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We’re so grateful we had such an awesome captain on Anjodi. The week’s experience sailing the historic Canal du Midi in the South of France was spectacular.

Whisky is fascinating. There are hundreds of variations, yet very few whiskies taste alike. Find out more in our beginners guide to Whisky

The Ultimate Guide to the Canal du Nivernais - History, interesting facts, maps, nearby towns and villages, places of interest and lots more!

Private Tastings, Tours and Unique Dining Experiences Reveal the History and Traditions of France’s Renowned Wine Growing Regions

From pizza to pasta, these are the 10 must-try Italian dishes that will make your trip to Italy even more delicious.

Cruise through the charming city of Mantua, Italy and explore its 6 must see sights aboard the La Bella Vita hotel barge.

Writer and Travel Expert, Lauren Yakiwchuk recounts her luxury cruise aboard hotel barge La Bella Vita from Venice to Mantua

Writer and Travel Expert, Rose Palmer recounts her cruise aboard hotel barge Renaissance along the Canal de Briare in June, 2022

Explore Ireland’s rich history at the Clonmacnoise ruins aboard luxury hotel barge Shannon Princess

Relax onboard the luxury Barge, La Belle Epoque, and enjoy a tour of the famous Abbaye de Fontenay

Step aboard the luxury hotel barge Scottish Highlander and experience the magic of the highlands at Cawdor Castle.

Reims is a name we most often associate with the back of a Champagne bottle… and if that was all the city was famous for, it would be quite enough!...

Take the opportunity to sit back on the sundeck of Magna Carta with a sherry in hand, enjoying views of Great Britain's royal palaces and rural landscapes.

This summer, we're celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. Could there possibly be a better way to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 year reign than to visit England and cruise the...

The Ultimate Guide to the Caledonian Canal - History, interesting facts, maps, nearby towns and villages, places of interest and lots more!

Does it get any more indulgent than sampling exceptional wines at the vineyards of Burgundy’s oldest wine company? Maison Champy has been producing award-winning wines since 1720 and it’s the...

Sampling cheese can be a delicious experience. Cheese always has a place at the table on European Waterways cruises, but what is the best way to serve it?

Wine tasting without experience can feel a little overwhelming, so the European Waterways Guide to Wine Tasting will make you a pro in four sip-size steps.

Writer and Travel Expert, Judi Cohen recounts her time aboard hotel barge Anjodi on Southern France's Canal du Midi in October, 2021

Thinking of taking one of our river cruises in Italy? One of our top destinations and this short video shows you why guests love it so much!

Back with another fabulous Thanksgiving treat, Chef Dennis from AskChefDennis.Com shares his Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake Recipe

Need ideas for take-home treats from a Garonne river cruise in the French region of Gascony? We have some good ones here…

When it comes to a barge cruise, Europe is the perfect place to start your search. Here are some of the joys of going on a longer cruise…

Guests aboard L'Art de Vivre or La Belle Epoque will visit the renowned Domaine Laroche, situated in the famous vineyards of Chablis...

Is a barge holiday in France on your bucket list? Let us inspire you to book sooner rather than later with our ultimate guide to the French barge holiday.

Packing for future European canal cruises? Find out what is essential to bring and what can be left at home...

Our River Shannon Cruises discover the myths and legends that hang over Ireland’s most famous waterways to this day…

If you’re thinking about embarking on an Italian river cruise, we’ve chosen 10 top reasons why we know you’ll love the experience.

This Italian chocolate cake is easy to make and just as easily devoured! Originating from Capri, torta caprese is known for its cocoa and almond flavour.

Whip up this recipe and sit back with a glass of Irish cream liqueur for St Patrick's Day.

Cruising by barge, you’re bound to fall in love with the natural beauty of Ireland. Learn about history and culture on a cruise along the River Shannon.

A themed canal and river cruise in Italy is a wonderful way to dive deeper into the Italian way of life.

In search of a boating holiday in France? Each and every region is sure to take your breath away with an abundance of fantastic sights...

From private dining in the home of a 19th Century Artist, to lunch in an historic Burgundy domaine, find out about our private dining experiences...

New to the idea of barge tours? France is a great place to take your first one! You'll enjoy spectacular views, exciting activities and remarkable cuisine.

When considering the merits of a Caledonian Canal cruise, The Scottish Highlands is a destination that is well worth looking at. Here are just some of the reasons why…

Luxury, history and culture: this is what a river cruise in Italy is all about. Discover the highlights of the top 6 places to visit on an Italian river cruise....

