• Welcome to THE BARGE COMPANY

    ...and to the wonderful world of luxury hotel-barge cruising in France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Belgium and Italy. We bring you luxury hotel-barging on the canals and rivers of Europe since 1997.
    We are Marie and Mark Gallé, based in Toulouse, in south-west France.

    Book your European barge cruise with The Barge Company this season because…
    • We’re experts in arranging private charters for groups of friends or families.
    • Established in 1997 we know the barges intimately having personally inspected and cruised on the majority of the barges we represent – we eat the food, drink the wine and do the excursions, so that YOU know what to expect on board.
    • We are English and have lived and travelled in Europe all of our lives. Since 2004 we have lived in the south of France close to the Canal Lateral à la Garonne and the Canal du Midi, and so we make frequent barge visits to ensure our info is always up to date.
    • We’re a small but efficient team of just two, so ‘the personal touch’ is our well-known trademark.
    • We enjoy naturally superb relationships with barge owners, operators and their crews so that we can advise knowledgeably on every aspect of your barge cruise.
    • We are totally independent. Our advice is honest and based on the facts.
    • We’re not only barge experts but we also have first-hand experience of the hotels, tourist attractions and other aspects of life here in Europe (especially France and England) that we know our clients may want our help with.
    • We speak fluent French and English... (plus Spanish, Italian, Portuguese…even a little German, Greek and Japanese too!) so welcome clients from all over the world.
    • Open 7 days a week.
    • Even after your barge is secured for you Marie is with you every step of the way for any help and advice that you may need from what to pack to local hotels and transport options for pre or post cruise.

    Call The Barge Company and speak to Marie, or e-mail her.

    Since 1997 we’ve been sharing our barging knowledge with delighted clients and making many people’s barging dreams come true. Whether you’re a couple looking for a peaceful vacation, honeymooners, a large family planning a celebratory barge cruise, or a regular family looking for a fun way to spend a vacation that the children (or grandchildren) will never forget, contact us and start planning your dream cruise now.

    See what luxury hotel barging means to those who have tried it!

    WHERE? - You can cruise in all the countries listed at the top of this page. But, the majority of hotel-barges cruise in France— Use our interactive map of France to find out more about discover the regions that you could discover from the deck of one of the barges we represent.

    HOW LONG?...Most barge cruises are 6 nights/7 days long, and are all-inclusive.

    ALL-INCLUSIVE BARGING MAKES EVERYTHING EASY FOR YOU... On the first day you are picked up at an agreed local meeting point and then transferred to the barge. This is usually in the barge’s luxury air-conditioned minibus which is exclusively for your group and which follows you as you cruise your itinerary. Each day you will usually cruise for half a day, and for the other half, take a side trip away from the barge on an excursion with your personal barge guide. Entrance fees to places visited are included in the cruise price (on most barges), as are delicious and varied buffet breakfasts, gourmet lunches and dinners, with wines included. Open bar (all types of beverages) is also included in the price (except on a couple of barges, where indicated), as is the use of any on board facilities such as spa pool, bicycles, gym equipment, etc. At the end of the cruise you are transferred back to the arranged drop-off point for your onward travel.
    Excluded from the cruise price is travel to and from the barge meeting/drop-off point, airfares, personal insurance and expenditure, and crew gratuities (suggested circa 5% p.p.)

    PRICES... Cruise prices vary between about US$3,000p.p. (when sharing with friends) and up to over US$7,000 per person based on two passengers sharing a double or twin cabin.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION go to our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page.

    To keep up-to-date with the information on our website see our News Feed at the top of the homepage? You can copy the address of the News Feed to your own newsreader to automatically see what is new on the website. Every time we have a new article, new pictures or new barge information we'll update the News-Feed!.

    To start researching the barges please visit our full A-Z list to explore all the barges we represent. You will find the capability to search for barges that suit your budget, chosen capacity or cruising area. All these pages can be accessed from the menus at the top of this page.

    Phone: +33 561 59 20 07, Fax: +33 561 59 23 54
    Phone (Toll-Free from USA + Canada): 1-800-688-0245
    Email: info@bargecompany.com
    Web: www.bargecompany.com

    The Barge Cruise Company Ltd, 2 Allée de Castelnouvel, 31490 Léguevin