The Lock-Keeper Blog

Every few weeks we will be blogging about the Hotel barging experience


Autumn is a beautiful time for cruising, which is why we've been planning a potential new route through Burgundy, on some spectacular rural canals.

A true, traditional taste of the Venetian region and a guided tour of the renowned fishing port, Chioggia. An Insider Experience for those of adventurous heart!

Spring is an ideal time to visit Burgundy. Warming temperatures create perfect conditions for sightseeing and cycling alongside the canals, and the hillsides are in bloom.

The Canal de Bourgogne doesn’t just have stunning surroundings – its feats of engineering are equally impressive! Find out more here.

There are quirky historical stories to be discovered all over the French city of Narbonne... you just need to know where to look!

Discover the literary nature of France, expatriate Paris, the battlegrounds of WWI and the stunningly romantic villages of Chocolat

Our top 5 picks from the Burgundy wine region, taste guaranteed!

Discover the history of the bridge at the Château de Chenonceau, which the Nymphea cruises under on our Loire Valley cruise.

You can uncover the history and impressive engineering feats of the Canal du Nivernais on a Burgundy barge cruise. Start your journey of discovery here.

Abroad in France? Here's a rundown of useful phrases, translations and general advice on French Wine

A Sparkling Festival in the North East of France; Live Music, Art Installations, Unique Architecture and World Renowned Champagne in abundance

We are now offering 13 night Back to Back Wine Appreciation cruises in Burgundy and Champagne, France, with a free night's stay at a top hotel in Paris

Our compilation of the best destinations in Scotland, from Scottish Castles to Whisky distilleries, there's something for everyone.

Mark's Mince Pies - A classic Christmas stalwart with a delicious modern twist!

Abroad in Italy? Here's a rundown of useful phrases, translations and general advice on Italian Wine

Tired of the crowds? Want a true taste of Venice? Read on to find out how to experience Venice like a local

We're offering a ‘Black Friday’ 30% discount on whole barge charter prices for 6 night cruises aboard L’Impressionniste, La Belle Epoque and Spirit of Scotland when booked between 24th November...

Looking for an indulgent cultural experience? Look no further than our spectacular Opera Cruises from Venice to Mantua.

Tor those of you, who are celebrating this Thursday, allow us to help you out a little in the kitchen with a delicious Sausage Stuffing recipe, courtesy of our very...

Consider yourself a bit of a Crawley? Does the British Aristocracy strike a chord deep within you?

Do you have plans for the third Thursday in November? Get to France – le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!

No wine? No problem. Delectable cuisine, fairy-tale architecture and traditional canals mean Burgundy has plenty of alternatives to sitting and sipping.

Our barging holidays allow you to dig a little deeper. Find out more about the immersive ‘Insider Experiences’ we offer.

Guests aboard the hotel barge Renaissance are in for a treat when they visit Gien, the home of Faience pottery.

The charming Dutch town of Delft is a fitting final mooring on our cruise aboard Panache. Discover its artistic heritage here.

While cruising along some of France’s most iconic canals, stop off at some very well-known local markets to try and buy fresh produce.

No barge cruise in Bordeaux would be complete without a visit to Saint-Émilion, one of its largest and oldest wine regions.

We are delighted to announce that once again we are offering a number of “Downton Abbey” cruises along the Royal River Thames aboard Magna Carta.

Olive lovers will relish our excursion to l’Oulibo in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, with tastings of olives, olive oils and tapenade.

This particular recipe has been created by Andrea Chin, the talented Italian chef who prepares wonderful regional Italian cuisine on board La Bella Vita.

Why not combine a trip to watch the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris with one of our charter golf cruises in France?

Our Burgundian cruise aboard La Belle Epoque offers the chance to visit the stunning Château d’Ancy-le-Franc. Find out more about it here.

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

What’s the difference between ‘whisky’ and ‘whiskey’? Read our latest blog post (and join our Whisky Trail Cruise) to find out...

The whimsical Hôtel-Dieu Hospice in the town of Beaune is an icon of the Burgundy region. Stepping into its courtyard is like tiptoeing into a Gothic fairytale, with its half-timbered...

Our 6-night cruises along the Canal du Midi in the South of France, departing on July 13, will give passengers the chance to celebrate Bastille Day, the French National Day,...

What could be more pleasant than cruising through picturesque vineyards? Sampling the fruits of their labour, of course!

April 23 is St George’s Day, celebrating England’s Patron Saint and renowned dragon-slayer. It is an ideal occasion on which to bake that most quintessentially English cake, the Victoria Sponge,...

Spooky castles, flower auctions and olive farms... take a look here at some of our favourite unique excursions.

What barging enthusiast wouldn't love Venice? Take a look at our top recommended sights along the Grand Canal.

