What to Expect Onboard Your Luxury Barge Cruise

Inevitably, part of the joys of luxury hotel barge cruising is the journey itself – and of course which barge to travel aboard. 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 and every time you travel…

People celebrating aboard luxury barge cruise, Finesse in Burgundy France

If you like reading, then you’ll love our little saloon library, packed with great reads

There’s nothing quite like getting stuck-in to a good book whilst on holiday – it’s a fantastic way to really relax and take your mind everyday life.  Have a browse of our little saloon libraries to pick up a classic, or perhaps learn more about the area you’re visiting. Soak in the sunlight upon deck, curl up on the sofa or in the comfort of your room.

The spacious saloon aboard hotel barge Finesse with oversized windows
Finesse saloon with floor-to-ceiling windows

If you like good food, then you’ll love the creations of our onboard master chefs

Holidays aren’t holidays without a taste of the good life, and how better to enjoy it than through the creations of your very own barge chef. Often our chefs will visit local markets to pick up an array of seasonal produce, which you’re more than welcome to join them on. Then, watch as these local ingredients are made into a true taste sensation!

Every barge cruise is a gourmet adventure
Fine dining with a master chef

If you like a cocktail, a digestif on deck, a sundowner… then you’ll love our open bar

Our well-stocked open bar is filled with a wide selection of beers, wines and spirits and is accessible throughout your cruise. You can help yourself, or make an order from one of the crew – but the likeliness is that they’ve anticipated your request, and your favourite drink is already on its way to you. Cheers!

A sellection of Scottish Whiskeys and more are available on European Waterways luxury barge cruises' open bars
An array of drinks are available on board

If you like exploring, then you’ll love our complimentary bicycles

If you want to stretch your legs, but walking isn’t enough – why not take out one of our complimentary bicycles for a tow-path jaunt as the barge gently cruises along beside you. You can choose to meet the barge at the next lock, or perhaps plan ahead for a longer cycle. Some of our itineraries have some fantastic cycle routes with dedicated bike maps, and even the possibility of upgrading to e-bikes! (Pre-booking is essential, contact a cruise specialist for details)

Cycling at sundown on the towpath next to hotel barge La Belle Epoque in Burgundy
Evening towpath cycle next to La Belle Epoque

If you like history & culture, then you’ll love our variety of daily excursions

Whether you consider yourself a bit of a history buff, or are simply curious about the cultures in the places you travel to – our daily excursions are hosted by our expert guides, and take you on a variety of fascinating journeys through the places you visit. From ancient Roman cities to UNESCO World Heritage sites; from world-renowned vineyards to private dinners with a countess – whatever your interest, you’re sure to be impressed by what’s in store… And, don’t forget – many of our barges have a fascinating history too! Have a chat to our crew to find out more.

Falconry display at the Chateau de Commarin
Falconry display at the Chateau de Commarin

If you like wine, then you’ll love the recommendations made by our onboard wine expert

Alongside our open bar, our onboard wine expert also hand-picks a selection of fine wines to perfectly complement each meal. From the ‘table talk’, where he/she will explain this particular vintage was chosen to the tasting – you’re in great hands. They also come in handy when visiting local wineries too – a true journey to a wine expert yourself!

Wine experts presenting the evening wine aboard hotel barge La Bella Vita
Host presenting the wine on La Bella Vita

If you like time to unwind, then you’ll love our spacious decks, cabins and cosy saloons

Taking a break from exploring for some ‘me time’ is an essential part of a holiday. Cosy-up in the saloon with a cup of coffee, watch the world go by on deck as the sun gently beats down, or perhaps take a well-deserved nap in the comfort of your room. And, with many of our barges offering spa pools – you really can cruise in style with us.

Sundeck aboard L'Impressionniste


Our collection of 18 luxury barge cruises include all of the mentioned features. Talk to a member of our sales team today to find your perfect destination and itinerary, or click here to order a brochure by mail.

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