European luxury hotel barge cruises are a wonderful way to see the smaller towns of Europe traveling the canals and waterways of France, Italy and many more countries. Below is a small selection of some of the features of these fabulous itineraries.


Some of the features of small barge cruising include:

  • Intimate ‘house party’ atmosphere with small passenger numbers and an unparalleled level of personal service
  • Luxury amenities including on board chef for farm to table gourmet dining experiences
  • Cruises are generally less than 70 miles in a week, at only 3mph
  • Cruises are on smaller waterways and canals inaccessible to larger vessels
  • Unique cruising experiences
  • Gentle pace and immersion in the local culture and history
  • Cruising just a few feet from the towpath, it’s easy to moor up and explore on foot or bicycle
  • We usually cruise for only a few hours each day and never at night
  • Excursions in small groups to “off the beaten track” places
  • Whole barge charters possible for a group of friends or family


European river barges include countries such as France, Germany & Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Scotland, England and Ireland. France has the most itineraries including: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Canal du Midi, Alsace & Lorraine, Gascony, Champagne, Picardy & Paris.

“During your journey, you may take a gentle pedal — or a stroll — along scenic towpaths. While on land, you may venture into a nearby town or village, visit a local vineyard with private wine tasting, a local truffle farm and lavender distillery in the South of France, a tasting at a chocolatier or a guided stroll around the ramparts of a medieval castle.

From châteaux and cathedrals to busy local markets, each experience proves more revealing than the last.

Consider a peaceful cycling excursion through the countryside, or simply find a spot on deck and enjoy a cool drink as the scenery lazily rolls by.

In the evening as the sun sets, indulge in a gourmet dinner paired with local wines.”

Some of the specialty cruises include: Wine themed cruises, art cruises, antique cruises, artisan cruises, culinary cruises, walking, biking and many more – there are so many to choose from.

There are several different options and suppliers to choose from – we can help you with that. River barges range in capacity from 8 people up to 20 people and private charters.

If you want to experience a truly relaxing, laid back and immersive travel experience, this is something to consider.