The seven-rise Fonserannes Locks are an architectural highlight of any barge cruise. France is rightfully proud of this 17th-century engineering gem.

Holidays on the Canal du Midi are very popular today, but not many know about the construction of the Canal du Midi. Find out about its rocky history here…

The Bianco Canal is a little known Italian Gem, but what is there to see and do as you cruise along it?

Indulge in fine scotch, freshly caught wild salmon & other culinary delights on a barge cruise on the Caledonian Canal

The River Saône flows for 300 miles from the Vosges Mountains to its junction with the River Rhone in Lyons and is navigable for 230 miles

The Étang de Thau, sometimes known as the Bassin de Thau, is the largest of a collection of saltwater lagoons that span along the French coast from the Rhône to...

Burgundy Wine Guide: The Burgundy wine region is home to some of the most expensive wines in the known universe, there are plenty of good, affordable wines that can...

Rhône Valley Wine Guide: All you need to know about one of the most historic wine regions in France

Languedoc Wine Guide: All you need to know about one of the largest wine producing regions in the world

Bordeaux Wine Guide: All you need to know about one of the most significant wine regions in France

A Scottish cruise is an ideal way to explore this beautiful country, so rich in history and cultural heritage. Get inspired with these fabulous fun Scottish facts.

Discover fine Languedoc wines at the Château Pech-Celeyran, where guests aboard hotel barge Anjodi can enjoy an unforgettable tour and tasting...

The perfect holiday for those who love relaxing but also stretching their legs, a bike and barge holiday in France ticks all the boxes.

Offering a unique and intimate holiday option, a barge holiday in France is a wonderful way to explore this diverse and beautiful country.

This guide provides you with a broader insight into this wonderful waterway and the surrounding towns & villages

Our 2022/2023 brochure is out now! Find out what's new - from brand-new private excursions to easy-to-navigate pages to help you plan the perfect luxury hotel barge holiday...

Southern Rhône River Guide: All you need to know about one of the most significant waterways of Europe

The Ultimate Guide to the Canal du Midi - History, interesting facts, maps, nearby towns and villages, places of interest and lots more!

The Ultimate Guide to the Burgundy Canal - History, interesting facts, maps, nearby towns and villages, places of interest and lots more!

On this truly fascinating tour, guests will have the opportunity to discover her studio that remains completely untouched since her death in 1899…

From various hull-styles to spotting triple deckers – here’s our guide to identifying the different types of barge...

Whether it’s the Spring, Summer or Autumn months, we’ll help you find the best time for a barge cruise!

The Canal du Rhône à Sète borders the wilderness area of the Camargue and connects the Étang de Thau in Sète to the Rhône River

Alsace is a wonderful area to explore on a hotel barge holiday. A mixture of German and French culture plus several canals make for a delightful holiday. Here’s how to...

A luxury hotel barge cruise isn’t like any other cruise. Discover all the perks of exploring Europe’s inland waterways at a slow pace in an intimate setting.

For anyone wanting to hop off and explore the land a little during their barge cruise, here are a few places to visit on a cycle on the Burgundy Canal.

Thinking of a Caledonian Canal Cruise? Our intimate week-long luxury barge cruises explore the Scottish Highlands in comfort and style…

We've asked a selection of travel bloggers, food writers and cruise experts to share their cruise highlights from their European Waterways luxury barge experience...

We're delighted to have finished a proud 6th place as Best River Cruise Line in USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice travel awards in 2021! A very special, heartfelt thanks to...

Luxury hotel barge, Magna Carta, featured on Channel 5's Cruising with Jane McDonald along England's royal River Thames. Read on to find out more...

Are you a Luxemotor bargee, or do you prefer a classic, wooden Tjalk? If you’re yet to discover, read on to uncover the various types of barge...

The olive press of l’Oulibo is located on the banks of the Canal du Midi. Those on a cruise aboard Enchanté can stop by and taste the famous Lucques olives.

Captain Hadrien does his utmost to ensure all guests have the most memorable experience throughout their stay. From water fights to tour guiding, read about life aboard luxury barge, Renaissance...

On a luxury barge holiday in beautiful Burgundy, you will have the opportunity to taste a range of wonderful cheese. Here is a guide to the best Burgundy cheeses...

A luxury barge cruise in Alsace & Lorraine takes you on a real culinary treat, particularly in its capital city. Read on for a tasty guide to the cuisine...

Did you know, France has a butter and oil divide? Find out if butter is really better in the cuisine of the South of France...