We have recently launched our 2018/19 brochure with details of all our European cruises on the 17 hotel barges in our fleet

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the highlight of our English flower cruises in May, which use the Thames as a route through the Garden of England.

This time of year is when many vegetables are harvested at their best having benefitted from the summer warmth. A great seasonal dish is Ratatouille Nicoise, a popular dish with...

The Great Glen is your oyster when you cruise the Caledonian Canal on our barge cruises. Find out more here.

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

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

Our cruise aboard the Panache in Alsace and Lorraine kicks off in style in Strasbourg, where old, new, German and French influences meet.

Our cruise aboard the Panache in Alsace and Lorraine kicks off in style in Strasbourg, where old, new, German and French influences meet.

From the Roman to the Romanesque and beyond, the Burgundian town of Autun bears evidence of its long and proud history.

The cruising highlight for many guests is the opportunity to experience canal locks first hand. Don't miss these two incredible experiences.

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

What could be more decadent than a Champagne cruise? Find out about this special itinerary aboard the hotel barge Panache.

We are delighted to announce the arrival of our new 12-passenger hotel barge “Spirit of Scotland”. She will cruise the Caledonian Canal and lochs of the Great Glen in the...

With its fairytale citadel ringed by ancient walls, the city of Carcassonne is a highlight of our Canal du Midi cruise on the hotel barge Anjodi.

Burgundy is a Mecca for wine connoisseurs - find out more about the vinous visits you can make when aboard L'Impressionniste.

Bring 'Beauty and the Beast' to life on your family barge cruise when you visit the fairytale Château de Sully-sur-Loire.

Hotel barge holidays explained: how the onboard crew, the relaxed pace and the chance for unique cruising experiences sets a hotel barge apart.

Considering a hotel barge holiday in Holland? We only need one word to convince you: Keukenhof!

If you are a single traveller, or perhaps want to cruise with family or friends and would simply like a cabin to yourself, then our new 'No Single Supplement' offer...

Dine aboard one of our luxury hotel barges, and experience the beautiful wines, delicious local cheese and freshly prepared first class meals

European Waterways’ shore excursions along the French Canal Du Midi offer intimate glimpses into rich local heritage and historical wonders

Cruising the Canal du Midi on your next trip? Here are our best picks along this iconic waterway.

It's a tough contest, but we have compiled a list of our favourite canals in France... would these make your list?

After much dispute, we have settled on a list of what we think you'll agree are Burgundy's very best sights.

What makes a holiday on France's waterways so special? Take a look at these unique experiences to find out!

Holland: the home of tulips, windmills and a number of our vessels. No wonder it's one of our favourite itineraries!

The diverse itineraries aboard our charter barges in Burgundy and the Canal du Midi make for a marvellous multi-generational holiday.

The bicycles aboard all of our vessels offer the chance to explore their surrounding countryside - this Burgundy route is a beauty!

Nothing says floating luxury like Finesse, one of the latest additions to our fleet. Find out more about her here.

Give your children a family holiday to remember on a cruise through the awe-inspiring waterways of Scotland aboard Scottish Highlander.

Did you know that Anjodi has a tv star past? Find out more about her appearance on Rick Stein's Food Odyssey.

Our beautiful barge La Belle Epoque makes a journey through film history when it cruises through Flavigny-Sur-Ozerain.

Have you every wondered what life is like as a master chef on one of our luxury hotel barges? Meet Mike.

This beautiful baked camembert with a Port and Red Currant Sauce recipe is a clear champion when it comes to dinner parties.

How do you get a canal barge up a mountain? Find out aboard Panache on the Canal de la Marne au Rhin!

Beef bourguignon is a well-known, traditional French recipe. It is a stew prepared with beef braised in red wine, traditionally red Burgundy, and beef broth, generally flavoured with garlic, onions...

It's hard to find a holiday that Mum, Dad, Granny and the children enjoy - our family cruises may be your answer!

Burgundy has been synonymous with world-class wine for centuries - now its vineyards are an official UNESCO World Heritage Site!

What's the best way to admire the bonny highlands? From the deck of a hotel barge on the Caledonian Canal!

Here’s a recipe for a delicious dessert – Tipsy Laird – a Scottish version of the classic sherry trifle which is often served on special occasions like Christmas or New...

France's UNESCO-protected Canal du Midi is one of our most popular cruising destinations. Find out why here.

Are you getting ready to discover the Route des Grands Vins on your Alscace cruise? Here are our wine tasting tips.

From Keukenhof Gardens to the Aalsmeer flower auction, our spring tulip cruises through Holland are blooming marvellous!

Our WW1 Commemorative cruises give you a fascinating opportunity to learn more about the Canal du Nord during the Great War.

Beautiful views are made that bit more special from the deck of a vessel - especially our Italian barge, La Bella Vita.

