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The Lock-Keeper Blog


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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Barging for All the Family: Why Your Kids Will Love a Scottish Cruise 21st Sep 2015

Glenfinnan ViaductGliding gently over the water, some of your party below deck enjoying the elegant yet warm and comforting interior of the Scottish Highlander while others sit above the deck, sipping a cool drink and idly watching the purple-hued hills go by, it’s no surprise that many adults find a barge cruise one of the most memorable ways to experience Scotland.  





European Waterways Launches its 2016/17 Cruise Brochure 21st Sep 2015

This month has seen the launch to the marketplace of European Waterways’ 2016/17 Brochure, featuring a choice of luxury hotel barge cruises in nine European countries – France, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, England, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg.





Enjoy a Gentle Pedal on a Barge Cruise in Burgundy 10th Sep 2015

Many of those enjoying the perks of spending their holidays on one of our hotel barges like to combine peaceful cruising with a little bit of exercise. This is why we have bicycles available on all our barges, which can be used freely by our guests. Crew are always willing to make a stop at any lock to unload the bicycles and help you enjoy a gentle pedal along the canal towpath or somewhat more inland through the local surroundings. 





Charters Attracting Growing Numbers of Multi-Generational Travellers 8th Sep 2015

Burgundy and the Canal du Midi are among the most popular destinations for multi-generational holidays on our hotel barges. However, across all our destinations each cruise offers its own, unique rewards.  We’ll be happy to work with interested groups to find the best fit for them.





Reclaimed Land: Exploring Holland by Barge 1st Sep 2015

If you’ve already spent time on one of our hotel barges, you’ll know about the luxury, the comfort, and the service with a smile. Whether you’ve already spent a few wonderful days gliding at a leisurely place through France, Italy, Scotland or one of our other locales, you’ll have done it all in signature European Waterways fashion, with no corners cut and no effort spared in creating the perfect holiday experience. 





Italian Opera and a Wonderful Cruise from Venice to Mantua 28th Jul 2015

For the opera lovers amongst you, taking one of our special Opera Cruises aboard La Bella Vita in Italy is sure to be a once in a lifetime experience. Before your cruise from Venice to Mantua begins, you will enjoy a performance of one of the best-known operas, such as Bizet’s ‘Carmen’, in the magnificent setting of the Roman amphitheatre, the Arena di Verona.





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