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About The Barge Connection

Boat_show_-_Visiting_Minerve THE BARGE CONNECTION is a leading tour operator in the United States specializing in barge vacations since 1998. Unparalleled experience in providing the best in luxury barge vacations for individuals, groups and travel agents. Through the years, our reputation for quality, integrity and customer service has grown, garnering us a loyal following amongst our customers and agents.

We believe that travel should be fun, stress free and enjoyable, not just the travel part but the booking and planning as well. Our dedicated staff is committed to doing everything possible to help you realize the fun and enjoyment you deserve on your vacation. We also believe that first-hand knowledge of a destination is paramount when deciding on travel plans. We represent only quality oriented vacations and want to use our first hand expertise to assist you. The Barge Connection makes frequent trips to Europe with the sole purpose of visiting vessels and gaining insight on the boats and destinations we represent.

Barge Connection is a travel service provider specializing in barge cruises, self-drive barges and riverboats. Founded in 1998, The Barge Connection was featured on E! Entertainment Television, May 2002, as a leading barge cruise agency. The Barge Connection is headquartered in Grass Valley, California, with its European barge partners based in England, France, Holland, Ireland and Scotland.

The Barge Connection selects only quality vessels and crews that provide the highest levels of comfort and service. We represent fully crewed barges, riverboats and self piloted vessels (similar to houseboats). You can cruise in countries such as Holland, France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Belgium and Italy. In France they have an extensive canal system whereby you can visit regions such as, Champagne, Burgundy, Upper Loire, Provence, Languedoc, Canal du Midi and Alsace. Barge cruising is a wonderful way to see the countryside of these glorious regions. If you want a European Cruise on one of the legendary rivers in Europe we have a wonderful selection of riverboats that cruise the Rhine River, Thames River, Danube River, Shannon River and Rhone in Provence.

As a specialty travel provider, The Barge Connection extends comprehensive professional travel planning services to its clients. The Barge Connection personally visits each European barge partners to ensure the vessels accommodations, cuisine, and services meet its quality guidelines and to keep current on necessary travel requirements.

Customer service is a core element of our company culture and is integrated into every aspect of our daily operations. The Barge Connection’s success and reputation lie in the quality and value of the products we offer and the vacation experiences we provide. We choose our products carefully and use suppliers who respect our agreements and have experience working with tourists and the leisure travel market. We have strict operational guidelines to guarantee all reservation elements are booked accurately.

The Barge Connection believes in supporting our industry by joining and participating in many trade activities. We are a member ASTA.

Our group itineraries can meet the needs of any group; student, adult, senior, incentive, church, band, choir, alumni, etc. We can handle groups of 20 – 150. We also specialize in themed group itineraries, which provide the participant with a component of ‘learning’ through interactive and hands-on experiences provided by resource experts. We are pleased to offer itineraries focused on themes such as Gardens, Cuisine, Wine, Bicycling, Golf etc.

Athos_Cruise OWNER
Owner/Founder: Crystal Groome
Credentials: ASTA & IATAN

Crystal Groome has specialized in barging vacations since 1998 and visits Europe yearly to personally inspect individual barges and operators.

The Barge Connection has aligned itself with leading European barge cruise providers representing over one hundred vessels to ensure its customers have a range of options, and complete satisfaction and confidence when it comes to planning their cruise vacation.

Established: 1998
Partners: Over 60 barge operators
Vessels: Over 100 barge vessels represented
Seller of Travel License: 2129809-50

To learn more about barge vacations or for answers to frequently asked questions, please Contact Us.