A barge trip may not be the first type of European cruise that comes to mind, but don't discount these relaxing and romantic journeys. Unlike large cruise vessels, barge trips in France and other European countries offer a chance to see an area in depth, all while enjoying a leisurely voyage on the continent's inland waterways.
The Barge Connection specializes in barge trips, long and short, big and small. In business since 1998, The Barge Connection works with more than 100 barge vessels. We welcome your questions and inquiries. Let us show you why we love barge trips and why you should too.
There are many reasons to choose a barges trip. Europe offers a wealth of quiet inland waterways and canals that are ideal for exploration with a smaller vessel. Barge trips also travel near to the shoreline, giving passengers the opportunity to view the passing countryside up close.
Food is another reason to take a trip on a barge. Barge trips are noted for their cuisine and meals are a pleasant way for passengers to share the day's events over wine and fine food from the local region.
Like larger cruises, passengers on river barge trips need only unpack once to see multiple destinations. There's no rushing to the airport or putting your bags out for the bus before dawn. The pace on a barge trip is unhurried.
A typical day on a barge trip begins with breakfast, usually coffee or tea accompanied by pastries or rolls. After breakfast, passengers are invited to explore the countryside on their own with bicycles or join one of the several organized shore excursions to wineries, historic sights, or other points of interest. Canal barge trips offer the added benefit of having towpaths that parallel the waterway, an ideal place for riding bicycles. Of course, you can choose to remain on the barge and immerse yourself in a good novel or do nothing at all.
Dinner brings barge trip passengers back together, where you share a cooked-to-order dinner, made from the freshest local ingredients and accompanied by the local wines. The day ends in the lounge with a glass of port and more shared adventures.
What's Included in River Barge Trips
Prices for barge trips include most vacation components. One payment includes accommodations; transportation to and from the vessel; all meals on board; beverages including wine and, in most cases, bar drinks; use of bicycles; and entrance fees for group sightseeing. Some vessels also include a special meal on shore, at a Michelin-rated restaurant, for instance. Guests also have use of the ship's facilities, which often include a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, exercise equipment, and/or a library.
Not included in the barge trip price is airfare, gratuities to the barge crew, and meals taken off of the barge (unless specified otherwise.)
Barge trips are available throughout Europe. In England, barges cruise the Thames river, through London and beyond. Barge itineraries in Germany include sailing on the Rhine River, past castles and islands. French barge trips include journeys in the wine region of Burgundy, the chateau country of the Loire River, and the waterways of sunny Provence in the South of France A French barge trip is a great way to learn about that country's many wine regions. You can charter a barge or book a cabin on barges in Countries such as Italy, England, Ireland, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Scotland and France.
The Barge Connection has the experience and the relationships to make memorable river barge trips. We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and our attention to detail. Whether you're considering a first barge trip or the latest of many, let us help you create a river barge trip that's perfect for you. Contact us with any questions.