Canal and River Cruising with Abercrombie & Kent
For a leisurely vacation in beautiful surroundings far from the usual tourist circuits, canal and river cruising has no equal. Abercrombie & Kent offers hotel vessels on escorted itineraries throughout France, Holland and Belgium, Germany, Britain and Ireland that include the most popular excursions and sightseeing in each region.
A barge cruise is a great value in today's European travel market. There is no need to pull out your wallet while aboard a canal or luxury river cruise. Pricing includes everything you need to make your holiday complete, from accommodations to three delicious meals daily with wine, as well as guided sightseeing and entry fees. Even transfers and bar drinks are included on most vessels. If you're traveling solo or as a couple, like to meet new people and enter into the camaraderie of travel, a hotel departure is best for you.
A&K offers special theme cruises. Wine lovers might want to take the Wines of Burgundy (Grand Cru) Cruise aboard 'Amaryllis' and sample the 33 Grand Crus of Burgundy. If your passion is horticulture and gardens, consider a luxury river cruise on 'Magna Carta' in England, passing through lush green countryside and quaint towns along the Thames. Wherever your cruise takes you, rest assured you will experience the best of A&K travel in an escorted journey.
Canal cruising can be very expensive. The barges that A&K represents are all among the nicest available. Many barges are limited to 8 passengers and are often chartered (great for a family reunion or small group trip). The other option is to "rent" a cabin as you would a hotel room. It requires you to live closely with others but it is a chance to meet new people. One drawback to this arrangement is that many boats require 8 people to operate so, if others don't join in, your trip may be canceled.
There are several sample itineraries listed below with prices.