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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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New Hotel Barges, Itineraries & Theme Cruises for 2014 21st Nov 2013

European Waterways, Europe’s largest luxury hotel barge operator, has a lot to announce for the 2014 season. There are two new additions to its fleet, bringing the total number of hotel barges to eighteen, a new itinerary for the Summer and Autumn in Southwest France near Bordeaux, and new theme cruises and itinerary enhancements on cruises in Belgium, Scotland and England. 

Cruise the Royal River Thames to 'Downton Abbey' 13th Nov 2013

European Waterways, Europe’s largest luxury hotel barge cruising company, announced that it will once again offer a special treat next Spring to passengers aboard its Magna Carta hotel barge, which cruises England: a tour of Highclere Castle. This unique excursion to the iconic castle and fictional site of the highly popular TV series, “Downton Abbey,” is a limited opportunity, available only for departures on April 13, April 20 and May 4 2014. 

Spring 2014 Solo Traveller Special Offer 30th Oct 2013

Luxury hotel barge operator European Waterways has waived the single supplement on its four cruises through Holland aboard Panache and in Burgundy aboard La Belle Epoque in April 2014. For solo travellers wishing to join family, friends, or other passengers, with a cabin all to themselves, no single supplement will apply.

European Waterways Introduces its 2014 Collection 14th Oct 2013

For the 2014 season, British-owned, luxury hotel barge operator European Waterways is featuring two additional hotel barges in its just-released new brochure, the stylish 8-passenger Absoluut 2 and the 6-passenger Clair de Lune.  Absoluut 2 – available for exclusive charter only - will be cruising through the picturesque Ouche Valley in Southern Burgundy; and Clair de Lune will travel along the historic Canal du Midi. 

Hotel Barge Cruises in France - Specials 8th Oct 2013

We still have availability on 3 of our hotel barges in different regions of France, each departing on October 20, 2013. October is an ideal time to enjoy a hotel barge cruise in France, when the weather is still mild, the scenery is at its colourful Autumn best and there are no crowds. 

2014 - World War I Commemorative Cruise and Homecoming Scotland 30th Sep 2013

European Waterways, Europes largest luxury hotel barge cruising company, provides a wide range of popular cruises with itineraries tailored to many interests. With their leisurely pace and “close to the land” experience, these cruises offer travelers an excellent opportunity to learn about Europe’s rich history and culture. Among the highlights for the company’s 2014 season is a unique cruise through Belgium and Northern France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, and the addition of new excursions to its cruises in Scotland, which is celebrating Homecoming 2014. 

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