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Barge & Sail Vacations

Experience northern Europe in the Most Authentic Way

Why a Barge or Sailboat?

Travel by Barge

Why Travel by BargeTraveling by barge offers a uniquely European travel experience. In Holland and along the Moselle, life is lived along canals and rivers—as you cruise, you’ll observe unique landscapes and get a glimpse of local life from a vessel built to ply these waters.

Travel by Sail

Why Travel by SailTravel aboard a three-masted schooner, capturing the romance of a bygone era and enjoying the sun and fresh air as you sail toward the unique mudflats and nature reserves of the North Sea coast—perhaps even taking the helm yourself!

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Breathe, Relax and Explore

Traveling by boat from port to port enhances your active day by letting you draw your breath, relax, and see northern Europe from a whole new perspective. Delight in the scenery as you follow a gentle river, stream into Amsterdam along a charming canal, or watch the Wadden Islands rise into view. Along the way, you’ll be tended to by an experienced crew dedicated to your comfort and well-being. And something else we truly love and appreciate about barge travel: an intimate ambiance that really lets you connect with fellow travelers, building friendships that continue even after your vacation.

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Explore by Land & Waterway

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Explore Another Side of Life
Experience the land you’ve come to see up close, as only bicycling and walking allow—breathing in the fragrance of the countryside, cycling or waking past historic architecture or charming landscapes, and listening to the call of birdsong or the hum of daily life. When you’re not out exploring, complement your discoveries with the views unfolding along the shore as you cruise by barge or sailboat.

Unpack Just Once
Relax! And make yourself at home. Your comfortable vessel is your haven for the duration of your trip. Without the hassle of packing and unpacking, you’ll have more time in the morning and evening to pursue your interests. Plus, less time transferring to new hotels means you have more time to connect with the country and people you’ve traveled to meet.

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Unparalleled Service and Cuisine
A full-time staff of multi-lingual crew members is dedicated to your comfort, and with no more than 24 guests aboard, you’ll be sure of personalized attention. At mealtimes, delicious dishes using fresh, local ingredients set the standard, and savor regional wines and a sampling of cheeses at dinner. A spacious sundeck and cozy lounge and bar offer even more opportunities to socialize and have fun.

Get Outdoors, Be Active
Active travel invigorates all the senses, engaging body, mind and spirit as no other form of travel can. VBT has created route options that let you customize your experience to your desired level of activity while you follow your whims in the destination you’ve been dreaming of.

World's Best Awards 2017 - Top Tour Operator Over 98% of Travelers Tell Us
They Plan to Travel Again with VBT

  • "This bike and barge trip exceeded our expectations by far — just the right balance of physical challenge and mental stimulation, combined with fairytale scenery, fatastic guides, and an unbelievable chef."
    Review Female PlaceholderLana G.
  • "Six of us wanted to take a trip involving bikes and boats. We are so glad we found this one. The bike routes were set up to accommodate different ability levels. The cook was a delight and her on-board dinners were phenomenal."
    Review Female PlaceholderMary H.
  • "The word "barge" doesn't do the vessel justice. The cabins are well designed, updated, clean and comfortable, as are the dining, bar and lounge area... perfect trip, whether you are a cyclist or not."
    Review Female PlaceholderVanessa L.
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