The most popular destinations follow canals and rivers in France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Italy. Some companies also cruise in Croatia, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic.
See Also: Budgeting for a cruise
Most cruises are six nights and seven days, and cover about 30 to 50 miles. Barges usually make a few stops each day, where you're free to wander on your own or relax onboard; in some places, a local guide and land transportation will be provided to allow you to visit a chateau, cathedral, winery, cheese-maker or other notable site, enriched with an insider's insights. Onboard crews range from two people on the smallest vessels to 12 on the largest; virtually all crew members speak English
On canals, most vessels travel so slowly that you can walk the towpaths that parallel the waterway and reboard your barge at the next stop. Many vessels carry bicycles as well.
Meals and Beverages
Dining is a highlight of most barge cruises. Whether your meals are taken onboard or in local restaurants, they typically showcase regional specialties and wines, utilizing ingredients purchased that morning in the market. Many ships also invite local dance troupes and musicians to perform.