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Discover rural France, Scotland, and other European destinations on a luxury canal barge cruise!


Experience the beauty and culture of rural France and other destinations in Europe on a Luxury Canal Barge Cruise.

Relax ... Indulge yourself! Be as active as you want to be ... jog or take a leisurely stroll along the canal towpath, or cycle into a nearby village. Join in with friends and family to charter a barge, or just book a cabin for yourself. Savor a week of outstanding cuisine, exceptional wines and cheeses, and personal guided excursions of chateaux and historic places. Take in the breathtaking views while cruising the scenic waterways. And all the while enjoying the fun and friendly crew!

We are your experienced guide to barge trips on the canals and rivers of France, Scotland, Ireland, England, Holland, Germany, Belgium and Italy. We are leading specialists in barge cruises, offering over 50 vessels in France and Europe. From four to 24 passengers. Our 20 plus years of experience, passion for barging, and thousands of satisfied clients help us guide you with your decisions. Coupled with our knowledge of each barge and their individual nuances, garnered through years of annual visits and thousands of hours of on-board experience, we are positioned to offer honest assessments and to match you with the best barge for your expectations. We focus on you, from your initial planning, to booking, to pre and post cruise travel ideas and to follow up with you after your return home. Personal attention, all along the way.

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WHY IS A HOTEL BARGE CRUISE SO SPECIAL?

BargesInFrance.com: The 6-passenger deluxe barge Saint Louis cruises in Southwest France near Bordeaux 6-passenger deluxe barge Saint Louis cruises in Southwest France near Bordeaux

As one of our passengers said about her barge cruise on the Saint Louis this year:
"I've run out of adjectives to describe our week on the Saint Louis. I mean, they're all there -- wonderful, fun, amazing, delicious, surprising, jolly, hysterical (in the good sense), funny, heartwarming, extraordinary, etc. -- and they all apply, but none of them captures any more than a tiny aspect of the magic that is Saint Louis."

ABOUT HOTEL BARGES AND CANAL BARGE CRUISES ...

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Barge cruise prices apply to the 2018 barge cruise season. Please contact us for 2018 and 2019 barge cruises and prices. You can charter a river or canal barge cruise for friends or family or book individual cabins on most barges. Charters are a fantastic way to celebrate special occasions, and can be tailored to your interests. All rates listed are in US Dollars (a few exceptions) and range from about $3,000 to $8,000 or more per person, based on double occupancy, and equivalent pro-rata prices per person when chartering a barge cruise. For single occupancy there is usually a single supplement.

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What's Included and Not Included:

Barge cruises are typically ALL-INCLUSIVE: your cabin with ensuite bathroom, all meals, wines, open bar, WiFi, daily escorted side excursions and transfers from a major city to the barge and return. A few barge cruises are half-board with some meals not included. Not included: Overseas airfare, suggested crew gratuity, and trip insurance.

BargesInFrance.com: The 6-passenger ultra-deluxe barge Roi Soleil cruises in the South of France on the historic Canal du Midi The 6-passenger ultra-deluxe barge Roi Soleil cruises in the South of France on the historic Canal du Midi

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We are a small, family-run business. We have been aboard all of the barges in France (and other countries), and arranging luxury hotel barge cruises is our only business, since 1997. We're here to help you decide on the best barge cruise for you ... contact us as you begin to plan!
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BARGE CRUISES ... Full Details on Each Barge

Below is the start to our alphabetical list of barge cruises in France, and other countries in Europe. For the complete listings, organized by cruise region, price per cabin based on double occupancy, category of barge, number of passengers, and alphabetically, click on "View All Barge Cruises" below:
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ALEGRIA
(Deluxe, 4-passengers)

ALEGRIA
BARGE PHOTOS

Region(s): CANAL DU MIDI
2018 Price Per Person: Charter Only
2018 Price Per Charter: $20,300 - 23,000 (USD)

