Jefferson was talking about France's Canal du Midi
- one of the great jewels in Europe's waterway network.
But he could equally have been referring to any one of Europe's canals
or rivers, from the beauty of France's Provence
, the quiet charm of England's
River Thames, Scotland's
Caledonian canal or Ireland’s
The barge operators usually arrange to pick you up at a local airport, railway station
or hotel. Or, for example, for most Burgundy cruises, many will pick you up
and drop you off at an agreed hotel in Paris
. Personalised arrangements are
usually made for your individual charter group.
There are big barges and small ones, barges with pools and fitness rooms and many
offering theme cruises, golf, art, cookery or wine appreciation to mention just a few.
The wonderful barge cruises in
also offer something different and unique