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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

Best Barge Cruising Deals for 2023-2024

Trip NameSaveFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
The Romantic DanubeSavings$413911Sep 28, 2023Spend three nights in Prague and enjoy a fascinating cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest with stops in the charming cities of Passau, Austria, Vienna, …
Idyllic RhôneSavings$115908Apr 28, 2024From Lyon to Avignon, cruise along the Rhône and Sâone rivers aboard the luxurious Scenic Sapphire and enjoy an exclusive Scenic culinaire …
The Loire Valley, a Royal LegacySavings$20815Mar 31, 2024On this 5-day cruise roundtrip Nantes aboard MS Loire Princesse, set sail on a Royal Loire River cruise renowned for its breathtaking beauty. Explore …
Gems of the DanubeSavings$90908Oct 18, 2023Enjoy 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 …
Corsican CruiseSavings$44348Sep 29, 2023This eight-day Corsican voyage aboard the MV La Belle des Océans reveals Corsica's hidden riches, a real paradise on earth that appears to have …
British Isles: Legendary History & Wild NatureSavings$599513May 8, 2024Embark on the Sea Spirit for this 13-day cruise from Portsmouth to Leith exploring wildlife, beautiful beaches, and magnificent ruins as you cruise …
Jewels of the RhineSavings$82908Sep 25, 2023Aboard Emerald Luna for an exciting 8-day voyage to discover the Jewels of Rhine. Sail from Zurich to Amsterdam and experience the past by visiting …
The Romantic Danube - Cruise OnlySavings$31998Sep 30, 2023Cruise eastern Europe on this 8-day itinerary along the romantic Danube from Vilshofen to Budapest aboard the MS Amasonata, stopping in cities like …
Danube DelightsSavings$70908Apr 21, 2024Take an 8-day cruise with Emerald Star the captivating Danube River. Prepare yourself for a walking tour, sightseeing and meeting the locals in …
Danube Explorer & Highlights of BudapestSavings$849010Apr 1, 2024Join this 10-day Danube Explorer & Budapest Highlights Cruise on Emerald Luna. Discover five countries and UNESCO sites, experiencing central …

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

Top 10 Barge Charters for 2023-2024

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Svalbard Encounter Expedition Micro Cruise$104757May 18, 2024Join the 7-day summer cruise through Svalbard aboard the MV Vikingfjord and discover the breathtaking wilderness, glaciers, and natural beauty of …
Classic Antarctica Air Cruise$139958Dec 1, 2023Embark on this 8-day Antarctic cruise on the Magellan Explorer. Fly over the Drake Passage round-trip from Punta Arenas to King George Island where …
Italy, Montenegro & Croatia$313012Aug 31, 2024Discover the stunning Adriatic landscapes of Croatia, Montenegro, and Italy on this fabulous 12-day Mediterranean sailing adventure aboard the Royal …
Classic Egypt Tour$17388Sep 30, 2023This extaordinary tour of Egypt visit some of the world's most legendary archaeological sites like the Pyramids of Giza, Sakkara, the Valley of the …
Tanzania Trails$28757Oct 14, 2023Spend 7 days exploring the best of Tanzania, covering the main highlights of Tanzania's Northern Circuit and encompassing some of East Africa's best …
Short Inca Trail Hike To Machu Picchu$20917Sep 25, 2023This 7-day trip culminates in a one day hike on the Inca Trail arriving to Machu Picchu with a full day and a half to explore the ruins. Explore the …
Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard$2330016May 2, 2024Cruise across Norway's fjords and Arctic Svalbard on a 16-day expedition aboard the National Geographic Resolution, and explore the wilderness, …
Spitsbergen Photography: Domain of the Polar Bear$1229514May 10, 2024This two-week Arctic cruise aboard the brand new expedition vessel Ultramarine, equipped with 20 quick-launching Zodiacs, luxurious onboard amenities …
Machu Picchu by Train$15027Sep 25, 2023On this 7-day excursion through the Sacred Valley starting in Lima, you'll visit impressive Inca ruins such as Sacsayhuamán near Cusco, then Pisac, …
Patagonia Wildlife Safari$17425Sep 25, 2023On this tour of Chile's Southern Patagonia region experience penguins, guanacos, Darwin's Rheas, Andean foxes, and more as you hike or even bike …
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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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