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Luxury barges

Mark and David's verdict:

On an inland waterways cruise, the water's calm, there's always passing scenery on both sides and, unlike touring by road, you only have to unpack once. Choose a luxury crewed hotel barge to explore the rivers and canals of France and other countries - and you won't even have to tilt your own wine bottle, let alone take your turn on the tiller.

Recommended tour operator: European Waterways

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European Waterways says

We are the largest luxury hotel barging company in Europe, with a fleet of 17 luxury vessels and over 40 years’ experience.

  • Bucolic settings
  • Gourmet dining
  • House party atmosphere

We offer a choice of 6-night luxury cruises and are proud of our hard-earned reputation for providing high quality barging holidays to discerning travellers in search of a truly unique experience.

France is perhaps the heart of our business – we have 13 hotel barges there and offer an intoxicating range of holidays in Burgundy, the Canal du Midi, Alsace-Lorraine, Bordeaux, Gascony, Champagne, and the Loire Valley.

You may even be familiar with two of our hotel barges – Anjodi and Rosa achieved fame following their appearances during Rick Stein’s TV series, French Odyssey.

Our hotel barges accommodate between 4 and 20 passengers – you can either join like-minded souls by booking a cabin or charter a whole barge with family and friends.

On board, you will find comfortable accommodation with spacious en suite cabins (air-conditioned) as well as gourmet meals, fine wines, an open bar, excursions and transfers – all included in the price.

The friendly yet discreet crew, including a gourmet chef, is there to ensure you simply relax and soak up a truly unique experience.

We are the only company with luxury hotel barges in Scotland and the Venetian lagoon. Other destinations include England, Ireland, Holland, Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg.

On certain dates, we offer special interest cruises such as wine appreciation, walking, golf – even honeymoon charters.

Prices for a fully-inclusive 6 night cruise are from £2,090 per person in a twin/double cabin and from £13,400 for a full boat charter.

Find out more about our luxury hotel barge holidays and the latest special offers.

 

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