If you love the water and you want a different perspective on the countries that you are exploring then our river cruises in Europe offer you that unique experience.
As Told by Our Guests...
The welcome we received and everything on board was perfect
Pauline Taplin, Hampshire, UK
This is a treasure that most people don’t know about
Denise Thorson , New Jersey, USA
Everbody should do this at least once in their life
Charles Baertl, Texas USA
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The Hotel Barging Experience
Are you looking to experience a once-in-a-lifetime river cruise in a stunning European location? European Waterways specialises in creating the ultimate feeling of relaxation as the European river cruises feel the parting water of Europe’s fairy tale waterways.
Over the course of your journey, you will enjoy a plethora of fantastic local excursions that will allow you to fully embrace the true culture and heart of these destinations. At the end of your adventure-filled shore excursions days, your luxury hotel barge will await your return so that you can enjoy your night in the finest luxury.
With capacity for between 6 and 20 passengers, a private hotel barge charter is perfect for a multi generational getaway
All hotel barges in the fleet benefit from an annual refurbishment and this may vary from redecoration and refurnishing of the...
Every hotel barge cruise includes daily excursions to some fascinating local places of interest - châteaux, Cathar hilltop...
These experiences form the heart of a European Waterways cruise; spontaneous, unique adventures that just couldn't be had anywhere else
Far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, hotel barge voyages allow you to travel in luxury without the strains of...
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...
The classic traditions of French and International cuisine are an unforgettable highlight of your cruise. The onboard chefs are...
We can arrange a wide selection of themed charter cruises which will appeal to all types of interest groups, large or small...
Families or groups of friends can charter any of the hotel barges. You will have the whole vessel to yourselves and she becomes a...
We know that many of our passengers enjoy taking some exercise during their hotel barge cruise, so each vessel carries...
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...
Many of our cruises are through some of the best wine- growing regions of France, such as Burgundy, Bordeaux...
Where We Operate in Europe
With all of our river cruises, we give you a real taste of the country that you are exploring. Our phenomenal hotel barges navigate through the rivers and canals in several key destinations that offer some of the most gorgeous waterways that the continent has to offer.
We embark on journeys around the nation’s 2,700 miles of inland waterways. France is one of the most popular destinations in Europe and there is no better way to see the stunning country than through its many majestic waterways. The cruises travel through the countless UNESCO world heritage-listed vineyards where you will get the opportunity to try phenomenal fine wines. We offer barge cruise lines that travel the Rhone River, Seine river, Saone river, and other main rivers to French destinations such as Burgundy, Paris, Normandy, Bordeaux, and Picardy.
Otherwise known as the Netherlands has some of the prettiest waters and countryside in Europe. Our cruises travel the country’s waters decorated in stunning windmills. We travel the very river that gave the iconic city of Amsterdam its name. On our Dutch cruise, you will get to see the true charm and beauty of this stunning country.
As a country, Belgium is not explored half as much as it should be. Our cruise experiences show the true culture and beauty of this wonderful country. We will visit stunning locations with immense history and culture such as Antwerp, Bruges, and Ghent.
During our Italian cruise experiences, we travel to some of the country’s most beautiful and infamous waterways. The highlight of our glorious Italian cruises is when we travel the historic waterways of the province of Venice. Venice boasts 177 glorious canals and countless historic locations. Over your holiday you will also be able to experience the world-class cuisine that Italy has to offer.
Germany & Luxembourg
This stunning cruise travels the Moselle river which touches both of these breathtaking countries. The awe-inspiring river is decorated with steep-sided hillsides and vineyards creating a truly magical atmosphere. You will also get to taste the fine wines that the Moselle region of Germany is famous for.
On the English cruise ship you will navigate through the iconic waters of the Royal River Thames. Along the journey, you will pass some of the country’s most important architecture such as Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace, both royal residences. The tremendous journey that we embark on is also an old Viking trading route.
The island, also known as ‘The Emerald Isle’ is one of the most beautiful countries in not only Europe but the world. However, it is also widely undiscovered by most. Over the course of your Irish river cruise, you will get to experience the true soul of the country through its beautiful music, friendly locals, and stunning scenery.
Travelling through the inspiring land of mountains, glens, and famous magical lochs is truly an experience that you will never forget. You will get the chance to experience the magical scenic landscape, local whiskey, and the famous loch ness.
Our Exclusive Collection of Hotel Barges
A majority of our vessels are owned by us, however, the vessels that we do not own are owned by private operators who share our same standards for exceptional quality service. During the course of your trip, you will have countless sightseeing opportunities as well as indulge in the mouth-watering local cuisine made for you on board by your private chef.
La Belle Epoque is a deluxe, 12 passenger hotel barge that cruises the picturesque Burgundy Canal in Northern Burgundy
Finesse is an ultra deluxe, 8 passenger hotel barge that cruises the River Saône and Canal du Centre in Southern Burgundy
L’Impressionniste is a deluxe, 12 passenger hotel barge that cruises the Burgundy Canal in the wine region of Southern Burgundy
L’Art de Vivre is a first class, 8 passenger hotel barge that cruises the charming Canal du Nivernais and River Yonne in Burgundy
Themed River Cruises in Europe
If you privately charter one of our phenomenal boats then you will have a wide range of themes that you can choose from for your cruise experience. We will adapt and build your itinerary around your chosen theme so that you can do more of what you love, whether that be golf, walking tours, tennis, wine appreciation, antiques and so much more.