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Modern Barge Cruises are small and slow vessels that were originally created with the purpose of transporting cargo through Europe’s canals that have been remodeled into luxury hotels on water. They usually hold around a dozen passengers making it great for charters for a large friend and family groups. Barges are slower than you might think, they travel under 5 miles an hour and most tours will travel around 50 miles in a week. If you have any questions regarding our barge cruises, contact our travel specialists for help.
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Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Southern Burgundy Cruise$59507Oct 1, 2023Board L’Impressionniste for this 7-day cruise which will take you on a tour that starts and ends in Paris. View the beautiful French countryside …

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Trip NameSaveFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
European Classic Cruise - ScotlandSavings$55507Oct 1, 2023Discover the beauty of Scotland on a 7-day getaway cruise aboard the elegant barge hotel Spirit of Scotland. Explore the mysterious Lochs of Scotland …
Meandering Along the Burgundy, Saone and Center CanalSavings$37457Apr 13, 2024On board MS Danièle, embark on a seven-day cultural and gourmet cruise through the Burgundy canal. Discover cities with their own special charm, …
Get Away From It All: An Emotional Journey from Saone-et-Loire to the Cote d'OrSavings$37457Apr 20, 2024Join us for a unique 7-day journey along the Burgundy canal to discover cities with distinctive charm, roundtrip from Dijon aboard MS Danièle.
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Europe Barge Cruising Travel Guide

Experience Europe from a novel perspective aboard an inviting barge cruise!

What were once barges built for cargo transport have been transformed by their innovative captains hoping to share their love of Europe with travelers into luxury cruising barges.

Intimate quarters, with space for just 12-24 travelers in cozy accommodations, give you exclusive access to the rivers and canals that traditional riverboats can't enter. 

The slower pace of barge cruises may mean that you visit fewer destinations on your cruise, but it also means you get to truly enjoy the rolling slopes, vineyards, and rich cultures of Europe along the way. 

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When to Go on your European Barge Cruise

The best time to enjoy a barge cruise through Europe is in the autumn season, when the summer tourists have gone home and the heat is waning.

If you don't mind bigger crowds and hotter days, summer is a good time to plan your trip as well.

Late spring, in April and May, can be an ideal shoulder season as well if you don't mind a bit of spring showers and cooler temperatures. 
What's included on your barge cruise? 

One of the best parts about barge cruises is that they are all inclusive- meaning that everything (even the alcohol) is included in the price. 

Daily excursions and tours and any activities are also included.

Plus, the food is often prepared by the captain and their crew and sourced from local ingredients using old family recipes.

Like all cruises, airfare, extra tours before or after the itinerary, and gratuities are not included.

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