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Originally Posted by tourbiker
Can anyone recommend an affordable Bike-and-barge tour in France? We're looking for one that includes bikes and does easy distances of 20-30 miles/day (my husband and friends aren't touring cyclists
). Most website searches lead me to the Loire Valley tour offered by HAT Tours (and sold by about a dozen different agents). This tour would be perfect (we did it in 2006) but, it's not being offered during our '08 vacation dates. We can find lots of Holland bike/barge tours but, I'd prefer the opportunity to practice my French.
This will be of limited help, because I cannot for the life of me fine the links, but when I was digging around last month, I discovered that you can rent and captain your own barge in France (as opposed to booking passage on a 'floating hotel').
This site (http://www.en-peniche.com/
) has a search function with several regions. Depending on when you go, you can get a boat for 1-2000€/week that sleeps, say, 6-8 people. Somebody would have to drive the boat (you could take turns, obviously), of course, but it would save a lot of money, je pense.
The canal from Bordeaux to Lyon(?) to Marseilles is lovely.
If you want to practice your Swedish, the Göta Canal from Göteborg to Stockholm is another option.