Salon and dining area with unique modern decor, comfortable furnishings, large round windows and round entry door from deck. Sundeck with heated pool and table for outside dining. Two suites with king or twin beds, 190-210 sq ft with ensuite bathroom with shower. Gourmet cuisine and fine wines. French owner on board as captain. Two restaurant meals included. 3-night cruises also available, upon request. Latest visit: 2017


ALOUETTE
(Ultra Deluxe, 4-passengers)

ALOUETTE
BARGE PHOTOS

Region(s): CANAL DU MIDI
2018 Price Per Person: Charter Only
2018 Price Per Charter: €22,704 - €28,380 (EUR)

Elegant Provencal decor in salon and cabins. Two large cabins with twin or queen beds, 285 sq ft and 223 sq ft including ensuite bathroom with shower. Satellite TV in cabins and salon. Internet in salon. Gourmet cuisine and fine wines. Includes one dinner on shore. Paris train transfers included. Latest visit: 2013


AMARYLLIS
(Ultra Deluxe, 8-passengers)

AMARYLLIS
BARGE PHOTOS

Region(s): BURGUNDY: Saone River, Canal du Centre, Canal de Bourgogne
2018 Price Per Person: Charter Only
2018 Price Per Charter: €50,920 - €64,456 (EUR)

Cruises in Southern Burgundy. Elegant large saloon with separate dining room and big picture windows. One upper deck suite 180 sq ft, 3 lower deck suites 227-278 sq ft including ensuite marble bathrooms approx 47-58 sq ft with double sinks, with bathtub or shower. All suites with twin beds or king bed. Upper deck suite is good for those who have difficulty with stairs. Heated pool on sundeck. Beautiful French furnishings throughout. Gourmet cuisine and fine wines. Includes dinner at a Michelin star restaurant. Offers Grand Cru wine cruise. Paris transfers included. Latest visit: 2017


ANJODI
(First Class, 8-passengers)

ANJODI
BARGE PHOTOS

Region(s): CANAL DU MIDI
2018 Price Per Person: $4,690 - 5,390 (USD)
2018 Price Per Charter: $35,000 - 40,000 (USD)

Charming, comfortable salon/dining area with good-sized windows. Jacuzzi on sundeck. Four cabins 91-102 sq ft, all with double or twin beds and ensuite bathroom with shower. One dinner on shore included. Golf, wine charters available. Latest visit: 2017


APRES TOUT
(Deluxe, 6-passengers)

APRES TOUT
BARGE PHOTOS

Region(s): BURGUNDY: Canal de Bourgogne
2018 Price Per Person: $6,500 (USD)
2018 Price Per Charter: $39,000 (USD)

Cruises in Southern Burgundy. Also offers alternate cruise to Lyon. Salon and separate dining area with picture windows skylights and separate library with computer for guest use. Good-sized cabins are 158 sq ft each, including ensuite bathroom, with large shower and king bed or twins. Jacuzzi, canopy and dining table on the large deck. Owners on board as captain and chef. Includes two meals on shore. Gourmet cuisine and fine wines. Paris transfers included. Latest visit: 2015


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Top 5 Barge Cruises in France: Barge Cruise Scene in Southern Burgundy

Southern Burgundy Barge Cruises

Think classical Burgundy wine country, the heart of the Cote d'Or region, home of some of the world's finest pinot noirs. Think of gracefully floating along the intimate Burgundy Canal and adjoining canals and savoring the fragrances, wines, cuisine, of the region. Your personal guide takes you to chateaus, vintners, villages. You say to yourself ... I don't want this week to end! Southern Burgundy is one of the most popular of all the barge cruise regions of France. To see all of the barges cruising through Southern Burgundy, tap our link below, contact us, and start planning your own adventure of a lifetime!
Barge Cruises in Southern Burgundy
Top 5 Barge Cruises in France: Storied Carcassonne! Barge Cruise Scene on the Canal du Midi

