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La Belle Epoque was built in Netherlands in 1930 carrying timber from Burgundy to Paris. She was renovated and converted to a luxury hotel barge in 1995. She now cruises from Veneray-les-Laumes to Tanlay through the lovely Burgundy Canal.
Emma is a beautiful barge that cruises along the historic, tree-lined Canal du Midi. She offers 3 cabins that can accommodate up to 6 passengers.
Experience British royalty with our classic cruise on board the luxurious, 8-passenger Magna Carta.
Nymphea was built in 1921 and used to carry barley and hops in Netherlands. She was converted to a hotel barge n 1985. She now cruises along the beautiful River Cher in Loire Valley.
Anjodi was built as a trading barge but refitted as a hotel barge in 1982. This barge cruises along the Canal du Midi from Marseillan to Le Somail.
Rosa is features a clipper-style barge that was built in Netherlands in 1907. She was converted to a hotel barge in 1990. She now cruises in the waterways of Aquitaine and Gascony.
Enchante is an elegant, two-level luxury hotel barge that cruises along the Canal du Midi from Trebes to Salleles d'Aude. She was built in 1958 as a trading barge and converted as a hotel barge in 2009.
Renaissance was built in 1960 in Belgium and used to carry grain and ore. She was converted to a hotel barge in 1997 and now cruises in the waterways of Burgundy and Loire Valley.
Explore Europe's Waterways
Cruising on a crewed canal barge is a truly unique experience. At Barge Travel Connection, we want to ensure you fully understand what to expect from your journey and just how amazing these cruises are. Our Cruising Guide consolidates all the details you need about this all-inclusive experience, the destinations we cover, barge amenities, as well as our expert tips!Learn More
Choose your perfect European cruise by the size of the group you are travelling with. Here you will find our list of selected barges, themes and regions appropriate for solo travellers, couples, groups and families. Pick the right option for you and experience the best of cruising.Learn More
Choose from our range of beautiful barges for the ultimate cruising holiday around Europe. Featuring modern comforts and amenities, all boats have their own touch of originality. From Belmond Alouette that hosts 4 people in France to La Bella Vita that welcomes 20 people on-board to cruise in Italy, we have cruising in Europe covered.Learn More
Trust the barge specialists: with a wealth of experience in cruising Europe, we give you the opportunity to discover the soul of a variety of European countries. Find out more about the destinations you can travel to, with highlights and tips to help you make up your mind. Bear in mind that some of our cruises travel across a number of countries so you can return home having thoroughly experienced Europe.Learn More
Barge Travel Connection have brought together Europe’s most luxurious barges to provide you the ultimate cruising experience. To set expectations, we have classified our barges according to four different ratings matching the experience you will have on-board. From charming to the ultra luxurious vessels, we can guarantee you will find one that matches your needs.Learn More
Europe is one of the best destinations for foodies and travellers in search of new and authentic flavours. Enjoy a delicious plate of pasta in Italy, some of France's 500 different cheeses or perhaps brave some haggis in Scotland! Click here for a culinary journey of the senses…Learn More
We have plenty of themed cruises for you to choose from, one of our most popular one being family cruises. Spend some quality family time with a customised itinerary that will ensure you have a memorable getaway on-board a barge. Children can enjoy the swimming pool while adults sip some wine on the sundeck. All excursions can be adapted to your family to make everybody happy!Learn More
If you are looking for sun, culture and great gastronomy, our Italy cruises will tick all boxes and take you through the most famous sights of the country. Meander along the canals of Venice aboard La Bella Vita. Spoil yourself with succulent Italian cuisine prepared by the chef and let yourself be guided around Italy's waterways by a knowledgeable and friendly crew.Learn More
My friend Janet and I had the most wonderful time a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to let you know how special the crew were.Yolanda,our captain,was simply amazing,managing to get my credit card back from a bank in Noyers after the ATM machine confiscated it.
Our barge trip through Burgundy was just magical. The staff made our experience truly special, they were attentive, provided exceptional service, and the food was incredible. They went beyond expectations to create an amazing experience for the whole family. Chartering our own barge for 10 was the perfect family experience for 3 generations and the kids had an amazing time. The scenery was beautiful, and the history of the area was brought to life through excellent storytelling by our tour guiding. Thank you !!
