BARKIS AND PEGGOTTY
Passengers: 5 each. These boats, 11 feet wide, travel as a pair in Cambridgeshire.
Head-room is only 6 feet 7 inches. Cabins are twin, with opening windows, and
private shower and toilet. There is a crew of four plus a dog.
Passengers: 4/5. This barge goes from Stratford-on-Avon to Cotswold and Gloucester.
There are two cabins and two bathrooms. This is a self-catered barge, in other
words no meals are provided. You eat in village pubs, picnic on the riverbank
or cook aboard yourself. Whole boat charter with pilot
only or with pilot and tour guide.
DE VROUWE ALIDA
Passengers: 5. This 17 m (55 ft.) Dutch sailing barge was built in 1905. Officers
are U.S. and crew UK. Itineraries include the Rivers Cam and Great Ouse from
Cambridge to Ely to Downham Market. One cabin has a double bed, shower, toilet,
one has two single births, and there is one berth in passageway. There is a
rowboat, one adult and one child bicycle, art supplies, sandbox and toys. Shore
excursions include Cambridge colleges, museums, Ely cathedral, nature reserves,
markets, fishing, according to choices of guests. The guests pitch in as crew.
Fares are about 50% of continental high season barge cruise rates, according
to the owner. There are discounts to US military families, clergy-led retreats,
and COPARS families. The barge is available with chef on board or for self-catering/riverside
Fingal is a large holiday barge
that cruises Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands of
Scotland. Bunk beds,ensuite bathrooms. Theme weeks include
cycling, canoeing, wildlife, music and Walk the Great Glen week.
Passengers: 5. Cabins have ensuite bathroom. There is one double bed cabin, one
with twin beds and one single cabin. No children under age 16.
It cruises the highlands of Scotland beginning in Inverness and visiting Lochs
Dochfour, News, Oich, Ness and Lochy, Cawdor Castle, Urquart Castle, and Invergarry
Cabins have twin or double beds, private bath, and two windows. An on-board
chef features traditional Scottish cuisine, including salmon, venison, pheasant
and partridge. Passengers can play tennis or fish for trout. Two golf charters
feature four or five golf courses, and a premier golf charter includes Gleneagle.
Passengers: 12. This barge, moored in front of a castle in Athlone, floats through
the Shannon River. There is a crew of five. From the salon, stairs lead down to
a suite, four twin cabins and two single cabins, each with private bath and windows
that open. A golf, gourmet, equestrian, or fishing program may be added at extra
Passenger Capacity: 8. A luxury river cruiser, 117ft. long, with two levels
and cabins averaging 200 sq.ft. Her main cruise route through rural
England includes Hampton Court Palace, mooring at Windsor Castle, and
navigating through ancient locks and bridges.
Special interest cruises include golf (with courses such as Wentworth and
Sunningdale), theatre, tennis, art, antiques. The barge is fully
air-conditioned, has underfloor heating, en-suite facilities, king double or
twin bed cabins with TV-DVD, and a spa pool. The crew of 4 includes the
owner-captain and a master chef, and Magna Carta's own air-conditioned
mini-bus is used for all transport.
Passengers: 2-10 There are several fleets of self-drive narrowboats that are from
40 to 70 ft. long and are always a maximum of 7 ft. wide, to fit the canal locks
of England. They are usually less expensive than bigger crewed barges and are
easy to navigate.
To travel on one of these, go to NARROWBOATS
Fares are those last
reported to us and can vary widely.
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