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Luxury European Canal Barge Cruises
Step aboard a comfortable canal barge, a floating country inn where you enjoy gourmet food and wine every day while only having to unpack once. Relax on deck as the lovely scenery flows by, or borrow a bicycle for a serene pedal along the towpath. Thanks to our European offices and extensive local connections, we can provide a truly comprehensive journey, with pre- and post-cruise stays in some of Europe's greatest cities and all transportation arranged for you.
The 22 stylish canal barges we selected each ply their own distinct routes through Europe's most popular cruising regions: Provence and the South of France; Burgundy & the Upper Loire; Alsace, Champagne & the Moselle; Holland, the Rhine, Main and the Danube; and Ireland, Scotland & England.
Special Offer: Incredible Savings Available on Select European Canal Barge Cruises
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About European Canal Barge Cruises
Fine Dining on Board
While on board your vessel, inspiring culinary opportunities abound. Relax over elegant, leisurely meals, prepared by expert chefs from the freshest ingredients. Each morning, your crew offers a tempting spread of locally sourced pastries, fresh fruit and jam. Lunch – often served on deck – comes complete with colorful salads, silky pátés, quiches, cheeses and wine pairings. Later, sit down to a multicourse dinner, featuring regional dishes made from market-fresh, local ingredients. Throughout your evening meal, a selection of specially chosen fine wines is served to complement the gourmet cuisine.
Exploring by Foot and Bicycle
Setting out on a canal and river cruising adventure, opens up a world of possibilities, with endless opportunities to explore. Most vessels carry enough bicycles for everyone on board. 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. Afterward, rejoin the vessel at another lock along the cruise route – possibly arriving in advance of your floating hotel.
Cruises Chosen with Utmost Care
Barging is a wonderful way to travel and A&K curates a portfolio of the finest canal cruise vessels operating in Europe today. After sifting and winnowing our selections for decades, only the most comfortable vessels, innovative chefs and attentive crews are presented for your consideration. Each journey they offer meets A&K’s standards for excellence, while delivering an experience unique in flavor and character.
Extend Your Experience, as Only A&K Can
Before or after your journey by barge, take full advantage of A&K’s unique ability to extend your stay with a four-day pre- or post-cruise extension, available on select itineraries throughout this brochure. Made possible by our more than five decades of experience in luxury travel and six full-time local offices in Europe, these extensions greatly expand your travel options.
Independent Bookings & Private Charters: Choosing the Right Cruise
A&K offers two ways to experience Europe by water, each suited to a particular style of travel. On an independent booking, you secure a cabin the way you would book a room in a country inn, sharing the vessel’s amenities, sightseeing excursions and meals with your fellow guests. For added privacy and flexibility, consider a private charter, in which you and your group of family or friends hire the entire vessel for the duration of the river cruise, with sightseeing activities specially tailored to your interests.