For more than 30 years the experts at European Waterways, the premier luxury hotel barge company, have ferried discriminating travelers through the narrow waterways of Europe. With travel options to nine countries - including France, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Germany, Scotland, Ireland and England - guests enjoy an exceptional cruise experience with intimate and luxurious surroundings, elegant fare, and the kind of superb personal service not found on some larger ships. Each vessel carries only four to twelve guests, and each voyage includes roomy accommodations with private bathrooms, gourmet meals and wine, hosted bars, shore excursions, and bicycles for guests who wish to do some land exploration on their own. The barge experience is further enhanced by the absence of telephones, televisions and computers - allowing you to truly be in the moment.
Let your imagination run wild as you consider the possibilities. Glide down Scotland's Great Glen in search of your family tartan, or inhale the aroma of ripe grapes as you pass aged vineyards in Burgundy, France. Unexpected visits to historic and cultural sites provide added interest. You might be invited to inside a historic chateau, sip wine made by a fourth-generation vintner, or admire private gardens tended to by skilled horticulturists. There are visits to museums celebrating art, weapons and textiles. You will also be privy to more common pastimes - such as golf and tennis - as well as some lofty experiences like hot-air ballooning. A voyage on European Waterways will be an experience like no other.