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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

For a very special occasion this is the place to be

John Thorson, New Jersey, USA

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The Hotel Barging Experience

When you search for river cruises in Europe you are probably imagining that smooth, weightless feel of the parting waters as your boat glides down the river or canal. European Waterways specialises in creating that ultimate feeling of relaxation for guests who board their floating boutique hotels for one of their unique river cruises. Europe is a playground of waterways that offer an idyllic backdrop for a peaceful holiday.

Over the course of your journey with us you will enjoy local excursions that will give you an opportunity to experience the destination’s highlights and to sample the regional cuisine. At the end of each day your boat will await you: a haven of tranquillity far removed from the urban race where you can enjoy the finest luxury and the ultimate in service.

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...

Where We Operate in Europe

European river cruises can give you a real taste of the country that you are exploring by boat. Our hotel barges ply rivers and canals in several key destinations that offer the best river cruises in Europe.

For the Francophiles we have researched the best of the nation’s 2,700 miles of inland waterways for our cruising holidays. France is a well loved destination for those who enjoy river cruises in Europe. Visitors can take advantage of local culinary specialties, the fine wines and cultural gems that are accessible from their barge boat.

However, you should also consider European river cruises in other countries too. Italy attracts hordes of tourists every year so imagine having the luxury of observing the picturesque landscape and colourful villages from the comfort of your floating hotel.

More Destinations

If you prefer the Germanic and Benelux experience then you should consider a voyage of discovery through these more northern water passages. Whether your imagination is fired by the charming cities of Belgium or the castles, vineyards and medieval timbered houses of Germany, you can see the best of them on our river cruises. Europe’s friendliest people will welcome you and your boating party.

Our Exclusive Collection of Hotel Barges

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…

Scottish Highlands

Cruise the heart of the Scottish Highlands aboard the 8 passenger luxury hotel barge ‘Scottish Highlander’.

Cruises in Italy

Our cruises around Italy will let you discover that country’s hidden beauty!

Cruises in England

Magna Carta is one of the finest, most luxurious vessels cruising the British Isles today. The ambience created by combining a traditional 1936-built barge hull with fine mahogany, teak and oak woods is outstanding.

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…

Lochs and Locks: Cruising the Caledonian Canal

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

6 Must-See Places in Venice

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

Getting to Know the Garden of Europe

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

Tiptoe Through the Tulips on a Holland Cruise

Mix a handful of Americans, a couple of Brits, and a pinch of an Australian. Put them aboard a canal cruise flowing around Holland for several days, add some interesting excursions along the way, and feed them glorious food all day and night. What do you have? A fabulous cultural vacation in a European country with lots of sights, laughter, and good food. Read More

Cruising Towards the Holiday of a Lifetime

Mediaeval cities, spectacular scenery, five-star dining experiences and being treated like royalty come as standard to guests staying aboard the famous hotel barge Anjodi, as Susan Welsh discovered when she cruised along the Canal du Midi in France. Read More

More of Scotland

"For six days we explored this hidden corner of France covering a mere 74 nautical miles. We came to appreciate that the insouciant movement is an inherent charm of barging..." Read More

A slow barge tour through Burgundy, France

"For six days we explored this hidden corner of France covering a mere 74 nautical miles. We came to appreciate that the insouciant movement is an inherent charm of barging..." Read More

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