2019 Special Events


A barge cruise is a memorable trip at anytime but why not time your trip to coincide with one of these special events?


French Open - 20 May to 9 June

We will pick you up and drop you off in Paris, so why not stay on an extra day or two and treat yourself to tickets to the French Open.  The clay courts of Roland Garros attract the world's top talent and daily tickets for the main courts start at around €40 per person.


Joan of Arc Festival - 1 and 2 June

This colourful festival commemorates the coronation of King Charles VII in 1429, who Joan of Arc had championed to become King.  A medieval village is recreated in the centre of Reims with craftsmen, troubadours, musicians, falconry shows and weaponry displays.  The event culminates with the reconstruction of the cortege accompanying Joan of Arc and Charles VII in Reims towards Notre-Dame cathedral.


75th Anniversary of D-Day - 6 June

There will be many re-creations, celebrations and remembrance events around the Normandy beaches for this major anniversary.  Events centre around Caen, which is easy to get by train from Paris, either before or after your cruise.


Champagne en Fete - 5,6 and 7 July

Now in it's third year, this event is a festival in a number of villages around Champagne.  With special cellar openings, street performances and concerts its a great weekend to be here and offers extra options for excursions.


Tour de France - 8 and 9 July

Le Tour has to be the most iconic French sporting event and this summer it comes to Champagne. On July 8th the final kilometres of Stage 3 go through the vineyards before finishing in Epernay.  And the next morning the riders depart their 215km journey from Reims.  Perfect for groups with cycle nuts, if you book a 5 or 6 night charter cruise for spend an afternoon watching the riders and associated carnival zoom past and if you are keen fan why not buy an access pass to the Le Tour village for the morning "depart" at Reims.


500 years since the Renaissance - all summer

1519 was the year Leonardo de Vinci died and when the first stone of the glorious Chateau de Chambord was laid.  There are events in the Loire Valley throughout the summer including recreations of some of Maestro Leonado's greatest creations in the gardens of the Chateau de Clos Lucé.



Posted: January 2019