Discover 120 miles of the Canal de Garonne aboard hotel barge Rosa, with no less than 53 locks to cruise through!

Whilst Bordeaux is famous for its oenological (wine) offering, it's the cuisine of Bordeaux that has recently got visitors flocking! Here's why...

Want to know more about Western Provence wines? Our handy little guide will reveal everything you need to know...

Join us as we close our laptops, put down our tablets and silence our telephones as we enjoy the ultimate digital detox on a luxury barge cruise...

Our French 'foodie cruises' feature enhanced, more immersive wine and food excursions, daily gourmet dining and onboard cooking classes presented by our master chefs.

Enjoy the experience of a private all-inclusive ‘floating villa’ for your family and friends in a luxurious 'travel bubble' amidst Europe's less-crowded countryside...

This festive season, why not sample this delicious French cocktail - aptly named after the country's glamorous capital...

A great choice for show-stopping canapés or a wonderful homemade gift for your loved ones, these gorgeous Gruyère de Comté and poppy seed lollipops are sure to be a festive...

If you find yourself with some extra turkey this Christmas, this super easy Asian turkey salad recipe will be a refreshing way to spruce up your leftovers! 

Are you a turophile (cheese lover)? You'll love our guide to French soft cheese! From Brillat-Savarin to Tourrée de l’Aubier - how many have you tried?

From the Champs Elysees to the Île de la Cité, discovering the French capital on a Paris river cruise is a fantastic way to explore the Seine and surrounds

New Zealand-born Helen, swapped the dramatic coastlines of the South Island for the majestic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands aboard Spirit of Scotland

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Chef Dennis from AskChefDennis.Com share his delicious recipe for an indulgent chocolate bourbon pecan pie

Bursting with culture and history, Scotland is a great place to visit – just make sure to master these fun Scottish sayings before you go!

Burgundy is the home of barging, and the canal itself is one of the most diverse and fascinating destinations in France, read on for the story of its unique history...

Born and raised near Germany's Harz Mountains, Captain Florian talks about his favourite canal and river routes, and life away from the water...

Learn about some of the traditional Scottish drinks you can taste on your Highlands cruise with our handy guide to some of their lesser-known tipples...

From Deckhand and Tour Guide to Captain, Matthew Price knows his way around Europe's waterways. Read on to find out more about L'Art de Vivre's Skipper

As dreams of European travel becomes a possibility, finding the perfect holiday doesn't have to be a daunting task! Read on to find out why...

Barge holidays can be as relaxed or as action-packed as you like, with a diverse range of activities and outings that can be made from your floating home. Here are...

In the mood for something spooky? Why not read up on some of Europe's most haunted hotspots - all of which can be visited on a luxury barge cruise...

Having lived on a boat from 3 months old to living on a remote French island in the Pacific, L'Impressionniste Captain, Mélissa Gilly has a fascinating story! Read more...

Planning a luxury cruise in Champagne? These amazing attractions are the jewels of the Champagne capital!

Discover one of Scotland's smallest 'pepperpot' lighthouses welcoming vessels from Loch Ness onto the Caledonian Canal...

Admire stunning architectural heritage when you discover Mantua Italy, a popular port of call aboard La Bella Vita

Planning some time in the Scottish Highlands? You can't leave without a visit to the spectacular Eilean Donan Castle - a highlight on our cruises in Scotland

From France's picturesque Loire Valley, Captain Laurent Charbonnier now leads the way along the historic Canal du Midi aboard our luxury barge cruise, Anjodi. Find out more about Captain Laurent...

From off-the-beaten-path excursions to culinary journeys through fine French cuisine – here’s our top 10 experiences to enjoy on a French Canal Barge Trip

Born and bred in England's North Yorkshire, Captain Mick Forster now leads the way aboard luxury hotel barge, Scottish Highlander. Read about Mick's journey on the Caledonian Canal here...

Meet Tasmanian-born master chef, Dave Lawrence - chef of luxury hotel barge, Anjodi who cruises the stunning Canal du Midi

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.

Whilst travel is on hold for the time being, it's the perfect time to dream ahead and plan your next sojourn along Europe’s stunning waterways. Here’s L’Art de Vivre Captain...

Now working as the chef aboard luxury hotel barge, Anjodi, chef Dave Lawrence shares a special recipe from his time aboard the Spirit of Scotland - an authentic Cullen Skink

In Part 2 of our Best Insider Experiences, we show you where we take you off the beaten track on barge trips in France and Scotland

Classically-trained French chef, Sylvain, has been the master chef aboard Enchanté for ten seasons. Read about life as a barge chef on the tranqil Canal du Midi...

