Canal Barge Charters

  • If you are looking for a holiday that allows you to cruise along at a relaxed pace, then canal barging is definitely the choice for you.  Hop on board a fully equipped barge and meander the canals of France, Holland, Germany, the UK or Ireland. If you can drive a car, you can drive a barge – it’s that easy!

    Whether you have 2 or 10 passengers we can find a barge to suit your needs. The barges of today are spacious, well designed and regularly upgraded. Our canal barge operators offer flexible start and finish days and one way charter itineraries, so there’s no need to double back! 

     

    Self Drive Barges

    If you can ride a bike you can skipper a barge on the canals of Europe and you’ll be spoilt for choice because there are over 8,000km of canals in France alone.

    Called penichettes by the founder of modern day barging in Europe, who we represent in Australia, these vessels can accommodate from 2 up to 8 people in comfortable cabins with private en-suite facilities.

    A bridge deck option caters for outdoor living on the upper deck so that the countryside is in full view while you are underway. Mooring is easy to the canal bank and you can explore the villages along the way on foot or by bicycle.

    Chat to the lockkeepers about the best restaurant or pub in town and with the Aussie dollar where it is provincial Europe is now cheaper than home.  If you really want luxury service we can arrange for escorted excursions to historical sites or a visit to an exclusive restaurant or even a winery in Burgundy not normally open to the public.

    If catering on-board is your preference simply visit a local market to source the best produce and then use the comprehensively equipped galley on the penichette to prepare your own meal, which you may then enjoy alfresco on deck.

    Fully Crewed Luxury Barges

    If a fully catered luxury cruise is your preference we can offer a range of vessels with accommodation for up to 8 people, complete with Louis XVI and XV décor! We even offer a barge with an extensive outdoor dining area and swimming pool. One thing you cannot do is swim in in the canals!

    The chef is Cordon Bleu and the red wines nearly in the same league as the Barossa and McLaren Vale!

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  • PRICES TYPICALLY INCLUDE:

    • The hiring of the boat with all its equipment, crockery, cutlery
    • bed-linen and towels.
    • Navigation toll
    • The insurance for the boat
    • One gas bottle of 12 or 13 kg, depending on the country
    • The Captain’s Handbook.
    • Boat handling instruction and orientation on the departure day.
    • Technical assistance 7 days a week (during opening hours)
    It's worth noting that most peo[ple choose to hire bicycles for the duration of the charter. Some operators offer these as part of a packge and for some there is a minimal extra charge
  • Penichette 1107W Classique

    The 1107W is ideal for families of 4 but can accommodate up to 7. There is a forward cabin with a double bed, hand basin and storage, shower, hand basin and marine head. There is additional storage and hanging cupboard in the corridor. There is also a central cabin with a double bed and a single bed. The dinette is convertible to double bed as well. Each 1107 features a fitted kitchen, raised helm position and large sunroof.

    Inside steering

    Features:

    Powered by a diesel engine of 37 HP
    12V power point (for mobile phone, camcorder, etc.)
    230V socket available in the saloon, when connected at quayside
    Large sunroof and generous window areas
    Hot and cold water is pressurised
    Hot water is provided by the engine or the diesel boiler heating/hot water
    Heating is forced warm air
    Kitchen is fitted with refrigerator, cooker with oven and 2 or 3 rings, sink and storage
    A full inventory of the boat's equipment is provided with your confirmation
    Gangplank provided

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    • Length: 11.0m
    • Draft: 0.65m
    • Cabins: 2
    • Berths: 6
    • Heads: 1
    Average From $1200 per week

    Penichette 1260R Aft-Deck Terrasse

    With three large double cabins and the possibility of additional upper Pullman berths in the two forward cabins, the 1260R is ideally suited for 6 people – or up to 10 if you really like your company. There is a hand basin, hanging cupboard and storage in each cabin. 2 shower compartments with shower and marine head. There is also a fitted kitchen, 2 large sliding sunroofs and a dinette that converts into a double bed.

    Inside steering

    Features:
    • Light and airy thanks to large windows, twin sliding sunroofs and fully glazed rear doors
    • A stylish extended roofline gives protection both from sun and rain
    • An outside light means you can stay outdoors after dark
    • Powered by a diesel engine of 50 HP
    • 12V power point (for mobile phone, camcorder, etc.)
    • 230V socket available in the saloon, when connected at quayside
    • Hot and cold water are pressurised
    • Hot water is provided by a heat exchanger on the engine
    • Each boat has twin gas-fired forced air heating systems
    • In Ireland, a diesel boiler provides hot water and radiator central heating and means you can wake up in a warm and dry atmosphere
    • The kitchen has refrigerator, cooker with oven and 3 rings, sink and storage
    • The table and chairs can be used either inside or on the aft deck
    • A full inventory is provided with your confirmation
    • Gangplank provided
    • The P.1260R is equipped with a bow-thruster
    • Bicycle rack
    • Radio CD player
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    • Length: 12.6m
    • Draft: 0.85m
    • Cabins: 3
    • Berths: 6
    • Heads: 2
    Average From $2400 per week

    Europa 600

    Perfect for 6 people, the Europa 600 has 3 cabins. To the stern are two cabins with interchangeable double or two single beds, each with its own shower and marine toilet. The Forward cabin contains two single beds, along with its own shower and head. Amidships a large saloon with fitted kitchen.

    Inside and outside steering positions

    Features:
    • Powered by 65HP diesel engines
    • Hydraulic transmission with bow-thruster
    • 230V mains electrical circuit for use with shore supply
    • 12V power on board for recharging telephones and other battery-powered devices
    • Multimedia facility, with radio, satellite TV (subject to local reception)
    • CD, MP3 and DVD player
    • The E600 has a heating system by forced warm air
    • All heads fitted with shower, electric toilet, hand basin and hair dryer.
    • Outdoor shower with hot and cold water
    • Mosquito nets on key windows
    • Galley equipped with 4-burner cooker, oven and grill, refrigerator with freezer compartment, and full inventory of equipment
    • Gang plank provided
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    • Length: 12.95m
    • Draft: 0.82m
    • Cabins: 3
    • Berths: 6
    • Heads: 3
    Average From $2915 per week

    Penichette 1500FB Flying Bridge

    This is an ideal size for 8 people with a maximum of 12 if you really get on well. There are four cabins that each has a double bed that can be transformed into two single beds. When the beds are configured as twins an additional upper Pullman berth can be installed on request in any of the cabins. Hanging cupboard and storage. Each cabin has its own shower , hand basin and marine toilet.

    Central saloon and inside steering. Fitted kitchen

    Features
    • Powered by 50HP engines and 40 HP in Italy
    • 2 engine-driven alternators provide electricity. You can plug your mobile phone or video camera into a 12V “cigar-lighter” type power point on the dashboard
    • 230V socket available in the saloon, when connected at quayside
    • Solar panels to maintain battery charge
    • Bowthrusters to make manoeuvring simple
    • A diesel boiler provides hot water and radiator central heating
    • Pressurised hot and cold water
    • The “Flying Bridge” Penichettes have a radio/CD in the saloon
    • Kitchens have refrigerator, cooker with oven and 3 rings, sink and storage
    • A full inventory is provided with your confirmation
    • Gangplank provided
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    • Length: 14.9m
    • Draft: 0.85m
    • Cabins: 4
    • Berths: 8
    • Heads: 4
    Average From $3760 per week