Péniche cruises

A péniche is a large motorised barge, originally designed in the 1800s for freighting goods in Belgium and France. For this reason, they are typically large and flat to maximise capacity and feature round sterns and bows. Today, you can enjoy many river cruises on péniches that have been expertly designed with beautiful cabins, restaurants, bars and sun terraces. Travelling on péniche cruises allows you to venture to quieter spots that would be hard to reach any other way.

Where do your péniche cruises go?

The majority of our cruises on a péniche explore the striking scenery, rich culture and fascinating architecture across France. There are many beautiful regions that can be explored on our barge cruises, from Paris to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and everything in between.

Set sail on our exclusive Péniche Haute Seine – an unforgettable journey along the Seine and Yonne rivers from the capital Paris to Joigny. Soak in the areas rich history as you discover the beautiful Château de Fontainebleau, taste the locally produced wine at Saint-Jacques vineyard and explore the old town of Sens.

Perhaps you’d like to discover the beauty of the south? Certain péniche river cruises in France cruise along the Canal du Rhône, where you can enjoy a laid-back atmosphere and plenty of delicious regional food and wine.

Those searching for Loire péniche cruises will not be disappointed on our wonderful excursion from Briare to Apremont-sur-Allier. Enjoy every moment of the journey on the luxury vessel as you glide past picture-perfect scenery with a refreshing drink in hand. You’ll visit characterful towns and villages including Pouilly-sur-Loire, Herry and Marseilles-les-Aubigny en route.

There are many other French cruises on péniches that we offer, take a look at our barge cruises to find out more.

What facilities and accommodation are available on péniche cruises?

Our péniche cruises provide comfortable and stylish accommodation that you’ll enjoy retreating to after a busy day exploring. Typically, the barges have ten air-conditioned lower-deck cabins with en-suite bathroom, safe, hairdryer and TV. Enjoy a buffet breakfast in the dining room before heading to the sun terrace for a dip in the Jacuzzi or to sit comfortably and admire the view. There’s usually WiFi on board, as well as bicycles that you can use when the boat is moored. After a busy day, enjoy delicious international and French cuisine by waiter service accompanied by local wines.

How do I book one of the péniche river cruises in France?

To secure your place on board one of our fantastic French cruises on péniches, you can click ‘Book’ on the relevant page and enter your travel details. A member of our team will be in touch as soon as they can to get your trip.