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European Waterways

5.0 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Luxury
Type
  • Regional Expert
Established
  • 1974
Headquarters
  • Datchet Berkshire, United Kingdom
Trips
  • 1
Tour Types
Regions

8
European Waterways Reviews & Ratings 100% Recommend

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Tour Reviews

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We had a wonderful time on the Panache with an awesome crew August 2017

5.0
  • 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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The boat was beautiful and the crew was fantastic! August 2016

5.0
  • 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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Fantastic trip along the Great Glen in Scotland. July 2016

5.0
  • 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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Awesome trip on Central canal June 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Awesome trip on Central canal on Finesse with special thanks to pilot Joe, chef Mike, hostesses Ang and Cat, and of course driver and tour guide Joe. Despite the rain all week, a fun time was had by all!
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Awesome time August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Had an awesome time with great chef Mel, captain Florian and Lola, Clare and Judith and Akim steering our barge down the Burgundy Canals!

J

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Wonderful August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We had a wonderful trip on the Canal du Midi......

Stride Review

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.

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From European Waterways

Welcome to our exclusive collection of luxury hotel barge cruises. For many years, we have specialised in creating slow paced cruise vacations on some of the most beautiful inland waterways in Europe, giving our guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in the gastronomy, culture and history of the regions we pass through.

All our hotel barge cruises guarantee a fully-crewed luxury vessel that accommodates between just six and twenty passengers. These intimate, small groups allow us to create the atmosphere of a floating house party on board.

You may choose to charter a whole boat with family and friends, or join a small group of like-minded travellers on an individual cabin basis. We can also arrange a wide selection of themed barge cruises which will appeal to all types of interest groups, big or small, including golf, walking and wine appreciation themed cruises.

Every European Waterways six-night barge cruise includes all gourmet meals, regional wines, an open bar,  local transfers and the use of barge facilities such as bicycles to explore the towpaths, a sundeck to laze on, or a spa pool to relax in. We also offer daily escorted excursions “off the beaten track” to wineries, castles, markets or to see craftsmen at work.

All this, combined with a few hours’ sedate cruising each day through some of Europe’s finest scenery, makes a hotel barge cruise with us a truly unique experience.

We have been involved in all aspects of the hotel barge and travel industry for nearly 40 years including designing, building, owning and operating our fleet of luxury hotel barges. We have gradually refined our barge cruise holidays into unique travel experiences, which are just waiting to be discovered.

We begin by seeking out the finest classic working barges and then painstakingly transform them into luxury cruise barges, which we call floating country hotels, using the finest of hardwoods, solid brass fittings and over a quarter of a century of experience. Our team is experienced, multi-lingual and enthusiastic, and we are proud of the personal service we give to every client, from the time we are first contacted right through to the captain’s dinner and your farewell breakfast.

We listen to our passengers' comments first hand and by using these suggestions and our own expertise, we have painstakingly created our fleet of beautiful, comfortable luxury hotel barges, specifically designed to show you, our passengers, the heart of Europe from the inside. The feeling of 'gentle exploration' which characterises our barge cruises, the warm atmosphere evident on all our vessels and the excellent service provided by our loyal English speaking crew, combine to ensure a perfect inland cruise.

We appreciate that you have a vast choice of holiday destinations and we value your custom. If you decide you are looking for a relaxing European holiday with fine food, good wines, interesting excursions and a touch of pampering, then all that remains, is for you to choose which of our luxury barges appeals to you most  

Associations:

Cruise Lines International Association, Association of British Travel Agents, The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust

Trips & Specials

Single Traveller offers -2015

No single supplement

Panache-Jul 12 & Aug 2 (Alsace & Lorraine)

L’impressionniste – Jul  5 & 26 (Burgundy)

7 days
Small Ship Cruise
Luxury - 5 star
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Highlights

  • Walking tour of old Dijon
  • Enjoy Wine tasting at Château de Meursault
  • Visit to Château de Commarin
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