European Waterways vs St Hilda Sea Adventures - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Recent Reviews

We had a wonderful time on the Panache with an awesome crew

5.0 August 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We had a wonderful time on the Panache with an awesome crew who anticipates every wish you may ever have. Thank you so much, Paul, Andy, Holly (your food was delicious!), André, Perrine and Agata. We will never forget the trip with you!
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Tour European Waterways Company Reviews

The boat was beautiful and the crew was fantastic!

5.0 August 2016
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We had a family vacation of a lifetime on La Belle Epoque. The boat was beautiful and the crew was fantastic! The meals, wine and cheese were delicious. The crew exceeded our family group of 10's (17 years to 80) expectations!
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Tour European Waterways Company Reviews

Fantastic trip along the Great Glen in Scotland.

5.0 July 2016
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Fantastic trip along the Great Glen in Scotland. Admittedly you pay a lot, but you're buying the most incredible customer service imaginable (and oh my goodness, the meals!!). Absolutely perfect for my 85-year-old uncle, still healthy but needing a good support crew.
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Tour European Waterways Company Reviews

Fabulous trip and company enough!

5.0 August 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just got back from our Mull Odyssey cruise. An amazing, truly special holiday. So many highlights to pick from but the amazing columnar basalt rock formations on Staffa; Lochbuie Standing Stone Circle; dolphins bow riding; huge jellyfish; 'helping' crew the ship; Tobermory; sunsets & rainbows; Iona and the fabulous scenery are a good start. Special thanks to Christophe and Amy for going above and beyond being the crew. I cannot recommend this fabulous trip and company enough!
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Tour St Hilda Sea Adventures Company Reviews

Excellent crew

5.0 June 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
St Hilda - a little gem of a sailboat - great holiday. Excellent crew - thanks to skipper Christophe and cook Kerry . Arnamurchan distillery - fascinating tour - a real find. Loved the island of Egg - hike to Kildonan followed by fresh mussels and chips at the pub in the sun - bliss! And then she sped, bonnie boat, over the sea to Skye.
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Tour St Hilda Sea Adventures Company Reviews

Wonderful, memorable cruise

5.0 June 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Wonderful, memorable cruise of the Inner Hebrides. The staff was far above any expectations I may have had. Great communication and assistance with the office prior to the trip. The crew on board took wonderful care of us, and were always responsive to our needs and preferences. Seamanship was clearly superior. Food was outstanding!! The ship is small enough that you really get a sense of being on the water and in the islands. It is also large enough to have resources and comforts. I am happy to recommend it.
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Tour St Hilda Sea Adventures Company Reviews

Tours 1 Trip 9 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 0 $ 219
Operator Type River Cruise Line Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Size Regional Expert Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • River Cruises
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level Luxury Standard
Regions
  • Europe
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Eco Travel
  • Adventure
  • Sailing
Headquarters Datchet Berkshire, United Kingdom Oban, Scotland
Year Established 1974 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A Good for singles
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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      About European Waterways

      European Waterways specializes in offering hotel-quality barge cruises in eight European countries, with a particular emphasis on France. The barges travel slowly along peaceful inland canals that wind through scenic countryside, offering a relaxing and luxurious experience.

      What Makes Them Stand Out?

      European Waterways is a pioneer in European barge cruising and has the largest fleet of barges (17) operating there today. They also can arrange a wide variety of specialty and theme barge cruises, ranging from culinary to cycling, families with children to flower shows, opera to tennis, golf to art and antiques, walking to wine. And they offer daily escorted excursions to off the beaten path destinations such as wineries, castles, and markets.

      Who Travels With Them?

      Barge trips are expensive, so affluent couples interested in the cuisine, culture, scenery, and history of the destinations are the primary clientele.

      Where Do They Operate?

      Eight countries: France (Burgundy, Canal du Midi, Alsace and Lorraine, Gascony, Bordeaux, Champagne, Paris, Picardy) Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Holland, Italy, the UK (including Scotland) and Ireland.

      How Does It Work?

      You can either charter an entire barge for you, your family and/or friends, or take a cabin on a barge with other travelers. The17 barges in the fleet range in capacity from six to 20 passengers. All barges come with fully staffed crews (captain, chef, housekeeper, tour guide), and have been refurbished using hardwoods and solid brass. One barge is wheelchair accessible. Most have spa-pools on the sun deck and air conditioning below, and come with central heating and bicycles as well. Cruises are six nights and are all-inclusive (including regional wines and open bar).

      Why Travel With Them?

      Barge travel is the ultimate luxury in European waterway travel, which not only makes the name European Waterways highly appropriate, it offers a way to see Europe that few travelers ever get a chance to experience.

      About St Hilda Sea Adventures

      St. Hilda Sea Adventures provide the unique experience to see Scotland from the sea. They offer many activities and private excursions - a perfect travel experience for families, older travellers, and small multi-gen groups.

      What Makes Them Stand Out?

      Taking only up to 11 guests (6 on St Hilda and 11 on Seahorse II), their tours are incredibly unique, as you cruise aboard a classic ex-tall ship (St Hilda) or a proper small ship (Seahorse II). Activities include sailing, swimming, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, rock pooling, and lobster potting. Or, you can simply choose to just relax and watch the spectacular wildlife and scenery float by.

      Who Travels With Them?

      All ages and all types enjoy traveling with St. Hilda Sea Adventures. Families, couples, and solo passengers are all welcome. Passengers can choose to do as much or as little as they like. This is a great trip for young kids to enjoy as well, for the thrill of hoisting the sails like a true sailor.

      Where Do They Operate?

      The West Coast of Scotland is where they specialize, the Outer and Inner Hebrides specifically. Such a niche focus is a huge positive for those interested in getting a unique view of this part of the world.

      Why Travel With Them?

      Their Scottish cruises give you the opportunity to see extraordinary wildlife and to cruise aboard a small ship with skipper and chef and a small group of passengers. All food is included, and there are many opportunities for interesting excursions. Some excursions are included in the price however, you can also arrange excursions based on your interests. These are not included but allow for a wonderful amount of personalization to your travel experience with St. Hilda Sea Adventures.

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