Canal du Midi Barge Cruises

Wander through the cobblestone streets of Carcassonne, be amazed by the Roman road in Narbonne of two millenia in the past, be surprised by the quality and innovativeness of Languedoc region wines, this is the sunny South of France! Gently cruise along the 350 year old canal. Whether floating under a canopy of plane trees, or looking off the canal banks to the Pyrenees, you know this is one of the most special of the barge cruise regions in France. Your personal guide accompanies you on excursions. To see all of the barges cruising on the Canal du Midi, tap our link below, contact us, and see for yourself why clients say this is one of the best travel experiences in their lives!
Barge Cruises on Canal du Midi
Top 5 Barge Cruises in France: Barge Cruise Scene in Northern Burgundy

Northern Burgundy Barge Cruises

North of the classical Burgundy wine country is the wonderful North Burgundy region of Chablis and Irancy wines, the classical Burgundian town of Auxerre, and the beautiful and historic Canal du Nivernais. Cruise through sleepy hamlets where time seems to have stood still for hundreds of years. Walk through the medieval town of Clamecy. Be awed by the 11th century Basilica of Vezelay. Walk or bike along the canal towpaths. Of course, your personal guide escorts you to all of the special places you'll be encountering. To see all of the barges cruising through Northern Burgundy, tap our link below and contact us to start planning!
Barge Cruises in Northern Burgundy
Top 5 Barge Cruises in France: Barge Cruise Scene in the Upper Loire

Upper Loire Barge Cruises

Step aboard your cruise in the Upper Loire region, and you will soon see why this is often referred to as the "Garden of France" -- a typically French landscape with peaceful, rolling countryside. This is the cruise region closest to Paris. One of the most stunning memories of a cruise in this region is crossing the 120 year-old 700 yard long aqueduct built by the great engineer Eiffel (yes! of Eiffel tower fame) -- the Pont Canal. Personally guided visits to the town of Gien, the 16th Century Chateau of St Fargeau, and the hilltop wine village of Sancerre, and more. With its chateaux and exceptional wine excursions, a cruise through this region will be long remembered. To see all of the barges cruising through the Upper Loire, tap our link below and contact us.
Barge Cruises in Upper Loire
Top 5 Barge Cruises in France: Barge Cruise Scene in Champagne

Champagne Barge Cruises

Our second visit to Champagne was via barge ... We were amazed at the beauty of the vineyards and hillsides and villages from the unique vantage point of the Marne River and Marne Canal, considered to be among the most beautiful waterways in France. Cruises in this region let you get up close for personal encounters with Dom Perignon's history, and memorable visits to champagne makers. The Marne River meanders through splendid vine covered hills dotted with small wine villages made famous for the hard fought battles during WWI. Stunning memories, and stunning cuisine and wines on board and champagne visits off board. To see all of the barges cruising through Champagne, tap our link below and then contact us.
Barge Cruises in Champagne

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Top Barge Cruises in Europe: Barge Cruise Scene in Ireland: Birr Castle

Barge Cruises in Ireland (Sold out for 2018! Now Taking Bookings for 2019)

On our first barge cruise in Ireland, we were captivated by Ruairi and Olivia's incredible hospitality, good humor, great hearts, and the most stunning cuisine of any barge cruise in France or Europe, or any highest end starred restaurant. We felt that there was nothing like being hosted through a cruise tour in the heart of Ireland by the most wonderful Irish couple ... we continue to regard our cruise on the Shannon Princess II as one of the highlights of barging -- whether in France or Europe, and you will, too. It is so popular that 2018 is sold out, so contact us now to book a Shannon River cruise aboard the Shannon Princess in 2019. To see all of the details about the Shannon Princess II, tap our link below and contact us to experience one of the most unique ways to visit Ireland!
Barge Cruises in Ireland
Top Barge Cruises in Europe: Barge Cruise Scene in Scotland: Urquhart Castle