Our barge trips in France and Italy afford the most wonderful exclusive experiences that take you off-the-beaten track to meet the ‘real’ locals...

What's better than a good read on holiday? Here's our top 10 books that inspired our love of the waterways...

From the kitchen of luxury barge hotel, Enchanté, Chef Sylvain Moretto shares his recipe for mini apple tart tatins - a twist on a French culinary classic.

We want to keep your passion for travel alive with your favourite memories from past trips with us. Here are some highlights from what you've sent in so far...

In 2019, Peter and his family chartered the Scottish Highlander from Banavie to Muirtown in the majestic Scottish Highlands. Here's a lovely poem he wrote from his journey...

From the galley of the Shannon Princess, chef Olivia Gibbons shares her recipe for a delicious barge-made country butter...

Derek Banks, Founder and Managing Director of European Waterways, gives us an insight on the history of his favourite routes along Europe's charming waterways

Dreaming of faraway shores? Escape reality with one of our top 10 movies and binge-worthy shows, alongside their locations which can be visited on our luxury barge cruises…

In search of a deliciously cheesy starter that can be made in advance of dinner? We've got just the recipe...

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

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

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

Our cruise teams have dined their way across France to bring you 6 classic French dishes, and how best to enjoy them.

At European Waterways we’ve got an amazing selection of barge trips in France, so we’d like to share our Top Ten for 2022. It’s never too early to start planning…

In search of some authentic Italian cooking? Why not try your hand at making La Bella Vita chef Andrea's ricotta capellacci with Parma ham crisps and parmesan - a true...

Planning a cruise along the French waterways? Our guide to useful French waterways terms will help you navigate with ease and confidence...

Chef Hannah Dunleavy from our flagship barge, Renaissance, shares her classic Coq au Vin recipe

Ballymaloe Cookery School trained Olivia co-owns the Shannon Princess with Captaian Ruairi. Read about her life as a barge chef here...

In search of Burgundy's best châteaux? From classic favourites to gorgeous hidden gems - here's our guide to 9 must-sees and how to find them...

Chef Mike Crowson, aka 'The Barge Chef', gives us an insight into the inspiration behind his dishes and thoughts on the next foodie trends...

Do you know how to serve the perfect cheese board? With a myriad of varieties to be enjoyed on board, our experts share their top tips...

La Bella Vita chef, Andrea Chin thinks there is no cuisine that can compare to that of Venice. Find out why in our latest instalment of Meet the Chefs...

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.

Cuisine plays a huge role in our cruises, so here's an introduction to our master chefs, serving an array of world-class delights on board every barge...

Calling all solo travellers! Our new and exclusive solo cruise offers the very best of Venice to Mantua with the addition of some 'extra surprises' - exclusively picked for this...

From how it was made to how it's enjoyed today - read all about the Burgundy Canal's rich and complicated history

Meet Hannah Dunleavy, master chef to our flagship Renaissance. From growing up in London to living in the foodie city of Lyon - Hannah talks us through her culinary world...

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

Navigating Europe's fascinating canal locks plays a great role on a luxury barge cruise. Learn their history, how do canal locks work and their future in our guide...

The Shannon Princess itinerary is so popular that guests are booking over a year in advance for the chance to climb aboard! Read on to find out why...

There's more to Burgundy than excellent wines, its cuisine is particularly special too! Read on to find out more...

France is abundant with UNESCO World Heritage sites, and there's truly no better way to explore these locations than via the country's waterways

It's the people you meet that make your holiday truly unforgettable, so here's a few friendly faces you might meet on your luxury barge cruise...

France is abundant with UNESCO World Heritage sites, and there's no better way to explore them than via the country's beautiful waterways

Our very own Chef Arnis from La Belle Epoque, shares three of his signature recipes including his popular Beef Bourguignon

Savour a taste of France with this delicious recipe for Parmesan Crusted Salmon with Fresh Tomato Sauce

From taste tests to detailed descriptions - here's everything you need to know about wine tasting

Complete privacy, hand-picked activities, personal chef and crew... Just a few reasons why luxury hotel barges create the foundations for the perfect family holiday.

To celebrate National French Bread Day in the United States, here's our foolproof Crusty French Bread recipe - best enjoyed straight out of the oven...

Many have experienced a tour through one of France’s many vineyards but have you ever stopped to read the label on your favourite French wines?

