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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
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+44 1756 706500
European Waterways

European Waterways Luxury Hotel Barges

Cruise along the inland waterways of Europe including the Canal du Midi or Burgundy Canal in France, the Thames in England or Scotland's Caledonian Canal onboard a floating hotel. These luxury hotel barge cruises are fully crewed and accommodate between just 4 and 20 passengers. They are available for either individuals wanting to cruise with other like-minded people, or as a whole barge charter, ideal for families and groups.

Hotel barge cruises are the perfect way to explore the scenic countryside and delightful villages, whilst enjoying a balanced mix of daily excursions and relaxing cruising. Travel in all-inclusive luxury with comfortable, air-conditioned cabins and enjoy superb service, gourmet meals and an all-day open bar.

Cruise Collection 2019 / 2020

About European Waterways Cruises


The hotel barges benefit from an annual refurbishment. All the hotel barges have central heating and most are air-conditioned. The majority of vessels also have bicycles on board so you can cycle along the tow-paths. All barges have a library, games and a CD/stereo for your enjoyment, and use of the open bar stocked with a wide range of spirits and soft drinks.

Accommodation ranges from charming twin and double bedded staterooms to suites with sitting areas- all with opening windows, closet, drawer storage and private en-suite shower or bathroom.

The predominantly British crew take their roles very seriously and will share their knowledge which adds to the intrigue and fascination during your gentle cruise.


Your onboard chef will create fine dishes for every course. Breakfast includes crisp bread, croissants and fresh pastries. Lunch will be a colourful arrangement of salads, quiches and cheeses. Finally, dinner the culinary highlight of the day and will include regional and national dishes, with each course being complimented by fine wines.

Daily Excursions

Daily excursions are a highlight of all the cruises and are designed for you to experience the richest treasures in each area. You can explore quaint, medieval villages, half-timbered buildings, castles, museums and abbeys. You can even enjoy wine tastings in privately-owned vineyards and shop in colourful open-air markets.

Magna Carta Eilean Donan Castle, Scotand La Nouvelle Etoile

European Waterways Destinations


There are a variety of hotel barge cruises in France allowing you to choose the area you visit.

Discover the wine regions of Burgundy, Gascony or Champagne. Cruise along the Canal du Midi or down the River Cher through the Loire Valley. See the German and French influences on the Alsace and Lorraine region or explore the highlights of Paris whilst cruising on the River Seine. Cruise through region of Provence, the southeast region of France or Northern France on an extended cruise.


Cruise along the River Thames on the luxury hotel barge, Magna Carta. Discover more about the rich heritage of England and explore many riverside places of interest.


Scotland's landscape and ancient architecture are both spectacular and breathtaking. The cruise, on Scottish Highlander, takes you the length of the Caledonian Canal, across Loch Ness, under Ben Nevis and past Shakespeare's Cawdor Castle.


This cruise route is on the River Shannon, a route of green rolling landscapes, deep lakes and fascinating history. Ireland is a country of myths, fables and legends.


Holland is a country witha wonderful mixture of the old and the new, the quiet villages and thecharacterful cities, the traditions and the customs. Our cruise itineraries will allow you to appreciate the diverse culture of this fascinating country.


Belgium is perhaps one of the most under-rated countries in Europe, but a cruise on one of our hotel barges along its waterways, withtours of charmingcities will convince you that it is a diverse and culturally rich land.


Italy is a country seemingly designed for hotel barging. Cruise its beautiful waterways, explore the art, culture and music it is famous for, and the romantic and architecturally brilliant city of Venice.

Germany and Luxembourg

The picturesque Moselle region of Germany is a wine lover’s paradise and is most famous for its wines made from the Riesling grape. The area is known for the steep slopes of the region's vineyards overlooking the River Moselle. The riverruns through one of Europe's most beautiful valleys and is perfect for anyone wishing to experience the romantic Germany of castles, vineyards, and half-timbered villages.