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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 2023-2024

The World's Top 9 Barge Cruising Destinations for 2023-2024

Top 5 Barge Charters for 2023-2024

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Private Charter - European Classic Cruise - Alsace & Lorraine Aboard Panache$685007Jul 9, 2023Panache’s 7-day voyage through Alsace & Lorraine allows you to appreciate the very best of the region. Pass through storybook villages along the …
Private Charter - Classic Cruise - Germany & Luxembourg Aboard La Nouvelle Etoile$720007Aug 27, 2023Explore Germany & Luxembourg on this 7-day private cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile to the picturesque destinations along two delightful canals. …
Private Charter - Southern Burgundy Cruise Aboard Finesse$585007Apr 9, 2023Finesse is the perfect vessel for a 7-day private cruise to the meandering waterways of Southern Burgundy past vineyards and charming canal-side …
Private Charter - Canal Du Midi Voyage - Le Somail to Marseillan Aboard Anjodi$390007Apr 9, 2023Board the Anjodi on a 7-day private cruise along Canal du Midi, offering the very best of the South of France. From Le Somail to Marseillan, visit …
Private Charter - European Classic Cruise - Upper Loire & Western Burgundy$337507Apr 2, 2023Board the luxury hotel barge Renaissance and take a 7-day private cruise through the rivers and canals of France. Cruise across the Loire River on …
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Barge Cruising Travel Guide

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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