Luxury Barge Cruises through Europe's Charming Waterways

Enjoy the luxury of decelerating on a luxury hotel ship and enjoy Europe's most beautiful landscapes, fascinating history and impressive local cultures. Our partner European Waterways is for over 35 years speciaised in creating luxury barge holidays on Europe's most picturesque waterways and canals. These hotel ships are the finest rebuilt and renovated former cargo ships that offer all possible comfort. Each of the 6-day tours includes all gourmet meals, local wines, an open bar, transfers and a high quality, interesting excursion program. Explore the surroundings on your bike, laze on the sundeck and relax in the whirlpool on deck! Daily guided excursions ”off the beaten track” are included, such as wineries, castles, museums, markets, handicraft and arts shops. You have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture of the visited region!
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CHAMPAGNE - Luxury Barge Cruise to Champagne

Cruise in Champagne region through River Marne

"Panache" is a deluxe, 12 passenger hotel barge that cruises in the Champagne region between Château-Thierry and Châlons-en-Champagne from mid-June to mid-July

• Enjoy a private winery tour and tasting at renowned champagne houses
• Visit Hautvilliers where Dom Perignon discovered the Méthode Champenoise
• Tour the Cathedral in Reims, where Kings of France were crowned
• Cruise the pretty River Marne past waterside vineyards
• Visit the champagne 'capital´ of Epernay for a cellar tour
• Visit Château-Thierry, the scene of battles in World War I

Cruise includes:
• local transfers to and from the hotel barge
• a luxury 6 night cruise
• all gourmet meals on board catered by the on board Master Chef
• all wines/beverages served throughout the cruise
• an open bar 24/7 with a large range of drinks
• inspiring excursions and entrance fees as per the itinerary
• the attentive services of 6 crew members
• use of bicycles, spa pool, Wi-Fi (limited speed)

ALSACE & LORRAINE - Barging French-German cultures

Luxury barging cruise to Alsace and Lorraine, forested hillsides, storybook villages and exceptional wine

The deluxe Panache (12 passenger) offers 6 night cruises in Alsace from July to October and cruises between Niderviller and Krafft.

Discover a land of storybook castles, rolling vineyards of Alsatian wines as well as Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque architecture. For centuries, the great empires of Europe confronted one another at this strategic and military crossroads. The area´s unique blend of French and German influences are strongly evident in its customs, cuisine, wines, architecture and language. Here you will see canalside villages of half-timbered houses, perhaps with a stork nesting in the chimney top. The waterway winds through steep sided forested valleys and features an amazing boat lift which carries the barge sideways 450 feet up the hillside and several tunnels which we cruise through by candlelight.

Tour highlights:
• Tour the beautiful city of Strasbourg and visit its Gothic cathedral
• Explore the Route des Vins d´Alsace and a private wine tasting
• Visit various long-established wine makers of the region
• Experience an ascent or descent of the unique Arzviller boat elevator
• Visit the spectacular René Lalique Collection
• Tour of Sarrebourg including a visit to the Chagall chapel
• Enjoy a candlelit meal whilst cruising through the two Arzviller tunnels
• Excellent towpath for walking and cycling
• "Biking Plus" option available

Gourmet cruise trip through pastoral scenery of BURGUNDY

Classic Burgundy Hotel Barging Cruise from Auxerre to Chevroches

Tour starts Sundays, from April to October for max. 8 passengers

The Burgundy cruise aboard L´Art de Vivre is The cruise is a journey back in time along a magical waterway. It is designed from Auxerre to Chevroches - a region of Burgundy with its charming villages and centuries-old history.

L´Art de Vivre is one of the unique hotel barge vessels and was built in England during World War One as a supply vessel to the Allied troops battling in the Somme. It can host 8 guests exclusively in compact, modern en-suite cabins and her life is a little less dramatic as she cruises one of France´s longest-established canals, the Canal du Nivernais. You may relax on the sun deck with a glass of wine as you glide through the pretty Burgundy countryside or alternativey enjoy the whirlpool in fresh air. You can explore the ever-present towpath on foot or on one of the barge´s bicycles towpath, before rejoining the L´Art de Vivre at one of the locks up ahead.

Tour highlights:
• Explore enchanting Auxerre and its magnificent cathedral
• Private wine tasting of Chablis and Petit Chablis in renowned Domaine cellars
• Tour Noyers-sur-Serein, one of the most beautiful villages in Burgundy
• Visit the picturesque town of Vezelay and its hilltop basilica
• Visit elegant Château de Bazoches
• Optional hot air ballooning
• Excellent towpath for walking and cycling
• "Biking Plus" option available

LOIRE - Luxury Barging Loire and Burgundy

Classic Upper Loire and Western Burgundy Hotel Barging Cruise - from Châtillon-sur-Loire to Montargis

Tour starts Sundays, from April to October for max. 8 passengers

Loire Valley is a fairytale region of exquisite Renaissance châteaux, Royal French history and contrasting waterways. This time we offer you this wonderful experience on our vessel Renaissance which has been designed to elegantly carry its guests in ultimate luxury. The aristocracy of France have built their castles and palaces over the centuries in the Loire Valley. We offer you the opportunity to talk to a cheesemaker and find out why his is the most famous goat´s cheese in France. Wind your way through the narrow streets of a centuries-old village, perhaps discovering hidden shops with hand-painted pottery, or stumble across an open market on your own.

