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Where we Cruise in France

Burgundy, in France’s heartland, is one of the most popular cruising areas and is often referred to as the home of hotel barge holiday. France boasts some of the world’s finest wines and with around 60,000 acres of sunlit vines, a cruise in Burgundy is highly recommended if you are a wine enthusiast. Another popular destination for a France barge holiday is the sun-drenched Canal du Midi in the South of France. The pace of life is relaxed and lulls you into unwinding as you cruise this serene and shady tree-lined waterway inland past ancient villages and Roman fortifications.

Further west from the Midi is Gascony, another great region to cruise. The Canal des Deux Mers passes through the region of L’Occitanie – a veritable palette of colours and scents created by orchards and vineyards. Bordeaux wine country is another region visited on a European Waterways barge holiday. France is country where good food and wine is a way of life, and Bordeaux perfectly exemplifies this culture.

The wonderful Loire Valley with its chateaux and scenery offers another great experience for a barge holiday. France can often be a timeless land of spectacular beauty and grace, and we are delighted to offer the only hotel barge navigating the heart of the Loire Valley, along the peaceful River Cher. The proximity of such a wealth of gorgeous Renaissance architecture makes a cruise along this waterway a unique travel experience.

The beautiful region of Champagne, east of Paris, has much to offer with vineyards spread across the rolling plains as far as the eye can see, and there will be plenty of opportunity to sample the sparkling wine to which the region has given its name. The area has a rich, history and during our barge holidays in France we will visit a number of landmarks, chateaux and cathedrals. For something slightly different we offer cruises in Alsace-Lorraine, located on France’s eastern border. With its unique mix of French and German cultures, Baroque and Romanesque architecture, storybook villages, diverse culinary specialities and wonderful white wines, it truly is a great region for a hotel barge cruise.

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There are over 2700 miles of inland waterways in France and an integral part of this system is a 750-mile network of canals linking up the main rivers. Gently navigating its waterways is the perfect way to explore the country. France is at its best away from the main tourist trails, and canals like the Briare, Nivernais, Burgundy and Canal du Midi are perfect for exploring some of France’s finest scenery, fascinating history and local culture.

The Hotel Barging Experience

Our cruises gently introduce you to some of Europe’s finest scenery, fascinating history and local culture. Every European Waterways six-night excursion includes all gourmet meals, regional wines, an open bar, local transfers and the use of facilities such as bicycles to explore the towpaths, a sundeck to laze on, or a spa pool to relax in. We also offer daily escorted excursions “off the beaten track” to wineries, castles, markets or to see craftsmen at work.

Inviting Accommodation

Saloon

All hotel barges in the fleet benefit from an annual refurbishment and this may vary from redecoration and refurnishing of the...

Outstanding Service

Service

Crews are mainly British or French and they all speak English, so there is no need to worry about a language barrier when they are...

Cuisine & Dining Aboard

Dining

The classic traditions of French and International cuisine are an unforgettable highlight of your cruise. The onboard chefs are...

Enticing Excursions

Excursions

Every hotel barge cruise includes daily excursions to some fascinating local places of interest - châteaux, Cathar hilltop...

Themed Charter Cruises

Walking

We can arrange a wide selection of themed charter cruises which will appeal to all types of interest groups, large or small...

Family & Friends Cruises

Family

Families or groups of friends can charter any of the hotel barges. You will have the whole vessel to yourselves and she becomes a...

Biking & “Biking Plus”

Biking Barging

We know that many of our passengers enjoy taking some exercise during their hotel barge cruise, so each vessel carries...

Shopping & Markets

Wonderful Local cheeses

Even if you are not normally a lover of shopping, the vast array of fascinating shops and markets you can discover on one of our...

Wine & Whisky Tours

Wine Banner

Many of our cruises are through some of the best wine- growing regions of France, such as Burgundy, Bordeaux...

Hotel Barging Experience

Barging Experience

Far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, hotel barge voyages allow you to travel in luxury without the strains of...

Our Exclusive Collection of Hotel Barges

We have 13 vessels, which can accommodate between 6 and 12 passengers, spanning regions from Alsace to the Midi. The route of each of our barge holidays in France has been specially selected by us, so no matter where or when you cruise, we are sure to have the holiday for you.