Discover the magnificent Journées Romaines Festival, held in the historic Burgundian town of Autun at the height of summer.

Sit back and relax with an indulgent pot of French Chocolate Mousse - easy to prepare, but not as easy to share!

Wine lovers unite! New to L’Impressionniste, we visit the enchanting Domaine Chanson, located in the heart of the Burgundy ‘terroir’ since 1750. Here’s a sneaky peek at what’s in store...

One of the unique features of a river cruise in Italy is that you get first-hand experience of the history, culture and character of the waterways.

Considering a single traveller escape? Here's a selection of our most frequently asked questions about solo cruising

Whilst our luxury hotel barges enjoy their own unique character and charm, there are a number of qualities that you can be sure to expect each time you travel

Going on holiday by yourself can seem like a daunting experience, but did you know that one in six holiday makers now choose to travel alone? For everything you need...

Our very own Chef Andrea from luxury hotel barge La Bella Vita, shares his recipe for a crispy Venetian squid...

Think you know your French wines? Whilst the varieties are of abundance, the great regions are comparatively few. Learn more in our handy guide...

Gascony has some of the most delicious gastronomic traditions in France. Our cruises introduce you to the region’s food and wine in the most wonderful way

Celebrating National French Toast Day? Here's our ultimate guide to everything you need to know about this moreish breakfast favourite

Did you know, the word "barge" comes from the Latin word "barga" meaning small boat?

Top sights include a tour of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, Legoland, and Thorpe Park amusement park.

Looking for holiday inspiration? Look no further than our 2020 Luxury Hotel Barging brochure, available now!

Enjoy the cultural and historic attractions of Burgundy on a relaxing hotel barge cruise through this stunning French region

Celebrate National Cake Day with a traditional taste of France, using our recipe for golden spongey Madeleines

The Château de la Bussière is a beautiful 17th century castle, complete with gorgeous gardens and the opportunity to pick your own raspberries!

A beautiful stop aboard La Bella Vita's Italian cruise route is the colourful port of Chioggia - here's what to do while you're there!

New E-Bikes, Upgraded Maps, Stunning Cycling Routes... It's time to take to the towpath and see what you can find!

A historic jaunt to a countryside château in the company of a count... oh and there's falconry too!

France's history is inseparable from the great artists that have played a part within it, one such artist is Pierre-August Renoir, who inspired some of the design for our Burgundy...

It's not quite river cruising, and it certainly isn't ocean cruising! But what is it that makes luxury hotel barging so special?

Thinking about taking a trip to France? Here's the reasons why you should be!

Perhaps you've found yourself in Alsace for the weekend? Here's the top five things you should do while you're there!

Fine dining, fresh ingredients & open air markets, Sue Reddel's cruise aboard Enchante is foodie heaven!

One of "Les Plus Beaux Villages" in France, Lagrasse is a stunning hilltop village nestled amongst miles of vineyards and pretty countryside.

A magical evening of fine wines and gourmet dining as Jo cruises by moonlight through Paris

Burgundy is the home of barging, and the canal itself is one of the most diverse and fascinating destinations in France, read on for the story of its unique history...

Rose gets the VIP treatment aboard La Belle Epoque, sampling Champagne, sipping cocktails and dining with Counts and Countesses along the way

WAVEJourney indulge in a dream culinary cruise through the heart of the Scottish Highlands, sampling the best that the region, and our inventive chef has to offer!

Take a look at our handy guide on which theme cruises are right for you, from Wine Appreciation in France to Whisky Trail in the Scottish Highlands

Head to Gastronomic Gascony for Rosa's delightful new excursions involving cheese, wine & afternoon tea in an 18th century chateau...

Seaside oyster tasting, exquisite local wines and ancient Roman cities are all part of Anjodi's new Provence cruise

Perhaps France's most recognisable castle, the Château de Fontainebleau, located 55 kilometres southeast of the center of Paris, is one of the largest French royal châteaux, with a truly intriguing...

5 reasons to visit Auxerre, from foodie heaven to amazing architecture!

Visiting Ireland? The oldest licensed distillery in the world resides in County Westmeath, a lovely place to stop for a small tipple of the water of life!

Arguably the most famous Wedding Venue on the planet, certainly a must see if you're in England

Have you always wanted to see Europe? Here's why April is the perfect time to set sail on Europe's waterways

A wonderful way to experience France, this Paris to Champagne luxury cruise pairs the excitement and romance of the French capital with the serene beauty, history and world beating wine...

