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You have questions and we have answers. Here you will find frequently asked questions from previous passengers and ones that come up from time to time. If your question hasn't been answered here then please contact us. We have been specializing in barge vacations since 1998 and we are happy to assist with any questions you might have.

Hirondelle_Cruising_in_BurgundyAdvantages to a Barge Trip
There are many reason to choose a barge 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 or use one of the on board bicycles and explore the canal-side villages.

Hirondelle_ExteriorWhat is a barge vacation? It is an amazing cruise vacation and adventure along the smaller waterways and canals of Europe.  There are two main types of barges:  hotel barge, on which professional crew members take care of every detail, or a self-drive barge, on which you act as the captain and crew.  Either option allows intimate exploration of the countryside in ways no other vacation can.

HOTEL BARGING: Upon boarding the hotel barge, you’ll enjoy a Champagne toast and meet the captain and crew;   perfectly beginning a relaxing, worry free vacation!

River_Seine European river cruise holidays present the discriminating traveler with the ultimate cruising experience. Once the realm of large seagoing vessels where vacationers spent most of the time far from land, river cruises through Europe are distinguished by their intimacy with the picturesque landscape and historic cities. The Barge Connection offers an array of exciting river cruise holidays in Europe, including the unparalleled Rhone River cruising through the romantic wine country in Southern France.

SD_Picture Explore France with a Self Drive Barge

If you’d like to enjoy the perks and benefits of a canal barge without having to follow a specific itinerary, you should consider the option of renting a self-drive barge for your own personal use. This is a phenomenal way to see France on your own terms.

You will bask in the fun of steering your very own canal barge along some of France’s most delightful waterways. There is no license required and you are at the helm.

As far as barge vacations go, this has to be one of the most enticing and unique opportunities available – and it’s a lot more affordable than you may suppose!

Hirondelle_Cruising_in_Burgundy A barge trip may not be the first type of European river 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 such as Belgium 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 will too.