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An Italian adventure aboard La Bella Vita

A home away from home aboard La Bella Vita as Maria explores the more unusual side to Venice, Mantua and the Po Valley Read More

05.Dec 2018

La Bella Vita: A slow boat down the Italian waterways

Discovering the hidden gems of the Veneto region from the ample sun deck of La Bella Vita Read More

14.Nov 2018

A Luxury Barge Cruise through Alsace & Lorraine

Irene immerses herself in the Franco-German culture of Eastern France aboard Panache Read More

14.Nov 2018

European Waterways – Luxury in the Details

Take a trip to sunny Southern Burgundy, aboard the delightful hotel barge L'Impressionniste Read More

14.Nov 2018

Cruising and a little Carousing up the Po

Experience the wonderful mixture of culture and nature that is the Veneto region and the Po Valley Read More

02.Oct 2018

Stanzas to the Po

Romance, history and Renaissance architecture aboard La Bella Vita in the Veneto region and Po Valley Read More

02.Oct 2018

The Renaissance: Gourmet Dining on a Loire Valley Barge Cruise

A fantastic rundown of the exquisite food served aboard a luxury hotel barge... delicious stuff! Read More

20.Sep 2018

Barge Cruises in France – The Perfect Luxury Vacation

Maria weaves her way through the beautiful Champagne region aboard Panache Read More

20.Sep 2018

La Renaissance: See France by Canal Barge

Isabelle plots Renaissance's regal route through Western Burgundy and the Upper Loire Read More

25.Jul 2018

Stop and smell the tulips when you take a “slow boat” through Holland

Debbie Stone cruises through Holland aboard Luxury Hotel Barge Panache, flowers are in bloom and the barge is cruising serenely Read More

25.Jul 2018

Spirit of Scotland: Life in the Highlands

Journalist Dave Monk marvels at the savage beauty of the Scottish Highlands from the warm interior of The Spirit of Scotland Read More

21.Mar 2018

Floating the Loire River Canal on the Renaissance Barge

Jacqueline Harmon Butler is wined, dined and inspired aboard hotel barge Renaissance Read More

08.Feb 2018

Barging In: Myths and Realities of Small Boat Cruising in Europe

Wallace Immen interviews Managing Director Derek Banks on what Luxury Hotel Barging is all about  Read More

24.Jan 2018

La Belle barge provides small-scale cruising with a very French flavour

Mike Grenby spent 6 days on the Burgundy canal, read about his Belle Epoque adventure here Read More

24.Jan 2018

La Belle barge provides small-scale cruising with a very French flavour

Mike Grenby spent 6 days on the Burgundy canal, read about his Belle Epoque adventure here Read More

24.Jan 2018

Slow Barge through the Loire Valley

Karen Pasquali Jones takes a tranquil cruise aboard Renaissance, through Burgundy and the Upper Loire Read More

24.Jan 2018

6 Reasons You Should Go on a Canal Barge Cruise

Laura Lynch spent a week aboard the luxury hotel barge Finesse cruising the Canal du Midi. Read about her experience here Read More

02.Jan 2018

Der gute Geist der Highlands

Auf einer 6-tägigen Kreuzfahrt an Bord der Luxus-Hotelbarge Spirit of Scotland besuchte O. Schmidt die schönsten Sehenswürdigkeiten Schottlands. Read More

11.Dec 2017

Cruising in Burgundy

David Powell spent a week on the luxury hotel barge L’Impressionniste cruising through Burgundy. Read about his experience here Read More

30.Oct 2017

The Best River Cruise Ever!