These champagne houses are a must visit if you find yourself in France, truly the best of the best!

A river cruise in Italy with European Waterways is a fantastic introduction to this wonderful country, with something for every kind of traveller.

Have you heard of the famous Scottish Munros? Perhaps you'd like to bag a few aboard a luxury barge cruise through the heart of the highlands?

There's plenty to Holland besides windmills and clogs! Take a look at our 5 favourite experiences that you should try while you're there...

Magnificent History, Incredible Views and Wonderful Wildlife abound at this unique spot on the shores of Loch Ness.

Visiting Venice, Verona or Mantua this summer? Here's just what you should do while you're there

This is the ultimate in family travel, pick and choose exactly what you want to do on an all inclusive barge cruise in Europe!

It's all castles, champagne and cruising in this rundown of our favourite 5 luxurious experiences

Head to the Gascony region and discover some of the finest French specialities!

An early bird promotion for our eagle eyed clients, book now for 2020 and pay 2019 rates!

As we cruise across the world's most famous loch, can you spot one of the world's most famous mythical creatures?

Explore the districts of San Marco and San Castello just like a local aboard Hotel Barge La Bella Vita

What is there to do and see in Reims? With architectural genius, art galleries galore and champagne tasting on every street this French gem has something to entice everyone

With 17 vessels cruising the canals and inland waterways of the rural countryside, we have the perfect itinerary for every traveller.

We hear from a variety of the La Bella Vita Crew to see just what life aboard our Italian vessel is like

Champagne is good for a lot more than just the exquisite sparkling wine; with cathedrals, bustling towns and sunshine aplenty it's a destination with something for everyone!

There's no shortage of culinary genius aboard a French Barge Cruise, but what are our top 5 French foodie experiences?

All you need to know on the fantastic whisky producing regions of Scotland, from the sweet speyside single malts to the smoky Islay scotch

The Loire Valley is the home of vineyards, storybook castles, caves and watersports, a wonderfully versatile destination for the whole family!

Discover two French staples at the places where they originated, indulge in the fantastic flavour of the Burgundy region

Thinking about flying solo on your next trip? Here's why you should join us, and become part of the European Waterways family

Wouldn't you like to know a little about the company history, and the main reasons that you should cruise with us!

Wanting to know more about Bordeaux wine? Good years and bad? Which wine with which food? Read on for a brief glimpse into the good vintages, blends and bottles...

Béziers, Carcassonne & Narbonne are just some of the fascinating towns and cities we visit along this wonderful waterway

Meandering through the lush green countryside at the heart of Ireland, is the glorious River Shannon, a must see for anyone visiting the Emerald Isle!

A brief guide on the many sights and points of interest along France's famous Canal de Bourgogne- a must visit if you're in the Burgundy region!

514 Kilometres and 8 Centuries of fascinating, beautiful history along Champagne's River Marne

A delicious Risotto of Radicchio & Bastardo del Grappa Cheese

More than 1300 years of historical intrigue await you at the unique Abbaye St-Pierre de Moissac in Gascony, France

A wonderfully delectable dessert from the very capable hands on Chef Andrea - and a family recipe to boot!

Indulge in the finest champagne as we visit the world renowned Moët & Chandon for a private tour and tasting

The Aisne-Marne American Cemetery & Memorial is a humbling and historic visit at the heart of the Champagne region of France

Giulia tells us just why life in Venice aboard a hotel barge is so special to her

A delicious new wine tasting in a typical French town & the chance to see these magnificent birds of prey up close and in flight

Read on to discover the enigmatic, knowledgeable Captains that are at the core of your Hotel Barging Experience

A quick & easy, salty, sweet Italian treat! Delicious stuff as always, from our go to Italian Chef Andrea

With the 2019 season just around the corner - take a look at our most recent upgrades to the fleet and our ongoing collaboration with designer Marion Falchi

True, Keukenhof Gardens is beautiful every year, but this year is extra special as it celebrates 70 years of colour and natural beauty!

What better way to explore the cuisine of Southern France than aboard a luxury hotel barge, cruising through sunny Bordeaux?

2019 is the year to visit the Loire Valley! With magnificent Renaissance exhibitions, events & celebrations across the region there's plenty to excite and inspire

Retired College Professor Jack Ruebensaal tells us all about his wonderfully serene trip through the heartland of France, Burgundy.

