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No.3 - Early Season Taster - Cruising the Somme

No.3 - Early Season Taster - Cruising the Somme

A great tour-and cruise taster opportunity as we hop across to Northern France and join the Natalia for two half-day cruises on the River Somme between Cappy and Amiens. This is an especially economic short break as we spend just the one night in hotel in Amiens and cruise on our travel days to make the most of the time available.

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Whilst in mid-March we shouldn’t count on being entirely free of winter weather, the days are longer and we can at least relax knowing we can experience this serene waterway from the comfort and shelter of our air-conditioned saloon.


This is a full-board cruise-tour including beers and wines on board the boat (but not at the hotel where you should please pay your own bar bill!)


Day 1

On our outward travel day we aim to leave Folkestone via Eurotunnel in the morning so that we reach our cruise set-off point in the village of Cappy (less than 2 hours from Calais) around lunchtime. You will then enjoy lunch on the boat as we cruise downstream through quiet countryside as far as the small town of Corbie.
We then rejoin our coach to continue the short way into Amiens where we stay at the 3* Holiday Inn Express, with a 3-course dinner included at the excellent Brasserie Jules next door to the hotel.

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Day 2

Early risers may like to take the chance next morning to visit the great Cathedral Notre-Dame just a short walk from the hotel, but at 10am we set off to return to Corbie and from here it is a cruise of about 4 hours back into Amiens through the Hortillonnages island gardens which are such an important part of the city's heritage. Again you will enjoy lunch on board and by mid-afternoon we should disembark back in Amiens to join the coach for our return to Calais. Our early-evening crossing should have us back in Kent early evening.

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B=Breakfast Included, L=Lunch Included, D =Dinner Included

What’s Included:


  • Executive Coach Travel

  • Assistance with booking taxi connections and/or hotel stay pre-departure (in Ashford)

  • Eurotunnel crossings

  • Two half days of cruising

  • Hotel stay at the 3* Holiday Inn Express in Amiens

  • 3-course dinner at the Brasserie Jules

  • On Board lunch on both cruise days

  • Tea and coffee, soft drinks, wines and beers throughout cruising



Our Hotel:


The 3* Holiday Inn Express is centrally situated, close to the pedestrianised shopping centre, riverside waterfront and cathedral.  The hotel was refurbished in 2015.





Our tour and cruise package includes evening meal in Amiens at the Brasserie Jules, and lunches aboard the Natalia on our cruise days.



On Board Facilities:


Our boat has been designed to comfortably accommodate a coachload of passengers in lounge-standard seating and there is additional seating outside for those wanting to take in the views and fresh air.  There are 3 bikes on board free of charge for anyone who would like to ride the towpath.  The boats has two WC/washrooms and a galley. Tea, coffee, soft drinks, beers and wines are always available at no charge.  There is no smoking on board.



Environmental Policies


Our boat is hybrid-engined and normally charges overnight from shore supply.  Its diesel engines are only used if battery power is exhausted, so most of the time you can look forward to silent cruising.  The saloon roof is bedecked with solar panels which reinforce battery endurance and support the boat's air conditioning system.


We also operate to a strict waste-avoidance policy.  We try to completely avoid the use of single-use plastics and we operate to a responsible recycling code.  All meals and drinks on board are served using normal crockery, cutlery and glassware.  Our crew also has a brief to support the recovery from rivers and canals of floating litter whenever this is practicable.



Departure from Kent:


Anyone from further afield please feel welcome to join us on this or any other Buzzlines tour.  We are happy to arrange parking for you here in Kent, or we can pick you up from Ashford International Station – only 37 minutes by HS1 from London St Pancras – and help you to find overnight hotel or B&B stops. 



International Guests


If you are an international visitor and you would like to book a cruise/tour with Backwaters whilst you are already in France, you are welcome to make your own way to the hotel and join the tour there.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Ashford International Htl Ashford International Hotel
Folkestone Bus Station Bay E, Folkestone

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