Tim Hedgley cruised aboard hotel barge L’Impressionniste in Southern Burgundy in June 2017. Read about his experience Read More

02.Oct 2017

Taking a Hotel Barge through Burgundy

Cruise through Burgundy aboard the elegant La Belle Epoque Read More

19.Sep 2017

La Belle barge provides small-scale cruising with a very French flavour

There’s a lot of numbers, but no math needed for a six-day cruise along the Burgundy Canal on La Belle Epoque: one hotel barge, 17 meals, 22 wines and 19 cheeses, one hot tub, some mountain bikes and visits to at least a dozen interesting sites Read More

07.Aug 2017

A Mouth-Watering Meander Along the Waterways of Burgundy

Hotel barging is completely different from other types of river cruising, be it the mainstream European vessels carrying up to 200 passengers or navigating a self-hire narrowboat or pleasure craft. Barges can access narrow waterways and canals inaccessible to larger vessels and, with just eight passengers being looked after by five crew members, it’s a really personal experience with the ambience of a house party afloat Read More

10.Jan 2017

Barging through France with Panache

"I had been looking forward to this trip for a while. Not just because it would be my third visit to fascinating France, but also because of the mode of transportation I would be using to get around during my six days here — a barge. And not just any old commercial barge, but a luxury European Waterways barge with all the amenities of a 5-Star hotel." Read More

27.Dec 2016

A Gourmet Lunch on Finesse

Imagine drifting through the sleepy French countryside as your personal chef prepares a gourmet feast for you and a few friends. Isn’t that a vision to savour?" Read More Read More

30.Nov 2016

Burgundy by barge: It’s about the journey

Simon and Garfunkel’s “59th Street Bridge Song” and the lyrics, “Slow down, you move too fast,” pop into mind as I gaze across Burgundy’s pastoral landscape from the deck of my hotel barge Read More

28.Nov 2016

Savoring the Slow Road: Cruising the Burgundy Canal by Barge

My husband and I chose a European Waterways cruise in Burgundy not only for the peaceful setting, but to explore the prestigious wine-growing region up close, immersing in its rich history and culture. Read More

28.Nov 2016

Going with the Flow on the Rivers of Bordeaux

Most mornings I choose the bike option. I stoke up on breakfast then head out to the nearest village, wheel around, move on, smell the trees and get some air into my lungs. This trip might turn out to be the best antidote for city life ever Read More

02.Nov 2016

Barging Through French Wine Country

European Waterways offers the perfect all-inclusive vacation for wine lovers wishing to explore wine regions in other parts of the world. Read More

06.Oct 2016

Finding Balance on a Barge in France

Barging is a perfect adventure for a couple. Once the reservation is made, there are no more decisions to discuss. There is nothing to argue about, except perhaps who is having more fun Read More

01.Oct 2016

Slow Travel of the Canal du Midi

On board, you can reach out and almost touch the passing scenery – the giant plane trees lining both sides of the canal, the vineyards, the fields dotted with red poppies, the stone farmhouses, the other barges and boats. Read More

09.Sep 2016

Cruising France’s Canal du Midi aboard European Waterways’ Barge Anjodi

Was the trip about more than fine food and wine? Absolutely. Barge cruising is slow travel at its best, a chance to settle into the rhythms and textures of life along a French waterway from your very own floating boutique hotel. Read More

31.Aug 2016

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

26.Aug 2016

A Once in a Lifetime cruise on the Canal du Midi

Cruise the Canal du Midi in true style aboard the Anjodi Read More

11.Aug 2016

Cruising The Burgundy Canal

For a cruise aboard La Belle Epoque is slow travel at its finest, a luxurious opportunity to explore the legendary landscape of Burgundy, France’s renowned wine region, as a staff of experts feeds your mind, body and soul. Read More

08.Aug 2016

A Classic Burgundy Barge Cruise … well worth the weight gain

L’Impressionniste, converted into a 12 passenger luxury hotel barge in 1996, now cruises the Burgundy Canal from Escommes to Fleury sur Ouche. The cabins, with en-suite baths, range in size from 110 feet to 143 feet. Read More

18.Jul 2016

Thames barging: signing on with the Magna Carta

Barge cruising is the absolute antithesis of today’s 5,000-passenger cruise ship experiences. Read More

16.Jul 2016

Anjodi Cruise Review

Barge cruising is the absolute antithesis of today’s 5,000-passenger cruise ship experiences. Read More

08.Jun 2016

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

12.Mar 2016

Good Times aboard La Bella Vita

Experience the majesty of Italy as you cruise the magnificent waterways of the Veneto region and Po Valley Read More

03.Feb 2016

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

16.Jan 2016

Champagne Charm aboard the Boutique Hotel Barge Panache

"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

04.Jan 2016