Discover some of the finest wine that France has to offer on a Wine Appreciation cruise in the South of France

Visit the 14th century Château de Duras, an architectural wonder, which has been both a fortress and a stately home over its 900-year history

Courtesy of our HR & Accounts Manager Isabelle, we have a delightful French Festive Dessert Recipe for you, to have survived for three generations it must be good!

Champagne, the lifeblood of special occasions & magnificent parties - but do you know how to open and serve it correctly?

Sip the week away aboard La Bella Vita as you indulge in Italy's finest wines and cruising scenery

Medieval History, Byronic Poetry and beautiful 14th Century architecture abound in the UNESCO city of Ferrara

Fresh Sea Oysters are a favourite feature of a barge cruise on the Canal du Midi, where we visit the local farm for a tasting and some sunset sea views

Guided Tours, Art, Architecture and the Roaring Twenties are in full swing this year at the legendary home of Downton Abbey

Film buff? James Bond or Harry Potter fan? Then our Classic Cruise through the Scottish Highlands will have plenty of interesting excursions for you

This diverse region of art, history, magnificent architecture and great natural beauty is an ideal honeymoon location

An innovative Venetian treat of grilled octopus, roasted pumpkin and artichoke.

Renaissance Celebrations in the Loire, Wildlife in the South of France & Gastronomic Heaven in Champagne!

There are plenty of ways to keep children entertained aboard a barge cruise, no matter the destination!

Exciting excursions, fantastic food, and stellar service - here's why a Hotel Barging Holiday is fun for the whole family!

You're tasting a place when you taste French wine, so here’s a look at some of the top french wine regions you should visit.

Wild Horses in the Camargue, Soaring Herons on the Canal de Bourgogne and cheeky Otters on the Caledonian Canal - Nature & Wildlife are in abundance on a barge cruise!...

Discover a turbulent history and breathtaking beauty at the Strasbourg Cathedral.

Visit the Château de Fontainebleau for over seven hundred years of French aristocratic history.

Chablis may be known for its wine, but its history is just as intoxicating. Find out more here.

Bring beauty into your life at the Aalsmeer Flower Auction – it’s a safe bet you’ll leave with something gorgeous.

Our New Brochure is here! New look, new excursions & more photography than ever before, order yours now!

Vineyard views from the hot tub and exclusive historic visits throughout Holland, Champagne and Alsace & Lorraine - See Europe in Style aboard Panache

The Château de Nitray - tour this Renaissance gem in the heart of the Loire Valley, before a delicious tasting with the charismatic owner

Take a look at what's been going in the wonderful world of Barging over the previous month...

Bordeaux - The very essence of elegance, exquisite food, life affirming art and architecture... need we even mention the wine?

Bright mornings on the course and lazy afternoons with a glass of wine on deck - what could be better?

If you’re looking for culture, nature and history, look no further – here are six of our favourite UNESCO World Heritage sites in France and Italy.

Beaune is overflowing with history, art and wine. Here are the best sites for culture lovers, including parks, museums and of course, tastings.

Time for a Girl's Getaway? Explore the Wine, Gastronomy, Art & Countryside in France or Italy aboard a private cruise

You can learn more about the Golden Age of the Dukes of Burgundy when you stop off at Château de Germolles.

Deep in the rolling French countryside lies the thirteenth century Château de Ratilly, a haven for artists and history lovers

One for the foodies! What are truffles? Where can I get them? Why are they so rare?

Waterfalls in Paris? A candlelit maze in the Loire Valley? These gardens are a cut above the rest.

Now a wonderful location to enjoy a cruise, for centuries the Canal de Briare was an important transportation channel.

History, architecture, art and food! Dijon has the best of them all. But what if you only have one day to spare?

Take the road less travelled and sample backstreet Parisian bars, the medieval beauty of Montargis and the riverside architecture of Auxerre

A brief history of Bastille Day and the summer celebrations of France's independence

Whether you’re a tennis ace or a cycling superstar, make the most of the summer’s biggest sporting events on a specialist themed cruise.

Take a look at these 3 Mediterranean River Ports, a bold and beautiful mixture of architecture history and foodie heaven

20% off Summer & Autumn Charter Prices - Perfect for group travel

Are you a true turophile (cheese lover)? Our barge cruises in France are the perfect opportunity to get tasting!

Wine tasting and sail boat racing – what’s not to love? Find out more about the Bordeaux Wine Festival here.

Want to explore The Secret France? Sick of tourist traps? Then read on for tranquil abbeys, stunning mountainside towns and secluded seaside villages

The Barge? The Food? The Company? The Crew? Why should Luxury Hotel Barging be on your Bucket List?

