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Escorted Barge Cruises

Combining a great rail journey and cruising makes for a relaxing holiday. Enjoy fantastic dining and comfortable cabins and venture ashore for exciting excursions.

Treat yourself to one of our intimate barge cruises. With only 22 passengers per sailing, you'll get a completely personal on board experience and an expert crew looking after you, while your itinerary ensures relaxation, gastronomy and scenery are the order of the day. Gently cruise through French waterways, pausing to sip Champagne at a renowned Maison de Champagne, visit a traditional cheese maker to sample the authentic flavours, and explore notable châteaux, all on a fabulous cruise that exquisitely combines repose and culture. Featuring a range of beautiful ships that boast enchanting interiors and cabins, our barges can moor in towns inaccessible to bigger boats, which means there's always something special waiting around the river bend.

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Loire Valley
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4.1 stars(12 reviews)
2021MayJunJulAugSep
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Secrets of Provence
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4.3 stars(6 reviews)
2021MayJunJulAugSep
2022MayJunJulAugSep
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£2,395 pp
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The Waterways of Alsace and Lorraine
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4.5 stars(8 reviews)
2021MayJunAugSepOct
2022MayJunJulAugSep
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The Waterways of Burgundy
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4.1 stars(10 reviews)
2021JunAug
2022JunAug
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Our customers love our Barge Cruising tours
The Waterways of Alsace and Lorraine by Barge
21 Sep 2019
Mr A Gander
5 stars
“An excellent holiday in terms of restfullness, good food and wine, plus some very interesting visits.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Loire Valley Waterways by Barge Cruise
14 Jul 2019
Mr M Taylor
5 stars
“The standard of accommodation, staff and food on the barge was outstanding. Nothing too much trouble and the team made the whole experience a first class holiday. However... the coach journey from Gard du Nord to meeting the barge took over 4.5 hrs. Just getting out of, and back into, Paris took over 2 hours. This was an extremely long and tiresome journey meaning that we didn't get to the barge until after 2030 hrs.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Waterways of Burgundy by Barge
28 Sep 2018
Mrs M Rook
5 stars
“well run peacefull and the best GRJ holiday we have had withGRJ
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Secrets of Provence by Barge
22 Sep 2018
Mr P Savory
5 stars
“EXCELLENT BARGE STAFF AND EXCEPTIONAL FOOD
Collected by Great Rail Journeys

Working closely with our specialist cruise partners, we have built up an impressive variety of river cruises that will take you all across the continent and beyond. Combining the majesty of river cruising, with the charm of travelling by smaller vessels, our barge cruises offer a different side to the wonder of cruise. Featuring a range of beautiful ships, with enchanting interiors and cabins, our barges can often access parts of rivers which are not available to larger craft, so our barge cruises are always something special.

Departures on these select barge cruises are limited to an intimate 24 passengers per sailing. Travel with an expert crew for a superb, personal on board experience, with a focus on relaxation, gastronomy and scenery. Gently cruise through French waterways, pausing to sip Champagne at a renowned Maison de Champagne, visit a traditional cheese maker to sample the authentic flavours, and visit a stunning historic châteaux, on a fabulous cruise that combines relaxation and culture.

So for those of you searching for the ideal intimate cruise option, take a look at the following tours and embark on your own barge cruise adventure.

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