Paris and Surrounds

Paris, the city of lights with romance, museums, bistrots, cafés, shopping, markets, exquisite buildings, walks along the Seine, boulangeries, patisseries and an abundance of neighborhoods with their own unique personalities.

All waterways lead to Paris - from Holland and Belgium in the north; Germany and Switzerland to the east; the Mediterranean to the south and the Atlantic to the west.

No wonder Paris is the before and after stopover for most people going on barge cruises. The cruises starting or ending in Paris make them convenient and exciting.

There are t​wo cruise itineraries in and around Paris.

Paris to Auxerre in Burgundy

From the excitement of cruising through Paris on the Seine River to the quieter waters of the peaceful Yonne River, you will pass through busy river towns to the more tranquil green countryside of northern Burgundy. La Nouvelle Etoile cruises here two weeks each year.

Sightseeing can include:

  • Napoleon's opulent Chateau Fountainebleau
  • Moret-sur-Loing, inspiration to impressionist painters
  • Sens, the oldest town in France
  • Wine tasting in Chablis
  • Auxerre with its impressive cathedrals on the hill overlooking the River Yonne.

Paris to Epernay in Champagne

Not long after leaving Paris does the Seine River meet the beautiful Marne River leading you to the famed Champagne Region and for history buffs, WWI battle fields and memorials. La Nouvelle Etoile cruises here late July to mid August.

Sightseeing can include:

  • Magnificent Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte
  • Private wine and cheese tasting
  • The cellars of Moet et Chandon with a private Champagne tasting
  • WWI sites at Chateau Thierry
  • Abbey of Hautvillers where the monk Dom Perignon first made Champagne

 Two diverse cruises start in or near Paris:


    Browse Paris Barges


    Cruising between Paris and Burgundy

    Cruising between Paris and Epernay in Champagne

    Please see the individual barge's itineraries for the diverse routes and excursions they include.


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     Barge Randle cruises through Paris

    Claude Monet's garden in Giverny

    Magnificent Chateau de Chantilly

    Auxerre borders the Yonne River