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Touring barges and private yachts are moored in the harbor at Briare, Central France.
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Touring barges and private yachts are moored in the harbor at Briare, Central France.

Barge Tours in Central France

For many people, barge touring is the essence of a vacation in Central France: laid-back and luxurious.

Picture yourself floating past bucolic meadows and renaissance palaces. Rates and accommodations vary, of course, but in most cases the proportion of Touring barges are anchored at Auxerre, Central France. guests to staff is such that your every need and whim is catered at a five-star level. For ten couples to be attended to by a staff of eight is not uncommon. 

Barges pictured above are moored at the harbor near the old-town center of Briare and those in the inset photo at right are moored at Auxerre.

There are numerous locks in the canals of Central France, as well as in the rivers other than the Loire. Also there are canal bridges at a few places, such as Briare and Le Guétin, where canals cross over rivers. During the time that the barge is waiting to traverse the lock or bridge, the passengers have a good opportunity to get out and stretch their legs.

A touring barge approaches a lock in the Canal Latéral à la Loire.

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