Inevitably, part of the joys of luxury hotel barge cruising is the journey itself – and of course which barge to travel aboard. Whilst our luxury hotel barges enjoy their own unique character and charm, there are a number of qualities that you can be sure to expect each and every time you travel…
What to Expect Onboard Your Luxury Barge Cruise
If you like reading, then you’ll love our little saloon library, packed with great reads
There’s nothing quite like getting stuck-in to a good book whilst on holiday – it’s a fantastic way to really relax and take your mind everyday life. Have a browse of our little saloon libraries to pick up a classic, or perhaps learn more about the area you’re visiting. Soak in the sunlight upon deck, curl up on the sofa or in the comfort of your room.
If you like good food, then you’ll love the creations of our onboard master chefs
Holidays aren’t holidays without a taste of the good life, and how better to enjoy it than through the creations of your very own barge chef. Often our chefs will visit local markets to pick up an array of seasonal produce, which you’re more than welcome to join them on. Then, watch as these local ingredients are made into a true taste sensation!
If you like a cocktail, a digestif on deck, a sundowner… then you’ll love our open bar
Our well-stocked open bar is filled with a wide selection of beers, wines and spirits and is accessible throughout your cruise. You can help yourself, or make an order from one of the crew – but the likeliness is that they’ve anticipated your request, and your favourite drink is already on its way to you. Cheers!
If you like exploring, then you’ll love our complimentary bicycles
If you want to stretch your legs, but walking isn’t enough – why not take out one of our complimentary bicycles for a tow-path jaunt as the barge gently cruises along beside you. You can choose to meet the barge at the next lock, or perhaps plan ahead for a longer cycle. Some of our itineraries have some fantastic cycle routes with dedicated bike maps, and even the possibility of upgrading to e-bikes! (Pre-booking is essential, contact a cruise specialist for details)
If you like history & culture, then you’ll love our variety of daily excursions
Whether you consider yourself a bit of a history buff, or are simply curious about the cultures in the places you travel to – our daily excursions are hosted by our expert guides, and take you on a variety of fascinating journeys through the places you visit. From ancient Roman cities to UNESCO World Heritage sites; from world-renowned vineyards to private dinners with a countess – whatever your interest, you’re sure to be impressed by what’s in store… And, don’t forget – many of our barges have a fascinating history too! Have a chat to our crew to find out more.
If you like wine, then you’ll love the recommendations made by our onboard wine expert
Alongside our open bar, our onboard wine expert also hand-picks a selection of fine wines to perfectly complement each meal. From the ‘table talk’, where he/she will explain this particular vintage was chosen to the tasting – you’re in great hands. They also come in handy when visiting local wineries too – a true journey to a wine expert yourself!
If you like time to unwind, then you’ll love our spacious decks, cabins and cosy saloons
Taking a break from exploring for some ‘me time’ is an essential part of a holiday. Cosy-up in the saloon with a cup of coffee, watch the world go on deck as the sun gently beats down, or perhaps take a well-deserved nap in the comfort of your room. And, with many of our barges offering spa pools – you really can cruise in style with us.