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French Country Waterways Cruises

French Country Waterways

About French Country Waterways Cruises

Massachusetts-based French Country Waterways is a family-owned and -operated company whose ships have been plying the canals of France for decades. The company has carved out a niche for its more luxurious interpretation of the barge experience, one that focuses both onboard and ashore.

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  • Do I have to dress up on a French Country Waterways cruise?

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Who goes on French Country Waterways cruise ships?

French Country Waterways markets primarily to American and Canadian travelers in the 50-plus age range and aims for those who are more interested in an in-depth experience of a particular region of France -- as opposed to folks who simply like to cruise. This is not an experience good for families with small children (unless the family charters an entire barge).

Do I have to dress up on a French Country Waterways cruise?

No, there is no dress code. What's most important is to pack clothes suitable for the climate and for going out on excursions. Some passengers change into slightly smarter clothes for dinner, but this is not expected.

Is everything free on French Country Waterways cruises?

Pretty much. Fares cover all meals, an ever-changing selection of fine wines served with lunch and dinner, an open bar, fully escorted shore excursions, Wi-Fi and transfers. Gratuities are the only extra, aside from a handful of shoreside activities (such as hot air ballooning) that might require an upcharge.

What are French Country Waterways’s most popular activities?

Shore excursions are the most popular activity for passengers on a French Country Waterways cruise and the choices are varied. Private excursions visit points of interest, such as castles, historic towns and vineyards for wine tasting. Additionally, a weekly dinner at a Michelin-star restaurant is a highlight and activities including balloon rides are available.

Onboard, it's all about relaxation and socializing.

Why go with French Country Waterways?

  • Intimate hotel barges carrying no more than 18 passengers
  • Off-the-beaten track French itineraries
  • Onboard bicycles to explore local villages and countryside

Best for: Francophile couples and friend groups looking for upscale slow travel

Not for: Fast-paced types who want an action-packed vacation

French Country Waterways Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Best trip ever

My husband and I have traveled all over the world and have taken many very special trips. Our cruise aboard the Adrienne on the canals of Burgundy France ranks among our top four (Tanzania, Adrienne,... Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 70s


This was incredible. The crew could not have been more accommodating. The Captain set the tone and made the entire experience positive. Even when faced with challenges they all rose to the occasion, meeting our... Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Wow!!! Exceeded our expectations!

We chose this cruise based on previous reviews and talking to the staff in Massachusetts directly. The service, wines, cheeses, and varied menus daily were all 5 stars! During the week we experienced 18 different... Read More
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6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

6 nights on the Espirit ...cruising through Burgundy via canal

Cuisine, wine, staff and excursions were exceptional! Nothing was less than perfect! Cabins are small yes,,,but we were only in them to sleep. Meals were incredible...always fresh, local farm to table and... Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

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