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Popular hotel barges Panache and Anjodi Make France an even more appealing Destination for High Season Travel this Summer

May 20, 2016 River Cruising No Comments Email Email

 European Waterways, Europe’s largest luxury hotel barge operator, is offering great savings on cabins and full boat charters forPanache and Anjodi on selected 6-night cruises in France this season.

Both vessels are offering €1,500 (AU$2,320) off per cabin on selected departures in June and July. Full-boat charter specials are also available, with Anjodi offering €6,000 (AU$9,300) off and Panache offering €9,000 (AU$14,000) off. Cabin specials are based on double occupancy and all specials must be booked by June 20, 2016 to qualify.

Panache - Alsace

“Hotel barging along the scenic canals of France is truly ‘a moveable feast,’ with a master chef serving up gourmet meals daily that are a gastronomic delight,” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways. “The slow pace of travel lets our guests enjoy every minute of the cruise, and with these lower rates, it’s exceptional value at a time when most cruises still reflect high season rates.”

A classically Dutch-designed hotel barge, the 8-passenger Anjodi has had a facelift for 2016, with her cabins and saloon being skillfully refurbished to create a lighter, more spacious ambience that complements her African hardwood panelling and shining brass fittings.  The hotel barge also features a spacious sundeck and hot tub to watch the world go by in luxury and comfort. Excursion highlights – on the Canal du Midi – include a private wine tasting at the 14th century Chateau de Perdiguier, a former noble’s country house that is renowned for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines. Guests will also tour Carcassonne, a medieval walled city with its 53 watchtowers and double-walled fortifications and the culturally-rich town of Pezenas, where French playwright and actor Moliere once spent his summers.

With €1,500 (AU$2,320) off per cabin on some Anjodj June and July departures, the fully-crewed, 6-night itinerary, based on double occupancy, costs from €2,940 (AU$4,550) per person. Ideal for families and small groups, Anjodi is also offering €6,000(AU$9,300) off full-boat charter prices for select departures in June, July, and August.

 The 12-passenger Panache cruises in Alsace & Lorraine, a unique region of France that has been occupied by both France and Germany at different times in history. Today, while officially part of France, many of its towns and villages, as well as its occupants, still have German names. Panache has recently undergone some refurbishments; the bar area has been remodelled, the cabins redecorated and dining and saloon areas have been refreshed with new furnishings.  The spacious public spaces and amenities include comfortable double, or twin en suite cabins with oversized showers, a large sundeck with a hot tub, and 12 bicycles to ensure every guest can enjoy the level, charming towpaths and explore the nearby towns.  Excursion highlights include touring the Route des Vins d’Alsace (Alsace Wine Route), often called “one of France’s most evocative drives”. It features roadside wine cellars, half-timbered villages, and castles on hilltops. Visits to Strasbourg’s magnificent Gothic cathedral and the René Lalique museum are also included in the cruise itinerary.

Panache is also offering up to €1,500 (AU$2,320) off per cabin on selected departures in June and July, with the fully-crewed, 6-night itinerary, based on double occupancy, costing from €4,140 (AU$6,410) per person; and €9,000 (AU$14,000) off the full 12-passenger charter price for select departures in July and August.

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