There are a few ways to explore a country, all of which have their own benefits. Walking and hiking gives travellers the time to take in scenery, as well as provide some healthy exercise. Driving around in a car or travelling by train has the advantage of enabling people to see more than one region and compare and contrast different experiences within the same country.
Barging, however, combines the peace and quiet of walking and the convenience and comfort of travelling by rail. France lends itself beautifully to this way of travelling, with its different regions, calm and gorgeous waterways and penchant for enjoying great food and drink.
There are numerous barging companies operating in France these days, and it’s definitely an option you should consider on your next P&O Ferries trip down to France. The region of Burgundy is only a few hours drive away from the P&O port of Calais and has some great barging trips up its sleeve. On the Canal de Bourgogne, you will pass Renaissance aqueducts and churches, as well as beautiful valleys and villages.
Then there is the Burgundy canal, where tours often entail a daytrip to nearby Dijon. Wine tasting is optional and highly recommended! There are multiple providers of barging tours in this area, but have a look around Saint Louis Barge (a bit more high-end, with excellent food) and Go Barging to get an impression of the comfort that could await you on your next P&O Ferries trip!
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