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There have been many interesting and entertaining articles written by journalists and travel writers from across the globe about their journeys on our luxury hotel barge cruises. Click on any of the links below to read them in full. 
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A mouth-watering meander along the waterways of Burgundy with European Waterways

"It’s not a budget break, but unlike ocean ships you won’t rack up eye-watering bar, excursion and speciality restaurant bills. Everything is included in the fare, from the daily escorted trips with welcome cocktail and nibbles on return to the open bar, and the croissants and pastries fresh from the local village bakery at breakfast to the three-course lunches and four-course dinners, each accompanied by different French wines."  Read More 

Barging through France with Panache

"I had been looking forward to this trip for a while. Not just because it would be my third visit to fascinating France, but also because of the mode of transportation I would be using to get around during my six days here — a barge. And not just any old commercial barge, but a luxury European Waterways barge with all the amenities of a 5-Star hotel."  Read More 


A gourmet lunch on Finesse

"Imagine drifting through the sleepy French countryside as your personal chef prepares a gourmet feast for you and a few friends. Isn’t that a vision to savour?"  Read More 

Burgundy by barge: It’s about the Journey

"The Burgundy Canal meanders through eastern France along shaded, tree-lined stretches and lush pastures of grazing cattle. My husband and I chose a European Waterways cruise in Burgundy not only for the peaceful setting, but to explore the prestigious wine-growing region up close, immersing in its rich history and culture."  Read More 

Savoring the Slow Road: Cruising the Burgundy Canal by Barge

"From the deck of my hotel barge, I glimpse into the heart of rural France, admiring lush pastures of grazing Charolais cattle and the verdant hills of Burgundy’s pastoral landscape. We are cruising at a speed of three miles-per-hour along the Burgundy Canal, said to be one of the prettiest waterways for holiday barging, with peaceful tree-lined stretches and quaint lock-keeper cottages."  Read More 

Going with the Flow on the Rivers of Bordeaux

"Most mornings I choose the bike option. I stoke up on breakfast then head out to the nearest village, wheel around, move on, smell the trees and get some air into my lungs. This trip might turn out to be the best antidote for city life ever."  Read More 

Finding Balance on a Barge in France

"Barging is a perfect adventure for a couple. Once the reservation is made, there are no more decisions to discuss. There is nothing to argue about, except perhaps who is having more fun. You can eat what you want, drink what you want, and your partner can do the same. The bar is stocked with the world’s best selections. It can be tea time for one and cocktail hour for the other."  Read More  

Tiptoe Through the Tulips on a Holland Cruise

"Mix a handful of Americans, a couple of Brits, and a pinch of an Australian. Put them aboard a canal cruise flowing around Holland for several days, add some interesting excursions along the way, and feed them glorious food all day and night. What do you have? A fabulous cultural vacation in a European country with lots of sights, laughter, and good food."  Read More 

Slow Travel on the Canal du Midi

"This celebrity is the barge Anjodi. She was built in Holland in 1929 to carry grain and refitted/renovated several times since 1982-83 by current owners European Waterways as one of France’s first luxury hotel barges."  Read More 

Barging through French Wine Country

"European Waterways offers the perfect all-inclusive vacation for wine lovers wishing to explore wine regions in other parts of the world. Perhaps it is the small group atmosphere, as compared to a larger cruise ship. Perhaps it is the 24 wine tastings and open bar that kept us in happy mode for the week, or the fabulous meals, or the tea and cakes waiting for us when we returned from our excursions, or the plush towels and high thread count sheets in our cabin."  Read More 

Cruising France’s Canal du Midi aboard European Waterways’ Barge Anjodi

"Was the trip about more than fine food and wine? Absolutely. Barge cruising is slow travel at its best, a chance to settle into the rhythms and textures of life along a French waterway from your very own floating boutique hotel. Best of all, a crackerjack crew of four – captain, tour guide/deckhand, gourmet chef and hostess – ensures that everything works smoothly, as they share their expertise about the history, politics and culture, not to mention the food and wine of the region."  Read More 

A Classic Burgundy Barge Cruise … well worth the weight gain

"L’Impressionniste, converted into a 12 passenger luxury hotel barge in 1996, now cruises the Burgundy Canal from Escommes to Fleury sur Ouche. The cabins, with en-suite baths, range in size from 110 feet to 143 feet."  Read More 

Cruising the Burgundy Canal

"For a cruise aboard La Belle Epoque is slow travel at its finest, a luxurious opportunity to explore the legendary landscape of Burgundy, France’s renowned wine region, as a staff of experts feeds your mind, body and soul."  Read More 

Cruising towards the holiday of a lifetime

"Mediaeval cities, spectacular scenery, five-star dining experiences and being treated like royalty come as standard to guests staying aboard the famous hotel barge Anjodi, as Susan Welsh discovered when she cruised along the Canal du Midi in France"  Read More 

