Canal & River Cruising

Tranquil voyages along Europe's scenic canals and riverways.

Voyage along Europe's scenic canals and rivers, enjoying fine food, good wines & beautiful landscapes

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.


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

Please refer to 'European Waterways' Hotel Barges - At a Glance Guide' for more information.

Featured Canal & River Cruising

Group of 2411 days, from AU$13,035
Switzerland & the Rhine - A Connections Boutique Group Journey (2020)

Cruise the Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel, viewing Holland’s vibrant blooms at the world’s largest flower auction; taking in the majesty of the Alps in Switzerland; and sampling local beer, wine, cheese and chocolate on shore.

Group11 days, from AU$13,035
Private7 days, from AU$7,485
La Belle Epoque

Visit one of the most beautiful villages in Burgundy

Private7 days, from AU$7,485
Private7 days, from AU$9,485

Finesse is a double-decker hotel barge that was built to exacting standards with luxury in mind, enhanced by her modern public areas and very spacious cabin suite accommodation.

Private7 days, from AU$9,485
Private7 days, from AU$7,485

A journey through Burgundy's vineyards

Private7 days, from AU$7,485

Featured Accommodation

La Belle Epoque

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


​Panache is a stylish 12 passenger hotel barge, with spacious public areas and six comfortable double or twin en suite cabins.


​Renaissance is a very spacious hotel barge that accommodates up to 8 passengers in ultimate luxury.

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