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The Lock-Keeper has gone viral! Every few weeks we will be blogging about the Hotel barging experience; From the history of our hotel barges to some of the off the beaten track excursions we visit. Intrigued? Then read on...

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New Itinerary for Hotel Barge Clair de Lune on the Canal du Midi 21st Jan 2016

Hotel barge Clair de Lune will cruise a new route on the 330-year-old Canal du Midi in France between July 17 and September 24. The cruise will take guests between the picturesque city of Trebes near Carcassonne and the town of Naurouze, the highest point on the Canal. 

Cruising Through History 20th Jan 2016

If you join us for a cruise along the Canal du Nord today, you might never guess that this 60-mile stretch of peaceful water, which today cuts through the countryside of northern France, was once the site of a fierce battle. It’s even less likely that you would spare a passing thought at the significance of the bridges that criss-cross the canal at various points. 

Spring Savings are in Full Bloom in France, Italy & Scotland 13th Jan 2016

We are offering significant savings for cabins and full boat charters on select 2016 cruises in France, Italy, Scotland, and other destinations. Among the many specials, travellers can on hotel barges L’Impressionniste in Burgundy, Rosa in Gascony, La Bella Vita in Italy, and the Scottish Highlander in Scotland.

Tiptoe through the Tulips 8th Jan 2016

Our tulip cruises aboard hotel barge Panache in Spring, offer a unique opportunity to experience the legendary tulip season of Holland. In addition to the fields of flowering bulbs, which cover Holland at this time of year, excursions include the Keukenhof Gardens, which treats visitors to 100 acres of stunning colour.

Everything’s Coming Up Roses 8th Jan 2016

To celebrate the Year of the English Garden, you can join us on garden and flower show themed cruises aboard the luxury hotel barge Magna Carta. 

Tasting the Wines of Alsace 23rd Dec 2015

One of the most enjoyable experiences you’ll be offered on a hotel barge cruise in Alsace will be the opportunity to enjoy private wine tastings as we pass through the Route des Grand Vins.

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