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February 13, 2019 River Cruising No Comments Email Email


European Waterways continues to invest in unique experiential excursions for their guests, adding new experiences for 2019 that include a ‘Birds of Prey’ demonstration and private wine tastings at prestigious wineries including Domaine Laroche in Burgundy, France.

The new excursions reflect the company’s ongoing commitment to providing guests with unique and memorable experiences that immerse them in the history, traditions and cuisine of the cruise regions. 

“European Waterways is committed to making our cruises memorable in every way, from the excellent accommodations to the exceptional service provided by an attentive crew,” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways. “Whatever the cruise region, guests will enjoy some of the most unique experiences in Europe.”

Last-minute promotions of 20% off on charters and cabins on select departures in April and May 2019 are still available on La Belle Epoque, one of the hotel barges offering this new excursion, when booked by February 18, 2019. Charters are available starting at €39,920, a saving of €9,980 off the regular price of €49,900. Cabin prices start as low as €3,592 per person, based on double occupancy, a saving of €898 off the regular price of €4,490.

Guests will enjoy a demonstration of falconry at the Château de Commarin and have the opportunity to get up close and personal with hawks, owls and eagles, all under the watchful eye of a trained falconer. After the birds have returned to their nests it’s time to meet Count Bertrand de Vogue, the current resident of the château and 26th generation of the de Vogue family. The Count will regale guests with tales of the château, after which guests will be treated to a private tour of the building.

In addition to the falconry experience, La Belle Epoque’s extensive array of excursions includes a visit to the town of Chablis, where guests will enjoy an upgraded private wine tasting at the prestigious Domaine Laroche.  There, they will also tour the 1000-year-old Obédiencerie, originally part of the monastery of St. Martin, where the monks developed the craft of winemaking in the Middle Ages and where the wines are still aged today.

Other cruise highlights include a private tasting at a boutique Champagne house, dinner with a Baroness at the Château de Ricey-Bas, a former castle and now monument historique, and a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Abbaye de Fontenay, a former Cistercian abbey founded by St. Bernard in 1118.

In addition to classic cruises, the La Belle Epoque itinerary can highlight golf, family, culinary, and walking vacations. La Belle Epoque also offers private transfer to the vessel from a designated location in Paris.



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