can beat the charm of a family barge cruise, especially in Italy or France

Paris (Source: Pixabay).

The Where and Wherefore of French Cruises

If you don’t know where to start looking for cruises in France, here are a few smart suggestions you may want to check out when picking the destination for your family holiday.

The City of Lights

A barge cruise along the Seine River and Canal Saint-Martin will show you the side of Paris which you’ve never experienced, filling your senses with tranquility, authenticity, and romance. During the cruise, you’ll see landmark Paris attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and Palais Royal, and you’ll also to explore the artistic district of Saint-Germain-des-Pres and savor the taste of French bohemia to the fullest.

Tips for Masterminding a Family Barge Cruise in France: Few holiday options can beat the charm of a family barge cruise, especially in Italy or France

Notre Dame (Source: Pixabay).

The Loire Valley

Snugly nestled in the heart of France, the Loire Valley is an ideal destination for lovers of history and medieval times. A place where the French royalty once hosted glamorous parties, the Loire region is home to picturesque castles and charming villages, so it will be a real treat for lovers of historical attractions. Apart from historical landmarks, the Loire Valley is famous for its delicious wines, so be sure to taste the true essence of France while you’re there.

Tips for Masterminding a Family Barge Cruise in France: Few holiday options can beat the charm of a family barge cruise, especially in Italy or France

Loire (Source: Pixabay).

Alsace Region

Over in Alsace region, to the north-east of France, you’ll find more of the French medieval magic and delectable wines. A place where French and German cultures collide, Alsace takes pride in a variety of gorgeous castles and cathedrals, timber-clad houses, and authentic medieval villages. On the cruise down Canal de la Marne au Rhine and Canal du Rhône au Rhin, you’ll get a chance to see the city of Strasbourg and try regional wines on the Alsace Wine Route.

Tips for Masterminding a Family Barge Cruise in France: Few holiday options can beat the charm of a family barge cruise, especially in Italy or France

Strasbourg (Source: Pixabay).

Canal du Midi

One of Europe’s oldest canals, Canal du Midi spans 240 kilometers southern France, and you can reach it through Montpellier. During the fascinating Canal du Midi cruise, you’ll get a chance to explore the medieval city of Carcassonne and visit Lagrasse, Narbonne, Pezenas, and Minerve. In addition to the visual delights, southern France is a region where you’ll be able to savor some of the finest national wines, Lucques olives, and traditional delicacies.

A barge cruise is one of the best ways to explore France, so if you’re set on visiting the European cradle of arts, culture, history, and fine cuisine, you’d better book your family a suite onboard a riverboat as soon as possible. Bon voyage!

Tips for Masterminding a Family Barge Cruise in France: Few holiday options can beat the charm of a family barge cruise, especially in Italy or France

Canal du Midi (Source: Pixabay).

 

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About the author
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas.
On her travels, she likes to read poetry and prose and surf the Internet.
Her favorite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag.
She spends most of her free time at home walking her Labrador Retriever named Max.
She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences.
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