Tour highlights:
• Visit to Château de Fontainebleau
• Visit to the privately-owned Château de la Bussière
• 7-lock flight at Rogny-Les-Sept-Ecluses
• Visit to Château de Sully-sur-Loire
• Cruise across Gustave Eiffel's aqueduct at Briare over River Loire
• Wine tasting in Sancerre
• Visit Gien, home of the Faience pottery
• Excellent towpath for walking and bicycling
• 'Biking Plus' option available

Deluxe cruise voyage through SCOTLAND scenery

Magical barge cruise from Banavie to Muirtown - SCOTLAND

Tour starts Sundays, from April to October for max. 12 passengers

We cruise sedately through the Great Glen between Inverness and Fort William, navigating beautiful lochs and the engineering masterpiece that is the Caledonian Canal. Ancient castles perched on the water´s edge, heather-clad hillsides and arguably the finest inland cruising in the world offer our clients unforgettable experiences on a handpicked barge cruise. Scotland´s legends of the past, the taste of single malt and the mythical inhabitant of Loch Ness all contribute to a magical charm only experienced in the dramatic Highlands.

Your voyage aboard Spirit of Scotland will be an unforgettable experience, giving you the opportunity to appreciate the very best this dramatic region of Scotland has to offer from a unique perspective. Cuisine is traditional Scottish fare – salmon, game and seafood, prepared by your own Master Chef, fine wines and wide range of whiskies served on board by the hotel barge´s experienced crew will take care of your every need.

Tour highlights:
• Tour of the Glen Ord whisky distillery with a private tasting
• Visit to Culloden Moor, scene of the last battle on British soil in 1746
• Tour of Cawdor Castle and gardens, home of Shakespeare´s Scottish Play
• Visit to Clava Cairns, a prehistoric burial site
• Cruise Lochs Lochy, Oich, Ness and Dochfour
• Wonderful river, canal and loch cruising
• Excellent opportunities for walking

Connoisseur Opera and Barging Cruise in ITALY

Opera Cruise from VENICE to MANTUA including
Performance of Puccini's TOSCA in Arena di Verona

10th - 17th August, 2019 - 7 nights 8 days

Clients will have chance to enjoy:
• One night at the Hotel due Torri in Verona
• Dinner in Opera Museum in magnificent setting of Palazzo Forti
• Opera performance of Puccini's "Tosca" in Arena di Verona from best seats
• Visits to Gran Teatro La Fenice, Teatro Bibiena in Mantua and Teatro
Communale in Ferrara
• Cruises across the Venetian Lagoon and through the Po Valley
• Cruise on the Canal of the Orphans past picturesque lagoon islands
• Visits in Chioggia, Cathedral and the Piazzetta Vigo, the stunning
Ducal Palace
• Dinner ashore at the 17th century stately home Villa Ca´Zen
• Private visit and wine tasting in the wine cellars of Villa Widmann-Borletti

Cruise includes:
• opera tickets for best seats
• one night BB hotel accommodation in Hotel de Torre in Verona
• local transfers to and from the hotel barge
• a luxury 6 night cruise
• all gourmet meals on board catered by the on board Master Chef
• all wines/beverages served throughout the cruise
• an open bar 24/7 with a large range of drinks
• inspiring excursions and entrance fees as per the itinerary
• the attentive services of crew members

Deluxe barging cruise discovering HOLLAND´s hidden gems

Classic Holland Hotel Barging Cruise from Alkmaar to Delft

6 nights - 7 days trip starting on Sundays for max. 12 people

The Netherlands is famous, of course, for tulips, but as a land with a rich artistic and cultural history, it has a lot more besides. The western provinces of this land of water are populated by windmills which sit above the polders and along the very river that gave its name to Amsterdam, whilst cities such as Haarlem and Delft are meccas for lovers of pottery and art.
Hotel barging cruise to Holland is offered in the 12 passenger Deluxe vessel Panache in the spring, when the flowers are in full bloom. This is without a doubt the best time to visit this country, and this Holland river cruises are carefully planned to allow you to experience all that the country has to offer.

Holland Cruise Highlights (March to early May)
• Tour Keukenhof Gardens with the largest display of flowers in the world
• Visit the Aalsmeer flower auction
• Visit the Royal Delft pottery to see the world famous earthenware being hand-made and painted
• Tour picturesque Haarlem and visit a museum of the Dutch painter, Franz Hals
• Tour the charming city of Leiden, Rembrandt´s birthplace