European Waterways
Luxury Hotel Barge River Cruising in France

Athos  |  Clair de Lune  |  Enchante  |  Finesse  |  L'Art de Vivre  |  L'Impressionniste
La Belle Epoque  |  La Nouvelle Etoile  |  Nymphea  |  Panache  |  Renaissance  |  Rosa 

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A European Waterways hotel barge cruise includes accommodation in air-conditioned, en suite cabins, all gourmet meals aboard and ashore, selected regional wines, a champagne welcome, an open bar, all excursions and admittance fees, use of bicycles and other hotel barge facilities such as a spa pool and local transfers to and from the designated meeting point.

A Perfect France River Cruise for 2017
The 8 passenger Anjodi is of classic Dutch design, specifically rebuilt to negotiate the 330-year-old Canal du Midi. She has been completely refurbished in the tasteful tradition of African hardwoods, hand-crafted panelling and shining brass, to create a comfortable and charming ambience reminiscent of a classic yacht.

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The 10 passenger Athos was built in 1964 as a commercial sand, grain and wine barge and was converted into a luxury hotel barge in 1982. Her association with wine continues today as she gracefully meanders through the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. She is air conditioned throughout, has bikes available for passenger use a spacious sundeck to enjoy the passing scenery. Her five en-suite staterooms can be in either twin or queen-size double bed configuration and offer all modern comforts.

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Clair de Lune

Clair de Lune is a deluxe hotel barge tastefully furnished with cherrywood and African hardwoods that provide a sophisticated, modern interior. She provides superior accommodation for up to 6 passenger in three contemporary double or twin junior suites with en suite facilities, which make her ideal for family charters.

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Enchante is a state of the art, double-decker hotel barge that has been built to the highest standard. She provides luxurious accommodation for up to 8 passenger in four equally spacious twin or double-bedded suites, the largest of any hotel barge on the Canal du Midi (approx. 165sq ft each including en suite) and with superbly appointed bathrooms.

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Finesse is a luxurious, double-decker hotel barge that cruises the scenic River Saone and Canal du Centre in Southern Burgundy. Built to exacting standards with luxury in mind, she offers accommodation for up to 8 passengers in four spacious twin or double-bedded suites (approx. 265sq ft including en suite), each air-conditioned and with beautifully appointed shower-rooms.

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L'Art de Vivre

The 8 Passenger L'Art de Vivre was built in England during World War One as a supply vessel to the allied troops of the Somme. She has been carefully transformed by skilled craftsmen into a floating celebration of the Burgundian "good life". The comfortable cabins have modern en suite facilities and the delightful saloon combines contemporary leather with more traditional furnishings.

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The 12 Passenger Sister ship to La Belle Epoque, L'Impressionniste began life as a cargo barge in Holland before undergoing a complete transformation into the gorgeous hotel barge she is today. Her light and airy interior features picture windows and a selection of prints, fabrics and wall coverings reminiscent of the era after which she has been named, while each comfortable cabin is complemented by an en suite shower room.

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La Belle Epoque

The 12 Passenger La Belle Epoque is a spacious, luxurious hotel barge and sister ship to L'Impressionniste. Although she originally carried logs from Burgundy to Paris, she was skilfully converted in the late 1990's into a delightful hotel barge. The spacious cabins offer a choice of twin or double beds with marble en suite facilities. The Captain leads a crew of six comprising Master Chef, Deck-Hand, Tour Guide and two Hostesses.

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La Nouvelle Etoile

La Nouvelle Etoile is an ultra deluxe barge with very spacious accommodation for only 8 passengers, offering a wonderful blend of traditional elegance and sophisticated, state of the art facilities. The elegant, air conditioned and teak-lined dining area and saloon, with an attractive bar and piano, feature warm and inviting furnishings. On deck there is a spacious sun deck with comfortable loungers and hot tub. Other facilities include internet access, exercise room and 8 bikes.

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The 6 passenger Nymphea is a classic Dutch design with shallow draft and is ideal for navigating the incredibly beautiful yet somewhat sandy reaches of the river Cher in the Loire valley. Refitted throughout, her traditional ship interior features a warm classic decor of rich varnished hardwoods, stained glass and a welcoming country house atmosphere.

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Panache is a stylish 12 passenger hotel barge, with spacious public areas and six comfortable double or twin en suite cabins. All the bathrooms have twin handbasins and oversized showers. There are panoramic windows in the saloon and the hotel barge has been fitted out in traditional yacht style with brass and mahogany fittings. A large sun deck and spa pool, plus 12 bicycles for guests use to explore the towpath complete the picture.

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Renaissance is a very spacious hotel barge that accommodates up to 8 passengers in ultimate luxury. Her cruise route takes her across the mighty River Loire on the Canal de Briare, France's oldest canal and steeped in history, past beautiful scenery and small country villages towards Sancerre, a region famed for its wonderful white wines.

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Rosa is an old Dutch "Clipper" barge that was completely refitted in 2010 to a high specification. The air conditioned interior includes a dining room, saloon, bar and four staterooms. The 8 passenger luxury barge has two of the staterooms have double beds and two have twin beds, all of which have full en-suite facilities. Outside there is a spacious sun deck with comfortable furniture.

