Canal & River Cruises
Barge cruising along rivers and canals is the most relaxing way to see a country in complete comfort, relaxing and enjoying the constantly changing scenery. The ancient Romans built canals more than 2000 years ago and canal transportation progressed well into the 20th Century when barges were the most important means of freight transport throughout most of Western Europe.
Today, canals have returned to play a significant role as recreational waterways and can be fully enjoyed with a barge cruise. Here, everything is ready for you: sleeping quarters, meals, a crew to run the barge, local excursions when the barge stops and passengers who become restless can often jog or bicycle along the towpath as the barge slowly progresses to the next village. Hotel barges are in many cases luxury floating hotels with private cabins, comfortable lounges and enjoyable sundecks, perfect for viewing the passing scenery. In addition, excellent regional cuisine and fine wines are served daily to enhance the overall cruising experience. Expect to be pampered as you glide through ancient villages with guided excursions to historic chateaux, renowned vineyards and colorful local markets. Your Floating Hotel is furnished with modern amenities from air conditioning to even jacuzzis, saunas or a small fitness studio.
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A river cruise allows you to experience a country or a few different countries in a totally different way, taking you beyond the city and introducing you to each region in a novel and relaxing way, without crowds and in great comfort, with an intimacy not available to larger cruise ships. Cruising along the rivers is a great way to explore treasured cities and towns along these inland waterways which have been, for centuries, the vital highways between nations chronicling their history and culture. Itineraries are crafted to include visits to must-see sights as well as offer daily cultural discoveries ranging from wine-tasting to artisan craft demonstrations or relaxing time aboard and on shore.
The rivers of the world are plied by riverboats offering the same levels of comfort, service and dining found on major cruise lines. A river cruise ship really is a cruise ship, just smaller than the big ships that cruise the Mediterranean, Alaska or the Caribbean with many thousand passengers.
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- European River & Inland Cruises
- Asia River & Inland Cruises
- Africa River & Inland Cruises
- North America River & Inland Cruises
- South America River & Inland Cruises
- Yangtze River Cruises Information
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