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February 27, 2014 River Cruising No Comments Email Email

European Waterways, Europe’s largest luxury hotel barge cruising company, is adding new onshore excursions to its cruises this year in Burgundy, Southern France and Scotland.

The excursions aim to highlight the beauty, charm and local customs of the regions and will complement the culture-rich itineraries already on offer for each cruise.

Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways says:

“Australian travellers love our barges, in fact one in every five guests we carry is Australian. The feedback we are getting is that they love the immersion in local culture and gastronomy and we know that they’ll love the new onshore excursions this year which will Coles-Training_250X250pxgive them a real taste of every region we visit.”


Aboard luxury hotel barge L’Impressionniste this year, guests will enjoy a visit to Château de Bussy-Rabutina picturesque 12th century castle surrounded by moats and manicured French gardens. 

Other highlights on the itinerary include tastings of Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines at Château André Ziltener and Bouchard Pere et Fils, and a tour of old Dijon, where guests will explore the produce markets, mustard shops, and the Notre-Dame de Dijon.

On the charter-only luxury hotel barge Absoluut2European Waterways has introduced a wine tasting at Château de Meursault, a renowned castle and vineyard estate ideally situated to cultivate the finest grapes and award winning wines. The cruise also features a tour of Beaune, the wine-growing “capital” of Burgundy, as well as visits to two magnificent properties, the Château de Commarin and Château Savigny-les-Beaune.

Southern France

A new itinerary on hotel barge Rosa will feature the renowned Bordeaux wine region of South-western France from August to October. Ideal for wine and history enthusiasts, the cruise includes an excursion to Saint Émilion, center of the most famous Bordeaux wine appellations and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Other highlights include a tasting of Grand Cru wines at Château Beau-Sejour-Becot, and visits to the picturesque medieval towns of Nerac, Vianne and Le Mas d’Agenais.

On the sundrenched Canal du Midi, luxury hotel barge Enchanté will now enjoy a longer route between the ancient cities of Narbonne and Carcassonne, offering travelers an opportunity to explore more of the historic region, famous for its fortified hilltop villages and local artisanal crafts.  The extended itinerary will include a tour of L’Oulibo, a local co-operative olive press where guests will learn about the unique production process and taste the famous Lucques olives, and a private tasting of fine Corbières wines at Château Ollieux Romanis.


As part of Scotland’s ‘Year of the Homecoming’ celebrations, European Waterways has added several new excursions to the itinerary of hotel barge Scottish Highlander. The barge cruises the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness through a spectacular scenic landscape featuring medieval castles, local villages and historic battle sites.  Tour favourites include visits to Clava Cairns, a clan chieftain prehistoric burial site dating back to 2,000 B.C., and the Glen Ord whisky distillery, founded in 1838 and famed for its single and blended malts.

Prices start from €2,690 ($4,100 AUD) per person and there currently some very attractive special offers on some Spring and Summer 2014 cruises.

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