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Luxury barge cruises

Our verdict:

Gourmet meals, fine wines and the chance to explore France’s most beautiful countryside are enticing enough. But add in a luxury hotel barge and these cruises become the perfect way to travel with a group of new friends. As well as no single supplements on numerous dates, a ‘floating house party’ atmosphere ensures nobody is left out.

Recommended company: European Waterways

European Waterways says

We are the largest luxury hotel barging company in Europe, with a fleet of 17 beautiful vessels spanning 9 European countries – it’s a cruising experience unlike any other.

  • house party atmosphere
  • no single supplement on numerous dates
  • crew to guest ratio of 1:2

Our ‘floating boutique hotels’ hold just six to 12 guests, for the most part, making them ideal for solo travellers. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, with all excursions and special events enjoyed as a group. Moreover, there’s no such thing as a ‘singles table,’ as all our guests dine together, swapping stories and making new friends as they enjoy the regional cuisine and fine wines served by the attentive crew.

France is at the core of our business; with hotel barge holidays in Burgundy, the Canal du MidiAlsace-LorraineBordeauxGasconyChampagne, and the Loire Valley, there’s no shortage of regions to explore.

If France doesn’t float your boat then we also offer spectacular cruise routes through the Renaissance cities of Italy, past the Royal estates along the River Thames in England, exploring the heart of the rugged Scottish Highlands, the character of the Emerald Isle and the beauty of Holland in bloom.

Prices for an all-inclusive 6-night cruise start from £2,750 per person and include all gourmet meals, fine wines, an open bar, daily escorted excursions and transfers to and from the pre-determined pick up point.

On certain dates, we also offer special interest cruises such as Wine Appreciation across France and Italy, Flower shows in England and Golf in Scotland, Italy, France, Ireland and England.

Check here for our special offers as they frequently include no single supplement on a variety of dates.

Find out more about our luxury hotel barge holidays.

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