Some vessels in our fleet are owned by us, others by experienced hotel barge operators who maintain similar standards and have been vetted by us. On board all of them you will glide serenely along waterways that pass through magnificent countryside; be taken on fascinating local excursions; indulge in delicious meals, fine wines and comfortable accommodation – whilst all the time being pampered by your attentive crew.

La Belle Epoque

La Belle Epoque

La Belle Epoque is a deluxe, 12 passenger hotel barge that cruises the picturesque Burgundy Canal in Northern Burgundy

L’Art de Vivre

LArt De Vivre

L’Art de Vivre is a first class, 8 passenger hotel barge that cruises the charming Canal du Nivernais and River Yonne in Burgundy

L’Impressionniste

LImpressionniste

L’Impressionniste is a deluxe, 12 passenger hotel barge that cruises the Burgundy Canal in the wine region of Southern Burgundy

Finesse

Finesse

Finesse is an ultra deluxe, 8 passenger hotel barge that cruises the River Saône and Canal du Centre in Southern Burgundy

Themed Barge Holidays

We can arrange a wide selection of themed charter cruises which will appeal to all types of interest groups, large or small, including golf, walking and wine appreciation themed cruises.

Family Cruises

Family themed holidays are available aboard all our barges. You have the whole vessel to yourselves and she becomes a home from home, except we...

Wine Appreciation Cruises

Our wine appreciation holidays in Burgundy and the Languedoc region will give you the opportunity to visit some renowned vineyards with our...

Walking Cruises

The beauty of hotel barging and walking is that two of the most relaxing holidays possible are merged to give you the best of both worlds

Biking Cruises

The endless towpaths and trails that run alongside or near our canal itineraries in France or Scotland, make cycling and cruising the perfect...

Video Feed

We uploaded our first video in 2010 and since then we have added over 100 hotel barging videos and received over 1,000,000 views on YouTube. We hope you enjoyed watching our videos…

A Tour of Dijon

Dijon is a modern, growing city with a well-designed boat harbor. It is the center of Côte d’Or and was the ancient capital of Burgundy in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Luxury Barge Cruises in Burgundy

La Belle Epoque is a spacious, luxurious hotel barge and sister ship to L’Impressionniste. Although she originally carried logs from Burgundy to Paris, she was skilfully converted into a delightful hotel barge. She is now the perfect vessel for cruising the Upper Burgundy Canal with its towpaths that are ideal for walking and cycling.

Beaune - The Capital of Burgundy Wine Country

We absorb the fascinating 15th century Hotel Dieu Hospice and visit a local winery’s cellars to sample some fine local wines

The Lock-Keeper Blog

The Lock-Keeper has gone viral! Every few weeks we will be blogging about the Hotel barging experience; From the history of our hotel barges to some of the off the beaten track excursions we visit. Intrigued? Then read on…

Cruise Through the World’s Oldest Canal Tunnel at Malpas

Engineering enthusiasts, get excited! Guests experience the impressive Malpas tunnel from the deck of Anjodi on our Canal du Midi cruises. Read More

Exploring Burgundy: The Château de Bazoches

Explore the countryside through which the canals and rivers of Europe pass by bicycle. Find out more about our barging and biking options. Read More

Take your Holiday Home with you along the Canals of Europe

On a floating holiday with European Waterways you always see something special - a different view from your cabin window every morning! Read More

In the Press

There have been many interesting and entertaining articles written by journalists and travel writers from across the globe about their journeys on our luxury hotel barge cruises.

Slow Travel of the Canal du Midi

On board, you can reach out and almost touch the passing scenery – the giant plane trees lining both sides of the canal, the vineyards, the fields dotted with red poppies, the stone farmhouses, the other barges and boats. Read More

Cruising France’s Canal du Midi aboard European Waterways’ Barge Anjodi

Was the trip about more than fine food and wine? Absolutely. Barge cruising is slow travel at its best, a chance to settle into the rhythms and textures of life along a French waterway from your very own floating boutique hotel. Read More

Anjodi Cruise Review

Barge cruising is the absolute antithesis of today’s 5,000-passenger cruise ship experiences. Read More

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