Barge holidays for groups in the UK and Europe

If staying close to home appeals, there are six-night cruises on the Shannon in Ireland, the Caledonian Canal in Scotland and on the River Thames in England. The latter are on the eight-passenger Magna Carta between Hampton Court and Henley-on-Thames with tours to Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle and Cliveden. From 2,790 per person departing on March 27. This sailing also visits Highclere House, where Downtown Abbey was filmed.

“Cruises on the Canal du Centre and River Sa ne in Southern Burgundy visit chateaux, wineries and cathedrals.”

On the continent, the same company cruises the Dutch and Belgian waterways and the Bianco Canal in Italy, but the biggest choice is in France. Cruise the Canal de la Marne in Alsace and Lorraine on the 12-passenger Panache and you ride on a boat elevator built to replace 17 locks. Choose the eight-passenger Anjodi on the Canal du Midi in the South of France to climb a staircase of seven locks and visit wineries, markets and cathedrals.

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New this year, cruises on the Canal du Centre and River Sa ne in Southern Burgundy visit chateaux, wineries and cathedrals. They are on Finesse, a new eight-passenger barge. From 4,550 per person for six nights departing on May 8.

Afloat in France (belmond.com3) has five barges in France and also includes all meals, drinks and excursions in the price. The four-passenger Belmond Alouette is available for charter only. From 4,166 per person for six nights sailing from Avignon to B ziers departing on April 10. Other options include the eight-passenger Belmond Hirondelle in Franche-Comt and the 12-passenger Belmond Napol on, which sails the Rh ne River between Tain and Arles. From 3,478 per person departing on April 10 or 24.

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