Is a canal or river barge cruise

in France or Europe on YOUR bucket list?

The spacious and comfy deck of Emma, a 6 passenger first class barge on the Canal du Midi"Our barge trip still lingers in my mind.
It was a beautiful experience."


"Our best vacation ever." Those are the words we hear over and over again when people experience a canal or river barge cruise along the meandering waterways of France and Europe.

Whether you are individuals on a hotel barge or on a private charter barge trip with friends or family, a barge cruise offers the perfect balance of relaxation and style. You can sit back and soak up the local culture while sampling fine wines and gourmet delicacies on your all-inclusive barge cruise. And for the active types, there's plenty of walking and biking on towpaths and through picturesque villages.

Ideal for those special occasions, barge cruises on French and European waterways provide a great opportunity to gather friends and families together to celebrate life and your special occasions. Multi-generational family vacations, cooking cruises, barge and bike cruises, wine cruises and girlfriend getaways are just some of the popular theme cruises with activities for all ages. Custom barge cruises are available too!

How do you select the best barge cruise?

Contact Us to Get Started on your Barge CruiseSelecting the right canal or river barge cruise vacation can be daunting. It's our goal to help you choose the best barge trip for your interests, style and budget. As barge cruise specialists and authorized agent for over 40 barges, we're here to provide information, give expert advice, help you compare and book the ideal barge cruise for you, your friends and families.

We'll listen to what YOU want.

Why book your barge cruise vacation with us?

Jack and Beth Hanson, owners of CanalBargeCruises.com, have been helping people go on barge cruises since 1988.Jack and Beth Hanson have been helping happy clients go on barge trips and tours in France and Europe since 1988. After living in France for 15 years and operating our own charter barge, we know the barges, canals and sights.

"We love France, and love helping people—like you—get the most out of your barge cruise and travel to France. Our goal is to make the process easy and enjoyable, and consider your interests and needs every step of the way! We think a barge cruise is one of the best vacations ever, and hope you do too."

Thank you for letting us help you select and book your barge cruise!

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Our French barge cruises include the following regions:

  • Northern Burgundy is the land of world class wines, historic chateaux, rolling green hills and pretty medieval villages. Close to Paris, it is convenient to the canals and rivers of Burgundy. The Nivernais Canal is one of the oldest in France.
  • Southern Burgundy is the heart of the Cote d'Or wine region known for its noble pinot noir and chardonnay wines. Surrounded by two beautiful canals and the River Saone, it offers a variety of barge cruising routes.
  • Canal du Midi is a Unesco World Heritage Site, a rich part of history in the South of France. Its beauty and charm delight those who love cruising on intimate barges that reflect the warmth and ambiance of this sun-drenched land.
  • Provence barge cruises between Avignon and the Canal du Midi are through The Camargue National Park with wild horses, black bulls and pink flamingos. Excursions to famous Provence sights are highlights.
  • Upper Loire enjoys relaxed country life, green valleys and the fine wines of Sancerre and Pouilly Fume. The pretty villages along the canal exude charm and personality.
  • Alsace , in the foothills of the Vosges Mountains, is known for its delectable cheeses, regional food and dry white wines. The flower-filled villages are a testament to the combination of French and Germany cultures.
  • Brittany is tucked away in western France where prehistoric and Celtic history come alive amidst half timbered villages known for markets and seafood. A great canal for walkers and bikers.
  • Champagne is the land of rolling green vineyards, underground Champagne caves and history, where many kings of France were crowned and World War I memorials pay tribute to devastating battles.
  • In Southwest France between Toulouse and Bordeaux is the Canal de Garonne, a little known and beautifully tranquil canal with gorgeous scenery and fascinating history ripe with legends.

Our European barge cruises include: