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Try something different on your next cruise—barge cruising! These unique and small vessels are a new take on an old way to navigate the waters of the world. As tourism has increased throughout Europe, owners of old cargo barges have taken time to convert their vessels into now-luxurious hosts of your cruise, giving you exclusive access to canals and rivers all from aboard a truly intimate boat, often hosting fewer than 12 passengers. Contact us for more information on the treasured experience of barge cruising!

10 Best Barge Cruises for 2024-2025

Best Barge Cruising Deals for 2024-2025

Trip NameSaveFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Scotland SlowlySavings$739511Jun 3, 2025Explore Scotland's ancient past on this 11-day expedition cruise through Scotland's western and northern isles aboard Ocean Endeavor. In this land of …
Danube Delights$70908Jul 28, 2024Take an 8-day cruise with Emerald Star the captivating Danube River. Prepare yourself for a walking tour, sightseeing and meeting the locals in …
Charming Castles & Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle$94908Sep 25, 2024Indulge in an 8-day cruise aboard Scenic Pearl through the Charming Castles and vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle. Explore Breisach's post-WWII …
Jewels of the Rhine$67908Aug 10, 2024Emerald Dawn hosts this exciting 8-day Rhine River cruise from Amsterdam to Zurich. Biking, hiking, and urban exploration tours highlight this …
Christmas Markets of the Rhine$96908Nov 30, 2024Embark on an 8-day cruise aboard the Emerald Sun through Europe's most renowned cities, many of which host expansive traditional Christmas markets. A …
Disko Bay: Meeting the Inuit & Discovering the UnknownSavings$2552016Apr 17, 2025Embark on a 16-day Disko Bay cruise on Le Commandant Charcot. Explore Reykjavík's highlights, cruise the King Frederick VI Coast, and visit Inuit …
Gems of the Danube$90908Oct 18, 2024Enjoy an 8-day luxury cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest aboard the 5-star luxury Scenic Opal. Visit some of the most beautiful cities of central …
Rhine Christmas Markets$90908Dec 7, 2024Admire festive decorations and twinkling lights along streets and squares, and even the Scenic Crystal will be decked out in all its Christmas …
Treasures of France & Spain$64998Sep 16, 2024Embark on an 8-day cruise aboard World Traveler from Nice, France, to Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Discover picturesque beaches, historic towns, vibrant …
Southern Burgundy CruiseSavings$85507Jul 21, 2024Delight yourself with a 7-day trip on the Finesse while cruising around Southern Burgundy. As you sail, you will get to explore and discover the …

The World's Top 9 Barge Cruising Destinations for 2024-2025

Top 10 Barge Charters for 2024-2025

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Mekong River - Upstream - Low water$14075Jul 30, 2024Join this 5-day Mekong River cruise from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Travel across the mighty Mekong delta to get an inside look at Cambodian culture. …
Svalbard Encounter Expedition Micro Cruise$111858May 12, 2025Join the 8-day summer cruise through Svalbard aboard the MV Vikingfjord and discover the breathtaking wilderness, glaciers, and natural beauty of …
Mekong River - Upstream - High water$25628Sep 7, 2024Experience the Mekong River during the high water season on this 8-day cruise on The Jahan. This expedition takes you from Saigon to Siem Reap, …
Mekong River - Upstream - High water$23648Sep 14, 2024Embark on this 8-day high river expedition on the Jayavarman and experience the Mekong River as it flows from Saigon to Siem Reap. Explore the lower …
Best of Vietnam & Laos$218413Jul 19, 2024Explore the main highlights of Vietnam and Laos on this 13-day tour, featuring a cruise in Ha Long Bay, wandering the streets of Hanoi, and …
Panama's Parks and Beaches$21609Jul 19, 2024Choose a 9-day Panama National Parks and Beaches tour, and discover Old Panama ruins, iconic Canal views, lush waterfalls, and thrilling zip line …
Vietnam Adventure$270012Jul 19, 2024This active 12-day trek through Vietnam explores the villages of Red Zao and Hmong, and cruises Ha Long Bay en route from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. …
Ancient India: The Odyssey of Kumbh Mela$546311Jan 10, 2025Explore India's cultural richness from Delhi to Varanasi, encountering historical wonders, unique experiences at Sheroes Cafe, and the profound …
Highlights of Classical Greece$38637Jul 19, 2024This 7-day tour of classical Greece will explore Athens and its rich cultural heritage. Visit the charming town of Nafplion and its beautiful …
Mekong River - Downstream - Low water$23648Jul 27, 2024Embark on this 8-day Mekong River cruise from Siem Reap to Saigon during low water season and discover the wonders of the Mekong. Experience the …
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Top Barge Cruising Destinations in Europe

Cruising the canals of Europe is a relaxing way to enjoy the company of friends and family. Here are some of the hot spots:

France is considered the crème de la crème of barge cruising with the best-established barging culture where you can explore the canals and waterways of: Canal du Midi in the South of France, the Alsace-Lorraine region sailing the Marne-Rhine Canal to Strasbourg, and the famous wine regions of  Burgundy and Champagne. Some barge cruises even arrive to Paris.

Scotland & Ireland -  Sail the length of Loch Ness on the lookout for Nessy or cruise Ireland's Shannon River in a barge.

Germany  - where you can explore the picturesque Moselle River on a barge

Netherlands and Belgium whose canals make excellent barge cruising territory.

Italy's Po River features barge cruises beginning in Venice.
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