Abercrombie & Kent curates a collection of the best barges for 2022 to discover Europe’s quiet corners and hidden gems

Hotel Barge L'ImpressionnisteAmong the many shifts brought on by the pandemic, the move toward slow travel has reignited an interest in barging.

Encompassing much of what people learned to appreciate during this time at home – moving at a slower pace, spending time outdoors and indulging in good food and wine – barge cruising has become the perfect all-inclusive solution for families and groups of friends who want to travel together responsibly.

In response to the growing interest in this authentic, more in-depth style of travel, Abercrombie & Kent has launched a portfolio of 2022 European Canal Barge Cruises featuring more than 25 of the most coveted barges on the waterways of Burgundy and the Loire Valley, Alsace-Lorraine, the south of France, Champagne, Germany, Italy, England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland and Belgium.

Barging invites travellers to explore outdoors, stroll through uncrowded village squares and along picturesque towpaths, or simply sit out on deck and watch the scenery pass by. Cruise from one charming hamlet to the next, visiting under-the-radar local attractions and enjoying fine cuisine prepared fresh every night, all without the stress of packing and unpacking.

While providing a leisurely experience, canal barge cruising also represents the utmost in value. Prices for seven-day/six-night private charters begin at just $3,820 per person and include accommodations, meals, beverages, guided sightseeing and entry fees. These all-inclusive cruises feature three gourmet meals daily, prepared from market-fresh local ingredients sourced by on-board chefs. Lunch and dinner are artfully paired with local wines. Each vessel includes comfortable cabins with en suite facilities and distinctive dining with exceptional service. Many offer spacious lounges and sundecks for al fresco dining.

Friends and family have the option of chartering an entire vessel for their exclusive use, enabling them to spend quality time together with peace of mind aboard their own “floating country inn.”

‘La Bella Vita’ – Po Valley & Venetian Lagoon
Seven days from $79,000 per charter (20 guests)

‘Roi Soleil’ – Canal du Midi
Seven days from $33,900 per charter (6 guests)

‘Meanderer’ – Canal de Briare & Canal Latéral à la Loire
Seven days from $36,600 per charter (6 guests)

On many vessels, couples or solo travellers may book a cabin, like a room at a country inn, sharing the vessel’s amenities, sightseeing excursions and meals with fellow guests.

‘Panache’ – Canal de le Marne au Rhin
Seven days from $5,950 per person (up to 12 guests)

‘L’Art de Vivre’ – Canal du Nivernais
Seven days from $4,950 per person (up to 8 guests)

‘L’Impressionniste’ – Burgundy Canal
Seven days from $5,590 per person (up to 12 guests)

For guests who want to explore more of the region before or after their cruise, local A&K experts will curate privately-guided experiences featuring must-see sites, customized to traveller specifications, that meet A&K’s enhanced health and safety protocols.

Book with Confidence
Book by December 31, 2021 and enjoy the flexibility to change travel plans up to 15 days prior to departure in the event of a COVID-19-related reason— whether at home or in the travel destination — and receive a credit towards future travel. Details on A&K’s flexible booking policy can be found here.

(Abercrombie & Kent)