France by luxury barge

Lyon, South of France & Provence
8 nights private tour from $8,800 per person

Discover the waterways, canals and rivers of rural France in style on board a luxury barge. This itinerary offers a unique way to see France’s spectacularly beautiful countryside. The Barges operate from April to October on a variety of routes through Languedoc-Roussillon, Burgundy, Provence, Franche-Comté and the Rhône. Sleeping from four to twelve guests, the five 'péniche-hôtels' can be chartered by families or groups for sole use or booked on a cabin-by-cabin basis.

France by luxury barge
At a glance
  • All inclusive holidays include meals, wines and activities

  • A chance to see the 'real France', away from roads and crowds

  • Great for families, couples and parties of friends

  • Fabulous range of routes and barges to choose from

Journey highlights
  • All inclusive holidays include meals, wines and activities

  • A chance to see the 'real France', away from roads and crowds

  • Great for families, couples and parties of friends

  • Fabulous range of routes and barges to choose from

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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The South of France enjoys a pleasant, Mediterranean climate. On average, it gets 300 days of sunshine each year, with warm but mild temperatures. Spring is a great time of year, the weather is warm, with temperatures swaying between 16 and 20°C, and the crowds are small. If you want to see lavender fields then it would be best to visit the region in June. In October the weather starts to cool. Autumn is also the start of the wettest weeks of the year. October sees an average of 3.7 inches of rain, with an average of three inches following in November.


Price Guide: (per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

Departing Price from*
  • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
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May $10,500 $2,600 plan your trip
June $12,200 $3,000 plan your trip
July $12,200 $3,000 plan your trip
August $12,200 $3,000 plan your trip
September $12,200 $3,000 plan your trip
October $8,800 $2,200 plan your trip
April $8,800 $2,200 plan your trip
  • May
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $10,500
    Deposit from*
    $2,600
  • June
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $12,200
    Deposit from*
    $3,000
  • July
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $12,200
    Deposit from*
    $3,000
  • August
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $12,200
    Deposit from*
    $3,000
  • September
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $12,200
    Deposit from*
    $3,000
  • October
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,800
    Deposit from*
    $2,200
  • April
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $8,800
    Deposit from*
    $2,200
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Itinerary

Fly to Lyon
Day 1-7

South of France

You will board your barge in Lyon, ready to embark on your 6-night cruise to Avignon.  Once on board, attentive guides, chefs and hosts are on hand to make sure you get the most out of each port of call along the way, and the high ratio of staff to guests means impeccable service is assured. We recommend chartering one of the barges privately for a relaxed house-party atmosphere with your family and friends, with the added benefit of ever-changing scenery passing you by.

Your 6-night cruise will include a different excursion every day as you explore the beautiful towns and villages which line your route. On-shore activities included in your itinerary, range from vineyard picnics to leisurely bike rides and visits to local villages. Your expert tour guide can personalise the itinerary for each day of your trip so that each of the tours and visits match your interests.

You will have the opportunity to discover the gastronomic heritage of France, as all meals and drinks are included. During your cruise, you can expect to be served at least 15 different wines and over 20 cheeses, all sourced from the very regions you sail through daily. The chef will accompany you to local markets as you selected the freshest produce for the table that day. You will also enjoy a champagne reception, evening cocktails and a farewell gala dinner.

Accommodation: Belmond Afloat in France ( 6 nights )
Day 7-9

Provence

After bidding your barge farewell you’ll then spend a relaxing few days in the South of France where you can choose to do as much, or as little as you like! After an active few days you may decide simply to relax by the pool or to have a gentle meander through one of the beautiful Provençal towns. Of course, you may even decide to extend your trip to spend a few days discovering the glamourous Cote de Azur, your travel consultant can advise you on your options in the area.

Accommodation: Hotel Crillon le Brave ( 2 nights )
Fly home from Marseille
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

Experiences included in this itinerary


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When to visit

  • J
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  • S
  • O
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  • D
Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

The South of France enjoys a pleasant, Mediterranean climate. On average, it gets 300 days of sunshine each year, with warm but mild temperatures. Spring is a great time of year, the weather is warm, with temperatures swaying between 16 and 20°C, and the crowds are small. If you want to see lavender fields then it would be best to visit the region in June. In October the weather starts to cool. Autumn is also the start of the wettest weeks of the year. October sees an average of 3.7 inches of rain, with an average of three inches following in November.

France by luxury barge
France by luxury barge

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

Plan your trip

Why Scott Dunn?

At Scott Dunn, we live and breathe travel. An insatiable appetite to discover the world runs through everything we do. We relish the planning and revel in the detail. We know it’s the smallest touches that make the biggest difference, and we stop at nothing to make every trip not only exceptional but totally unique.

  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
  • Your own dedicated Travel Specialist who will take care of every detail of your trip
  • We have a 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • We offer flexibility and financial protection to give you total peace of mind