Guests have been boarding our hotel barges to enjoy a wide range of French canal cruises since 1974, when we founded European Waterways.
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
For a very special occasion this is the place to be
John Thorson, New Jersey, USA
French Canal Cruises
Some of the most popular cruises are in Burgundy, which is sometimes described as the heart of these vacations. Wine lovers could not choose a better cruise destination than Burgundy – you’ll have ample opportunities to discover part of the 60,000 acres of vineyards in this region.
The Historic Canal du Midi
For sun-lovers, the Canal du Midi in the South is the waterway of choice, being a host for many of our French canal cruises. Being pampered and looked after as you unwind on deck, with a glass of chilled wine in hand, you can watch the French countryside glide by at your leisure, with stop-offs at vineyards, chateaux, and quaint, authentic villages en route.
Our French canal cruises to the west of the Midi visit the region of Gascony. The vessel heads through the heart of L’Occitanie along the Canal des Deux Mers, where the vineyards and orchards offer up bountiful fruits that are made into the wines and food for which Bordeaux is renowned.
The Luxurious Loire Valley
If you are looking for fairytale castles then your dreams will come true on a cruise through the Loire Valley. Cruising on the River Cher in a luxury hotel barge is a holiday that only European Waterways offers. Leave the car and board a boat to explore the architectural splendours of the many chateaux that populate this charming region.
For those who have a taste for Champagne there can be no better way to sample this luxury wine than in the region itself. Our French canal cruises here include opportunities for visits to champagne houses, with private tasting sessions and the chance to see the regional sites which include chateaux, historic battlefields and cathedrals.
Architectural Alsace & Lorraine
At European Waterways we like to offer our guests a rich range of destinations, where there is an inland waterway takes you to the heart of a cultural experience in a region of France. Alsace & Lorraine is just such a region and you’ll be in for a feast of architecture, charming village life, unique cuisine and superb white wines on a barge holiday along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin.
Whether you join us on a luxury barge cruise for one of our river or canal holidays in France, we promise that you’ll travel the waterways in style.
The choice of European Waterways barges offer opportunities to discover some of the 2,700 miles of French inland waterways. If you’re looking for ‘off the beaten track’, you should try ‘on the water’: floating along the Canal du Midi, the Canal du Nivernais, the Canal de Briare, Canal de Garonne or the Canal de Bourgogne, will give you a unique perspective of some of the delightful scenery, history and regional culture of this country.
The Hotel Barging Experience
Our French canal cruises gently introduce you to some of Europe’s finest scenery, fascinating history and local culture. Every six-night canal holiday in France includes all gourmet meals, regional wines, an open bar, local transfers and the use of barge facilities such as bicycles to explore the towpaths, a sundeck to laze on, or a spa pool to relax in. We also offer daily escorted excursions “off the beaten track” to wineries, castles, markets or to see craftsmen at work.
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...
Our Exclusive Collection of Hotel Barges
With no fewer than 13 hotel barges, there is sure to be a fully-crewed hotel barge that will suit you and your party.
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 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.