Cruising Through France with Panache

"The canals of France cut through mountains, valleys, pastureland and woodlands, and luxury hotel barges such as European Waterways’ 12-passenger Panache are the way to travel them in style."  Read More 

Thames barging: signing on with the Magna Carta

"Life on board emulates a floating house party. We half expect Charles and Camilla to appear. As the barge usually moors within walking (or cycling) distance of a village, passengers can stroll about or pedal to the local for a pint."  Read More 

Anjodi Cruise Review

"Barge cruising is the absolute antithesis of today’s 5,000-passenger cruise ship experiences. For example, it takes all seven of us on this trip only a couple of minutes to step on or off the barge, or set out on an excursion. And as you will read here, the Anjodi experience stands out in so many ways."  Read More 

Barging on the Canal du Midi, Your Wedding Magazine

"A slow, languorous canal cruise in the South West of France may not be your typical honeymoon, yet barging along the Canal du Midi is one of the most delightful and relaxing ways to explore the French countryside from a different perspective. Serenity reigns over this 339-year old UNESCO World Heritage canal, meandering some 214km (150 miles) between Toulouse and Marseillan."  Read Part 1   Read Part 2 

All aboard for the good life in France

"And the treats didn’t end there. That night, we dined by candlelight at the Villa Ca’Zen, an imposing 17th-century riverside mansion which once played host to Lord Byron. And, on another evening, dinner was enlivened by a group of classical singers, who came onboard to perform operatic arias."  Read More 

More of Scotland - Lisa TE Sonne,

"The word more-ish also set the theme for our week on a luxury barge through the Scottish Highlands, thanks to European Waterways, a company that has dozens of itineraries through Europe.  In Scotland, sweeping scenery, historic castles, the Lock Ness lure, and the engineering feat of the Caledonian Canal were all part of our week long voyage. The eight-passenger, 110-foot long Scottish Highlander had a stellar crew of four guiding and pampering us."  Read More 

A slow barge tour through Burgundy, France - Paul Miles, The Australian

"We are cruising a stretch of the Burgundy Canal that follows the jade waters of the River Ouche as it meanders through its valley. This section is considered (by the Editions du Breil guidebook, at least) to be “perhaps one of the prettiest stretches of waterway in the whole of France”.  Read More 

Champagne Charm aboard the Boutique Hotel Barge Panache - Gary Buchanan, World of Cruising

"For six days we explored this hidden corner of France covering a mere 74 nautical miles. We came to appreciate that the insouciant movement is an inherent charm of barging. The pensive pace was hypnotic, the silence interrupted only by the splash of a heron’s bill as it penetrated the limpid water intent on spearing a fish."  Read More 


For a Change of Pace Hop Aboard a Barge in France - Rita Cook, Huffington Post

"Food is a big deal on the European Waterways cruises and lunches include salads, pates and cold meats with, of course wine. Dinners are often served by candlelight featuring an amazing menu and always accompanied by local wines and cheese with a Captain's dinner on the final evening."  Read More 

European Waterways pair country classics with sophistication

"Few experiences are as peaceful and bucolic as taking a European Waterways cruise in France. I had embarked on a cruise once before with this company so when I signed up to do the Rosa cruise in southwest France I already knew what to expect."  Read More 

In Scotland, Hospitality is King - Victor Dorff, Huffington Post

"From Inverness to Port William, through canal locks connecting Scottish lochs, we were pampered with excellent food, traditional Scottish music, and tours of many national landmarks - from whisky distilleries where scotch is made, to "Macbeth's Castle," the Castle of Cawdor."  Read More 

There couldn’t be a better name for this French canal barge, Panache - Barbara Kingstone, Indulged Traveler

"Traveling is all about experiences and here we were in a modern building replacing a demolished church viewing the largest contemporary stained glass marvel by Russian Jewish born, long time Paris inhabitant, famed artist, Marc Chagall. Even those ‘not into art’ could not but be breathless seeing this mammoth 16,000 piece window that took over two years to assemble.The subject “the tree of life” memorialized the old monastery which this building replaced."  Read More 

European Waterways barge cruise on Canal du Midi a charming way to see the south of France ... slowly

"Lunch is served on the deck as our blue and white-hulled boat Enchanté meanders along the scenic Canal du Midi. No one wants to sit inside and miss the parade of colourful craft, ancient villages and endless vineyards as we float through France in glorious spring sunshine."  Read More 

Review: Canal du Midi - Peter Lynch, Silver Travel Advisor

"Surprise treats that will never be forgotten include sipping champagne in the Jacuzzi whilst drifting through endless vineyards; cocktails greeting our return from a busy excursion and being joined onboard by a professional jazz trio, seranading us into the twilight."  Read More 

