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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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Top 10 Best Places to Visit in Burgundy, France 29th Apr 2015

Burgundy, in the Heart of Rural France, is famous for its elegant chateaux, celebrated wine and delicious food. The landscape is one of rolling hills covered in forests where spring, summer and autumn each leave a unique signature. Medieval towns are surrounded by countryside and the wonderful markets have stalls brimming with fresh local products.

European Waterways Adds Four Champagne Cruises in June 28th Apr 2015

To meet demands for its popular fully-crewed hotel barge cruises through France’s Champagne Region, European Waterways has added four new departures aboard hotel barge ‘Panache’ this June. Transfers to and from the vessel from central Paris are included in the price, so passengers have the extra opportunity to linger on their own in the “City of Lights” prior to or after the cruise.

20th Apr 2015

For those of you who enjoy a glass of fine wine - perhaps a crisp Chablis or a full-bodied Minervois red; maybe an aromatic Riesling, or that aristocrat of sparkling wines, champagne – many of our hotel barges cruise right through the regions of France where these wonderful wines are produced. 

European Waterways to Expand Fleet; Invests Over $600,000 in Upgrades and Adds New Routes for 2015 Season 8th Apr 2015

European Waterways announced that it has invested more than $600,000 in upgrades to its hotel barges and added new routes for the 2015 season.

Italian Opera Cruises with European Waterways 17th Mar 2015

We are delighted to announce two new Opera cruises in Summer 2015 – departure dates aboard the 20-passenger La Bella Vita are 5 July; and 11 September, both for 7 nights.


Top 6 Canals to Cruise in France 12th Mar 2015

There are over 2700 miles of inland waterways in France and an integral part of this system is a 750-mile network of canals linking up the main rivers. The perfect way to discover the country is on a canal cruise. France is at its best away from the main tourist trails, and canals like the Briare, Nivernais, Burgundy and Canal du Midi are perfect for exploring some of France’s finest scenery, fascinating history and local culture.

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