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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Hiking Cruises in the Former Austro-Hungarian Emp ...

CroisiEurope
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8 days
$ 243 / day
$ 1,941
From : $ 2,387
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. 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

  • Hiking trails with a qualified mountain guide
  • Bratislava, Budapest and Vienna
  • At the very heart of Austro-Hungarian traditions and folklore
Visits:
Bratislava, Budapest, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary
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Cruise along the South-North Axis from Arles to A ...

CroisiEurope
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11 days
$ 386 / day
$ 4,249
From : $ 5,226
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. 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 combination of history, tradition and culture, a passionate encounter
  • Visit the hidden treasures in France, Germany and Holland
  • Historic sites, charming towns, the wonderful flavours of the products from the regions - so much pleasure to share during a cruise
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED :
    • Arles and its vestiges of the Roman Empire
    • Strasbourg, European capital
    • The open-air museum in Arnhem
Visits:
Arles, Lyon, Dusseldorf, Amsterdam, Avignon, France, Germany, Netherlands
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French Impressionism Along the Banks of the Seine

CroisiEurope
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7 days
$ 347 / day
$ 2,430
From : $ 2,989
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. 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

  • Discover the landscapes that inspired Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, and Eugène Boudin.
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED : 
  • VISIT MAJOR ARTISTIC SITES:
    • The charming village of Barbizon
    • The Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, the largest collection of his works
    • Monet’s home in Giverny, nature’s tableau vivant
    • The Fine Arts Museum and the cathedral in Rouen
    • Honfleur, cradle of Impressionism
    • The Norman Abbey Circuit
    • Étretat, and the beautiful white cliffs of the Côte d'Albâtre
Visits:
Paris, Rouen, France
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The Douro River, the spirit of Portugal

CroisiEurope
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8 days
$ 324 / day
$ 2,594
From : $ 3,191
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. 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:
    • Lamego and the most beautiful Baroque sanctuary in Portugal
    • The formal gardens at the Mateus Palace
    • Salamanca, awe-inspiring Spanish city
    • The Porto Wine Route*, the oldest wine-producing region in the world
    • Porto, a coastal town full of culture and tradition
    • Aveiro, known as the "Venice of Portugal”
  • Flamenco, Fado and folk entertainment on board
Visits:
Porto, Portugal
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Southern Africa aboard the African Dream: travel ...

CroisiEurope
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13 days
$ 788 / day
$ 10,246
From : $ 12,603
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. 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 intimate experience on board a luxury 5 anchor ship
  • Enjoy the stillness of a magical, luxurious lodge with spacious bungalows
  • Unique cruise on Lake Kariba through emblematic and mysterious landscapes
  • Land and water safaris in Chobé and Matusadona National Parks
  • The grandness of Victoria Falls is waiting for you, on foot or on board a helicopter (optional)
  • EXTENSION INCLUDED:
    • Ascent of Table Mountain to take in the views from Table Bay
    • Discovery of the legendary Cape of Good Hope
    • Guided tour of Robben Island
    • Meet-up with the penguin colony near Simon's Town
    • Tasting of South-African wines*
Visits:
Amsterdam, Porto, Netherlands, Portugal
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Along the river Danube, Budapest, the Balkan peni ...

CroisiEurope
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12 days
$ 363 / day
$ 4,353
From : $ 5,354
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. 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

  • A comprehensive cruise along the Danube, taking in its history, fascinating culture and sublime landscapes
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
    • Authentic Bulgaria with Veliko Tarnovo and the charming town of Ruse
    • Bucharest, the surprising Romanian capital
    • The Danube delta, the largest and best preserved of the European deltas
Visits:
Budapest, Porto, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Portugal
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Springtime in Holland, the Romantic Rhine Valley ...

CroisiEurope
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22 days
$ 330 / day
$ 7,263
From : $ 8,933
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. 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

  • 22 days to explore Holland and sail along the majestic Rhine River and all the way to the Danube
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
    • Delightful scents and springtime colors at the Keukenhof floral gardens(1)
    • Amsterdam and its unique atmosphere
    • Volendam, an authentic Dutch village
    • Zaanse Schans, its windmills and traditional houses
    • Rüdesheim and its Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments
    • But also Frankfurt, Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Melk Abbey, Vienna and Schönbrunn Palace or Budapest
Visits:
Amsterdam, Strasbourg, Bamberg, Budapest, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, Hungary
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From Berlin to Amsterdam

CroisiEurope
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12 days
$ 328 / day
$ 3,933
From : $ 4,838
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. 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

