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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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‘Downton Abbey’ Cruises 4th Nov 2015

Highclere Castle (April 2011)For a number of departures this Spring on hotel barge Magna Carta’s classic cruises, an excursion to Highclere Castle, setting for the renowned period drama series “Downton Abbey”, is included. The hugely impressive Victorian castle sits on an expansive 1,000 acre estate surrounded by gardens and is the iconic home to the fictional Crawley family on the show. 

Flavigny-Sur-Ozerain: Chocolat’s Backdrop 29th Oct 2015

Today we’d like to tell you a little about our historical and characterful barge, La Belle Epoque, and one of the towns her passengers can visit along the way - one where the critically acclaimed and popular film Chocolat was shot in 2000.

Our Brand New Vessel: Finesse 21st Oct 2015

Gliding along a European canal, passing vineyards, villages, historic towns as that unparalleled feeling of calm and quietude almost overwhelms you… By now, you surely understand the appeal of a holiday aboard one of our hotel barges.

European Waterways Announces Early Spring 2016 Specials for Select Luxury Hotel Barge Cruises in France 16th Oct 2015

We are now offering 10% off per cabin and 10% off whole boat charters for select cruises in March and April 2016. Among the hotel barges offering 10% off per cabin is Art de Vivre in Burgundy; the Anjodi on the Canal du Midi in the Languedoc-Rousillon region; and  Rosa in Gascony. These “specials” must be booked by December 31, 2015. 

Aboard the Anjodi 29th Sep 2015

With her sweeping sides and rustic, cosy interior, the Anjodi is a beautiful boat, and it was for this reason, as well as her unparalleled sense of character, that she was chosen as the ship to carry legendary chef Rick Stein on his seminal culinary expedition, the French Odyssey, 10 years ago this year. 

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.  

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