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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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The Pleasures of a Hotel Barge Cruise 5th Oct 2016

Hotel barging is a unique way to explore the glorious inland waterways of Europe. It offers you a flexibility you won’t find on any large cruise ship or smaller vessel you have rented yourself, allowing you to make the most of your surroundings at all times. A huge positive for many guests is that they don’t have to worry about navigating, steering or cooking for themselves.





Experience the Epitome of French Cuisine aboard Enchanté 4th Oct 2016

When it comes to cooking, most people would agree that the French do it best. French food words pepper our language: à la carte, aperitif, haute cuisine, bon appétit... it’s no wonder that French gastronomy was added to the ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ list by UNESCO in 2010. What better way to celebrate the delights of fine French cuisine than to experience it as you drift along the serene waterways of Southern France?  





10% ‘Early Bird’ Discount Offers 4th Oct 2016

We would like to remind you of our 10% off “early bird” special offer on selected departures in 2017.  Eligible cruises are available from March through to late August 2017, making this an excellent opportunity to enjoy some fascinating ‘voyages of exploration’ in France and Italy, at some of the most popular times of the year. 





The European Waterways’ 2017 Collection 26th Sep 2016

September sees the launch to the marketplace of European Waterways’ new 2017 Brochure, featuring a wide choice of exclusive hotel barge cruises on the canals, rivers and lakes of mainland Europe and the British Isles. The new, full-colour, fully-illustrated brochure, enlarged to 88 pages, highlights all of the company’s 17 vessels.





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.  





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