Luxury Canal Barge Cruises
Canal and river cruising with A&K is an authentic, singular experience, a virtual trip back in time during which you witness Europe’s hidden treasures at a comfortable pace, taking in the beauty of historic hilltop vineyards, lovely châteaux, quaint hamlets and country roads en route.
Abercrombie & Kent offers luxury river and canal barge cruises through a portfolio of more than 20 private vessels, all of which feature expertly crafted itineraries that canvas Europe’s most serene and scenic stretches.
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 pâtés, 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.
Hotel & Charter Sailings: Choosing the Right Cruise
A&K offers two ways to experience Europe by water, each suited to a particular style of travel. On a hotel sailing, 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 charter sailing, 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.