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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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Experience the Magnificence of Champagne 27th Jun 2016

Few places on Earth can boast the name recognition of Champagne in France. This renowned region, famous for the sparkling white wine that bears its name, is also the birthplace of chivalric romance and has been at the crossroads of Europe since Roman times. You can taste the history, heritage and culture in every glass. 

It’s a Family Affair in France this Summer 7th Jun 2016

Three family-themed cruises, scheduled for this summer, are now bookable by cabins, with guaranteed departures when a minimum of three passengers book up to two cabins. We are also offering discounts for guests under 18, providing an excellent opportunity for small families to take advantage of their family-friendly itineraries in different regions of France.  

Top 7 Wine Experiences in Burgundy 18th May 2016

Home to rolling green hills, meandering waterways, and medieval villages straight out of a fairy tale, Burgundy is one of our top destinations for cruising. Oh, and did we mention the wine? If you’re any sort of oenophile, Burgundy is a dream come true. On any and all of our itineraries on the Burgundy canal, you can expect to encounter the local vintage at every turn! Here are 7 of our favourite wine experiences in this stunning region 

France’s Most Beautiful Villages 17th May 2016

It’s certainly no secret that France abounds with picture-perfect destinations. Every year, millions of tourists flock to France to enjoy this country’s diverse beauty – from snow-capped alpine vistas to orderly hillside vineyards, from idyllic beaches to medieval villages, France is an endless feast for the eyes.

Chef’s Recipe: Chicken with Sherry and Tarragon 16th May 2016

The town of Bresse in Burgundy claims to produce some of the world’s best poultry, free-range birds that are fed on creamy milk and wheat.  In fact, Poulet de Bresse has the renowned AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) status and the chefs on our Burgundy barges always try to source this distinguished bird when creating their imaginative chicken dishes. 

A New Hotel Barge with Real ‘Finesse’ 15th May 2016

A year ago we told you about a luxurious new hotel barge, Finesse that would be joining our fleet this year after being converted from a very sad sight languishing in a Belgian shipyard into a thing of beauty. Well, after 15 months of hard work by a team of dedicated craftsmen she launched on May 1.

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