Cruising Guide

Barging Holidays

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BARGING HOLIDAYS


Intimate hotel-style barges accommodating no more than 18 guests are a unique and luxurious way to explore the canal systems of Europe. While France is perhaps the best-known region for these leisurely paced trips, you can also find canal trips in England, Scotland and beyond. These exclusive, floating inns are fully staffed and crewed and feature superb onboard cuisine highlighting fresh, local ingredients. Self-drive barge holidays, a
more economical option, are also available in selected destinations.

“If you want to experience Europe from a completely unique perspective, then you have to try barging. The food is fabulous (you even have your own chef), the scenery is spectacular and the pace is so leisurely that you really get to experience the different places you visit. And if you want to captain the ship yourself – and do your own cooking – then self-drive canal boats like Locaboat are a fun alternative.”

— Mel Stewart, Manager, Maritime Travel, Burnside, NS