Shopping & Markets

Discover the Taste of Local Culture

Shopping & Markets

Even if you are not normally a lover of shopping, the vast array of fascinating shops and markets you can discover on one of our cruises may change your mind.

Most of our cruises are through rural areas, but we are often just a short distance from some of the most wonderful old towns and cities in Europe, where there are great shopping opportunities.

Colourful markets, exclusive shops…

You may want to visit some of the brocantes or ‘flea markets’ for unusual antiques, or perhaps you have an eye for the latest fashion and would prefer to browse around a couturier’s boutique, or maybe you just enjoy exploring the vibrant local markets.

Whatever your preference, there are many shopping possibilities in some of the most picturesque parts of Europe which will allow you to embrace local culture as part of your holiday and, perhaps, even find the ideal momento of your cruise experience with us.

Our Hotel Barges often moor for the evening very close to quaint little villages, where it is possible to disembark and explore their shops and markets by foot or by bike. Ask your guide for the best places to find souvenirs; they might even be able to drive you to a village-market before or after your excursion!

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