  • Discover an enticing mixture of nature and culture
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
    • The Charlottenburg Palace
    • Berlin, iconic capital
    • Potsdam, and the gardens of the Sanssouci Palace
    • Magdeburg, Hanseatic town
    • Hanover, capital of Lower Saxony
    • Bremen, the oldest maritime city in Germany
    • Volendam, famous fishing village
Visits:
Amsterdam, Germany, Netherlands
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The Meandering Seine

CroisiEurope
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7 days
$ 230 / day
$ 1,612
From : $ 1,983
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. 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

  • Unprecedented cruise from Melun to Normandy
  • Experience Paris at night from the bow of the ship
  • All excursions inlcuded:
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
    • The palace in Fontainebleau, residence of the French monarchs for over 800 years(1)
    • The must-see sites in Paris
    • Giverny and Monet’s gardens
    • Art and history in Rouen
    • Astounding beauty on the Norman Abbey Circuit
    • The enchanting city of Honfleur and the Côte Fleurie
Visits:
Paris, Rouen, France
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4 Rivers: The Neckar, Romantic Rhine, Moselle, an ...

CroisiEurope
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7 days
$ 301 / day
$ 2,106
From : $ 2,590
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. 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 magic of 4 different rivers: The enchanting Neckar, the romantic Rhine, the picturesque Moselle, and the natural landscapes of the Sarre
  • Charming villages appear on the banks of each river
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
    • Heidelberg, the most romantic city in Germany
    • Trier and its Roman ruins
    • Luxembourg, the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
    • The underground wine cellars(1) of Remich
Visits:
Strasbourg, Trier, France, Germany, Luxembourg
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Capital Cities Along the Danube

CroisiEurope
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5 days
$ 293 / day
$ 1,466
From : $ 1,803
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. 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

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CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore three exciting capital cities in Central and Eastern Europe: Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava

ALL EXCURSIONS INCLUDED

  • Fascinating excursions
    • The Great Market Hall in Budapest (2), a visual and papillary delight

ALL INCLUSIVE ON BOARD

Visits:
Budapest, Bratislava, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia
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Hike in Porto, the Douro Valley (Portugal), and S ...

CroisiEurope
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8 days
$ 396 / day
$ 3,167
From : $ 3,895
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. 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

  • Walking tours with a qualified mountain guide:
    • Hike to Provesende
    • The Portuguese vineyard
    • The Douro National Park all the way to the Vultures' Cliff
    • Along the coastline in Porto
  • Non-walkers' program:
    • Porto and its historic riches
    • Vila Real and the formal gardens at the Mateus Palace
    • Salamanca, beautiful university city
    • The Porto Wine Route
    • Figueira de Castelo Rodriguo, one of the 12 historic villages in Portugal
Visits:
Porto, Portugal, Spain
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Corsican Cruise - Leaving from Nice (port-to-port ...

CroisiEurope
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8 days
$ 678 / day
$ 5,427
From : $ 6,675
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. 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

  • Exceptional cruise to discover Corsica from north to south
  • ALL EXCURSIONS INCLUDED
  • Dinner with Corsican music and songs in a traditional inn
  • The island’s major areas: Ajaccio, Calvi, Bonifacio, and Porto-Vecchio
  • Cap Corse and the nature reserve on the Archipelago of Lavezzi
  • The natural wonders : the Îles Sanguinaires, the Calanques de Piana(1) and the Balagne Region
Visits:
Amsterdam, Porto, Netherlands, Portugal
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A Bountiful Christmas in Alsace and the Black Forest

CroisiEurope
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4 days
$ 202 / day
$ 808
From : $ 994
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. 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:
    • The Christmas Market in Freiburg, one of the most beautiful in Germany
    • Explore Colmar and its magical Christmas market in the heart of the old town
    • Christmas Spirit and traditions at the Ecomuseum of Alsace
Visits:
Strasbourg, France, Germany
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The Seine Valley and its must-see calls

CroisiEurope
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5 days
$ 330 / day
$ 1,650
From : $ 2,030
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. 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

  • Join us for an extensive overview of the Seine
  • Enjoy authentic Parisian ambiance on board and a perfect mixture of history and nature
Visits:
Paris, France
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19,852 Eco, Sustainable & Green Travel Tour Reviews - Summary 91% Recommend

4.5 out of 5
Excellent 15,734
Great 2,028
Average 410
Disappointing 277
Terrible 1,403
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Activities
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Lodging
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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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Operator CroisiEurope

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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