There is no better way to experience Europe than on a luxury barge trip cruise. Those looking to indulge in local history and culture, or simply sit back and relax will find everything they hope for on this type of holiday. |
Holiday makers should expect plenty of peace and luxury on a small, private river boat. These vessels are furnished to the highest standards, with large en-suite staterooms, spa pools and beautiful sun decks. Bicycles are also available for guests to use, so those wishing to get out and about can walk or cycle along the towpaths that line the canal.
Daily guided excursions will provide keen explorers with the unique opportunity to visit new locations off the beaten track and see some of Europe’s best hidden gems, and each evening guests will sit down to enjoy gourmet meals prepared by a talented on-board chef.
Travellers can enjoy these experiences and more in a number of different countries. Below is some more information on the top locations in Europe for a barge trip cruise.
France is undoubtedly the birthplace of the luxury river cruise. The country’s scenic countryside and countless waterways makes it a wonderful destination for a barge holiday.
Whether you are looking to explore France’s historic cities such as Paris and Bordeaux, or admire breathtaking scenery in the likes of the Champagne region and Picardy, there is something for everyone in beautiful France.
Italy may well be the perfect destination for a canal boat holiday. Its network of canals, most notably in Venice, coupled with outstanding landscapes and interesting history will leave travellers wanting more from this wonderful country.
A canal boat holiday in Italy will allow guests a unique insight into its many cultures including Roman, Byzantine and Renaissance. Indeed, many of the waterways that the barges will travel along were once used by the Romans as trade routes.
Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the country’s finest food and drink, including delicious local wines and exceptional Italian cheeses. There will never be a dull moment on a barge trip cruise in Italy.
Germany & Luxembourg
Germany’s stunning Moselle region is an ideal spot for a barge trip. This peaceful area is little visited compared to the Rhine, meaning it is perfect for anyone looking to experience the beauty of Germany whilst avoiding the usual throngs of tourists.
Guests will enjoy tasting some of Germany’s finest, locally grown Riesling wines whilst taking in the romance of the region’s castles, forests and vineyards. There will also be ample opportunity to explore Moselle’s colourful towns, lively markets, and spectacular countryside.
Anyone looking to indulge in traditional German culture will enjoy visiting the country’s oldest city, Trier, and the 12th Century Burg Eltz (also known as the “Queen of German Castles”).
Belgium, Holland, Scotland, England and Ireland
Other brilliant destinations for a barge trip cruise include Belgium, Holland, Scotland, Ireland and even England. Each of these countries offers gorgeous scenery and unique cultural experiences.
It is clear that there are no bad choices when it comes to the perfect destination for a European barge trip cruise. The best way to start your canal boat adventure is to book through a reputable company.
Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK's most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge trip cruise itineraries, as well as barge holidays in 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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