Luxury Hotel Barges of European Waterways
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Introducing the Wonderful World of European Waterways:
For over 40 years European
Waterways has specialised in operating luxury Barge Cruise
vacations on many of the most beautiful waterways throughout
Their vessels will not only introduce you to
Each European Waterways six-night barge cruise includes wonderful gourmet meals prepared by fine chefs, regional wines are included, and there is an open bar. Also included are local transfers and the use of all on board facilities, including onboard located bicycles in order to explore the region. Each barge has a sundeck to laze on, and many have a spa pool to relax in. Also available are daily escorted off the beaten track excursions to wineries, castles, markets or to see craftsmen busily at work.
On a European Waterways Hotel Barge
Cruise you can discover a variety of fascinating worlds, such as
the vineyards of
Here is a map showing where European Waterways Barges cruise.
This page features four very different style
Barges, one is the Spirit of Scotland that obviously
cruises the Scottish regions, and the second Barge is the
delightfully somewhat more traditional Panache, which
cruises Holland in tulip time in March & May, and then in
Champagne region, and finally in glorious
Alsace & Lorraine, France. These are followed by
one of the most traditional of barges, being the wonderful Dutch
built Nymphea which cruises one of the most famed
Barge Spirit of
The Spirit of Scotland is without a
doubt an elegant hotel barge and it features extensive public
areas both in her interiors as well as outside. No matter where
you are on board, it will be the perfect place to admire the
breathtaking Highlands scenery in comfort whilst your barge
The Spirit of Scotland was
purpose-built to be a luxury hotel barge, and her style evokes
that of some traditional steamers that once plied the lochs
This fine barge accommodates up to 12 passengers in sheer comfort, and her interiors features a bright and spacious Saloon and Dining area fitted with spacious picture windows, there is a separate Bar, and an integral forward wheelhouse giving views of the cruise route ahead.
The luxurious Saloon
The Brages Bar offers an excellent range of drinks and wide range of whiskies are available
The Dinning area
There are 6 fully air-conditioned staterooms offering a choice of twin or double beds and each is complemented by a well-designed en-suite bathroom fitted with a shower.
Above & below: Here we see a double and a twin bedded stateroom
One of the bathrooms
Top quality toiletries are provided in all bathrooms
Outside, there are three separate areas, forward, aft and topside, where you can enjoy a drink on a recliner, or perhaps relax in the heated spa pool, and there is also a covered dining terrace on the upper sun deck, which is also the perfect place to admire the dramatic scenery as you cruise on the deep-water lochs like Loch Oich and past historic landmarks along the way.
Be assured, your voyage aboard the Spirit of Scotland will be an unforgettable experience, giving you the opportunity to appreciate the very best that this dramatic region of Scotland has to offer from what is certainly a unique perspective.
All this, together with the traditional Scottish cuisine, fine wines and a wide range of whiskies served on board by an attentive crew of 6, combine to ensure that you will have a truly memorable, one of a kind cruise experience.
The Chef is preparing pastries and salads
Plan of the Pride of
Hotel Barge Panache:
Hotel Barge Panache has been fitted out in a traditional yacht style with abundant brass and mahogany fittings in the spacious public areas and her very comfortable all suite accommodations. In the saloon her panoramic windows allow ample natural light in, and the tempting cocktail bar and the comfortable leather sofas are complemented by polished hardwood flooring. The separate spacious dining area provides a congenial setting for up to 12 guests to enjoy the gourmet meals and fine wines that are served on board.
Suite accommodation comprises six generously-sized junior suites which can be either in twin or double-bedded configurations. All the en suite bathrooms have twin hand-basins and oversized showers.
Outside, the spacious Sun Deck is the perfect place to unwind and admire the passing scenery in one of the comfortable chairs, or to enjoy being served a long, lazy alfresco lunch at the outside dining table. There is a heated spa pool and a plentiful number of bicycles for you to use whenever you wish to head off ashore.
wonderful Panache is see cruising in picturesque
Above & below: Here are two views of the Saloon and the Dining area
A view from
the saloon of the windmills in
Panaches Chef is preparing a delicious fish luncheon
The dining room
Above & below: Two views of the accommodations
Part of her deck with the outdoor dining area and the spa pool
The Panache in a Dutch town
is seen sailing in the
Deck Plan of the Panache
Hotel Barge Nymphea:
I am delighted to also introduce the most
traditional of all the barges, being the wonderful
Nymphea which is of a Dutch design and because of her
shallow draft she is the perfect barge for navigating the
beautiful sandy reaches of the River Cher in the
Her traditional interiors are reminiscent of a classic yacht, and she features a warm décor of rich varnished hardwoods, with beautiful stained glass and shining brass. The traditionally furnished saloon and dining area have a warm and welcoming country house atmosphere and there is an additional upper saloon area with comfortable seating for relaxing. The Nymphea accommodates just 6 guests, as she has three compact, but comfortable cabins, there are two twin staterooms and one that is available as either a twin bedded or a double bed stateroom, each has air conditioning and en-suite facilities.
The delightful traditional barge Nymphea is seen on the River Cher
The Saloon and dining area
There is another Saloon on the upper Deck
Above & below: Two views of the Dining area
Above & below: Two views of Nympheas Decks
A twin bedded cabin, the basin is in the cabin, whilst the shower & WC is in the en suite
The forward located cabins can be made up as a double bedded room
The basin & WC is in one locked area, and the shower in another
The Nymphea is an amazingly popular barge as she brings back an older style of barge cruising
together with superb cuisine and the best of service and great excursions ashore!
Deck Plan of the Nymphea
Nympheas Cruise Highlights:
Cruise under the famed
Visit a Troglodyte cave dwelling and see the silkworm nursery.
Excursions to the
Private wine tastings at Montrichard and the
Optional hot air ballooning.
historic but tastefully modernised
She has a delightfully decorated saloon that is particularly welcoming and it features attractive wood panelling, with comfortable seating, a dining area and of course a cosy bar. There are four staterooms accommodating just eight passengers who have individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, and full en suite facilities. Two staterooms have double beds; the other two staterooms have twin beds.
Outside there is a spacious Sun Deck with a Dining area with parasols perfect to enjoying an alfresco meal prepared by your on board Chef. Comfortable loungers are also provided to relax in as you take in the passing views.
The delightful Saloon looking forward to the Library corner and the Bar
Another view of the Salon looking aft to the Dining area
The Dining area, the door goes into the Galley
The Library or book corner
The Open Bar
Outdoor dining area and deck
A double bed cabin
A twin bedded cabin
Plan of the
Hotel Barge Cruises Include:
Fares start from around AU$5,600 October (September 1, 2021) / 3,500 / £3,000 per person per week and it includes:
All gourmet meals prepared by the on-board Chef, fine wines and an open bar.
Daily escorted excursions.
Local transfers e.g. to and from
Bicycles and, on most hotel barges an on-deck spa pool.
Attentive service from an experienced crew.
Remember these are just four of the 17 wonderful Luxury Hotel Barges operated by European Waterways, to view the other barges, please visit their site via the link below. There you can also obtain a brochure.
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