Crossing Southwest France by Barge

"We returned to the Anjodi for lunch and a leisurely three miles per hour cruise along the 330-year-old Canal du Midi to Pigasse, surrounded by vineyards and lined with beautiful tall Plane trees. In North America we call them Sycamore trees." Read more

The Boat that Rocks - Mark Silver, The Jewish News

"Nor do I want to forget the visits to the local markets, where we watched chef Selby shopping for our dinner that evening. Now that’s something you don’t do on the big ships." Read more

In the Lap of Luxury - Martin Hesp, Western Morning News

"Passing gently and slowly through beautiful countryside is what the mission is all about – and you may as well add luxury and a little decadence to the experience to make the journey something you will remember for years." Read more

La Bella Vita - Charlotte Pearson, Travel etc

"The crew and staff, from tour leader Isabella to deck hand Mattia, dining steward Aurelio and hostess Ivana, all made it an unforgettable trip and made you feel at home the moment you stepped on board. The whole voyage was truly magical and showed me a side of Italy that I hope to one day explore again." Read more

Aboard Renaissance - Judy Wells, All Things Cruise

"The culinary experience is extraordinary. Chef Luke offers a daily special in addition to the standing buffet of charcuterie, cheeses, fresh and dried fruits, cereals and warm from the bakery breads and rolls." Read more

French Odyssey Epitomises Dream for Barge Travel - Ann Rickard, The Morning Bulletin

"Anyone who saw his Rick Stein's French Odyssey series, where he sailed on a barge from Bordeaux to Marseille over 59 sumptuous days, eating, cooking and romping in the glorious French countryside, would have felt a yearning to follow in his footsteps." Read more.


Gliding through the Glens - Anna Selby, Sunday Express

"We pass through Loch Lochy, where dramatic mountains sweep down to dark peaty waters, and Loch Oich, one of the prettiest, dominated by the ruins of Invergarry Castle." Read more.


Glimpses Into Burgundy - Wine, Art and Architecture

"Unlike sea crossings, or even cruises, where there is often nothing to see except endless waves and sky, a canal trip reveals shores alive with activity. Cyclists, the famous white Charolais cattle, lock keepers and their canal-side houses, hilltop castles, and miles and miles of vineyards offer an ever-changing panorama." Read more

Castles, Roman ruins abound on relaxing trip down France’s Canal du Midi

"Each day, we went by van to historic sites, many with Roman origins. Some passengers walked at every opportunity; others sat on deck, reading and sunbathing, or socialized in the lounge as the boat moved along at a maximum of 5 knots." Read more 

Italy by Water: All Aboard for La Bella Vita, Juliet Rix, The Independent

"On the lake surrounding the city of Mantua, we find our hotel barge, La Bella Vita,peacefully moored. A glass of prosecco – the first of many – accompanies introductions to the crew and fellow passengers before we set off for our first shore visit." Read more  


From Canal du Midi with Love, Mary Conisbee, Surrey Occasions

"We joined the canal barge Anjodi, operated by European Waterways which offers luxurious five star canal barge holidays, cruising a variety of canals throughout Europe and loved it, writes Mary Conisbee." Read more

Barging Along the Caledonian Canal,

"The Highlands are totally different to what I expected. It’s like being abroad, in France or somewhere. I thought it would be more rugged, but it has a calm green beauty all of its own. And the people are friendly and proud of their heritage.  And the barge trip? One of the most memorable holidays that I’ve ever had. What a wonderful way to unwind!" Read more

Barging in Burgundy - Peter L. Rothholz, The Cutting Edge News

"Good food, good wine, good company, the rolling hills of Burgundy and tranquility. That’s what we found aboard the barge l’Impressioniste as we slowly cruised the historic Burgundy Canal in Eastern France." Read more

Tasteful Burgundy - Nick Constance, Signature Magazine 

"For the next six days we navigate a total of 35 locks and cruise just short of 100 kilometres. We travel along two canals – the Nivernais and Bourgogne – and down into the Yonne River. The scenery is consistently and miraculously beautiful and it’s no exaggeration to say that certain moments feel damn near spiritual." Read more

A Hotel Barge on the Canal du Midi in France - Andy Alpine, Speciality Travel

“We glided along - day after day - through changing landscapes and blossoming river-side flowers. The colours varied with the time of day and the cloud formations - but the "sounds" of silence were constant.” Read more

Cruising on the luxury hotel barge Panache - David Powell, Ashford Advertiser Group

“This was my first luxury hotel barge cruise and I would most certainly recommend it. My wife and I rated this as one of our best holidays. European Waterways delivered a specialised and professional service from start to finish and this cruise experience will be remembered for many years to come. I can’t wait to go barging again; a relaxing way to see more of Europe’s finest scenery, experience the history and local culture on Panache or one of the other barges in the fleet.” Read more  



