10 reasons river cruise fans will love a barge cruise

A hotel barge docked on a canal next to a grassy hill.

Taking a river cruise in Europe has become hugely popular in the last ten years, and for good reason. It’s an affordable, super-convenient way to travel and explore some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery and different cultures. What could be better than that? Well, have you considered a barge cruise? Serenity Barge cruises in France’s […]

10 quintessentially French experiences

A castle overlooking a picturesque grassy field.

Some of these might seem a bit cliché at first glance but bear with me – as a visitor each of these experiences offers an insight to French culture, history and way of life……..And best of all you can tick off all of these on your cruise with us. 1. Visit a market Of course […]

Tips for organising a charter cruise

A group of people posing in front of a statue during their barge cruise in France.

It really is the more the merrier when it comes to barge cruising, but planning a group trip can feel daunting, so here are my top tips… Plan ahead We all lead busy lives and trying to co-ordinate multiple people’s diaries is never going to be easy. But planning ahead, can make things a lot […]

6 myths about barge cruising

A red stamp with the word busted on it on a hotel barge in France.

1. Barge cruises are super expensive Let’s be honest it’s a well-known fact that boats are expensive…and as barges only carry a handful of guests on each trip, your contribution to the annual maintenance costs, diesel costs etc. is always going to be higher than on a bigger boat carrying 100+ guests. But that being […]

Choosing when to cruise

A family of ducks gracefully swimming in a peaceful pond.

Throughout the season there’s always something beautiful and unique to enjoy on your cruise. So whether you want to time your trip to coincide with a specific event/special date or you have the whole year to choose from, read on to find out what is special about each month. And since food is an important […]

5 tips for romance in Paris

A bunch of vibrant tulips are arranged on a table.

Ahhh Paris, the city of love……..Lots of our guests choose to have a few days in Paris before or after a cruise, so in honour of St Valentine’s Day here are my five top tips for surprising your partner with something romantic during your stay. 1. Create your own perfume During a 2 hour workshop […]