European Waterways has announced an ‘early bird’ special offering 10% off select departures in 2017 for those who book their cruises by December 31, 2016. Eligible cruises are available from March through to late August, making this an excellent opportunity to enjoy one of these fascinating ‘voyages of exploration’ at some of the best times of the year.
Participating hotel barges include the bright and spacious 20-passenger La Bella Vita, which cruises the Venetian Lagoon and Po Valley; the 8-passenger Rosa, which takes guests through the rural, colourful landscape of Gascony in Southwest France; and the 12-passenger Panache, whose panoramic saloon windows and large sundeck offer guests the perfect view of the historic Alsace Lorraine region with its mixture of French and German cultures.
The cruises gently carry passengers through the heart of some of Europe’s most picturesque regions. Guests experience the local gastronomy and enjoy private wine tastings as they discover the culture and history of each region. Cruise highlights include a visit to the village of Le Mas d’Agenais and the colourful market of Marmande on the Rosa; a romantic candlelit meal whilecruising through the two Arzviller tunnels on Panache’s summer cruises in Alsace Lorraine; and a visit to Mantua’s Ducal Palace and gardens – or the Doge’s Palace in Venice on La Bella Vita.
“’Everyone should do this at least once in their life’ is a frequent comment among our guests, with ‘it’s the best way of seeing France’ a universal sentiment,” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways. “The friendships and camaraderie that develop among our small groups of sophisticated ‘cultural adventurists’ makes for a truly unforgettable vacation. That’s why many of them return to cruise with us again.”