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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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Getting to Know the Garden of Europe 26th Aug 2016

Mention the word ‘tulip’ and one place comes instantly to mind: Holland. Since the peak of so-called ‘tulip mania’ in the mid-1600s, this lowland nation has been inextricably linked to the jaunty Springtime flower. Flower lovers will get more than they could ever expect with a visit to the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens, the undisputed ‘Garden of Europe’, during their cruise aboard our hotel barge Panache.





Harvest Cruising: France’s Best-Kept Secret 26th Aug 2016

For many visitors to France, a major draw is the country’s centuries-old legacy of winemaking. Our wine appreciation cruises through such renowned regions as Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne and Alsace have long been popular with oenophiles keen on an inside look into the production behind some of the world’s finest vintages.  





Our Top 5 Off-the-Beaten-Track Cruise Excursions 25th Aug 2016

One of the best parts about cruising Europe’s rivers and canals is the chance to experience a true slice of local life. As you make your way through France, Britain or Holland away from the madding crowd, you’ll have the opportunity to explore and tour some of the sights that often pass under the radar of the jet-setting tourist crowd.  





Top Cruising Reads: The Little Paris Bookshop 24th Aug 2016

Imagine yourself for a moment on board a luxury barge, cruising gently along a serene canal or river in rural France. You lounge on the deck as the vine-covered landscape passes by.  If this sounds like your ideal holiday, look into our luxury hotel barge cruises through France – but not before picking up a copy of The Little Paris Bookshop to take with you.





Free Hotel Night with Last Minute Bookings on Selected 2016 Cruises 26th Jul 2016

We would like to announce that we are offering a free hotel night for new bookings on all remaining 2016 departures on selected luxury hotel barges in France. The hotel stay includes breakfast, can be used either pre-or post-cruise, and is combinable with any other current offer.  Booking deposits must be made by September 30th to be eligible. 





France’s Five Most Enchanting Châteaux 29th Jun 2016

The grandiose country château – the French equivalent of the British ‘stately home’ – is a common sight in rural France, each with its own unique heritage and history. As you make your way slowly through the French countryside on a hotel barge cruise, you’re sure to spot some of these impressive manor houses, some with stony fortifications, others presiding over acres of vineyards. 





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