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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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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  

Luxury on the Loire - Barbara Kingstone, Forever Young Information, March 2014

Luxury Canal Cruising on the Scottish Highlander - Mark Bradley, Go World Travel, January 2014

A Ramble on the Thames aboard a Hotel Barge - Emilie C. Harting, Miami Herald (Also appeared on the Huffington Post Blog) January 2014

Barging through quaint French canals - Barbara Kingdtone, The Canadian Jewish News, January 2014

Spending a Relaxing Week Cruising France's Burgundy Canal - Mary Beltran, International Travel News, January 2014

Take a Slow Boat - Denise Barkley, Oxfordshire Limited Edition, January 2014
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Canal Barging in France, So Easy, So Speical - Barbara Kingstone, Indulged Traveler, September 2013

Canal Barging: Idyllic Cruise Vacation - Ron Stern, - September 2013

Relaxing Barge Trip along the Canal du Midi is Perfect for a Taste of French Cuisine - Bridget Mcgrouther, Daily Record, September 2013

Hotel Barge Offers the Rogue Life on the Thames - Emilie C. Harting, Huffington Post, August 2013

Barging through Italy - Victor Dorff, Global Writes, August 2013

Charting a course of luxury on European Waterways - Kay Fernandez, Upscale Living Magazine, August 2013

Cruising the Canal du Midi: Move over Rick Stein... It's my turn for a French Odyssey - Bridget McGrouther, The Mail Online, July 2013

5 Reasons to go on a Barge Cruise in France - Alison Wright, CNN, June 2013

A Taste of Vintage Burgundy - Sara Macefield, Daily Express, July 2013
Discover a New Way to Cruise... on a Barge - Irvina Lew,, June 2013

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


Cruising the Venetian Hinterland - Heidi Fuller-Love, Italy Mag, August 2012
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

Plenty to See Around Scotland’s Loch Ness - Karen Regn, The Travel Belles, January 2012



Tranquility on a Hotel Barge in Italy's Po Valley - Emilie Harting, The Boston Globe, September 2011

A Barge Cruise in Burgundy, Part 1 - Carol Canter, The Examiner, August 2011
A Barge Cruise in Burgundy, Part 2 - Carol Canter, The Examiner, August 2011
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

French Barge Holiday Cruises -, September 2009

In the Lap of Floating Luxury - Paul James, Herald Express, September 4 2009

For Great Golf Getaways, Go Barging - Rikki White, Golfer Today, September 2009

Go Barging in the Footsteps of Rick Stein - Jane Archer, Travel Weekly Blog, July 24 2009

Cruising the Loire River - Dave Bowers, Daily Mail, July 8 2009

Great Golf and Barge Break - Kevin Brown, Today's Golfer, June 2009

Cruising the Caledonian Canal - Vivien Devlin, The Travel Editor, June 2009

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Go Barging Offers 2009 Wine Cruises -

France by Barge - Paul Cole, Sunday Mercury, February 15, 2009

Cruising in the Loire Valley - Dave Bowers, West Sussex County Times

Barging at its Best – Jon Siskin, TravelAge West, February 1 2009


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