Slow travel interest sees canal barge demand rise

Abercrombie & Kent expands European barging portfolio across Europe

Abercrombie & Kent has expanded its portfolio of 2022 European Canal Barge Cruises in response to the growing interest for its authentic, more in-depth style of travel.

The luxury travel company says among the many shifts brought on by the pandemic, the move toward slow travel has reignited an interest in barging.

Encompassing much of what people learned to appreciate during this time at home – moving at a slower pace, spending time outdoors and indulging in good food and wine – barge cruising has become the perfect all-inclusive solution for families and groups of friends who want to travel together responsibly.

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Barging invites travellers to explore outdoors, stroll through uncrowded village squares and along picturesque towpaths, or simply sit out on deck and watch the scenery pass by. Cruise from one charming hamlet to the next, visiting under-the-radar local attractions and enjoying fine cuisine prepared fresh every night

Currently available in markets where citizens are able to travel internationally, A&K has access to over 25 barges on the waterways of Burgundy and the Loire Valley, Alsace-Lorraine, the south of France, Champagne, Germany, Italy, England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland and Belgium are featured in the new program for 2022.

Barge pricing include accommodations, meals, beverages, guided sightseeing and entry fees. Lunch and dinner are paired with local wines. Each vessel includes comfortable cabins with en suite facilities and distinctive dining with exceptional service. Many offer spacious lounges and sundecks for al fresco dining.

Friends and family have the option of chartering an entire vessel for their exclusive use, enabling them to spend quality time together with peace of mind aboard their own “floating country inn.”

Barge options for the Australian market include:

La Bella Vita’ – Po Valley & Venetian Lagoon, Italy
Seven days from AU$5,965 per person (up to 20 guests)

Anjodi‘ – Canal du Midi, France
Seven days from $6,820 per person (up to 8 guests)

Shannon Princess‘ – River Shannon, Ireland
Seven days from AU$6,925 per person (up to 10 guests)

L’Impressionniste‘ – Burgundy’s Vineyards, France
Seven days from AU$7,950 per person (up to 12 guests)

For guests who want to explore more of the region before or after their cruise, local A&K experts will curate privately-guided experiences featuring must-see sites, customised to traveller specifications, that meet A&K’s enhanced health and safety protocols.

For more details on A&K’s European Canal Barge Cruises for 2022, see

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