FOR TRAVEL’S SAKE
Taking it easy on holiday
Travelling aboard a luxury hotel barge is a different experience to conventional river cruising. Boats are much smaller and slower-paced, able to ease along the more intimate canals and waterways of Europe, many inaccessible to larger vessels. Carrying between six and 20 guests, the emphasis is on immersion in the culture, history and gastronomy of a region. European Waterways (europeanwaterways.com) operates these gentle voyages of discovery, some themed (opera, wine appreciation, walking), in France, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, England, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. Prices from £2,280pp for six nights including gourmet meals, wines, an open bar, daily chauffeured excursions and airport transfers.