Canal du Midi
The 8-passenger Anjodi was especially built to navigate the uniquely designed 330-year old Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southern France. While onboard, guests are catered to by a highly professional and attentive crew, comprised of a Captain, master chef, tour leader, and hostess, who ensure their experiences are memorable. In addition to enjoying luxury accommodations, passengers are also treated to a wide range of excursions that include a private wine tasting and tour of the 14th century Chateau de Perdiguier; a visit to Narbonne, which boasts a bustling food market, and a tour of the Archbishop’s Palace, home to several museums that offer glimpses into the archaeology, art, and history that shaped the region.
Excursions also include a stop in Pézenas, widely known as “the town of Moliere” for its associations with the noted French actor and playwright.
The Burgundy Canal
Renowned for its more than 60,000 acres of vineyards, Burgundy produces some of the finest wines in the world. The 12-passenger hotel barge La Belle Epoque offers a spacious and comfortable environment, designed with both ease and elegance in mind. Complete with a sun deck, spa pool, a wood paneled saloon, and open bar, the vessel is ideal for scenic tours through the historic region of Burgundy. The cruise features wine tours and “up close and personal” excursions into the everyday lives of its people that are not usually experienced by the common tourist.
Passengers on La Belle Epoque are invited to tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Abbaye de Fontenay, one of the oldest Cistercian abbeys in Europe; visit the village of Flavigny sur Ozerain, the location of the celebrated film “Chocolat”;
The Bordeaux Region
With wine a major theme, hotel barge Rosa’s itinerary is perfect for lovers of fine vintages. Guests are invited to explore the 2,000-year-old wine-growing region of Bordeaux with its special ‘terroir’ – the unique composition of the land that imparts a unique quality to the wine – and participate in excursions that include a wine tasting at Château Bausejour-Bescot near Saint Emilion and visits to the medieval towns of Nerac, Vianne and Le Mas d’Agenais.
“Whether or not they take advantage of our last-minute specials, our guests are assured that every cruise in our extensive fleet is special,” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways. “We are committed to providing our guests with one of the most memorable, most special vacations they’ve ever had.”
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About European Waterways
The hotel barging experience is different from large vessel river cruising. It offers a slower paced, “gentle voyage of discovery” along the more intimate canals and waterways of Europe, allowing a small number of guests to become more fully immersed in the culture, history and gastronomy of the region. European Waterways is Europe’s largest all-inclusive luxury hotel barging company, offering vacations in nine countries and carrying over 2,000 passengers a year. Founded nearly 40 years ago, they own, operate and market a private fleet of luxury hotel barges with cruises in France, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, England, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. Pioneers in hotel barging, they were the first company to operate a hotel barge on the Upper Nivernais in Burgundy, and the “real” Loire Valley. They are also the only cruise company offering barge cruises in Scotland and in the Venetian lagoon and River Po valley. Please visit www.gobarging.com for more information. See our Special Offers at www.gobarging.com/