Cruises in Picardy
Picardy is the cradle of Gothic art and architecture with its six splendid cathedrals, particularly France’s monumental one in the capital of the region, Amiens. Picardy over the years has been a war-torn region that was often the place of invasions and battles. The two World Wars ripped through this region, leaving behind a fascinating legacy for visitors today, notably the battlefields of the Somme, now so tranquil.
Just north of Picardy is Nord-Pas de Calais, a region criss-crossed by a network of picturesque canals and rivers, a haven of pastoral landscapes, picturesque villages and historic cities such as Lille. Old mills, ancient abbeys and elegant châteaux are in abundance and it is the perfect region for those seeking a slower pace of life.
The scenery along the Canal du Nord, the main canal we cruise on in this region, and over the Vermandois Hills is spectacular rural France at its best. Further south, the châteaux of Chantilly and Compiègne nestle in a large forest that once extended all the way from Paris and it is near Compiègne itself in 1918 that the World War One Armistice was famously signed in a railway carriage.
This map represents one of the sample itineraries we offer in this region.
FIND A CRUISE IN PICARDY
Cruises and barges in Picardy
In May each year, aboard the spacious 12 passenger Panache
or the ultra deluxe 8 passenger La Nouvelle Etoile,
you can cruise through this fascinating region of Northern France between Paris