Eco, Sustainable & Green Travel Tours & Trips 2020

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Style Style Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Retreats Similar to a self guided tour but staying in one location only with activities and day outings included as a part of the stay.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Travel Style Travel Style Flexible schedule A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full schedule For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Balanced schedule You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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The Beautiful Blue Danube

CroisiEurope
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6 days
$ 376 / day
$ 2,254
From : $ 2,772
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tour the major capital cities along the Danube
  • Bask in the idyllic landscapes of the Wachau Valley
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
    • Imperial Vienna and the Schoenbrunn Palace
    • Budapest, 2000 years of history
Visits:
Budapest, Bratislava, Passau, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany
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The Loire Valley, a Royal legacy

CroisiEurope
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6 days
$ 311 / day
$ 1,863
From : $ 2,291
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cruise on board a paddle steamer
  • EXCLUSIVE TO CROISIEUROPE the Loire from above(1)
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED
    • Full-day excursion to the castles of the Loire Valley: guided tours of the castles of Ussé, Azay-le-Rideau and the gardens of Villandry
    • Wine-tasting in the cellars of the Brissac castle(3)
    • Secret courtyards and covered passageways in Nantes
    • The Saint-Nazaire shipyard, embodiment of French pride
    • The wine route of the Muscadet through the vineyards of the Nantes region
Visits:
France
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From Prague to Berlin: Cruise on the Vltava and E ...

CroisiEurope
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9 days
$ 396 / day
$ 3,563
From : $ 4,382
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED
  • EXCLUSIVE TO CROISIEUROPE Cruise on board a paddle riverboat
  • Our ship is moored in Prague
  • Discover:
    • Golden Prague
    • Litomerice, charming city full of history
    • Elbe Sandstone Mountains, natural and architectural wonders
    • Dresden, the Florence of the Elbe
    • Meissen and its porcelain
    • Lutherstadt Wittenberg, birthplace of the Reformation
    • Potsdam, and the gardens of the Sanssouci Palace
    • Berlin, symbolic capital
Visits:
Dresden, Meissen, Czech Republic, Germany
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From Venice to Mantua

CroisiEurope
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7 days
$ 430 / day
$ 3,010
From : $ 3,702
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Unique itinerary
  • Coach transfer from Mantua to Venice on day 7 free of charge
  • Hiking Highlights
  • The islands of Torcello and Lazzaretto Nuovo
  • From the Euganean Hills to the village of Arqua Petrarca
  • Valle delle Cartiere and Lake Garda
  • Lessinia Regional Nature Park, a high-altitude trek
  • All excursions included for non-hikers:
    • Venice, an abundance of history
    • Padua, the home of Saint Anthony
    • Verona, the City of Love
    • Mantua, romantic city surrounded by lakes
    • Cremona, Claudio Monteverdi’s birthplace
    • Tour of the Fratelli Spigaroli with a tasting of Culatello ham and Parmesan cheese
Visits:
Italy
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Cruise on the Marne Canal from Paris to Epernay ( ...

CroisiEurope
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7 days
$ 453 / day
$ 3,171
From : $ 3,900
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED
    • Paris, a new and original visit of the capital city
    • Meaux, with its historic and gastronomic heritage
    • Château Thierry and falcony show(1)
    • Reims
    • Hautvillers, birthplace of Champagne
Visits:
Paris, France
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Discover the Loire Canal In the heart of France, ...

CroisiEurope
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7 days
$ 587 / day
$ 4,107
From : $ 5,052
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stroll through history, authentic and well-preserved sites, and traditional regions during this exceptional cruise
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
    • Nevers, famous pilgrimage site with an exceptional history
    • The Fontmorigny Abbey
    • Apremont-sur-Allier, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France
    • Rustic authenticity in a farm
    • La Tour du Pouilly-Fumé, a sensory travel in the middle of the vineyards
  • Tastings: The famous Crottin de Chavignol cheese and the Nevers nougatine
Visits:
France
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Cruise through the Canary Island Archipelago, ete ...

