Imagine a festive family vacation on a private barge cruise with your very own crew to handle every detail of meals, accommodations, and, best of all, daily activities. Sounds good? Then keep reading, as multi-generational groups now have a wonderful option for an all-inclusive, kid-friendly vacation — barge cruises with theme itineraries just for families!
Carrying just four to 20 guests, barges cruises offer small multi-generational groups a private tour through the postcard-perfect European countryside, complete with comfortable accommodations, delicious meals, and daily events appealing to guests of all ages and interests. Activities such as bicycling, canoeing, and horseback riding can easily be organized for the more active passengers, while those enticed by more placid pleasures can visit charming towns, working vineyards, and local markets.
Luciole Adventure Cruise — 3 stars, 12 guests
On the Canal du Nivernais in Northern Burgundy
- Watch this video about family-focused activities such as zip-lining, kayaking, go-karting, and scrambling over the ruins of a medieval castle
- Even the most intrepid adventurer might want to sit on deck, relax, and watch gorgeous scenery float by
- Barge owners John and Penny Liley have three boys of their own, and all of them grew up on the barge
Athos Family Fun Cruise — 3 stars, 10 guests
On the Canal du Midi in Southwest France
- Kid-friendly activities include horseback riding, swimming, bicycling, a market lunch, and picnicking
- The Athos is supremely comfortable with an informal ambiance, large canopied deck, and nautical décor
- Barge owners Julian and Dannielle Farrant are themselves are parents of small children
Shannon Princess Family Cruise — 4 stars, 10 guests
On the Shannon Waterway in Ireland
- Special activities such as kayaking, horseback riding, and ghost hunting ensure wonderful fun!
- Bicycling and walking along Ireland’s gorgeous inland waterways will keep everybody active
- Enjoy this video about the Shannon Princess which highlights the informal, relaxed atmosphere perfect for creating the most marvelous of memories