When we think of barges, we hardly think of luxury and culture. However, on European Barge tours, luxury and culture is exactly what you get. And you receive a number of options; in fact, you can charter a barge and create your own vacation.
European Barge Tour Options
On a European barge tour you can choose where you launch from and often where you stop along the way. Common starting points include:
* The Czech Republic
Most barge tours last about 6-7 days, but you can choose shorter trips if you like. You can purchase a ticket and an itinerary based on your preferences or you can charter a barge and create your own European Cruise vacation.
Barges generally hold between four and fifty passengers, which if you charter a barge can become your family reunion or a small personal escape – you choose! And if youíre wondering if you have to be licensed, a captain’s license is not required to charter a barge. You will receive instruction before you launch and a temporary permit.
You can also choose your destination and type of cruise. A standard cruise generally includes several ports of call, beautiful riverside scenery, gourmet meals and of course all the amenities one comes to expect from a cruise including your own cabin. You can even choose a ìgolfî cruise if you enjoy golf and want to center your cruise around this activity. Or if you want to bicycle through Europe, a common activity, you can take a ìbike and barge tour.î
A sample cruise through Ireland might contain the following itinerary:
Day #1 Quigleyís Marina to Glasson, with welcome aboard dinner and champagne toast
Day #2 Glasson to Athlone
Day #3 Athlone to Shannonbridge
Day #4 Shannonbridge to Terryglass
Day #5 Terryglass to Galway to Mountshannon
Day #6 Mountshannon to Killaloe
Day #7 Killaloe to Dublin ñ Home
Each day is filled with explorations in and around local rivers and lakes as well as expeditions to local castles and historical venues. Sightseeing fun can be had both on board the barge and on land when you dock.
Choosing Your European Barge Tour
If you enjoy privacy and want to create your own itinerary, then youíll want to charter your own barge. Your first decision then is to find a company that enables you to accomplish this, and there are many companies that provide this service. Youíll also want to choose the country you wish to explore.
If you wish to leave the driving to the experts and enjoy the amenities of a cruise including gourmet meals, concierge service, room service and more, then you’ll want to purchase a preplanned barge cruise. The most difficult decision you’ll have to make is which beautiful European country you want to explore.
A European Barge Tour is an intimate exploration of the internal waterways of a country of your choice. Itís an opportunity to see Europe in a different light. Itís also a great way to vacation and enjoy a cruising experience in a more personal and peaceful way, while still experiencing the luxury a cruise has to offer.