The BEST Way to See the Tour De France is on a CRUISE

Hi guys! Welcome to this week’s We Hear, by Travel Savvy. I’m your host Paula Keung. We put these posts together to give you the latest news, notes, and deals for anything related to travel. This week’s topic is all about the luxurious experience of cruising the canals of Europe, on a barge. Check out this upcoming barge cruise that’s perfect for the fans of the most famous bike race in the world, the Tour de France. All across Europe you’ll find intricate antique waterways made up of a series of canals and rivers meandering through the countryside.

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Once used for transporting cargo, the barges that wind down these canals now are floating boutique hotels, each lovingly refurbished and ready to ferry 2 to 20 travelers on an unforgettable, all-inclusive, top shelf get away with deluxe accommodations, interesting sightseeing, and luxurious service enhanced with a daily dose of fine wines, boutique spirits, and gourmet cuisine. Barge cruises have gained in popularity in recent years with sophisticated travelers who wish to be immersed in Europe’s cultural gems and hidden corners. Guests are invited to sit back, relax, and explore, while an onboard dedicated dream team including a boat captain, hostess, chef, and tour guide, do all the heavy lifting. They’ll do the cooking and cleaning, pilot the barge, and provide you with chauffeured tours of local vineyards, chateaus, historic churches, lively markets, and more.

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One of our favorite booking companies in the market is Barge Lady Cruises, a family-owned company that’s been in business since 1985. The Barge Lady team represents about 50 of the approximately 75 barges in the European market and are super knowledgeable about the different types of barges, as well as the types of specialty experiences available. One of their upcoming cruises will be perfect for the fans of the epic Tour de France, the most famous bike race in the world. Hop aboard the deluxe six passenger barge, Savannah, pictured here, from July 22nd till the 28th and head to Carcassonne in time to experience stage 15 of the tour.

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You’ll have access to a fleet of professional carbon racing bikes on board, which will be fitted to each guest’s exact requirements and you’ll be escorted on guided bicycle tours with a professional cyclist on sections of the tour’s course. You’ll only need to bring your own shoes, pedals, and helmets. For more on the routes you’ll be able to explore, check out this post about the Tour de France from our friends at Col Collective. Barge season is from mid-April to the end of October, and there are a limited number of boats to choose from, so it’s important to book early. You can do a quick Google search for a European hotel barge cruises or go ahead and contact Barge Ladies at

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