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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
Melodies of the Danube - Cruise OnlySavings$31998Apr 22, 2024Sail down the Danube River through Europe on this 8-day river cruise aboard the MS Amabella. Experience the different cultures, customs, and history …
Wild ScotlandCustom Label$1009512May 27, 2024From Edinburgh to Aberdeen, partake in this 12-day expedition cruise aboard the Greg Mortimer exploring the wild islands of Scotland. Visit …
Colors of Provence - Cruise OnlySavings$36998Jul 4, 2024Embark the MS Amakristina in Arles, France for your week-long cruise through France's legendary wine regions, including Cotes du Rhone, Burgundy and …
Rhine & Moselle Delights - Cruise OnlySavings$479911Jul 14, 2024Begin this exclusive 11-day cruise in Basel and conclude in charming Amsterdam. This voyage includes a large variety of activities so that you can …
European Classic Cruise - Upper Loire & Western BurgundySavings$85507Apr 21, 2024Board the luxury hotel barge Renaissance and take a 7-day cruise through the rivers and canals of France. Cruise over Gustav Eiffel's famous aqueduct …
Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps - Cruise OnlySavings$34998May 6, 2024Discover fairytale castles, historic vineyards and the stunning remnant of a world frozen over with glaciers, Italy’s Lake Como, as part of this …
Rhine & Moselle Splendors - Cruise OnlySavings$38998Aug 14, 2024Starting in the tiny country of Luxembourg, this 8-day river cruise aboard the MS Amacerto takes you through Germany, France, and Switzerland along …
Rhine & Moselle Fairytales - Cruise OnlySavings$499912May 15, 2024Board the MS Amaprima for an 11-night cruise from Amsterdam to Zurich. Enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours and in many cases, choose between …
Bordeaux AffairCustom Label$95908May 5, 2024Enjoy this 8-day luxury round-trip cruise from Bordeaux aboard Scenic Diamond. Visit Saint-Emilion, Medoc and Cadillac to explore the enchanting …
Idyllic RhôneCustom Label$115908May 5, 2024Enjoy an exceptional Scenic Culinaire experience as you sail from Tarascon to Lyon along the Rhône and Saone rivers aboard the luxurious Scenic …

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$14075Jun 18, 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$108908May 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$218413Apr 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$21609Apr 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$270012Apr 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. …
Highlights of Classical Greece$38637Apr 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 - Upstream - Low water$14315Jul 9, 2024Take this 5-day Low Water Mekong River cruise from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap aboard the Jayavarman. Travel across the mighty Mekong Delta to get an …
Mekong River - Downstream - Low water$23648Apr 20, 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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