I'm going to be planning a barge cruise in France and would appreciate anyone's experiences with this type of trip. We are seasoned international travelers but this will be 1st time barging. In particular, any recommendations on barge companies / tour operators, areas of the country or routes to concentrate on, and any gotcha's would be appreciated. We've done river cruising but this seems more intimate (small group) and slower paced.
Thx, Jim S. - Chicago