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Luxury Hotel Barge River Cruises and Charters in Europe

European Waterways offers you the unique opportunity to explore the treasures of the countryside in ultimate comfort aboard a fully-crewed beautiful floating hotel barge cruising the canals and rivers of Belgium, England, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg and Scotland.

Your floating barge hotel .... is furnished with every modern comfort. The finest gourmet cuisine is prepared by your on-board master chef, complemented by a wide array of fine regional wines and an open bar. And, of course the experienced and knowledgeable crew is there to attend to your slightest need.

A European Waterways Voyage ....includes accommodation, all gourmet meals aboard and ashore, Champagne welcome, open bar, excursions and admittance fees, use of bicycles and other facilities such as sauna, spa pool / jacuzzi and fitness room. Far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, our all-inclusive hotel barge vacations offer a unique opportunity to travel in comfort without the strains of unpacking and packing, whilst enjoying a balanced blend of daily excursions and fascinating cruising.
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Cruises in Belgium
Belgium is perhaps one of the most under-rated countries in Europe, but a cruise on one of our hotel barges along its waterways, with tours of charming cities will convince you that it is a diverse and culturally rich land. Often called the 'Essence of Europe', Belgium is both multicultural and multilingual. Flanders in the north, a land crisscrossed by waterways, is particularly proud of its medieval cities Antwerp, Bruges and Ghent.

Suspended in time centuries ago, Bruges, the 'Venice of the North', is one of Western Europe's prettiest medieval cities, with its picturesque market squares and network of canals. Antwerp on the other hand boasts the country's most impressive cathedral and tucked away in cobbled lanes and backstreets are antiques shops, art galleries, exclusive chocolate outlets and, of course, diamond shops.
Belgium Cruise Index of Luxury Barges here

Cruises in England - United Kingdom (UK)
When it comes to river cruises, England is sometimes overlooked as a potential source of fabulous opportunities. British waterways have a lot to offer, as guests who book a room on our luxury hotel barge will discover. When you experience English river cruises, the quaint, scenic countryside opens up before you.

If you are looking for luxury river cruises, England's rustic beauty is revealed in its glory to those who opt for this destination. We offer slow, meandering journeys past Royal Palaces, riverside towns and villages. Guests will experience a real mixture of olde worlde England and the natural beauty of Surrey, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. From Henry VIII's Hampton Court, these tours go past Windsor Castle to Henley, with frequent stops allowing plenty of time to wander and explore whilst we follow this old Viking trading route deep into the rural countryside. Gentle exploration is the highlight of all river cruises in England, and our holiday maximises this potential, with good cycling and walking opportunities as our elegant and spacious luxury hotel barge finds her way along the Royal River Thames.
England Cruise Index of Luxury Barges here

Cruises in France
Holidays France If you are thinking about barge holidays in France then you have come to the right place. France is a land of fine food and wine, spectacular scenery and wonderful culture, and all of this can be experienced on a barge holiday. France is a destination we have specialised in since 1974 and our luxury holidays visit some of the country's most beautiful waterways. We have 13 hotel barges, which can accommodate between 6 and 12 passengers, spanning regions from Alsace to the Midi. The route of each of our barge holidays in France has been specially selected by us, so no matter where or when you cruise, we are sure to have the barge cruise for you.

There are over 2700 miles of inland waterways in France and an integral part of this system is a 750-mile network of canals linking up the main rivers. The perfect way to discover the country is on a gentle barge holiday. France is at its best away from the main tourist trails, and canals like the Briare, Nivernais, Burgundy and Canal du Midi are perfect for exploring some of France's finest scenery, fascinating history and local culture.
France Cruise Index of Luxury Barges here

Cruises in Germany & Luxembourg
The picturesque Moselle region of Germany is a wine lover's paradise and is most famous for its wines made from the Riesling grape. The area is known for the steep slopes of the region's vineyards overlooking the River Moselle. The river runs through one of Europe's most beautiful valleys and is perfect for anyone wishing to experience the romantic Germany of castles, vineyards, and half-timbered villages. Unlike the more heavily visited Rhine, the Moselle allows the visitors to meander at a more leisurely pace among colourful towns, markets and forests.

The 8 passenger ultra deluxe La Nouvelle Etoile cruises between Germany and Luxemburg for the last 5 weeks of its season in September and October. Highlights of the cruise include Trier, Germany's oldest city with roots going back to the Roman empire, Koblenz with its wonderful Old Town and the 12th century Burg Eltz, "Queen of German Castles".
Germany & Luxembourg Cruise Index of Luxury Barges here

Cruises in Holland - The Netherlands
Holland is famous, of course, for its tulips, but as a land with a rich artistic and cultural history, it has a lot more besides. The western provinces of the land of water are populated by windmills which sit above the polders and along the very river that gave its name to Amsterdam. Our hotel barge cruises some of Holland's hidden gems and are the perfect way to experience the best the country has to offer.

From the colours of the bulb fields to the magnificence of the formal gardens such as the world-renowned Keukenhof Gardens, tourists are entranced by the unique horticultural expertise of the Dutch. And those who stop off at cities along the way, marvel at the architecture and engineering feats of the innovative people of Holland.
Holland / The Netherlands Cruise Index of Luxury Barges here

Cruises in Ireland
When it comes to river cruises, Ireland remains one of the most fascinating undiscovered locations in the world. Offering a mixture of folklore, quaint customs, friendly locals and the sort of sprawling green landscapes which earn the island its nickname of 'Emerald Country', Ireland river cruises are sure to satisfy even the most demanding of river cruise enthusiasts!

