Explore Europe With A European Barge Trip!
River And Canal Holidays On Offer In Europe
Looking to explore Europe with a European barge trip?
‘Everyone deserves a place to escape’ – wise words from the canal and river trust in the UK, who are just one of the European organisations looking after canals and rivers, and selling the benefits of barge holidays.
There are plenty of opportunities to escape and explore Europe with a European barge trip holiday whether you want to stay close to home or book your flights and European travel insurance, and explore abroad.Explore Europe With A European Barge Trip! River And Canal Holidays On Offer In Europe Click To Tweet
River and Barge Holiday Overview
Explore Europe with a European barge trip can include hotel barges, which are crewed and typically include cooking and housekeeping – you might also get excursions or transfers thrown into the price, or have access to bikes if you want to stay active and cycle along the route your barge takes.
By contrast if you fancy a more hands on experience you can hire and navigate your own barge along the waterways, this can be a great experience for beginners or the more experienced alike, with the best companies offering plenty of instruction before you head off, along with maps and tips on where to find mooring spots, and of course the nearest pub! If you choose self-navigation you could ease yourself in with a short break or book a boat at a canal base that has fewer locks and easier routes.
Barge Holidays in the UK
A company called Black Price offer narrow boat holidays across 10 locations in the UK, and offer short break and longer holidays. What stands out is the level of attention they offer customers before they set out, from tips on water refill points, to route guidance if you want to do a loop and arrive back at your base on time.
One of their popular itineraries for beginners features the Llangollen Canal, which crosses the border between England and Wales. It starts near the National Trust site of Chirk Castle, taking you through unspoiled landscape towards national heritage site Pontcysylite Aqueduct, and further along you’ll find Ellesmere, Whitchurch, and Hurleston. With plenty of opportunities to view well-known landmarks and local wildlife, this is a good choice for families who like to relax and explore the sites.
France is a very popular destination for river and barge holidays, and it’s easy to see why given the choice of operators and vessels available for different size groups. One operator is the Barge Saraphina which travels along the Canal Du Midi, a canal packed full of original features in the Languedoc region of France. Easily accessible from four airports, and travelling through a region that offers fine wine and dining, history and architecture, and pretty villages, this ship offers some hidden gems.
European Waterways takes barging a step up with their choice of European holidays. You can choose to charter a boat, or join with fellow likeminded travellers, and there are even themed cruises on offer which could take in wine appreciation, walking tours or golf. The luxury vessels they use can come equipped with bikes, sun decks, and even on occasion a spa pool, and there’s always excursions available to local markets, crafts workshops, or castles. Destinations include Italy, where tourists can take in the sights and sounds of Venice and Mantua. Choose Holland and you’ll be spoilt for choice with city culture, formal gardens, museums and beautiful flower fields never far from the waterways.
Wherever a river or canal cruise takes you, deciding to explore Europe with a European barge trip provides flexibility on where to stop, where to moor, and the sights you choose to see. It’s a good choice for couples or groups looking for a more intimate alternative to larger cruise lines, once you’ve decided which beautiful waterway to sail down that is!
Laura Reeve, the author of “Explore Europe with a European Barge Trip”, is the Marketing Executive at Avanti Travelcare, who specialise in travel insurance for those with pre-existing medical conditions, and are one of very few that have no upper age limit on their policies.
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