CroisiEurope
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8 days
$ 460 / day
$ 3,680
From : $ 4,526
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • THE CANARY ISLANDS: A BIOSPHERE RESERVE
    • Black sand beaches; lush forests; steep cliffs; dark, ragged crags; waves of dunes; charming, colonial towns; and bustling cities: The Canaries are a study in contrasts.
  • VISIT THE HEART OF SIX ISLANDS
    • Three national parks: Teide, Garajonay, and Timanfaya
    • Tours of Gran Canaria, La Gomera, and Fuerteventura
  • A DELICIOUS EXPERIENCE
    • Local wine and cheese tastings
Visits:
Amsterdam, Porto, Netherlands, Portugal
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The Burgundy & Petite Saône Canal (port-to-p ...

CroisiEurope
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7 days
$ 508 / day
$ 3,559
From : $ 4,378
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
    • Gray and its hidden treasures
    • The medieval Château at Champlitte, Museum of Popular Art and Traditions
    • The Burgundy Grands Crus wine route
Visits:
Dijon, France
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Christmas markets in Alsace

CroisiEurope
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4 days
$ 170 / day
$ 679
From : $ 835
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy the enchantment of Christmas Markets in Alsace
  • Strasbourg and its illuminations
  • The Wine Route and its typical villages
  • The special atmosphere of Colmar
Visits:
Strasbourg, France
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The Rhine and Moselle Rivers

CroisiEurope
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5 days
$ 316 / day
$ 1,582
From : $ 1,946
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
    • Authentic villages : Cochem, Rüdesheim, Boppard and Koblenz
    • Alken and Thurant Castle
  • Experience the magic of two rivers with a cruise amon steep cliffs, vineyards and romantic castle
Visits:
Strasbourg, Boppard, France, Germany
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Rhineland and Dutch Christmas

CroisiEurope
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5 days
$ 356 / day
$ 1,779
From : $ 2,188
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Celebrate Christmas during an unforgettable cruise full of joyful, enchanting surprises.

  • The romantic Rhine valley and the celebrated rock of the Lorelei
  • Discover the Christmas market in Strasbourg
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
    • Cologne, one of the oldest cities in Germany
    • Volendam and Zaanse Schans
    • Amsterdam, the "Venice of the North”
  • Midnight Mass in Cologne(1-2)
  • Christmas present
  • Christmas Eve dinner (including wine)
Visits:
Strasbourg, Amsterdam, France, Germany, Netherlands
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Porto and the Douro Valley

CroisiEurope
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6 days
$ 346 / day
$ 2,074
From : $ 2,551
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cruising in the spectacular Douro Valley
  • Traditional folk evening on board
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED to some of the most beautiful Portuguese cities:
    • Porto, the pearl of Portugal
    • The Douro Museum and the Quinta do tedo
    • Guimarães and its medieval center
Visits:
Porto, Portugal
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The tip of Provence to Lyon on the Rhône and Sa ...

CroisiEurope
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7 days
$ 252 / day
$ 1,766
From : $ 2,172
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS 

An exceptional cruise from the mouth of the Rhône to the Saône River

EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:

  • Discovery in the wild Camargue
  • Arles
  • The hanging houses in the Vercors Massif
  • Lyon and its strategic street doorways
  • The Beaujolais vineyards
  • Mâcon and its historic downtown
Visits:
Avignon, Lyon, Arles, France
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Oenological cruise: Discover the fabulous world o ...

CroisiEurope
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7 days
$ 370 / day
$ 2,587
From : $ 3,182
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Unforgettable moments :
    • Taste some of the best wines at local vineyards : Côtes de Provence, Côtes du Rhône, Tain l’Hermitage, and Beaujolais
  • Conference and tastings*
  • ALL EXCURSIONS INCLUDED
    • Following the footsteps of Van Gogh in Arles
    • Lyon and Les Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse
Visits:
Avignon, Lyon, Arles, France
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Mardi Gras in Andalusia: Great Food and Carnival ...

CroisiEurope
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6 days
$ 234 / day
$ 1,401
From : $ 1,723
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

ALL EXCURSIONS INCLUDED

THE MUSTS:

  • Seville, the capital of Andalusia
  • Visit a typical Andalusian hacienda in Isla Minima
  • Wine tasting and tapas in a bodega
Visits:
Spain
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Top Eco, Sustainable & Green Travel Attractions & Experiences

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19,852 Eco, Sustainable & Green Travel Tour Reviews - Summary 91% Recommend

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Great 2,028
Average 410
Disappointing 277
Terrible 1,403
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Great tours and food! Exceptional customer service

