Our Top 4 Destinations for Spring in Europe

After the frosty throes of winter, there’s nothing like a rejuvenating spring holiday to blow away the cobwebs and show your face some sunshine. March, April and May are the ideal months for a barge cruise on the Continent, when temperatures are high enough to soak up some much needed Vitamin D, yet mild enough to explore fully without worrying about the heat. We have compiled our four favourite cruises for those looking to make the most of the Spring in Europe.

Europe's Best Gardens - Valencay Gardens


The beautiful Burgundian countryside can be fully appreciated on a cruise early in the year. Whether you’re biking down the picturesque towpath of the Canal du Bourgogne, driving through the region’s rolling vineyards, or simply relaxing with a glass of wine on the barge’s sun deck as you glide down the canal – we believe that Burgundy is best in the spring.

We recommend: the classic cruise of Burgundy aboard La Belle Epoque.

Spring in Europe -La Belle Epoque Cruising 7


The city of Venice is a fascinating feast for the eyes at any time of the year, but the beauty of the lagoon is especially apparent in the spring months. Nothing can beat a stroll along the Istrian sea wall, constructed in the nineteenth century, with astounding views of the Adriatic Sea.

We recommend: the classic cruise of Italy aboard La Bella Vita.

Venice Skyline - Bianco Canal

Canal du Midi

Birdwatchers will be in their element cruising the Canal du Midi in the spring when we reach the “Petite Camargue”. This region is a haven for wildfowl such as Bee Eaters, African Rollers and the iconic pink flamingo.

We recommend: the classic cruise of the Canal du Midi aboard Athos.

Spring in Europe -Flamingoes on ANJ Route


We couldn’t write a post about the best cruising destinations for Spring in Europe without mentioning Holland. In late March and early April its world-famous tulips are in full and riotous bloom. If you’d like to witness the spectacle yourself, get in touch to find out about the special tulip cruises that we run at this time of the year with excursions to Keukenhof Gardens and the Aalsmeer flower auction.

We recommend: the tulip cruise of Holland aboard Panache.

Have we tempted you to push the woolly jumpers deep inside your wardrobe and reach for the sunglasses instead this spring? Get in touch now to book your cruise.

Spring in Europe-La Nouvelle Etoile Cruising in Holland

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