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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 7 Wine Experiences in Burgundy 18th May 2016

Home to rolling green hills, meandering waterways, and medieval villages straight out of a fairy tale, Burgundy is one of our top destinations for cruising. Oh, and did we mention the wine? If you’re any sort of oenophile, Burgundy is a dream come true. On any and all of our itineraries on the Burgundy canal, you can expect to encounter the local vintage at every turn! Here are 7 of our favourite wine experiences in this stunning region 

17th May 2016

It’s certainly no secret that France abounds with picture-perfect destinations. Every year, millions of tourists flock to France to enjoy this country’s diverse beauty – from snow-capped alpine vistas to orderly hillside vineyards, from idyllic beaches to medieval villages, France is an endless feast for the eyes.

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. 

15th May 2016

A year ago we told you about a luxurious new hotel barge, Finesse that would be joining our fleet this year after being converted from a very sad sight languishing in a Belgian shipyard into a thing of beauty. Well, after 15 months of hard work by a team of dedicated craftsmen she launched on May 1.

Popular hotel barges Panache and Anjodi Make France an even more appealing Destination this Summer 1st May 2016

We are offering great savings on cabins and full boat charters on selected, 6-night cruises in France this season. These barges include Anjodi, which cruises the scenic Canal du Midi in southern France and Panache, which cruises in Alsace & Lorraine. 

26th Apr 2016

“Downton Abbey,” the big television series hit, is also a big hit as a hotel barge cruise, says European Waterways, Europe’s largest luxury hotel barge cruising company.  The themed cruises along the Royal River Thames on the Magna Carta are nearly sold out, with just a single cabin remaining on the May 29 and August 21 departures.

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