Hotel barges

We say
Luxury hotel barges have been navigating the rivers and canals of France for many years but now it's also possible to enjoy the experience in the UK. These all-inclusive cruises offer the very best gourmet dining and fine wines with between six and 20 passengers, ideal for a group booking. Cruise the Thames to Henley or Scotland's Caledonian Canal.

Recommended tour operator: European Waterways

European Waterways says

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

  • Small boats
  • Gourmet dining
  • House party atmosphere

We offer a wide array of all-inclusive six-night luxury cruises and are proud to provide high quality hotel barging holidays to discerning travellers in search of a truly unique experience.

Since beginning in France all those years ago, we’ve expanded to the UK as well as Italy, Holland, Ireland, Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg.

With accommodation for between six and 20 passengers, our hotel barges are the perfect setting for everything from solo getaways to family reunions, as you can charter the barge for private use – ideal for a family holiday or a special celebration – or book a cabin and join a group of like-minded travellers.

Our ‘Magna Carta‘ barge takes you from Hampton Court Palace to Henley on Thames with cabins for up to eight guests.

Choose from two vessels in the Scottish Highlands (sleeping eight or 12 guests) with glorious itineraries which will take you through majestic lochs and picturesque rivers – with whisky tasting amongst the activities.

On board, you will find that although each barge is different in style and feel, a commitment to comfort and luxury is evident throughout, from our cosy, plush cabins to our airy and spacious saloons.

The friendly yet discreet crew, including an onboard master chef, are there to ensure you are pampered, entertained, and that your wine glass never runs dry! Prices for a six-night cruise include all gourmet meals, fine wines, a fully-stocked open bar, private and often exclusive excursions and transfers to and from the pre-determined pick up point.

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