"Of all the methods of travelling I have ever tried this is the pleasantest"

Thomas Jefferson, Canal du Midi 1787

European Waterways are delighted to announce the acquisition of popular hotel barges Enchanté and Finesse, from previous owners Roger and Louisa Gronow.

Over the years, the hotel barges have been exclusively marketed as part of our 17-barge fleet, and we’re proud to assume full ownership.

For more information please visit: https://www.europeanwaterways.com/


Converted from a Dutch freight barge originally built in 1958 at Van Der Cruise boatyard, Enchanté is a double-decker hotel-barge tastefully furnished in a contemporary style, creating a bright art-deco atmosphere. Thanks to the design on two levels, Enchanté boasts the most spacious cabins on the UNESCO listed Canal du Midi and provides luxurious accommodation for up to 8 guests. Learn More>>

Cruising Routes


« Enchante Finesse Croisières » offers the option of two cruise destinations in France. Hotel-Barge “Enchanté” cruises the Occitanie region from Carcassonne to Narbonne on the Canal du Midi situated in the South of France, whereas Hotel-Barge “Finesse” cruises the Burgundy region from St-Jean de Losne to St-Julien-sur-Dheune on the Canal du Centre situated in the heart of France’s most famous wine region. Learn More >>



Finesse is a double-decker hotel-barge recently converted from a Belgian freight barge originally built in 1950 at Mory boatyard. Built to exacting standards, her modern and spacious interior, inspired by 1920s cruise liners, offers spectacular views of Côte de Beaune thanks to her over-sized panoramic windows. Catering to intimate numbers of a maximum of 8 guests, you will be sure to enjoy the best of Burgundy cruising.  Learn More >>

What our guests have to say

We had the most amazing week with fabulous food and wine, gorgeous scenery, and the best comfort all round. The staff were exceptional, the tours were interesting and I would recommend this to anyone. Plus each evening we had cocktails in the spa on deck. How can you beat that!! I would give this 10 stars!!
Coral and Ron Pedley, Canberra, Australia
It was a magical holiday! I couldn’t have asked for a more relaxing time. The crew were second to none and we shared lots of laughs. The food was 5 star!
Jane and Simon Ashcroft, England
What a wonderful week it has been. We feel as if we are leaving friends behind. The site seeing tours and the meals were all fabulous. Such attention to detail by such a fine crew. You are all the best and we’ll miss you lots!
Joni & Denis Carriere, Alberta, Canada
This cruise far exceeded our expectations. The food was amazing and the crew just a delight.
Lyn & Stephen Van der Mye, Australia
Thank you all so much for such a wonderful week. It was one of the best vacations we have ever had. Thanks for the laughter and the memories. You all took such wonderful care of us.
Bob & Susie Pugh, USA
Our week aboard Enchanté was everything we hoped for, and more. Your good humour, knowledgeable conversation, great service and exceptional food made our adventure an incredibly memorable one. Take a bow! Au revoir,
Caroline & Michael Vickers-Willis, Australia
We were looked after brilliantly and loved every minute aboard Enchanté and her lovely crew.
Victoria & Christopher Coldrey, UK

Key Features

7 days/6 nights all-inclusive cruise • Accommodation for 8 passengers • 4 Twin/Double suites • Sun deck with hot tub
Demonstration galley • Air-conditioning/heating throughout • 8 bicycles • Wi-Fi connection with guest computer