Organising a group holiday can mean a lot of juggling. Differing schedules and preferences among would-be holidaymakers can mean a headache for everyone involved. But some holidays are better suited than others at pleasing a crowd. If you’re looking for the perfect way to enjoy a holiday with your family or a group of friends, a European barge holiday should be at the top of your list. Whether you’re floating down the Thames or cruising the Canal du Midi, a cruise is the perfect way to explore Europe as a group. |
Something for Everyone
When it comes to satisfying everyone, barge holidays are remarkably accommodating. There are countless options as far as location is concerned – you might choose a northern cruise through Scotland’s Caledonian Canal, or a journey through Italy’s sun-drenched Po River Valley. With Europe’s waterways as your road map, there’s an unforgettable experience around every corner.
Wherever you decide to start your cruise, you can bet they’ll be plenty to see. You’ll pass by medieval towns, imposing castles, rolling vineyards, quiet lochs, magical islands, and much more. With frequent stops and side trips, you’ll have the chance to get off board and stretch your legs. Children will love the chance to play in a park, bike alongside the waterway, or even steer the barge! For the older set, there’s wine and cheese tastings, local markets, and garden tours.
A Home Away From Home
On a barge holiday, the boat becomes your home. Enjoy meals cooked by an on-board chef and sleep in hotel-grade suites fully equipped with modern amenities. Best of all, you only have to unpack once!
Groups on river cruises are considerably smaller than those that fill huge ocean liners by the thousands, so expect a quieter, more laid-back atmosphere. With small passenger numbers and attentive on-board staff, you can be sure of excellent service for the duration of your holiday.
The intimate atmosphere of a barge holiday is perfect for celebrations and gatherings. For group occasions or family reunions, you may consider chartering a vessel to have all for yourselves!
For large groups, a barge holiday can be a logistical lifesaver. There’s no need to worry about booking hotels, rental cars, or restaurants when you’re travelling by barge!
Once your group has chosen a location and coordinated schedules, the rest is fairly straightforward. Your cruise operator can handle all the details that come with large gatherings – dietary preferences, adjacent cabins, itineraries, activities, and the like. With all the particulars sorted out, you and your travelling companions are free to sit back and watch the world go by. From London to Lorraine, and Paris to the Po Valley, you can be sure of smooth sailing and good times for everyone on board.
Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK's most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury hotel barge holiday itineraries in France and other great destinations. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.
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