Barge Cycling -- Bike and Barge in France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Belgium, or Germany

Bike and Barge Cruises: Our top recommendations for combining cycling and hotel barges in France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Belgium, or Germany.

Cycling enthusiasts,

Combine your passion for cycling with one of the most pampered ways to travel -- on a floating hotel on the canals and waterways of France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Belgium, or Germany.

Three great ways to embark on a bike-and-barge cruise:

  • Gather a group of friends to charter a barge complete with a professional bike-and-barge cycle tour guide; OR
  • Charter a barge and create your own customized bike and barge itinerary to follow as a group without a formal cycle tour guide, OR
  • Book individual cabins and cycle all week for your own individual cycling itinerary, cycling as much or as little as you wish, in coordination with crew!
Here's a rundown on cycling and barging -- "bike and barge" -- opportunities for cyclists seeking an active cruise on the canals and waterways of France, Scotland, Holland, and Germany: (All prices are quoted and payable in US Dollars)

BIKE & BARGE CRUISES

Amaryllis
The 8-passenger AMARYLLIS, offers a flexible itinerary that can include cycling excursions each day on the beautiful Canal de Bourgogne, Saone River and Canal du Centre. Your self-guided cycling program can be tailored to as much or as little cycling as you wish, and can include all passengers (a cycling charter) or just those passengers who wish to cycle. Other passengers who are not cycling, may carry on with the planned itinerary and excursions.The 2015 price is $66,800 for a full charter for 8. Eight high quality bikes are available for guests. Avid cyclists may bring their own bikes (the barge will arrange to transport the cases to/from Amaryllis). High-end road bikes will be available for rental (estimated cost is $450.00 per week). Click here for Amaryllis' detailed cycling itinerary.

Apres Tout
The 6-passenger APRES TOUT, offers a self-guided cycling charter itinerary on the Canal de Bourgogne, cruising from Pont d'Ouche to St Jean de Losne at its intersection with the Saone River. This special cycling enthusiasts cruise includes beautiful cycling routes of between 25 & 50 km including the Hautes Côtes and its forests & picturesque villages, the cycle route through the vineyards & famous villages of the Côte de Beaune, the route of the Grand Crus and the forest of Citeaux and the rural plain of the Saône river and historical towns. The cycling tour and barge cruise can be tailor-made with longer or shorter bike rides included in the program. The 2015 charter price is $38,000 for a full charter for 6. Click here for Apres Tout's detailed cycling itinerary.

Caroline
The 6-passenger CAROLINE, offers self-guided cycling charters for two to six passengers, cruising on the historic Canal du Midi in the south of France. The 2015 price for a 3/4 board charter for 6 is $23,940 for the regular season. Click here for Caroline's cycling itinerary.

Elisabeth
The 6-passenger ELISABETH, offers a wine and chocolate cruise, but also offers all passengers the option of a fully supported, but self-guided cycling itinerary. You can discuss your specific interests with the crew to customize your own cycling experience on the wonderful Canal de Bourgogne, from Tanlay to Veneray les Laumes in France. The 2015 regular season pricing for a charter for 6 is $27,000. Click here for Elisabth's wine and chocolate itinerary which can be easily adapted to a cycling cruise.

Fleur de Lys
The 6-passenger FLEUR DE LYS, offers a flexible itinerary that can include cycling excursions each day on the beautiful Canal de Bourgogne, Saone River and Canal du Centre. Your self-guided cycling program can be tailored to as much or as little cycling as you wish, and can include all passengers (a cycling charter) or just those passengers who wish to cycle. Other passengers who are not cycling may carry on with the planned itinerary and excursions. The 2015 season price for a full charter of 6 is $50,200. Six high quality bikes are available for guests. Avid cyclists may bring their own bikes (the barge will arrange to transport the cases to/from Fleur de Lys). High-end road bikes will be available for rentals (estimated cost is $450.00 per week). Click here for the Fleur de Lys' cycling itinerary.

L'Art de Vivre
The 8-passenger L'ART DE VIVRE, offers a fully guided 2015 cycling itinerary for a full charter of 8 at $41,000 for the Regular Season. This price includes a $3,000 supplement that provides a cycle tour guide and upgraded bicycles. Professional cycles are available as an upgrade at extra cost on self-guided bike and barge cruises. Click here for L'Art de Vivre's cycling itinerary.

Meanderer
The 6-passenger MEANDERER, offers a fully supported, guided cycling charter on the beautiful Canal de Briare and the Canal du Loing in the Upper Loire. George and Susan, avid cyclists and owners of the Meanderer, will customize your itinerary to include their favorite destinations, for a week of exhilarating cycling and exploration. The 2015 regular season full charter price for 6 passengers is $32,900. Six high quality bikes are available for guests. Avid cyclists may bring their own bikes (the barge will arrange to transport the cases to/from Meanderer). High-end road bikes will be available for rentals (estimated cost is $450.00 per week). Click here for the Meanderer's cycling itinerary.

Nymphea
The 6-passenger NYMPHEA, offers a fully guided cycling charter for up to 6 passengers cruising in the Loire Valley, including a cruise beneath the Chateau Chenonceaux. The 2015 regular season full charter price for 6 is $27,500. This price includes a $2,000 supplement that provides a cycle tour guide. Click here for the Nymphea's cycling itinerary.

Le Papillon
The 6-passenger LE PAPILLON, offers a fully guided cycling charter through the rolling hills of Burgundy. Join the Papillon's professional cycling tour guide for an intimate and personal bike tour of France's most renowned wine regions. Hybrid bikes are provided as well as a support vehicle, which is never far behind, ready to provide assistance or refreshments during your ride. Specialist riding enthusiasts can choose a Cannondale carbon frame road bike as an optional extra. The 2015 price for the cycling charter for 6 passengers is $35,700. Click here for Le Papillon's cycling itinerary.

Le Phenicien
The 18-passenger LE PHENICIEN offers a self-guided cycling itinerary with a 2015 regular season charter pricing for up to 18 passengers for $74,270 plus $200 per person cycling supplement for a custom-ordered bike and road book with itineraries Cruise in Provence on the beautiful Rhone River and on the Canal du Rhone a Sete. Click here for Le Phenicien's cycling itinerary.



Hotel Barges to Select for "On Your Own" Bike-and-Barge Cruises:

A flexible and lower cost option for more casual cycling, or bike and barge cruises, is to go barging on any of the hotel barges in France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Belgium, or Germany, and create your own customized cycle tour, with bicycles provided on board, and a friendly, knowledgeable crew to point you in the right direction and advise you on meeting points. There is a large range of barges to choose from (better yet, give us a call or email, and we'll help you make the best choice!))

Select any barge from any of the following, for your own custom cycle tour:



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Last updated: January 9, 2015

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