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Exploring Burgundy: The Château de Bazoches - 19th Jul 2017

At first glance, the Château de Bazoches would not necessarily get a military buff’s pulse racing. This grand Burgundian château dates back to the 12th century, when it was first built on the site of an old Roman outpost looking over the Morvan hills. Its elegant interiors are largely preserved from the17th century, reflecting the tastes of King Louis XIV’s refined courtiers. However, its most famous owner was far from an aestheticist. 


L’Art de Vivre Celebrates its 100th Anniversary - 17th Feb 2017

We are celebrating the 100th anniversary of our popular hotel barge L’Art de Vivre. The luxury 8-passenger vessel cruises the Burgundy region of France, but started life in 1917 carrying munitions to the Allied troops on the Western Front during World War One.  


Visiting Villages with Quintessential French Charm - 20th Dec 2016

Back in May this year we wrote about France’s most beautiful villages, which are recognised by the independent organisation Le Plus Beaux Villages de France. There are strict criteria for a village to be given membership of this association: the total resident population must be fewer than 2,000 people; it must be situated in a charming rural setting; and the village must boast at least two national heritage sites.


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. 


Take your Holiday Home with you along the Canals of Europe - 7th Apr 2016

A hotel barge is really a floating luxury villa – with a doting crew at your service, an open bar and freshly cooked gourmet meals every day!  Chartering a hotel barge gives you the best of both worlds – a private, luxury setting for your entire group and personalised attention, so that everyone can spend quality time together enjoying themselves instead of worrying about the itinerary. 


European Waterways Announces Early Spring 2016 Specials for Select Luxury Hotel Barge Cruises in France - 16th Oct 2015

We are now offering 10% off per cabin and 10% off whole boat charters for select cruises in March and April 2016. Among the hotel barges offering 10% off per cabin is Art de Vivre in Burgundy; the Anjodi on the Canal du Midi in the Languedoc-Rousillon region; and  Rosa in Gascony. These “specials” must be booked by December 31, 2015. 


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