Apart from the regular 6 night/7 day all-inclusive barge cruises that you see on this website, we also offer a select number of boutique, luxury small group tours – some of which include a barge cruise! These small group tours are perfect for groups of friends or family to book exclusively, or you can join our many repeat guests on one of our scheduled departures!
Imagine a week in a beautiful 16th century stone Manor house, exploring charming Cotswalds villages, Sudeley Castle & Bath as well as enjoying quintessential English past-times such as a local farmers market, cream tea at a polo match & optional visit to “Downton Abbey”! Luxurious rooms, exceptional cuisine and wine are all part of this superb itinerary and we are combining this with a week-long barge cruise on the beautiful luxury barge “Shannon Princess”, discovering the stunning scenery, history and traditions of southern Ireland.
Ultimate England & Ireland
– Cotswalds & “Spirit of Scotland”
Imagine a week in a beautiful 16th century stone Manor house, exploring charming Cotswalds villages, Sudeley Castle & Bath as well as enjoying quintessential English past-times such as a local farmers market, cream tea at a polo match & optional visit to “Downton Abbey”! Luxurious rooms, exceptional cuisine and wine are all part of this superb itinerary and we are combining this with a week-long barge cruise on the beautiful luxury barge “Spirit of Scotland”, discovering the spectacular Highlands of Scotland.
This wonderful itinerary encompasses the mythical region of Celtic Brittany with its seaside towns and quaint fishing villages; the wonderful mix of British & French culture, exquisite coastlines, beautiful harbours, shaded lanes & old-world charm in the Channel Islands; and the stunning landscapes of Normandy, exploring a history dating from prehistoric times to the legendary WW2 Battlefields.
On our unique “Jewels of China” tour, you will enjoy the highlights of China’s most fascinating ancient cities – Shanghai, Xian and Beijing – with exceptional local guides and superb luxury accommodation; followed by a superb Yangtze River cruise through the Three Gorges on the luxurious Yangtze Explorer and a visit to Chengdu to see the fabulous Giant Panda Breeding & Research Base.
The Kingdom of Morocco is one of our most exotic travel destinations, made even more romantic by the elegant architecture of the kasbahs, the ambiance of the palace-filled medieval cities like Marrakech and Fes, and the spell cast by the magnificent Atlas Mountains. Our guests enjoy accommodation in exclusive luxury riads and palaces with mosaic-filled courtyards and fountained patios.
This tour includes some of the most exquisite villages, stunning scenery, colourful country markets and mouth-watering food & wine that France has to offer! In the magnificent mountains of the French Alps, the charming, undiscovered Drome region and on a superb barge cruise in picture-postcard Alsace, we discover cultural and gastronomic highlights that will leave you with indelible memories.
These tours are not only in France, as we have years of experience of operating tours in many locations, and work with exceptional local operators to provide unforgettable travel experiences for our guests. Spain, Italy, UK, Morocco, China and French Canada are just a few of the destinations we offer, and here on our website you will see the tours we are offering for the current and following year. Some of our tours incorporate one week on land and one week on a barge cruise; others stay in exclusive and charming hotels exploring one or two different regions.
TOURS INCORPORATING A BARGE CRUISE:
The first week: we are based in a charming boutique hotel in one region of France – day trips on an air conditioned minibus; relaxed touring with plenty of free time to discover villages, restaurants, wineries and markets; and a well chosen, balanced mix of the history, culture and cuisine of the region – these are the hallmarks of our small group tours.
The second week: Next, we transfer to the barge for an unforgettable week of cruising through peaceful French countryside, fabulous food and wine, fascinating excursions and exceptionally attentive crew!
This combination of touring and barge cruise is a holiday choice that our guests have been enjoying, and raving about, for the last seventeen years! We select our hotels, itineraries and barges exceptionally carefully and this means that our guests not only come home with indelible memories, but come back time and again for more.
TOURS STAYING IN BOUTIQUE AND LUXURY HOTELS:
These tours do not include a barge cruise, but spend 14 – 16 days discovering different regions and staying in charming, boutique accommodation, often for up to a week at a time so that you get to relax, unpack and truly feel the ambience of that particular location. Touring in air conditioned mini-buses, we explore the unique history, culture, traditions, food and wine of these regions and also allow plenty of free time for you to enjoy your surrounds at your own pace. Travelling in small groups of up to 16 people maximum, our guests have been enjoying this small group tour format since we began in 1999. Many of our guests return and discover new regions and countries and in fact 70% of our groups are made up of repeat guests.