USA Today Profiles the Hotel Barge Cruising Experience - Heidi Sarna, USA Today, June 2013

La Bella Vita Barge Cruise Review - Durant Imboden, Europe for Visitors, June 2013

River Cruising in Ireland - Peter Lynch, Silver Travel Advisor, June 2013

French barging along the Canal du Midi - Lisa Gerard-Sharp, Euro Travel Magazine, May 2013

French Wine Cruise in Burgundy on a River Barge, Skimbako Lifestyle - Katja Presnal, May 2013

Life in the very slow lane - Sue Bryant, Cruise Critic, April 2013

European Barging - The Luxury Begins Early! - Lisa Sonne, Luxury Travel Mavens, April 2013

Hidden Gem - Barging on a Slow Boat through Europe - Susan Young, Travel Agent Central, April 2013

An Alsatian Journey on Panache - Lynn Houghton, Travel Daily Media, March 2013

Go aboard - Not abroad - Norrie Hunter, January 2013


Barge cruising in Burgundy on European Waterways - Elissa Richard, Fodors, August 2012

A Cruise Without the Cruise Ship - Melissa & James Luce, The Wall Street Journal, July 2012

7 reasons to barge through Burgundy - Irene Levine,, July 2012

Touring Burgundy by Barge - Irene Levine, Huffington Post, July 2012

There's nothing Midi about this cruise - Malcolm Bassett-Smith, Ashford Advertiser, July 2012

Anthony Lambert is Captivated by the delights of the Bianco Canal - Anthony Lambert, The Daily Express, July 2012

Cruising through Burgundy - Julianne Mooney,, July 2012

Barge Cruising in France's Burgundy region - Rita Cook, The Travelers Way, May 2012

My French Holiday on European Waterways - Clare Dudley, Ponders Travel Blog, May 2012

Extreme Pampering - Robin Hicks, What's on Where in the Herault, May 2012

The View from the Boat - Arlene Stacey, Zoomermag, April 2012 - Page 1
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In Rick Stein's Footsteps, Gourmet Cuisine on the Canal du Midi - The Travel Editor, Solange Hando, April 2012

Canal Cruise in the South of France, Relax on a Hotel Barge - The Travel Editor, Solange Hando, April 2012

Barging through burgundy - Wine Traveler, Carol Wright, April 2012

Gourmet Dining in France - French Cuisine - Suite101, Mari Nicholson, April 2012

Barging on the Canal du Midi, France - West European Travel - Suite101 , Mari Nicholson, April 2012

Barge Right In - Hong Kong Tatler, Carol Wright, April 2012

Traveling from Loch Ness through Scotlands Great Glen - Destination Travel Magazine, Karen Regn, April 2012

Barging through France - Notable Travels, Linda Fasteson, March 2012

Life in the Slow Lane - World of Cruising Magazine, Carol Wright, March 2012

A Cruise to Remember - Which? Travel, March 2012

Meet the Experts - Mundy Cruising, March 2012

A Gentle Cruise on a Hotel Barge: Discover the Very Soul of Europe - Ralph Collier, Main Line Tiems, March 2012

Discover an Explosion of Colour on this Dutch River Cruise - Barbara Ramsay Orr, The Globe and Mail, February 2012

Burgundy Afloat - Roger St. Pierre, Always France, February 2012



Burgundy Gourmet Barging – Will Roberts, Foodtripper, January 2011

The Ultimate Wining, Dining Holiday – Mari Nicholson, The Travel Editor, January 2011

Along the Canal du Nivernais – Alison Gardner, Travel with a Challenge January 2011


Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlander - John Newton, Mature Traveller & Leisure Guide, December 2010

New Barges for 2011 Season – Travel with a Challenge, November 2010

Burgundy is the Heart of France – Peter Lynch, The Western Australian, November 2010

Down the Lazy Rivière – Andrea Kitay, Ventana Monthly, October 2010

Go Barging in France for the Finest in French Cuisine – Mary McGrath, Los Angeles, July 2010

What to Expect on a Canal Barge Trip with in France - Mari Nicholson,, July 18 2010

Luxury Cruise, Anjodi Barge – Maggie Oehlbeck, The luxury Travel Bible, July 17, 2010

Go Barging! Luxurious Travel through the Canal of France – Mary McGrath, My Daily Find, July 14, 2010

Barging in France, Dining like a Duke, on the Canals of Burgundy – Mari Nicholson,, July 13, 2010

An Intimate Experience at a Casual Pace in France – Carolan Nathan, Allways Traveller, June 2010

La Bella Vita – from Venice to Mantua by Hotel Barge – Linda Fasteson, The Examiner, Apr 26, 2010 

You’ll Never Walk Alone on a European Waterways Burgundy Cruise, eGlobal Travel News Australia/NZ, Apr 27, 2010

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