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

As a female solo traveller, I especially appreciated CroisiEurope's summer special waiving single supplements.
I am non-EU national, and very much enjoyed the international clientele .
My flight arrived later than the prescribed boarding time, the crew had my cabin ready, and held dinner. Both land side New York office and the onboard crew were very welcoming, and most attention to detail. Special recognition to Charina, my reservation agent, and Daniel the ship's purser.
The vessel's decor is very discreet, comfortable, and relaxing -- no neon, casino, etc. The elegance one would expect from a French company.
The land tours were very comprehensive, in comfortable coaches, with sufficient rest stops. Lunches ashore were included, as appropriate. As advertised, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages were included. In-town shopping was available, but not forced.
In all, a delightful experience. I look forward to another voyage with CroisiEurope. The company offers so many unique intineraries, it may be difficult to select.

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A memorable four nights on the Seine - Le Havre to Paris

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We had never been on a European river cruise before and chose this one for its brevity, just four nights. We were very happy with our choice and heartily recommend Croisieurope to travelers seeking affordable luxury plus top-flight service. The Renoir was refurbished to a very high standard in 2018 and it shows—comfortable beds, a ship-shape bathroom, lots of clever storage, individual climate control, big picture windows that open to let in fresh air. From the moment we arrived on board, the staff handled everything with professionalism and aplomb. The food in the restaurant (three meals a day with wine) was generous and truly delicious, and the shore excursions were all excellent: Honfleur, Deauville, a noted Calvados estate, Rouen, and Versailles. In each location we had a different guide, all bilingual and well-versed in the particular site's history. We really didn't have to to do anything except show up each day! What a treat.
The Seine scenery was gorgeous and the boat was extremely comfortable—we loved that we could stay in our cabin, relax on various decks, or attend onboard activities, including a lively dance performance by a Normandy folk troupe. Even though we were the only English speakers on the cruise, the bilingual staff were always on hand to help us, and the other passengers (mostly French with a few Belgians/Swiss) were friendly and tolerant of our basic French. After our final night sleeping aboard the boat on Quai de Grenelle in Paris, we were rather sad to depart the beautiful Renoir.

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The food, tours and service on the Miguel Torga exceeded our expectations, and we felt very safe with the Covid precautions being taken on board.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

The food, tours and service on the Miguel Torga exceeded our expectations, and we felt very safe with the Covid precautions being taken on board. Masks were universally worn by staff and passengers both on the boat and during excursions. There were many hand sanitizer stations. It was reassuring to see safety protocols being enforced, but the crew managed it without disrupting the relaxing atmosphere of our vacation.
We had such a wonderful time on our cruise and absolutely intend to travel with CroisiEurope again. I was especially pleased with the attention to detail regarding food preferences and requests. I have a shellfish allergy, and our kids didn’t always like what was on the menu. The chef and staff always made every effort to accommodate and please us.
Our guide Deborah on the excursions was so informative and made great suggestions for sightseeing and shopping. I liked the way the excursions were managed by touring in the morning with lunch and sailing in the afternoon. We were the only Americans on board with mostly French speakers, but everyone was friendly, and we had no communication issues with the crew. Entertainment was simple but fun with games or local talent coming aboard for flamenco or folk singing and dancing. There were only 62 passengers and no young children. Our kids were 12 & 17, and they were happy with the pool on board, which was small, but ideal for cooling off after a morning in port. They surprised our 17-year-old with a special dessert on her birthday.
We’ve been on several other riverboat cruises (Viking, Peter Dielmann, Vodohod), and they did not match the value and service provided by CroisiEurope.

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This barge hotel cruise on and along the Marne river was absolutely fantastic!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This barge hotel cruise on and along the Marne river was absolutely fantastic! It is by far the most relaxing way to travel I've ever experienced. Plenty of on board activities from which to choose during the cruising portion. Interesting daily excursions to learn of the local history, observe a different way of life and take in all that France has to offer.
The crew were very attentive and hospitable. One of the biggest, if not THE biggest, highlight of the trip was the food. Breakfast was a typical French style buffet with all the trimmings. Lunch and dinner were menus, in the French style, prepared by our Chef and paired with a variety of wines and cheeses from around France. Each meal was unique and full of variety culminating at the end of the week with our Gala Dinner.
One of the excursion highlights, and a major reason why we chose this particular cruise, was the falconry demonstration at Chateau Thierry. It was very well done and quite a moving presentation, which included an American Bald Eagle and, even more surprisingly, Storks.
If you are looking for a more intimate way to cruise, Passenger to Crew ratio was 17 - 6, consider barge hotel cruises. We are most definitely looking forward to our next barge hotel cruise experience.

