Canal & River Cruising

Canal & River Cruising is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable ways to discover rural Europe.

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A&K has a fleet of 20 beautiful hotel barges at its disposal. If you are looking for a European holiday with a focus on fine food, good wines, beautiful landscapes and an exciting new destination each day without ever leaving home, then canal and river cruising is for you. It is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable ways to discover rural Europe, without the crowds and in great comfort.

Vessels
The exclusive vessels we recommend all have charming cabins with private facilities, central heating/air-conditioning and portholes/windows. All offer exceptional service with distinctive dining and include spacious lounges and sundecks, some with Jacuzzi. Cruises are six nights in duration and operate from March to October.

Food & Wine
One of the major highlights of any European sojourn is the regional cuisine. On board, your chef is a master whose gastronomic creations guests often rate higher than those in top restaurants. The vessel’s pantry is supplemented with fresh produce bought from lockkeepers’ gardens or local markets. Before you wake each morning, a crew member has already been ashore to collect fresh breads, croissants and pastries while the coffee brews. Lunch will be a selection of salads, pâtés, quiches and cheeses, with a four or five-course dinner each night. Enjoy regional specialities and the finest wines handpicked from the cellar.

Daily Excursions
Excursions into nearby villages or the surrounding countryside are either a quick journey in the barge minibus or just a short walk from the mooring. Touring may include the magnificent châteaux of the Loire Valley, wine tasting in Burgundy, an ancient abbey in the south-west or a gothic church in Franche-Comté. All excursions are included but are entirely optional.

Special Interest Cruises
For those who prefer a holiday with a specific focus, there are select itineraries which have been designed to cater to unique interests. These may be for golf or garden lovers, opera-goers, wine connoisseurs, antique collectors or families travelling with children. Most are available to whole boat charters only.

What’s Included

  • Each barge cruise is for 6 nights and includes:
  • Comfortable accommodation in airconditioned, en suite staterooms or suites
  • Gourmet meals prepared by the on board chef, fine wines and an open bar
  • Daily escorted excursions to places of interest and private wine tastings in airconditioned minibuses
  • Local return transfer from designated meeting/drop off point
  • Bicycles and on most hotel barges, an on-deck spa pool
  • Attentive service from an experienced crew - Captain, chef, tour guide, and hosts/hostesses

Featured Canal & River Cruising

Private7 days, from €3,590
l'Art de Vivre

L’Art de Vivre was built in England during World War One as a supply vessel to the allied troops of the Somme.

Private7 days, from €3,590
Private7 days, from €3,750
Anjodi

Anjodi is of classic Dutch design, specifically rebuilt to negotiate the 330-year-old Canal du Midi.

Private7 days, from €3,750
Private7 days, from €6,500
La Nouvelle Etoile

Cruise from Koblenz to Remich onboard La Nouvelle Etoile

Private7 days, from €6,500
Private7 days, from €3,390
Scottish Highlander

Cruise Lochs Dochfour, Ness, Oich and Lochyn to Montauban

Private7 days, from €3,390

Accommodation

Belmond Napoleon

Combines all the amenities of a luxury hotel

Belmond Hirondelle

Embark the recently refurbished Belmond Hirondelle

La Belle Epoque

​La Belle Epoque is a spacious, luxurious hotel barge and sister ship to L’Impressionniste.

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