Elegant Journeys

Create Unique Family Memories On Board Your Own Floating Villa Exploring the European Countryside

Expose your loved ones to a new dimension in European family travel by chartering one of our fabulous canal barges to discover the European countryside. This unparalleled holiday offers many fun and educational opportunities to learn about different cultures and cuisine in such an entertaining and lively atmosphere. Options include gliding through the Scottish Highlands onboard the Spirit of Scotland, or cycling the towpaths in Alsace and Burgundy as seen from the Panache or L’Impressioniste.

Your private canal boat offers the ease of paying one price for up to 12 people and encompasses everything you and your family will need for your special journey together. All exquisite chef-prepared cuisine, daily sightseeing with a private guide, plentiful activities, and plush amenities paired with a delightful crew ensure priceless moments with those you cherish the most. Call us now for the best availability! Many of these barges offer special family pricing in late July and the month of August.

Our clients rave about the welcoming and engaging rapport with the barge crew! Discover the ins and outs of navigating canals—perhaps with the children ‘helping’ to steer under the captain’s watchful eye. Enhance the perspective of all on board as the crew shares tales of local history, customs, and folklore. Watch as your children/grandchildren acquire baking or cooking skills from their barge’s professional chef and then proudly present their masterpieces to you. Discover the constellations together or simply gaze at the wonders of the starlit skies from the on-deck Jacuzzi or pool. Explore the captivating culture of Europe together, whether through food or fun, kayaking, prehistoric cave exploring, or simply biking the towpaths together.

Have a larger family? Multiply the merriment through tandem or triple-tandem barges which can be moored together, including dine-around options and split-interest excursions. For example, one vehicle could take the young-at-heart on a Segway adventure in Dijon, while the others could enjoy a wine tasting. Don’t wait—spend precious moments with your family on your choice of one of our exceptional barge voyages that will leave lasting impressions for years to come.

Our Clients Say it Best:

“We had three generations of our family…what we did not expect, however, was the degree to which the crew completely embraced our children, catering to them in every way! Captain Florian helped us craft and execute a custom itinerary of excursions that suited everyone’s wishes, some thoughtfully were selected by him specifically for the younger members of the group.” – M.D., Frontiers Client

"The trip was great, and Caroline and Rory were fantastic to be with again. The accommodations for the grandkids worked great, food was fabulous, and the activities were interesting. They put together a canoeing/kayaking excursion and surprised us with a hot air balloon ride which was very special." - T.K., Frontiers client

Planning For Summer 2020

Frontiers and Belmond are excited to announce three-night departures for private barge charters, so you can try the experience to see if it's a good fit for you!

Routes Available:

  • Chalons en Champagne to Mareuil – July 12 and August 23
  • Damery to Chateau Theirry – July 15 and August 26
  • St Leger to Fragnes – July 12 and August 23
  • Fragnes to Pontailer – July 15 and August 26

For more information about planning your barge experience, please contact our barging specialist, Jill, below or call her at 1-800-245-1950. Jill has unparalleled firsthand experience and destination knowledge, maintaining her expertise as a Top Travel Specialist awarded by Condé Nast Traveler magazine in European canal barging for the past 16 years. 

Meet our Specialists

Specializes in Barging, River Cruises, and Western Europe

A wine and food connoisseur, grandmother of two, and veteran member of the Condé Nast Traveler Specialist list.