With so many wonderful inland waterways in Europe to cruise on, the decision may seem daunting, but
we are here to help you, and so we suggest that you start by thinking about which country you
would like to cruise in
. Most of our barges are in France
as the inland waterway network of rivers and
canals is so plentiful and the country so very attractive (not to mention the great wine and cuisine to be
found here), but there are without doubt many other lovely places to barge such as Ireland
and the Czech Republic
Once you’ve an idea which country you’d like to cruise in, think about how many people are in your
group, and what their requirements might be
. If you like to meet others then booking individual
cabins on a barge that takes more people than the number in your group is a good idea. Great friendships
can be made whilst cruising. On the other hand - and especially if you have a group who wish to
cruise together without other guests on board - chartering a barge
is definitely the right thing to do.
This means that you pay a charter price to hire the entire barge and crew for your personal group. As we
have barges that accept charters of as few as 4 guests on board, there is usually at least one barge that
will suit your requirements, and so it’s not necessary to get a big group together in order to do this.
Charters can be accepted for 4, 6, 8 10, 12, 14, 18, 20 – up to 50 people – and all the numbers
The weather that you’d like to experience whilst cruising is also something important to consider
and to let us know about so that we can advise accordingly. The month or date you plan to
cruise is also very important
, as July in Scotland is very different to July in the south of France, for example!
The level of luxury and service required, plus of course your budget (if you have one)
are also important things to consider.
Other influencing factors you might wish to take into account when considering which barge
are: where and when to travel, the size of the cabins, the excursions proposed, the style of the
ship and its decor on board, its cruise route (of course!) and the crew on board.
Feel free to ask
us about any of this and we’ll be happy to inform you.