There is something truly special about cruising along the waterways of France in style and comfort. Experience the French countryside in its full glory and enjoy a relaxed voyage on board our carefully selected hotel-barges. Slip back in time and discover a pace of life that seems long forgotten, along with a rail journey surely the most civilised way to travel.
We have chosen some wonderful routes which will allow you to unwind as you immerse yourself in a world of quaint medieval villages, sleepy backwaters, stunning Châteaux and world-renowned vineyards. Enjoy gastronomic dinners on-board from the classically trained French chefs accompanied by a selection of fine regional wines. All our hotel-barges offer comfortable en suite cabins and attractive public areas. These intimate hotel-barges pride themselves on their first class, highly personalised service delivered by their well-trained, friendly crew. All shore excursions are included giving you the opportunity to explore some of France’s most interesting sights and surroundings.
For an indulgent, relaxing, yet fascinating voyage by rail and river this holiday is the perfect choice.
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As promised a few more details/compliments from our holiday. As you would expect the journey to Venice was fantastic, from check in to seeing our fabulous hotel for the first time. The British Pullman was stunning and the service, food and hospitality wonderful. The first class coach was exactly that. The Orient Express was without question the best holiday experience we have ever had. From the moment we pulled alongside, we felt and were made to feel very special indeed. Predictably the food was amazing. All of the staff were attentive but not over the top. Our personal attendant was discreet and very professional, and he gave us some helpful advice on Venice.
The Al Ponte Antico hotel is quite simply the most friendly, calm, relaxing hotel we have ever stayed in. The staff were so generous with their advice on Venice, including booking all our restaurants for us. They certainly had the personal touch as they would call us by our Christian names….even the staff we hadn’t met before! If there is a better hotel in Venice, I’d love to see it. !
Montreux is a stunning place as was the hotel, a completely different experience again. The food at the Suisse Majestic was incredible, as was the view.
Can I say that all of your train arrangements were spot on and made our journey run very smoothly. All the trains were bang on time, very clean and new looking. Even the food on board the trains was rather good too.
Thanks again for helping us enjoy our 25th wedding anniversary, you did a fantastic job and as I said the other day we will certainly be telling family friends and clients about you…….. thanks to you all again.