Cycling Barge Cruise - When a biking enthusiast goes on vacation they usually hook up their bike rack to their car, drive a few hours to a nice bike route, and then ride and camp for a few days before heading home. Imagine biking throughout historic areas of Europe and returning each night to your luxury hotel, which follows your route. Sound crazy, or impossible? It isn’t, the Barge Connection, specializes in European barge cruises. Every barge in their fleet is a sumptuous floating hotel, equipped with crews that act as guides, chef, ship’s crew, and housekeeping.
A cycling cruise is one of the most popular themed cruises offered by The Barge Connection. Cruise members love the barge cruise experience that lets them enjoy all that barge cruising offers and still enjoy your favorite activity. Though most of our themed cruises are for small charter groups, we also have set aside cabin bookings throughout the year for a specific type of cruise including cycling.
Your Hotel Follows You
When you jump off your barge for a bike ride, you can cycle to the next town and explore shop or have a bite to eat. As our barges cruise at a slow speed (5 miles per hour) there is no need to retrace your ride. Your barge will catch up to you. You can board or once again get a lead on it, comfortable that wherever you stop, your hotel will catch up to you.
There is no need to pack and unpack to visit the intriguing and beguiling towns and sites on your cruise. While relaxing in the evening, your chef prepares meals that rival those of the finest urban restaurants or unknown café where everything is farm to fork.
Cycling Hotel Barge Features
- Hotel barges are available for as little as two people to large groups of 22;
- Every cabin is richly appointed with a private bathroom;
- Each hotel barge has a dining salon with a library and a bar;
- Each floating hotel barge has a sundeck that is exemplary for watching the scenery unfold.
- Great chefs prepare on board meals from fresh, high-quality local ingredients paired with wonderful wines from the region.
- Cycling and barging together offer a relaxing, thoroughly enjoyable way to see the countryside of Europe.
Cycling tourism is becoming very popular, with our cycling barge trips you enjoy the convenience of never having to pack, check out and cycle with a pack. You set your own pace and see amazing things.
Travel writer Paul Theroux wrote in his book, The Tao of Travel: Enlightments from lives on the Road, “The wish to travel seems to me characteristically human: the desire to move, to satisfy your curiosity or ease your fears, to change the circumstances of your life, to be a stranger, to make a friend, to experience an exotic landscape, to risk the unknown..”
This is a wonderful description of what cycle touring barge vacations offer.