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European Waterways Announces Spring Savings For Burgundy Cruises

January 17, 2018 River Cruising No Comments Email Email

European Waterways is jump-starting its spring 2018 hotel barge cruising season by offering up to 20% off cabins and charters in Burgundy, France.

The offer is available for select April departures on some of its most popular cruise routes in the famed wine-making region. Prices start at €2952 (AU$4,600) per person based on double occupancy. Cruises must be booked by February 19th, 2018 to be eligible and other restrictions may apply. 

Eligible hotel barges include L’Impressionniste, La Belle Epoque, L’Art de Vivre, Finesse and Renaissance, offering a wide variety of experiential excursions that introduce guests to the renowned wines, sumptuous cuisine, historical architecture and cultural heritage of the region.

Spring is an ideal time to visit Burgundy with warm temperatures creating the perfect conditions for sightseeing and cycling alongside the canals. The hillsides are in bloom with colourful flowers, setting the scene for market squares returning to life as town folks set up their open-air shops again, and the canal towpaths reward travellers with the pleasant sound of birdsong.

Nearby Paris is also a prominent spring destination, with European Waterways offering free transfers from the city centre to some of their hotel barges in Burgundy making it very convenient for guests to extend their Paris holiday with a Burgundy cruise.

“While April in Paris is for romance, Burgundy in the springtime is a paradise for nature lovers,” said Derek Banks, Managing Director of European Waterways. “With these great spring specials, it’s an excellent time to combine a romantic interlude in Paris with a cruise through a region that is critically acclaimed for its exquisite wines and beautiful countryside.”

A Hotel Barge for Every Interest

Every cruise in Burgundy offers its own surprises – but all have daily excursions that include wine tastings, cultural tours and gourmet meals prepared by onboard master chefs. The meals feature the wines and gastronomic traditions unique to the region. Among the vessels offering spring specials, the deluxe, 12-passenger L’Impressionniste cruises in Southern Burgundy between Fleurey-sur-Ouche and Escommes, introducing guests to medieval villages and places such as Beaune, the local ‘wine capital’.

The 12-passenger La Belle Epoque cruises in the north between Venarey-les-Laumes and Tanlay and visits Flavigny sur Ozerain, location of the film ‘Chocolat’.  It also introduces guests to the ‘most beautiful village in France’, Noyers-sur-Serein.

The 8-passenger L’Art de Vivre cruises the Canal du Nivernais and River Yonne, with visits that include the hilltop basilica in the town of Vezelay.

The ultra-deluxe, 8-passenger Finesse cruises in Southern Burgundy between St-Julien-sur-Dheune and St-Jean-de-Losne. It offers tours of ancient towns as Autun, famous for its 12th century cathedral. 

Renaissance, an 8-passenger vessel, cruises in the Upper Loire and Western Burgundy between Chatillon-sur-Lore and Montargis. Itinerary highlights include cruising across the aqueduct at Briare, built by Gustave Eiffel over the River Loire.

“Each European Waterways’ cruise is every bit as unique as our valued guests and the friendly people of the delightful towns and vineyards that we visit – it’s an experience unlike any other,” said Banks.

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