Wonderful French barge cruises don't need to be expensive

Join Kevin and Isabelle on an informal affordable six night barge cruise through some of France's most beautiful waterways. Listed in Rick Steves 'France' for nine years, they're relaxing, sociable, flexible and fun! 

Barge Nilaya's been listed in the excellent Rick Steves guide book for NINE YEARS

Stunning scenery, flexible dining and being able to tell the captain 'where to go' are just a few of the ingredients ensuring your barge cruise of a lifetime.

Just four lucky guests enjoy exclusive use of one of France's most gorgeous private charter barges, uncovering a hidden side of France that few get to see.

Whether it's the champagne reception, substantial continental breakfasts, extensive light lunches or gourmet home cooked dinner, you're sure to leave Barge Nilaya with the most wonderful memories.

Nilaya is a gorgeous 1922 example of the much sought after luxe-motor style of Dutch cargo barge. Once found, owner Kevin Hartwell converted her himself into the stunning hotel barge she now is.

Unlike most hotel barges in France, Barge Nilaya cruises different routes, visiting different regions almost every week of every summer. During 2018 our barge cruising focuses on barging Burgundy and the Loire. In 2019, we're concentrating on Alsace and Lorraine.

Pulitzer prize winning cartoonist Tony Auth created this wonderful moving cartoon after cruising with us.

For owners Kevin & Isabelle, barging in France is about living the 'life less ordinary'. Experiencing the tranquility, ever changing scenery, colours and seasons while preparing, serving and enjoying the tastiest seasonal French cuisine from some of the finest local produce in the world. Add some gorgeous French cheese, wonderful wine and lively conversation for a recipe you'll savour for many years to come.

Nilaya's rates are some of the most reasonable to be found on the French waterways, offering an unbeatable quality of food, accommodation and experience for the price. Testimonials from our previous guests back this up.

If it's an unforgettable, unique and informal experience on the canals of France you're looking for, search no further. We welcome you to be a part of our journey!

Isabelle, Kevin and Barge Nilaya. New friends you've yet to meet.