Barge Cruises in Scotland

Our first time in Scotland, we cruised aboard the Scottish Highlander. We awoke one morning to see the barge surrounded by fog, but yet a blue sky overhead. As the fog lifted, it was a magical scene with stunning hills on both sides of the canal, heather on the hills, deep dark yet crystal clear water below and the mysteries of "Nessie" in our minds. This is a most intimate encounter with the history, beauty, and warmth of Scotland. It is so popular that there are limited openings for the 2018 season, so we encourage you to contact us now so as to not miss this unique cruise through historic Scotland. To see all of the details about the Scottish Highlander OR Spirit of Scotland, tap our links below and contact us.
Barge Cruises in Scotland: Scottish Highlander Barge Cruises in Scotland: Spirit of Scotland
Top Barge Cruises in Europe: Barge Cruise Scene in England: Windsor Castle

Barge Cruises in England

You may have visited London and surroundings dozens of times, but nothing you've ever done before on a trip to England can prepare you for the unique and pampered experience of cruising aboard the Magna Carta and being awed by the beauty of seeing the historic towns and castles along the route from an entirely new perspective as you glide down the Thames River. The special treat of Magna Carta is the joy of being shown everything that's special along the route by knowlegable London-native owner-captain Dominic who delights you with his sense of humor and huge knowledge of everything along the way. To see all of the details about the Magna Carta, tap our link below and contact us to plan a stunning week cruising in England.
Barge Cruise in England: Magna Carta
Top Barge Cruises in Europe: Barge Cruise Scene in Holland: Gorgeous tulips and the Keukenhof

Barge Cruises in Holland

Holland is everything you might imagine -- fields of tulips, windmills, the Aalsmeer flower auction, Gouda, Delft pottery, Dutch masters, the gorgeous display of tulips and more at the Keukenhof -- but so much more rich an experience when you encounter all of this through the eyes of a knowledgable crew member taking you on an intimate tour of Holland's history and special attractions. Of course, there is also spectacular cuisine and wines and wonderful accommodations on board, to wrap up the whole package into a week that is unforgettable. To see all of the details about the three barges cruising in Holland's spring tulip season, tap our links below and contact us to enjoy a very special spring week in Holland!
Barge Cruises in Holland: La Nouvelle Etoile Barge Cruises in Holland: Panache Barge Cruises in Holland: Savoir Faire
Top Barge Cruises in Europe: Barge Cruise Scene in Germany: Cochem castle along the Mosel River

Barge Cruises in Germany

I was fortunate to spend my teen years right at the confluence of the Mosel and Rhein Rivers, in Koblenz. It was there that I came to know the quiet beauty of the Mosel River, with hillsides terraced with vineyards, and the stunning colors of the fall reflected by the grape leaves turning shades of yellow, gold, red, and rust. Some fifty years later, I saw the Mosel again from the vantage point of the deck of La Nouvelle Etoile, with Jan Meijer as captain and host, and concluded that this was the BEST way to experience the Mosel with all of its history, beauty, and character. Jan and his crew makes this cruise one of the lifetime best ways to see this rich part of Germany. To see all of the details about La Nouvelle Etoile, tap our link below and contact us to plan a Mosel cruise that you will long remember!
Barge Cruises in Germany: La Nouvelle Etoile
Top Barge Cruises in Europe: Barge Cruise Scene in Italy: Magical Venice

Barge Cruises in Italy

Venice may be one of the most romantic of cities in Europe, but seeing it from the perspective of La Bella Vita is an entirely new and delightful experience. One of the most special events of the year is in store for you the August 25 to September 1, 2018, cruise week when La Bella Vita extends its cruise week by a day to provide a very special offering: included is one night's accommodation in Verona at the Hotel du Torri on B&B on the Saturday eve, dinner at the Opera Museum in Verona and Gold Seats (best seats) at the Opera in Verona to see Bizet's "Carmen," followed by the 6 night cruise on Sunday, August 26, from Venice to Mantua. To see all of the details about La Bella Vita, and the August 25 opera cruise, or any other "regular" cruise week, tap our link below, contact us, and start planning your own cruise through this captivating region in Italy!
Barge Cruises in Italy: La Bella Vita


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