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

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The Hotel Barging Experience

A Home Away from Home

Saloon

All hotel barges in the fleet benefit from an annual refurbishment and this may vary from redecoration and refurnishing of the...

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...

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...

Insider Experiences

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These experiences form the heart of a European Waterways cruise; spontaneous, unique adventures that just couldn't be had anywhere else

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...

A Gastronomic Experience

Dining

The classic traditions of French and International cuisine are an unforgettable highlight of your cruise. The onboard chefs are...

Enriching 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”

Spirit Of Scotland Biking

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

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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

L’Impressionniste

LImpressionniste

A deluxe, 12-passenger hotel barge whose route follows the Burgundy Canal in the southern area of this wine region.

L’Art de Vivre

LArt De Vivre

Accommodating 8 passengers, this first-class floating hotel explores the charming Canal du Nivernais and River Yonne in Burgundy.

La Belle Epoque

La Belle Epoque

A deluxe hotel barge that accommodates 12 and travels the Canal de Bourgogne in the north of the region.

Finesse

Finesse

Cruising the River Saône and Canal du Centre in Southern Burgundy, the Finesse is an ultra deluxe, 8 passenger vessel.

Renaissance

Renaissance

This ultra-deluxe vessel accommodates 8 passengers and plies the waterways of the Upper Loire and Western Burgundy.

Nymphea

Nymphea

French river cruises that tour the heart of the Loire Valley are enjoyed on this first-class, 6-passenger hotel barge.

Anjodi

Anjodi

You’ll travel the historic Canal du Midi in southwest France on board the Anjodi, a first-class, 8-passenger vessel.

Enchanté

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Enchanté is an ultra deluxe, 8-passenger hotel barge that is based on the sun-drenched Canal du Midi in southwest France.

Athos

Athos

Accommodating 10 guests, this vessel offers the ultimate in service on the waterways of southwest France.

Rosa

Rosa

For a luxury barging experience in Gascony and Bordeaux along the Canal de Garonne, the Rosa cannot be surpassed.

Panache

Panache

Panache is a deluxe, 12-passenger hotel barge that visits Holland, Belgium, Picardy, Paris, Champagne and Alsace & Lorraine.

La Nouvelle Etoile

La Nouvelle Etoile

La Nouvelle Etoile is an ultra-deluxe, 8-passenger boat for cruising in Holland, Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg.

Themed Barge Holidays

Family Cruises

From French river cruises to Italian canals, we can offer family groups a holiday to remember aboard a privately chartered vessel.

Golf Cruises

Our barges in France, Ireland, England and Scotland make for the perfect base to tour some of Europe’s great golf courses.

Wine Appreciation Cruises

Some of the best river boat cruises in France take place in Burgundy and the Languedoc where we can tailor a wine-themed holiday for you.

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Video of the Week

Despite the growing popularity of cruising, especially on large river vessels, hotel barging is still a little known niche concept.

Cruises in Italy

Our Italian holidays afloat will let you discover that country’s hidden beauty!

Cruises in Alsace & Lorraine

In the Summer and Autumn, hotel barge Panache sails the beautiful waterways of Alsace

The Lock-Keeper Blog

Nature & Wildlife on Europe’s Inland Waterways

Wild Horses in the Camargue, Soaring Herons on the Canal de Bourgogne and cheeky Otters on the Caledonian Canal - Nature & Wildlife are in abundance on a barge cruise!... Read More

The Violence and Beauty of the Strasbourg Cathedral

Discover a turbulent history and breathtaking beauty at the Strasbourg Cathedral. Read More

A Brief History of the Château de Fontainebleau

Visit the Château de Fontainebleau for over seven hundred years of French aristocratic history. Read More

In the Press

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

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

Slow Barge through the Loire Valley

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