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A standard weeks' barge cruise is 6-nights / 7 days, typically beginning on Sunday afternoon and ending on Saturday morning after breakfast. A few barges run Saturday-Friday, see the particular barge's rate page to view their departure day, or contact us.

What's generally included in an "all-inclusive" barge cruise:
  • 6-nights' accommodation on the barge
  • pick up and drop off from pre-arranged meeting point to barge
  • breakfast, lunch, evening meals
  • open bar with alcoholic and soft drinks
  • daily guided excursions, including transportation and entry fees
  • use of barge's bicycles
  • use of barge's provided amenities: possibly jacuzzi/hot tub, exercise equipment, musical instruments, games...
What's not included:
  • Crew gratuity (up to you, of course, but 5-15% depending). Should be in cash and in local currency.
  • Trip cancellation insurance, personal insurance, medical insurance, baggage insurance...
  • Items of a personal nature, such as souvenirs, postcards, stamps, etc.
  • Airfare & transportation to/from barge's designated meeting point
  • Food & drinks off the boat, that are not part of the barge's planned routine/menu (you stop at a café for a beer to rest up during shopping, for example)
  • Optional ballooning
  • Supplements for themed cruises such as golfing, wine appreciation, ...
Some barges offer alternative pricing, such as "bed & breakfast" and/or "half board" cruises, which might not include all meals and guided excursions.

A few barges provide 3-night and 5-night cruises, inquire!

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Smoking: No smoking inside of the barge. Smoking is allowed outside, but please be considerate of other guests on board.

All barges have English-speaking crew. Most are British. Some crew will speak other European languages as well.

Guided excursions.  While very interesting, perhaps you just want to chill out on the barge, take a snooze, or do something else that afternoon. That's OK, too.

Let us know if:
  • you have a special event during your cruise, such as a birthday or anniversary.
  • you have food allergies or special dietary requirements
  • you have a medical condition or take medications that the crew should know about

We always stress that good communication between guests and crew is important. If you have a problem, don't hide it... let them know as they want this to be your best vacation ever :)

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