YOUR DIRECT LINK TO THE SPECIAL WORLD OF BARGING...
We are a small but industrious team, but are utterly dedicated to what we do. If you call us (note
our toll-free number from the USA and CANADA), you’ll always get through to me (Marie)
on the telephone
and I’ll be delighted to hear from you and help you with your barge booking. If
you’ve a good idea of what you want, and just need the reassurance that it’s the right barge for your
cruise, then I’m the right person to talk to. Or, if you’re just thinking of cruising somewhere, sometime,
and have questions, I’ll always be happy to help you out, go through the possibilities
and to share my in-depth knowledge of the barges, canals and rivers with you. I will be
honored to be your personal and direct link to the barging world…I’m dedicated to providing
an impressively personal, prompt and friendly service giving everything you need to
book the right barge for you.
WE’RE TOTALLY INDEPENDENT...
As we are in our nineteenth season as The Barge Company we continue to reinforce our position
as the leading European barge bookers. All our reviews and comments on the barges
are ABSOLUTELY INDEPENDENT. We aren’t sponsored by anyone, we don’t have shares in
any of the barges and no one gives us money to say nice things about them.
...AND BASED IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE, WE KNOW THE BARGES INTIMATELY.
In February 2004 The Barge Company relocated from the UK to the south of France, so we
have now been here for eleven years. Based just outside Toulouse we visit the barges often,
and so we know what we’re talking about.
Being ‘on the spot
’ means that our information
and knowledge is always up to date and you can rely upon the information that we give you. From
information on the weather, to advice on the different types of scenery or local customs, we know
what we’re talking about as we’re here experiencing the wonderful French way of life every
WE MAKE VERY FREQUENT BARGE VISITS...
We love ‘talking barging’ and many of our clients become friends
, regularly re-booking for next
season and sending us postcards and news from all over the world. With our frequent visits to the
barges we make sure they’re still in tip-top condition for you
, ensuring that we’re up to date
with their facilities and are maintaining their excellent standards
. Happily, this also means that
we enjoy excellent relationships with the barge-owners
, and remain full of admiration for what
We are here to inform you and to advise, but never to ‘persuade’ you to cruise.
We pride ourselves
on a personal and efficient service, and are never pushy with clients
. The choice to cruise is
yours alone, and we try our utmost to help you make the right decision on which barge is best
, drawing from our knowledge and matching it to your requirements.
AND OUR CLIENTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES...
Here is what some of our valued clients said about us in 2013 and 2014:
- It was a delight dealing with you, Marie. You have been so very friendly and obliging. I do
hope The Barge Company does very well. I will highly recommend your company to anyone who
might be interested in a barge cruise. I will certainly book again through you if we are able to
do another barge trip in the future. Thank you so very much! Warmly, K
- We are still in France but wanted to let you know how wonderful the Barge trip was for us and
our guests! Everyone had a fabulous time on and off the barge as the crew was fabulous as
were the day excursions and of course the FOOD! We look forward to another trip with that
crew again as we all had so much fun!!!! There will be a lot of talk about you too! And in Texas
as well as Palm Desert where we live in the winter! Thank you for helping to make this experience
so great! Fondly, R.
And from a very valued travel agent:
GETTING THE BARGE CRUISE YOU WANT...
- Marie, this afternoon, Angela came in. Gushing is not even close to the praises I was hearing. I
am so thrilled for them. I can't wait to see the pictures they took. As a travel agent, it is rare
that I come across a company that was as diligent, heart-warming, and enthusiastic about the
products they offer. I am passing the word... The Barge Company is the one to beat! Service,
pricing, and packaging is your best assets! Look forward to giving you much business in the future!
Some barges always become booked up very quickly each year – often more than a year in advance,
so we urge you to get in touch with us as soon as you are thinking of booking a barge cruise so that
we can ensure you get your first choice barge if at all possible. Sometimes your favourite barge or
cruise week will not be available, but we will always propose a similar barge or cruise area, if there is
one. The general rule though, is ‘get in touch as soon as possible’ – even if only to discuss the various
WE SINCERELY LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU SOON...