Saga holidays have introduced a new and inspiring collection of cruise and stay programmes.

These 7-night breaks are the perfect introduction for those wishing to experience river cruising and a great way to explore the French waterways.

There is no better way to explore the picturesque canals and waterways of rural France than aboard an intimate barge. The new collection of week-long cruises combine the charm of a leisurely day cruise past famous vineyards, sleepy villages and medieval towns, with a relaxing stay in a carefully selected hotel.

Admire the passing scenery on board ‘Natalia’, where you can enjoy the breath-taking views from the barge’s panoramic windows or out on the deck. ‘Natalia’ is a newly commissioned barge that has been designed specifically for a morning of cruising, followed by a light lunch of local specialities served on board before hopping on a coach to further explore on an excursion, before heading back to the hotel in the evening. If a week isn’t long enough there is also the option to combine cruises for a longer journey.

There are several week-long itineraries to pick from, whether you wish to explore the wine regions of Sancerre and the attractions around the River Loire, discover the medieval old towns of Provins and Auxerre or cruise to St Florentin for an evening barbeque at the romantic former monastery, Abbaye de Reigny – there is something for everyone.

With itineraries covering places such as Bordeaux, Provence, the Loire and Normandy, many choose to enjoy cruises here so that they can soak up the unique and vivid culture on offer at each destination.

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7 nights from £1399, price based on 2 sharing a twin room and departing September 29, Montargis to Sancerre. Price includes: 7 nights stay in hotel, Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required, UK travel service, Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry, and transfers, Welcome drink, Glass of local wine with lunch, Saga cruise escort, minimum of 4 included excursions.

Some of the highlights detailed may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring independently.