Barging is not an ‘off the shelf’ product. Being a part of the barge industry has allowed us to personally visit our selection of barges, including the self-boating fleets and their hubs. Experiencing a canal barge week first hand enables us to understand the ins and outs of each barge, its itinerary and region. We get to know the barge owners and their crew. This insight is imperative to ensure that we offer the most suitable option for you, our future passengers.


Our team have had the pleasure to cruise on many barges, inspected over 30 different vessels and know most of the owners personally. It is important to consider what barge or region will suit you as the experiences are so different.


Barge Vacations is wholly owned and operated by Hawthorn Travel & Cruise (EST 1984). We have the following accreditations:

IATA. (International Air Transport Association)
AFTA. (Australian Federation of Travel Agents)
ATAS. (AFTA Travel Agents Accreditation scheme)
CLIA. (Cruise Lines International Accreditation)


It is our intention that every client has is confident that all arrangements are well co-ordinated and documented, knowing that you have a professional support service with emergency contacts that are with you every step of the way.

What are barge cruises?

Our testimonials

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  • Adele: "Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous – thats three words we all used to describe our holiday on the Tango. We have just returned back in Australia from our overseas holiday and I just had to let you know that the highlight was the 7 day Canal trip"

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  • Simon and Gigi: "Everything here has been first class. Your recommendations of hotels and restaurants have all been very good, and I think we have tried them all. It was a great experience. We are now on the Barge “Tango” which is beautiful. Lovely staff, with Daniel and his crew. Thank you!"
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We live it. We breathe it. We even have it crewed for you.

Popular cruise regions



Canal du Midi

Canal du Midi




Our Stories


L’Impressionniste overview Capacity 12 persons Booking type By the Cabin or fully chartered Price Starting from €4,340 per person About Facilities Deck plan Sample itinerary Rates and dates About L’Impressionniste glides gently through the picturesque Read more…

Croisi Europe

Croisi Europe overview Capacity 22 persons Booking type By the Cabin or fully chartered About Facilities Deck plan Sample itinerary Rates and dates About The Petite Saône & The Burgundy Canal From Port-sur-Saône to Dijon, Read more…

La Vie en Rose

La Vie en Rose overview Capacity 4 persons Crew members 2 Booking type Private charter only Price Starting from € 6,250 About Facilities Deck plan Sample itinerary Rates and dates About Built in 1930 in Read more…

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60 Burwood Rd,
Hawthorn, 3122, VIC

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Email: info@bargevacations.com.au
Phone: +61 (03) 9819 2322
Mobile: +61 0417 036 620

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