A visit to the sprawling Ducal Palace in Mantua is the spectacular finale to our cruise through Italy on hotel barge La Bella Vita.

If there is one dish that is immediately identified as being Scottish, it is haggis. Contrary to an old yarn, haggis is not a wild animal indigenous to Scotland.

If you're a civil engineering buff, the waterways of France will provide much to marvel over (and under, and through!).

Superb Scottish whisky is the lifeblood of our Whisky Trail cruise along the Caledonian Canal. Discover the visited distilleries here.

These top cruising destinations will pull at your heart strings - are you ready to tick them off your bucket list?

You can’t please everyone – or can you? On our hotel barge cruises you’ll find there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Read to find out how we can manage your...

Feast your eyes on this chocolate Guinness cake recipe recommended by the master chef aboard hotel barge Shannon Princess.

Whether your passion is history, golf, walking or gastronomy, we have an Ireland cruise for you aboard the Shannon Princess.

If you look carefully, you'll discover that a rich history, as well as world-famous wine, flows through Languedoc-Roussillon - find out more here.

Looking for that once-in-a-lifetime luxury experience for a special occasion? What could be more romantic than Venice, Verona and opera...

Discover the 100-year-old history of the hotel barge L'Art de Vivre, from ammunition carrier to alcohol deliverer.

Exploring the Canal de Garonne couldn't be more pleasurable aboard the beautiful hotel barge Rosa. Discover her heritage here.

Cruising in the off-peak months the spring gives you the chance to see Europe spring back to life. Read on for the best places to cruise.

What gastronomic delights await visitors to Hampton Court Palace? Find out aboard our hotel barge Magna Carta!

The TV show may have finished but the magic of Downton Abbey lives on at Highclere Castle - discover our themed cruise.

You can't help but admire the transformation of our hotel barge Finesse, the ultimate upcycling project! Find out more here.

The town of Bresse in Burgundy claims to produce some of the world’s best poultry, free-range birds that are fed on creamy milk and wheat.

Of all the villages in France, only 200 can be called 'Les Plus Beaux'. Find out more here.

Burgundy beckons the avid oenophile. Take a look at our out top 7 wine tastings and tours in this region.

Three family-themed cruises, scheduled for this summer, are now bookable by cabins, with guaranteed departures when a minimum of three passengers book up to two cabins.

Few places on Earth can boast the name recognition of Champagne in France. You can taste the history, heritage and culture in every glass.

Skin the tomatoes by pouring boiling water over them, then leave for one minute before draining them and slipping off the skins.

If you are a lover of fireworks, the place to be on the evening of July 14th is Carcassonne in Southwest France

A highlight of our cruise in Alsace is the chance to discover more about the region's most famous artisan: René Lalique.

A gentle barge cruise offers the ideal opportunity to explore some of France's impressive Châteaux. Here are our favourite five.

Your barge deck is the perfect place to relax in the sunshine with a book - here's our recommended reading list!

Forget a summer holiday - harvest time in autumn is ideal for oenophiles to cruise the vineyards of France's wine regions.

September sees the launch to the marketplace of European Waterways’ new 2017 Brochure, featuring a wide choice of exclusive hotel barge cruises on the canals, rivers and lakes of mainland...

We would like to remind you of our 10% off “early bird” special offer on selected departures in 2017.

Our culinary cruises offer more than just an exquisite menu every day - they offer the chance to learn from the masters!

What better way to celebrate the delights of fine French cuisine than to experience it as you drift along the serene waterways of Southern France?

Looking for a holiday with Panache? You'll love our Spring tulip cruise through the blooming fields of Holland!

Go on, treat yourself to a chartered culinary cruise through the famed gastronomic landscapes of the Southwest of France.

What could be more quintessentially French than wine and cheese? Find out more about the pairing on your French barge cruise.

Christmas is fast approaching, so here is a different recipe for turkey stuffing from one of our barge chefs using some fine ingredients from various regions of France.

Bordeaux has recently been voted the best city to visit and it’s easy to understand why. This capital of the most renowned wine-growing region in the world has much to...

‘Le Plus Beaux Villages de France’ is a collection of stunning small French villages. Read on to find out which ones you can visit on our Burgundy cruises.

Here is a recipe for Cullen Skink, a very tasty soup which is also often served on Burns’ Night. This soup has its roots in Cullen, a small town on...

Here we look at Roquefort, a wonderful blue sheep’s milk cheese, produced in southern France. It is served most often on our hotel barges on the Canal du Midi.

Whether it’s catching a tennis match at the French Open, betting on the favorite in the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe horse race, or cheering on a driver at Le...

What could be more romantic than sedately cruising through the Loire valley past vineyards and chateaux, enjoying each other’s company as you sip champagne and enjoy fine cuisine, while on...