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Cruising the European Waterways.Zwaan van Maaike after a lock Aug 09

Welcome to our website, where we capture and share information about our experiences of owning and cruising aboard our much admired Dutch barge, Zwaan van Maaike.

We have this website for the benefit of our friends & family that cruise with us, and for others interested in this great life afloat.

Since 2008 we have owned our luxury Dutch barge, cruising through Nederland, Belgium and France, regularly accommodating up to 4 guests, for a relaxed and informal cruise with us.

We enjoy the delights of exploring the European countryside on our spacious, comfortable, sociable and luxuriously appointed cruising barge, she is our summer home.

We have experienced the stunning scenery sprinkled with vineyards, châteaux/castles and un-spoiled villages and savoured the food and fine wines, all rooted in centuries old traditions.

If you have a question about owning a Dutch barge, or life afloat, then send us an email.

C d Briare Neil Apr 09

If you’ve a passion to savour what Europe has to offer, then exploring it from the waterways is very rewarding, because that is what we’re about, we’re happy to share with you our experiences of this great life.

Andrew & Nickie spend as much time as we can, each summer, aboard our summer home, our beautiful Dutch Luxemotor barge of 1923 vintage.


We Recommend

Some links that you might find useful:

VNF - French Waterways Authority.

letour - Tour de France. 

Dutch barges - information.

sncf - The French Railways.

burgundy - a beautiful part of France.

canal-nivernais - said to be the most beautiful canal in France.