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Belmond Pivoine
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€6,900 per person*
Belmond Pivoine

Belmond Pivoine is one of the newest members of the luxury fleet, launching in 2017. This stylish barge allows you to uncover the delights of the Champagne region. 

from €36,675 Per Charter
Panache
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Up to €2,076 per couple*
Panache

The stylish, 12-passenger Panache was built in 1959 and was converted to a hotel barge in 1998. She now cruises in the waterways of Belgium, France and Holland.

from €4,490 Per Person
Belmond Amaryllis
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€6,900 per person*
Belmond Amaryllis

Belmond Amaryllis is one of the most luxurious barges on the waterways of France. It is an ultra deluxe barge cruise ship that features exquisite decorations including antique Louis XVI furniture, a trompe l'oeil wall mural, emnroidered Parisian bedcovers and marble en-suite bathrooms. 

from €36,675 Per Charter
L'Art de Vivre
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Up to €1,740 per couple*
L'Art de Vivre

The charming L’Art de Vivre was built in 1917 in England. It was converted into a luxury hotel barge in 1975. She cruises along the Canal du Nivernais from Auxerre to Chevorches.

from €3,690 Per Person
Belmond Lilas
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€6,900 per person*
Belmond Lilas

Belmond Lilas travels through the sceneries of Alsace from Kraftt to Arzviller.

from €36,675 Per Charter
Enchantė
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Up to €8,720 per charter*
Enchantė

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.

from €5,090 Per Person

Explore Europe's Waterways

Crewed Canal Barges Cruises Guide

Barge Cruising Guide

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! 

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Guide when cruising alone, with family or friends

What is your group size?

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.

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Our barges in Europe

Barges

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.

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Themed Cruises

What themed cruise to choose?

However big your group, we have made the planning easy by presenting our cruises by theme. If you are looking for an extra dimension to your holiday based on your interests, read on for more information geared precisely towards the trip you want. 

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Why Cruise in Europe

Ever wondered why people come back from a cruise raving over it? If you are amongst those considering whether or not to take the plunge (perhaps not literally though), here are our reasons why you should.

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Discover our cruise destinations in Europe

Cruise destinations

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. 

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Ultimate Cruising Experience

The Ultimate Experience

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. 

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Cruising in France, Where & When?

Cruising France: when and where?

Wondering what region and what time of year is best to cruise around France? Read our advice to ensure you see the best of regional France including the quaint villages, famous wineries and magnificent chateaux. 

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The Best Food Experiences in Europe

The best food experiences in Europe

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…

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Family Cruises

Family cruises

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!

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Cruise in Italy

Cruise in Italy

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.

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Deals of the Month

Deals of the month

Here you can find this month's special offers per barge and added values included. We would love to hear from you, so do call us to make sure you book your cruising holiday at the best price.

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Our Testimonials

"Wonderful trip"
"Wonderful trip"
Stephanie Speakman

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"
"Our barge trip through Burgundy was just magical"
AJ

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!"
"This was a trip of a lifetime!"
JS

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.

The hotel barging experience
The hotel barging experience
Check out our guests' hotel barging experience
"Luciole was a superb experience"
"Luciole was a superb experience"
Tana Proft, May 2017

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!

"Superb, Amazing, OMG!"
"Superb, Amazing, OMG!"
Jane and Brian

HIGHLY RECOMMEND that dinner cruise on Seine, it was lovely. Food, sights, entertainment all great. Paris was Hot, hot, hot !!! But got to see all the sights and fit in some shopping!! Moulin Rouge enjoyed by us all. We had a mishap on our lovely bike tour of Versailles, with Di and Mark colliding on their bikes and having a bad fall. Nothing broken thank goodness, but shook them up.. thankfully didn't happen on a busy road. Lyon was beautiful, our Hotel Cour des Loges one of the best on tour. Highly recommend a beautiful restaurant just a couple of doors away, called La Chimere. It had been recommended to us by friends and certainly exceeded expectations. Boys had a great day at golf, while we checked out the GREAT SHOPPING in Lyon. What can I say about our barge cruise!!! Superb, Amazing, OMG !! From the moment we stepped off our transfer, we were greeted with beautiful friendly smiles, and this was the start of an unforgettable week. We Cannot recommend highly enough. It was understated elegance. The food and drink was the best we had on tour. The daily tours were great and NOTHING was an effort for the staff. We made a couple of changes to the itinerary, and they were so happy to oblige ....a few tears were shed when we said goodbye!!!

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Barge Travel Connection

Welcome to Barge Travel Connection. Barge cruising in Europe is a great way to spend your holiday whether you are a single traveller or travelling with family or friends. Discover the best cruising destinations on board one of our luxury hotel barges.

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.

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