Float a little easier down Europe's waterways with a discount in July and August for one-week barge cruises.

Go Barging, which specializes in canal cruising, takes visitors through some of Europe's loveliest landscapes and best-preserved medieval and Renaissance towns and villages.

During those two months, the discount is $250 per person for cruises on the waterways of France, England or Scotland. Each barge accommodates six to 12 passengers. There are plenty of stops to visit historic abbeys, castles, museums and wineries, to stroll through open-air markets and to meet local people. Bicycles are available for those who want to pedal off to see more of the countryside.

An on-board chef prepares meals based on the regional cuisine.

All cabins have windows that open, storage space and a private bath or shower.

A minivan accompanies the barge to take guests on daily excursions.

Cost: from $1,990 per person, double occupancy, including cabin and all meals. International air fare is extra.

Contact: Go Barging; telephone (800) 394-8630, Internet http://www.gobarging.com.

Colorado: Pioneer Trip

Every Saturday through August, authentic wagon trains will trace wagon routes through Pawnee National Grassland in northeastern Colorado.

This travel adventure through time starts each Saturday night with a Western-style feast at a ghost town followed by three days on the trail. On Wednesday the group loops back to Sterling, shakes off the trail dust in a motel, visits the Overland Trail Museum and returns to the Denver airport.

Highlights of the trip include finding--but not keeping--Indian arrowheads, learning about ancient tepee rings, storytelling around the campfire and a visit by a mountain man. And it's always possible that an Indian medicine man will drop by or a cowboy or two might stop to share some grub.

Cooked fresh on the trail every day, the food is Western: steaks, homemade biscuits and gravy, flapjacks, bacon and eggs. Guests will live like pioneers but will have such camping comforts as cots, tents and sleeping bags.

All ages are welcome, although the trip is not recommended for children younger than 6.

The wagons are bumpy, and many participants prefer to alternate riding and walking (one to two miles a day).

Cost: $650 per person, with a 10% discount for children younger than 12. All camp gear and meals on the trail are included. Not included: air fare to Denver and lodging and food in Sterling.

Contact: Wagon Train Vacations; tel. (800) 284-0367, http://www.wagontrainvacations.com.

Colorado River: Rafting

Paddle the Colorado River through a 26-mile stretch of red sandstone and shale canyons on a canoe trip Aug. 17 to 19. Participants may take side trips into deep box canyons, exploring a landscape created over millions of years.