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Operator CroisiEurope

It’s affordable, the atmosphere on board is unique, the routes can be very interesting.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Summary over a cruise on the Haute Seine and Yonne on a barge.
As seasoned cruisers, knowing well all aspects of cruising on seas and rivers, we had no experience about traveling on a barge in a canal. It was also time to overcome this lack.
A number of companies offer this kind of cruising on barge with 8 to 16 passengers, however very often at exorbitant prices. Luckily, we discovered that the company CroisiEurope offers one week cruise on various canals in Europe, at very decent price, especially considering that all is inclusive (full board, all alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and all excursions) on modern barges with a maximum of 22 passengers.
We opted for the barge Ms Deborah, which cruises on the canal de la Loire, with the Briare to Nevers’ route. We were looking forward to this itinerary because the proposed excursions particularly suited us. Unfortunately, only a few days before departure, we were informed that due of a lack of water in the Loire canal the Ms Deborah was switched over to the Haute Seine and Yonne for a new itinerary from Paris to Sens. Despites the fact that this new itinerary didn’t really meet our desires, especially the excursions, we decided to accept the change.
Our group of 6 persons from Switzerland was very warmly greeted by all members of the crew when arriving on the quai de Grenelle in Paris where we see the MS DEBORAH for the first time, our floating home for the week. With its two dominating colours blue and white, it is difficult not to fall in love with this beautiful small ship.
We were invited immediately for the welcome cocktail during which we met officially the crew and the other six individual passengers originating from New Zealand, England and the USA. With less time than it needs to tell, the relation between us was created, so that everyone felt part of a bunch of friends knowing each other for long time.
There is no need to present here the MS Deborah itself, as this is already thoroughly done on the Cruise Critic page.
The crew of 6 persons is composed of a captain, a sailor, a cruise director, a chef, a waitress and a cabin hostess who put all their efforts to satisfy the passengers and offer them the best possible service. The captain as well as the sailor are always trying to make passengers at ease, answer questions or even bring a drink. The lady cruise director is omnipresent, taking care of the passengers better than a mother hen would do. The talented young French chef aims to produce dishes which please everybody. His outstanding sauces and excellent desserts should be particularly praised. However, referring to comments we made during a cruise on the Seine Princess two years ago, we cannot understand that why today it is not possible to offer the choice of a light buffet at lunch instead a three or even four course menu! The always smiling and friendly Hungarian waitress was very caring and attentive, without forgetting the cabin hostess doing a great job in the cabins, the public spaces and even the kitchen. It wouldn’t be fair to name a single person as all members of the crew, without any exception, do all they can to make the cruise unforgettable.
Our one-week cruise on the barge Ms Deborah enables us today to make the following comments:
~ a cruise on a barge cannot be compared to any other kind of cruise
~ despite all the comfort offered on modern barge, one must be very aware that life on board happens at a restraint space, requiring therefore much flexibility and understanding in all aspects from all passengers
~ in our case, being only 12 passengers, we had the opportunity to take our meals on the terrace. We also never had the feeling that the boat was overcrowded. This can be different when the ship is full, especially by bad weather
~ the state of mind between the passengers who are mostly of foreign nationalities, who don’t know each other and don’t speak French, must function well right from the beginning
~ if the interrelation works, it is difficult to find a more relaxing and enjoyable way of travelling
~ the success on a barge is mainly due on the quality of its crew. Ms Deborah’s crew members have quickly created a family spirit on board, showing also that they genuinely like what they do
~ excursions can play a major role in choosing an itinerary. Not speaking French or English can be a handicap
Do we recommend to do a cruise on a barge? Yes, definitively! It’s affordable, the atmosphere on board is unique, the routes can be very interesting. In our case, this second try with CroisiEurope gives them a better note.

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Greatings

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Thanks for getting in touch and more importantly thank you for all your help running up to and during the week. Our guests had an amazing time, you can have a look at some of the video reviews on our instagram highlights @theluxeweek or see the written reviews on trustpilot https://www.trustpilot.com/review/

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