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Base of operations: Belgium -- Number of InfoHub client requests accepted: 157
Barging through Belgium on board of the old timer (1924) "M14685", with all the modern comfort. Small groups, upto 8 passengers. The 4 cabins have private facilities. Maurits Karreman is your certified captain, even for sea going vessels! In the kitchen Olga Karreman- Van Maele will surprise you with specialties from the Belgian cuisine. The supervisor of your comfort is a cute bearded collie dog Dief, awaiting your love!

The skipper owners combine their experience of barging in Belgium since 1999 with their knowledge of Belgium to give you an inside view on places off the beaten track. Combination of barging with bicycling or walking is possible. Sampling the Belgian cuisine, chocolate, beer and the friendly people. Come as guests and leave as friends!
Questions and Answers
Enjoy that special atmosphere while discovering the rivers and canals, combined with the charm of a cosy hotel with their friendly and attentive hosts.

1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?

In August 1999, M14685 completed her first barge tour on the Belgian waterways. After a long search for the ideal barge we bought this barge built 1924 in The Netherlands. It took more than a year to convert it into a modern hotel barge without loosing the nostalgic lines of this old-timer.

2. What is your company's mission?

Barging is by far the most comfortable way to travel. You also get a completely different, and in our eyes very beautiful, view on a country. Belgium is a rather unknown and surprisingly different country with a lot of variation. We love to show our guests all Belgium can offer. We can even surprise our Belgian guests!

3. What does your company specialize in?

We are specialized in tailor made tours for small groups up to 8 persons. Our speciality is to meet even the smallest desire of our guests! We also offer cabin charters and make sure that everybody soon feels completely at home aboard.

4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?

The owners and founders are Olga and Maurits Karreman. And don't forget the ship's mascot Bearded collie Dief! We started with sailing on the boats of our parents. This was followed by a carrier, as navigation officers, on merchant marine ships. Later we preferred to work together on our own ship and pamper passengers instead of transporting cargo all over the world. We both love the social aspect of our company.

5. What is your most popular travel package and why?

Week tours are the most popular. For first time visitors the culture tour is favourite, because it combines the visit of Belgian cultural highlights Ghent, Bruges and Oudenaarde with the most beautiful river of Belgium: the river Old Leie. For a second visit the locks tour is surprisingly different. It combines culture off the beaten track, Tournai and the castle of Beloeil, with technical wonders. The passage of the highest ship's elevator in Europe is surely a highlight on this tour.

6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?

One of our guests thanked us for sharing our country and our home with them. That was a great compliment. Even better is the compliment of a family who prefers to barge with us, this year already for the 11th time!

Vacation Packages offered by supplier M14685
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Barging from Oudenaarde to Flandres Fields Barging from Oudenaarde to Flandres Fields

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Spend a relaxing 10-days barging vacation in Belgium, combine culture of Bruges with fascinating Flanders Fields WW 1 history!

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Tour Package
Barging
Military History
EUR 1130 Belgium

Barging in Belgium, the highest ship's elevator of the world! Barging in Belgium, the highest ship's elevator of the world!

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Explore the historical boat lifts and pass the highest boat lift of the world, 73m high!

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Tour Package
Barging
Cultural Journey
EUR 875 Belgium

Barge Trip Through Belgian Cultural Highlights Barge Trip Through Belgian Cultural Highlights

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Spend an 8-day trip discovering Belgium, you will see Oudenaarde, Ghent, Brugge and romantic river Old Lys!

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Tour Package
Barging
Food & Wine
EUR 875 Belgium

Belgians most romantic river Belgians most romantic river

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Tapestries, chocolate and romantic river Old Lys, during a wonderful, 5-day barge trip in Belgium!

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Tour Package
Barging
Food & Wine
EUR 525 Belgium

Five Day Barging to Toumai Five Day Barging to Toumai

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Barge to the oldest city of Belgium. Combine monuments with tapestries, antiques, chocolate and a real beer!

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Tour Package
Barging
Cultural Journey
EUR 625 Belgium

Barge Vacation for a Weekend Barge Vacation for a Weekend

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Discover the outstanding sites of Belgium through narrow and meandering routes, during only a 3-day trip!

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Tour Package
Barging
Food & Wine
EUR 615 Belgium

Ten Days barging from east to west in Belgium Ten Days barging from east to west in Belgium

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Pass the highest boat lift of the world! Visit the oldest city of Belgium. See the landscape change from flat polder land by rocky Ardennes into the green Limbourg.

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Barging
Cultural Journey
EUR 1130 Belgium

Barge Bike Birds in Belgium Barge Bike Birds in Belgium

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Visit the unknown East of Belgian during an 8 days barge tour. Biking paradise!

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Tour Package
Barging
Bicycle Touring
EUR 875 Belgium

Midweek Barging The Rural Circuit Midweek Barging The Rural Circuit

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A landscape with pine, foliage, heath castles, abbeys, farms, windmills… culture-rich towns and enjoy the many street-cafés with their offering of local specialities.

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Barging
Bicycle Touring
EUR 525 Belgium

Week Barging and Birdwatching Week Barging and Birdwatching

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Take a week barging excursion to the quiet side of Belgium, discover another natural preserve every day and enjoy the splendid nature! Ideal for nature, birds, biking or hiking lovers.

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Tour Package
Barging
National Parks
EUR 875 Belgium
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 1  Alice Elmore De 4 Vaargetijden 2007-07-04
Your service was very satisfactory!