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Europeanbarging Offers Luxury Barge and Casual Bike and Barge Cruises

( The casual bike and barge cruises are 7 nights instead of the 6 nights on a regular full service barge, while the prices range from $1640 to $3278 per person. The cruises are in Holland/Belgium, Germany, France and Italy. These barges range from 6, 20, 21, 22, 24 and 34 passengers. These cruises are typically for serious cyclist as the cycling ranges from 20KM - 65KM per day. Bikes on these barges are typically heavy duty bikes designed for cycling in the area. Many bike and barge cruises have electric bikes available (must be pre ordered) at a cost of between $100 - $200 for a week.

The prices include a 6 or 7 night cruise, guide for the cycling tours (except the Johanna which offers area maps, a GPS and pre paid cell phone), breakfast buffet including makings for your packed lunch, dinner (3 courses) on boat, water with meals, clean towels and bed linen delivered half way through the cruise and bike rental (with helmets). Additional beverages are available at a nominal cost. This excludes entrance fees for museums and the like, drinks on board, listed meals ashore and personal insurances and transfers to and from the barge.

Full services barges will range from mid-range to deluxe to luxury and range in price from low $3000's to over $7000 per person. Several barges are in the mid to high $4,000's.

The prices include a 6 night cruise, daily maid service, bicycles on board for cycling, gourmet meals, wine and cheese of the region with lunch and dinner, open bar with alcoholic beverages and all the sightseeing. Some barges will have a small swimming pool or spa/Jacuzzi.

The prices are based on the features of the barges and wines provided. On the lower priced barges, you will be looking at cabins around 90 - 100 sq. ft., compact bathrooms - usually with a shower curtain and small shower stall. These will be the bigger passenger barges as well. The wines will be regional wines. The more expensive barges will have larger cabins - 170 - 230 sq. ft. with larger bathrooms, big shower stalls with a glass door. Some of the wines will be premier and grand cru. Barges also range from 4 (Bordeaux only), 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 18 and 21 passengers.

Many of the barges offer themed cruises - Gardens, wine, cycling, art, family and golf. Some of the regular barges, in addition to having the bikes on board for guests to cycle any time, also offer for charter, special biking itineraries. On these barges, the bikes are not the heavy duty cycling bikes but more for the casual cyclist. Only for a special cycling charter will you have the professional bikes.

For more information or to book a barge cruise, go to

Jan Baumgartner Europeanbarging 713-240-6753

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