This was a trip of a lifetime! The barge itself was pure luxury, the food impeccable and the staff bring the package together. Coupled with the amazing scenery of the Burgundy canal, the week will always be at the top of our long list. Thank you for the professional an friendly assistance in organising this wonderful experience aboard La Belle Epoque.
We had a wonderful time in France. Cruising the Nivernais Canal on the barge 'Luciole' was a superb experience. The crew were friendly, attentive and very good at their job. The food (and wine) was to die for, the excursions were interesting, the scenery was extremely beautiful and all in all it was one of the best travel experiences we've ever had. We were lucky to have a very nice group of fellow 'cruisers' (10 of us in total) - lots of fun and not one discordant note during the week. One English chap was making his 6th trip on the Luciole!
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Barge Travel Connection offers luxury, all-inclusive barge cruises in Europe including France, Belgium, England, Holland, Germany, Luxembourg, Ireland, Italy and Scotland. Our all-inclusive barging experience includes luxury accommodation in an en-suite cabin, gourmet meals paired with super wines and cheeses, excursions, local transfers and use of other barge facilities.
Themed cruises are also available for that can be customised based on your interests. From antique cruises in England to wine appreciation cruises in France, we offer something for each passenger.
France is one of the most well-known cruising destinations in Europe. Our barge cruises in France take you to some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery, rich history and diverse local culture. We offer cruises from the picturesque vineyards of Burgundy and Champagne to the sun-drenched region of Languedoc-Roussillon.
In Burgundy, visit the famed vineyards, lovely chateaux, historic towns, beautiful villages and local markets as you cruise along the enchanting Burgundy and Nivernais canals. Try some of the best wines in the world in world-renowned wineries and private cellars.
A classic cruise in the Champagne region takes you to the prominent Champagne houses, the stunning Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, tour of Reims, Hautvillers and Chateau-Thierry.
A cruise in Loire Valley takes you to the fabled chateaux of France including Chateau de Chenonceau, Chateau d’Amboise, Chateau de Clos Luce, Chateau de Villandry and its gardens. Visit a trogologdyte village in Bourre and enjoy a private wine tasting session.
When you cruise to Provence, discover hilltop villages and Roman monuments in Avignon, Arles, Viviers, Nyons. Visit one of the most beautiful villages in France, Les Baux de Provence.
Experience a wonderful cruise along the sun-soaked Canal du Midi and explore the medieval city of Carcassonne, the towns and villages of Narbonne, Minerve, Pezenas and Lagrasse.
Discover the storybook villages and towns when you cruise in Alsace. Alsace is brimming with colourful half-timbered houses, riverside cafes and shops, beautiful villages and the famous Alsatian Wine Route.
You can also explore the heart of Paris with our barge cruise. Our Paris cruises take you to the well-loved sights and monuments of the French capital as your barge sail along the magnificent Seine River.
Our other France cruising destinations include the beautiful natural region of Camargue in Arles, the unspoiled Gascony and the historic Picardy.
Our barge cruises in Belgium take you to the beautiful cities of Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp. We also offer commemorative cruises from Bruges to Paris.
Holland is one of the best cruising destinations in Europe during spring. See the colourful tulips in full bloom at the Keukenhof Gardens, visit a local cheese farm in Gouda and explore the historic windmills in Zaanse Schans.
A cruise in Germany and Luxembourg takes you to the charming castle of Burg Eltz, the historic town of Trier and the wine village of Bernkastel. Your cruise ends in Luxembourg where you can visit its historic capital.
If you want a relaxing cruising experience, we also offer cruises in Ireland and Scotland. Both countries boast rolling hills, lush scenery, beautiful castles and breathtaking countryside.
If you want to experience the beautiful Italian architecture and culture, we offer a fabulous cruise on board La Bella Vita. Explore Roman monuments and sights as your barge slowly cruises along the charming canals of Venice and the River Po.
Experience the old world charm and beauty of England in one of our cruises on board Magna Carta. As your barge cruises along the beautiful River Thames past the royal palaces and abbeys, discover England’s rich history.
Consider us when planning and booking your cruising holiday in Europe.