French Waterways

2 Michaels Court Hanney Road, OX13 5HR Southmoor
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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boot 2019 hall map (Hall 14): stand E22

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boot 2019 fairground map: Hall 14

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 04  Services
  • 04.05  Marine Tourism and Charter
  • 04.05.04  Boat and Yacht Charter, Inland

Boat and Yacht Charter, Inland

  • 04  Services
  • 04.05  Marine Tourism and Charter
  • 04.05.09  Travel Organisers / Agents

Travel Organisers / Agents

  • 04  Services
  • 04.05  Marine Tourism and Charter
  • 04.05.11  Cruises


About us

Company details


Our single-minded objective is to provide the very best information about cruising in France. is the world’s most comprehensive and best-loved source of inspiration and information about enjoying the rivers and canals of France – on the water or by the water, in one’s own craft, in a self-drive hire boat, on a luxury hotel barge charter or on a large cruise-line riverboat.
French Waterways is founded on a passion for inland waterways cruising; 15 years of hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge has built a thriving business, supported by an expert and creative team. The advice and guidance French Waterways offers is second to none and understanding the potential for enjoying holidays afloat is what individuals, couples, families and larger groups really need and value.

Over 400 web pages divide into four major sections:

SELF-DRIVE HIRE-BOATS for those wanting an adventure without the bother of owning a boat themselves. A week’s sunshine holiday afloat in high-quality boats to suit those from San Francisco to Sydney, from Hong-Kong to Hanover.

HOTEL BARGES offer sedate luxury cruising with a crew. From 3 star to 6 star, the barges are all individually styled and offer bespoke charter cruising as well as book-by-cabin hotel cruising. This is perhaps a once in a life-time experience, savouring the very best of wines and cuisines that France has to offer.

RIVER CRUISE BOATS are limited by their size to the major rivers of France and provide a luxury cruise aboard for larger groups and individuals. They offer the benefits of on-board entertainment and the grander vistas across wide rivers and cityscapes.

HANDS-ON discovery for those in their own boat; a chance to set sail and navigate the waterways using expert commentary and maps, with details of water depths, widths, heights and many other good to know features.

All the details a visitor needs about cruising in France is delivered via the website, via email and social media, along with free downloads, books, guides, charts and maps to audiences across the world.

French Waterways partners with major self-drive hire-boat companies, hotel barge owners and operators, and river cruise-line operators, to whom it refers hundreds of paying customers every year.  For those wishing to purchase a holiday afloat it offers the benefit of extensive partnerships with the very best fleets, individual owners and operators, and the specialist services of cruise agents across the world.

We help you to compare and choose your best options - and there is no extra charge for our expertise!

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