Destination Guide

The Best Of France

There’s a reason why those who have visited the South of France enter a kind of reverie when you ask them to describe their journey. Without doubt, the most blissful and serene way to see this special area is by canal. Wake up early and savour a café au lait on the deck as dawn breaks. Watch the mist rising from the water as the sun illuminates the countryside in gold. Discover endless things to do in France aboard our collection of barges, which drift through dreamy destinations for stunning views in motion.

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In romantic Alsace, you can visit the sandstone cathedral of Vosges and the medieval ruins of Lutzelbourg Castle. Marvel at the Germanic influences, from brightly painted half-timbered houses to the tasty tarte flambée.

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Avignon, on the River Rhône, was once the seat of seven successive popes. Back then, it was the heart of the Roman Catholic world. This fascinating and beautiful city hosts a wonderful annual arts festival in July. The nearby Rhône Valley offers mesmerising views of lush green vineyards, stretching out towards distant mountains.

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Located in Languedoc-Roussillon, Béziers is known for its wines, its bullfighting history and astonishing views over the Orb River and Canal du Midi. Don't miss the Cathedrale Saint-Nazare de Beziers, a 13th-century marvel with stunning stained-glass windows.

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Dating back to 3,500BC, Carcassonne is a fortified city with endless towers and ramparts to explore. Culinary lovers will find plenty to love, with many Michelin-starred restaurants to dine in.

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The province of Champagne offers architectural gems galore, as well as the world’s most fêted sparkling wine. Explore the fantastic fromageries, undulating green fields and enchanting medieval towns of the region.

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We love postcard-perfect Dijon, with its eclectic mix of historic sights and of course, the original Grey Poupon mustard shop. As the historical capital of Burgundy, Dijon is ideally situated to explore this fascinating wine region.

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Revel in Beaune’s medieval charm, with its pretty cobbled streets and honey-coloured buildings. Situated within the Cote d’Or region, Beaune is surrounded by world-famous vineyards.

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