The River Shannon is perhaps the ultimate location to enjoy the best river cruises. Ireland's rolling green fields, ancient Celtic monasteries and an abundance of wildlife are common place on the carefully chosen route. An Ireland river cruise will put you in touch with legends and fables as well as the warm and hospitable Irish people. Their extraordinary history has been varied and sometimes difficult but they somehow always find the time to chat and discuss the time of day.
Ireland Cruise Index of Luxury Barges here

Cruises in Italy
When it comes to river cruises, Italy is a country seemingly designed to host them. Its beautiful canals and rivers pass through diverse landscapes and nature en route, from picturesque lagoon islands with their colourful houses, to wild beach dunes and pine woods with an abundance of birdlife.

These waterways were once the ancient trade routes used by the Romans and the early Mediterranean settlers before them, and cruises around Italy are perfect for gaining a real insight into the many cultures - including Roman, Etruscan, Istrian, Byzantine and of course Renaissance - which have influenced the arts, architecture and history of the region over many centuries.
Italy Cruise Index of Luxury Barges here

Cruises in Scotland
For a magical barge cruise, Scotland is hard to surpass. We cruise sedately through the Great Glen between Inverness and Fort William, navigating beautiful lochs and the scenic, absorbing Caledonian Canal. Ancient castles perched on the water's edge, heather-clad hillsides and arguably the finest inland cruising in the world offer our clients unforgettable experiences on a handpicked barge cruise. Scotland's legends of the past, the taste of single malt and the mythical inhabitant of Loch Ness all contribute to a special magic only experienced in the dramatic Highlands.

Scottish Highlander has the atmosphere of a Scottish country house with subtle use of tartan furnishings and landscape paintings. At 117 feet she is spacious and has every comfort for year-round barge cruises in Scotland. Let the marvels of this stunning land unravel before your eyes from the hull of this stunning vessel.
Scotland Cruise Index of Luxury Barges here

European Waterways Cruising Information

Cruises Include

  • Fully air-conditioned suites, twin or double staterooms
  • En-suite facilities in all accomodations
  • Gourmet meals aboard and ashore
  • Fine wines and an open bar
  • Fascinating daily excursions
  • Local transfers
  • Full use of vessel facilities such as jacuzzi, bicycles and sauna

The Classic Traditions of French and International Cuisine - an unforgettable highlight of your Barge cruise... Our chefs are experienced culinary artists, whose gastronomic creations are often rated higher than top restaurants and cruise liners by our discerning clients.

Before you awaken each morning, a crew member has already been ashore to collect crisp breads, buttery croissants and a variety of fresh pastries. Together with the aroma of coffee, the day has just begun.

Lunch will be a colourful arrangement of salads, pates, savoury quiches and a selection of cheeses. Accompanied by an excellent choice from the barge cellar, lunch is often enjoyed on the sun-deck, perhaps while cruising.

Your chef supplements the vessel's larder with fresh produce bought from lock-keeper's gardens or local markets and creates mouth-watering regional and national dishes which are only challenged in flavour by the delicious range of fine wines we serve you aboard. This really does feel like the Grand Finale to an amazing day of exploration and intrigue, cruising the old trading routes which stretch from the Mediterranean right across Europe.

Requests for vegetarian and special diets may be made at the time of reservation, non alcoholic beverages and regular or decaffeinated tea and coffee, whole or low fat milk are offered with all meals.

Our excursions into nearby villages or countryside are either a quick journey in the barge mini-bus or just a short walk from the mooring. All excursions are entirely optional, these regular opportunities to explore really do allow you to experience to the full the area you have chosen. You'll explore ancient castles, picture-book villages and stately homes. Wander around fascinating museums, take part in private wine tasting at renowned and lesser known vineyards and shop in colourful open air markets.

There is plenty of time to browse tiny shops of skilled craftsmen, enjoy the special atmosphere of the moment or shop for that gift which typifies the region in which you are traveling. Whether exploring the magnificent chateaux of the Loire Valley, wine tasting in the Roman Vineyards of Minervois and Corbieres or discovering Celtic secrets in the 6th century monastic settlement of Clonmacnois above the banks of the Shannon River ... you can rest assured that our meticulously planned itineraries include a host of pleasurable little side trips which show you the most delightful highlights of the area you have chosen to cruise.

Special Interest Cruises
If your vision of the perfect vacation is the pursuit of your favourite special interest with a group of like-minded friends, in some of the most picturesque scenery Europe has to offer, with gourmet food and fine wines, European Waterways can make that vision a reality.

Our theme cruises are automatically geared towards "middle" range ability, however all levels can be catered for on request.

Theme cruises are available for whole boat charters (ranging from 4 to 12 people, according to the boat) when organised directly through European Waterways. The special activities available are the following Golf, Antiques, Tennis, Riding, Walking, Painting, Biking, Fishing, Water-Sports.

If your interest is not listed and you think that it could be successfully combined with a barge vacation in any of the countries we cover which include Belgium, England, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy & Scotland. Just let us know and we will see what we can arrange for you.

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