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The European Waterways Chairman's Welcome


Derek Banks, owner of European Waterways We are delighted to welcome you to our website whether you have only just discovered us or you are one of the many passengers who, having enjoyed the level of service, cuisine and varied delights once before, return to enjoy and explore another luxury barge cruise. Whether it is along the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness in Scotland's Great Glen, through Burgundy and Provence in France, to Venice in Italy, along the River Shannon in Ireland and the River Thames in England we have the cruise for you. We are now the only luxury hotel barge company offering vacations in nine countries.

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.

Please use our website to explore the regions and hotel barges and discover our theme cruise options with our Theme Cruise Guide. You can check rates and availability if you wish, and our cruise map is also a good place to start. We often have special offers, watch out for these too, so please continue exploring to find out more about European Waterways. We are justifiably proud of our Gobarging.com website and are continually upgrading it with new information, photo galleries and virtual tours. Enjoy our website and get a taste of life in the European Waterways slow lane.

Welcome aboard,


Chairman, European Waterways
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