A Luxury Irish Hotel, A Private set of Residences at Loch Ness and a beautiful display of Falconry ...

Foodie Francophiles, this is the blog post for you – find out our three favourite gastronomic opportunities on a French barge cruise.

Delve into the history of our very special hotel barge, La Belle Epoque, who has long called the canals of Burgundy home.

Private tours with the aristocracy, once in a lifetime nature cruises and boutique champagne tastings make 2018 a great time to go barging

Grab a true taste of France as you cruise along the Canal du Midi, aboard the world renowned Anjodi, hosted by a fantastic all French crew

Our newest cruise takes you behind the scenes of England's most famous regal residences, including private tours of Windsor Castle & Hampton Court

Take a look at these Top 5 Wine Myths and educate yourself on one of life's finest pleasures

Having cruised 38 times on 26 different barges across Europe, Dorothy Mulligan tells us what keeps her returning year after year

Join us on our website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all things Burgundy, from famous wines to exclusive shots of unusual locations - #BurgundyWeek #LoveBurgundy

If you’re seeking a glimpse of the history and viticulture of the Languedoc region, look no further than the Château de Perdiguier.

Share some quality time with your better half on a romantic cruise of Holland aboard the luxurious Panache.

#BurgundyWeek highlights including: Hotel Barge L'Art de Vivre, Château d'Ancy-le-Franc, and of course some stunning vineyards and vintages!

Explore the fascinating but violent history of the fortified Mediterranean city of Carcassonne, from it's Roman beginnings to it's transformation into an economic hub.

Here are our most highly recommended cruises for those seeking barges, birds and blooms this springtime.

Are you a castle enthusiast? Don’t overlook Ireland’s collection of weird and wonderful strongholds! Read about 3 of our favourites.

Dinner is served at the gourmet restaurant in the secluded and beautiful Le Château de Vault-de-Lugny

We offer you our rundown of spectacular French River Cruises, from ballooning across the Burgundy Vineyards to the Royal French castles of the Loire Valley.

Enjoy a midweek visit to a boutique champagne house aboard your hotel barge cruise through Burgundy

From the movie star status of the Eilean Donan Castle to the staggering beauty of Glencoe, a Scottish walking holiday has it all.

Find out more about the highlights of our cruise through Germany and Luxembourg aboard the luxurious La Nouvelle Etoile.

Two fascinating Châteaux situated in the remarkable countryside of the relatively unknown Gascony region, both are highlights of Luxury Hotel Barge Rosa's cruise route.

The “living museum” of Zaanse Schans, visited on our cruise of Holland, brings Dutch history alive in the most exciting way.

Champagne Cruises for 2018, a unique way to see the effervescent heart of France

Sample some of France's romantic delights, from the Lovers' Bridges of Annecy to the world's largest reflecting pool in Bordeaux

From Venice to Paris and Amsterdam to Champagne, spend this Valentine’s Day exploring these beautiful destinations from the peace and seclusion of the water.

Italian river cruises along the main branch of the River Po afford the opportunity to visit Villa Ca'Zen, one of Lord Byron's inspirational romantic haunts.

No Single Supplement on a Wide Range of Hotel Barge Cruises, eliciting big savings, there has never been a better time to travel solo and make new friends!

A uniquely Venetian tour, free of charge, 20% Cabin discount and the fascinating history of a very romantic mode of transport

Cruise along the Canal du Midi and the Rhone, experiencing the beautiful wildlife of the Camargue and the exceptional architecture of Arles.

Discover the quirky, individual experiences that just aren't available anywhere else

Our guide to the crème de la crème of France's cheeses. Read on to find the perfect pairing for your wine, or just a moreish snack in it's own right!

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!

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

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

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

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

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

Merry 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

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!

The second Saturday of June marks the official celebration of Queen Elizabeth II birthday. It is an ideal occasion on which to bake that most quintessentially English cake, the...

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.

There are some scenes which, although tucked away in the anonymous folds of the French countryside, millions of people worldwide, particularly art lovers, would instantly recognise...

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.

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.

This soup is perfect for Autumn, served piping hot! When you combine several pounds of fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and a fair amount of garlic you know it’s got to...

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 French Château

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!

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...

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

Black Friday is here! Enjoy 30% OFF selected whole barge cruises in France, when you book by 3 December 2020

Our Maintenance Team have been hard at work in Ravières - European Waterways' dedicated Operations base in Burgundy. Find out what's new for 2021...

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