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France Cruising Areas
BURGUNDY Barge Cruises France is perhaps the most popular country for luxury barge cruises, due in no small part to the myriad waterways which cross not only its scenic countryside, but also some of its major cities. And while a Burgundy barge cruise may not be at the top of the list of options for holidaymakers visiting this European country, those who do choose to take a chance and go barging in Burgundy are sure not to be disappointed. We have seven luxurious hotel barges which cruise this delightful canal. Our hand-picked selection of these barges and cruise routes assures our guests that no matter where, when or how you go barging in Burgundy, we have the perfect cruise for you.
Canal du Midi
The 300 year old CANAL DU MIDI skirts the sun-drenched shores of the Mediterranean before meandering inland through ancient villages, Roman fortifications and famed vineyards. This canal is defined by its beauty, lined with plane trees and crossed by pretty arched bridges. The Mediterranean weather and pace of life is relaxed and lulls you into unwinding as your luxury Canal du Midi barge meanders gently downstream. Our classic Canal du Midi cruise is held aboard our pretty 8 passenger vessel Anjodi, which has been cruising the Canal du Midi for more than 25 years. Anjodi has never been more popular since Rick Stein brought her to the attention of the world in his very successful TV series 'French Odyssey'.
ALSACE-LORRAINE is a unique corner of France. Discover a land of storybook castles, rolling vineyards of Alsatian wines as well as Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque architecture. For centuries, the great empires of Europe confronted one another at this strategic and military crossroads. The area's unique blend of French and German influences are strongly evident in its customs, cuisine, wines, architecture and language.The deluxe 12 passenger Panache offers 6 night cruises in Alsace from late May to early November and the ultra deluxe 8 passenger La Nouvelle Etoile spends four weeks a year cruising this unique region.
Loire Valley
The spectacular LOIRE VALLEY and its main tributary, the River Cher, have carried cargo and passengers for over 2000 years, since pre-Roman times. The Valley of the Kings is a timeless region of spectacular beauty and grace and we are delighted to offer the only hotel barge navigating the heart of the Loire Valley. The Loire Valley is as rich in legend as it is in beauty and you will realise that, fortunately, little has changed over the centuries. Talk to a cheesemaker and find out why his is the most famous goat's cheese in France. Wind your way through the narrow streets of a centuries-old village, perhaps discovering hidden shops with hand-painted pottery, or stumble across an open market on your own.
GASCONY - The "Canal des Deux Mers", comprising of the Canal de Garonne and the Canal du Midi, links the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, passing through the region of L'Occitanie a veritable palette of colours and scents created by orchards and vineyards. On our cruise through Gascony along the Canal de Garonne, we visit medieval fortified bastides such as Valence d'Agen, learn about and taste some of the region's wonderful local products and pass picturesque villages and quaint farms. The 8 passenger Rosa is the barge we chose to cruise this area. Her itinerary includes tastings of foie gras, local fine wines and Armagnac, together with guided tours of the places where they are produced.
The BORDEAUX region, famous around the world for its wines, lies in the southern part of western France, on the Atlantic coast. A hotel barge cruise along the Canal de Garonne is a unique way to explore and appreciate the slow rhythm of this region with its subtle mixture of natural landscapes, medieval bastide towns and iconic vineyards. We cruise through the Graves vineyards and visit the medieval town of Saint Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site and centre of the most famous of the Bordeaux appellations. Away from the vineyards we explore the fascinating historic architecture of the region including a visit to the 14th Century Chateau de Duras, the 13th Century fortified village of Vianne and the medieval town of Nerac where we tread in the footsteps of King Henry IV and Queen Margot.
Since the reign of the Emperor Charlemagne, the CHAMPAGNE region has been one of the great agricultural regions of Europe and now thanks to a type of sparkling wine to which the region has given its name, the word Champagne is known worldwide. Also famous for its Champagne houses, Reims is one of the capitals of Champagne and certainly the most prestigious. It boasts one of the finest medieval cathedrals in the country where once the kings of France were crowned, including most famously, Charles VII, orchestrated by the loyal Joan of Arc. The Champagne region is rich in other products, particularly its wonderfully creamy cheeses, with Coulommiers at its heart.
PARIS, the 'City of Lights', is one of the world's truly great cities. The River Seine, lifeblood of the city, splits it neatly in two, flowing past the Ile de la Cite and the famous cathedral of Notre Dame. The history and culture of Paris can also be discovered throughout its distinctive districts. The village atmosphere of hilly Montmartre with its elegant landmark the Sacre Coeur; the Marais district and its winding streets that evoke medieval Paris; and the grand 19th century boulevards that dominate so much of the city. Many people choose to visit Paris before or after their cruise, in contrast to the peace and relaxation of the cruise itself. This is why the crew of all of our hotel barges which cruise in Burgundy, including our deluxe flagship Renaissance, pick you up and drop you off in the heart of Paris, by air conditioned mini bus.
PICARDY is the cradle of Gothic art and architecture with its six splendid cathedrals, particularly France's monumental one in the capital of the region, Amiens. Picardy over the years has been a war-torn region that was often the place of invasions and battles. The two World Wars ripped through this region, leaving behind a fascinating legacy for visitors today, notably the battlefields of the Somme, now so tranquil. The scenery along the Canal du Nord, the main canal we cruise on in this region, and over the Vermandois Hills is spectacular rural France at its best. Further south, the chateaux of Chantilly and Compiegne nestle in a large forest that once extended all the way from Paris and it is near Compiegne itself in 1918 that the World War One Armistice was famously signed in a railway carriage.

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