French Country Waterways, Ltd.

The Finest Tradition in Luxury Canal Cruises

French Country Waterways, Ltd.

For over 30 years, American-owned and operated, French Country Waterways has been cruising the canals and rivers of France. Truly unique voyages of discovery, our luxury hotel barge cruises provide one of the most relaxing and refreshing vacation experiences. Enjoy six all-inclusive nights in total luxury. Dine on world-class, gourmet cuisine and savor our exclusive wines - many from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards. Visit historic châteaux, medieval villages, and world-famous vineyards. Or, relax on deck with a fine wine in hand while the beautiful French countryside slowly unfolds before you.

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Whichever you choose, cruising on a French Country Waterways luxury barge allows you to gain a rare, insider's perspective of provincial France.

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Capacity: 12 Passengers

Burgundy – Cruise near the heart of the famed Côte d’Or wine growing region on the Canal de Bourgogne and the Canal du Centre.

Itinerary Highlights: Walking tours of Dijon, the historic capital of Burgundy, and the beautiful wine town of Beaune, wine tasting in Chassagne-Montrachet, dinner ashore at Lameloise.

Capacity: 18 Passengers

Burgundy – Cruise near the heart of the famed Côte d’Or wine growing region on the Canal de Bourgogne and the Canal du Centre.

Itinerary Highlights: walking tours of Dijon, the historic capital of Burgundy, and the beautiful wine town of Beaune, wine tasting in Chassagne-Montrachet, dinner ashore at Levernois.

Capacity: 8 Passengers

Upper Loire – Cruise a network of canals, dating from 1604, which links Paris to the fertile basin of the Loire River.

Itinerary Highlights: Tour the Château de Sully-sur-Loire,, visit La Grange artisan wine barrel maker, private wine tasting in Sancerre, dinner ashore at the Auberge des Templiers.

Capacity: 12 Passengers

Champagne – The region that produces the world’s most celebrated wine has also witnessed centuries of history shaping events.

Itinerary Highlights: Tour the Coronation city of Reims, visit the Champagne House of Ployez-Jacquemart, visit the WWI battlefield at Belleau Wood, dinner ashore at Les Crayères.

Capacity: 8 Passengers

Alsace-Lorraine – The storybook, half timbered wine villages of Alsace meet the rich forests and pasturelands of Lorraine.

Itinerary Highlights: Wine tasting in Traenheim, tour the 13th century Chapel of the Cordeliers, and Nancy, home of the Art Nouveau movement, dinner ashore at Villa René Lalique.

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By: Eugene B

Reviewed on: 21 Jul 2013

We just returned from a family trip for 10 in Burgundy. We have traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and the US - and we have never experienced better food or service. The rooms on the barge were quite comfortable, attractive and surprisingly large. The staff under the leadership of Anna is simply beyond compare. Excursions were enjoyed by our whole group - ranging in age from 25 to 81. This may seem expensive, but it is really a good value for a truly unforgettable experience.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

A Delightful time aboard the Adrienne

By: Hava

Reviewed on: 29 Apr 2017

We had a wonderful time on the Adrienne. The barge was very nice, the room elegant, cozy, clean and tended constantly by the crew. The food was beyond all expectations, the wine and cheese lists were wonderful, not to mention the fact that every small request was answered immediately (including special request for a special wine or any other drinks), the tours at the wineries and castles were a treat as well as a learning experience, the crew was the most attentive, delightful and warm - just so to make us feel very welcomed at all times...
Travel Advisor:  Angela Walker

French Country Waterways

By: Teddy

Reviewed on: 15 Aug 2017

We loved our time on the Adrienne. The staff was amazing, both friendly and knowledgeable. The tour of Burgundy was busy and informative, but restful. I loved sitting on the foredeck of the Adrienne as we slowly cruised through the French countryside. We saw France in a very different way from any other trip. We were immersed in nature and very small towns. Each day we took a tour perhaps to a chateau or Les Hospices de Beaune. The tours especially of the chateaux were informative and private as we met and talked with the owners, fascinating people. The food on the Adrienne was spectacular with great cheeses and great wines. We enjoyed the trip so much we are thinking of doing another of French Country Waterways cruises in the future.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Seiter

High expectations; comfortably exceeded

By: Good Vibrations

Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2023

Working with FCW east-coast staff for months prior to the trip we had come to have high overall expectations. Effe and the team was great answering questions and helping us prepare to make the most out of our vacation. Food, wine, and overall service levels - Michelin 3 star restaurant was our first dinner experience on our first full day. As expected, incredible service, lovely and cool ambiance, many courses, and expected level of fussiness. This evening set a high bar for future meals. Subsequent breakfast, lunch and dinner meals benchmarked against the 3 star held up very well. My favorite 3 or 4 meals over the six day trip were all at lunch or dinner on the Adrienne. The common element among these meals were the rich flavors and fresh ingredients for authentic French meals. Excellent and varied wine selections. Excursion planning and execution was absolutely top notch. Our excursion Captain was incredibly engaging, knowledgeable, fun, and interesting.
Travel Advisor:  David Mellon

Adrienne barge trip

By: John

Reviewed on: 08 Oct 2023

This trip was outstanding…very high quality staff. The chef was excellent with a wonderful selection of menu choices each day. Wine and cheese choices were numerous and very high quality. One of the best vacation trips we have made, and well worth the price
Travel Advisor:  Pat Wilcock

A voyage of a lifetime.

By: Bruce

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2023

Our barge tour on the Adrienne couldn’t have been better. The list of superlatives must start with six member crew. It was obvious from the start that their goal was create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Friendly, informative, and helpful at every turn. From boat handling to sumptuous meals, informative at all times, we felt like they became friends. The meals were not only tasteful but were accompanied by well explained wines and delicious cheese. Our barge was tastefully and comfortably furnished. Needless to say we were said to leave the barge and head to Paris!
Travel Advisor:  Pat Wilcock