Bon voyage and bon appetit with European Waterways – European Waterways operates a fleet of luxury hotel barges to bring guests “up close and personal” to some of the more unique attractions and personalities in the cruising regions.
Among the unique experiences for guests aboard the 12-passenger L’Impressionniste hotel barge, which cruises France’s renowned wine-making region of Burgundy, is a private tour of the moat-encircled Château de Commarin.
You’ll be accompanied by Count Bertrand de Vogue, the current resident and 26th generation of the de Vogue family to maintain continuous residence since the 13th century. Count de Vogue will offer insight into the Château’s fascinating history, after which guests will explore the Château’s regal interior, stables and surrounding gardens.
Alternatively, the champagne flows freely for guests aboard La Belle Epoque, a deluxe 12-passenger hotel barge whose wood-panelled saloon and hand-built seating attest to its elegance. Among the cruise’s various excursions is a private tasting at the Alexandre Bonnet Champagne House in Les Riceys, an off-the-beaten path and unspoiled part of the Champagne region that still retains its authenticity and charm. It is also the only place in Champagne to have been awarded three AOC certificates: for Champagne, Rosé des Riceys and Coteaux Champenois.
For nature lovers and foodies, a “one-of-a-kind” experience is offered on the October 28 departure of the eight-passenger Anjodi hotel barge. A “founder member” of the European Waterways’ fleet, the vessel is also a true celebrity, having starred in a popular culinary television series hosted by famed British chef Rick Stein.
In addition to visiting a local oyster farm, guests will visit the Camargue National Park, renowned for its wild horses, pink flamingos and lush green wetlands. They will enjoy authentic Camargue cuisine at a local restaurant in Aigues Mortes, as well as tour the Palais des Papes – the Palace of the Popes.
One of the largest medieval fortresses and a former home to visiting Popes, it is today a World Heritage Site and testament to the powerful influence of Western Christianity in the 14th century.
“The hallmark of all European Waterways’ hotel barge cruises is their unparalleled level of luxury and comfort, combined with daily excursions that immerse guests in the culture, history and gastronomic traditions of the cruising regions,” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways. However, each cruise is also unique and memorable in its own way because of the unexpected and delightful experiences not scheduled in the itinerary. Depending on the opportunity, we might decide to stop for a drink with a lock-keeper, for example, or enjoy impromptu entertainment from local musicians, artists and other colourful performers.”
European Waterways’ 6-night cruise prices start at £2,320 per person, based on double occupancy and include all gourmet meals, fine wines, open bar, daily escorted excursions, admissions and local transfers. There is currently a 20% discount on multiple charter departures.
Please visit www.europeanwaterways.com for more information