In fact, I have spoken several times with the owner of European Waterways, his name is Derek and we will soon be on one of the barges so I will be able to properly write about this type of cruise. (I cannot wait to share this experience with you!) This is what I do know right now………..
European Waterways, the lovely hotel barge line that visits Europe’s castles, ancient monuments and historic sites, has announced the re-launch of one of its ships, the hotel barge Rosa. Rosa has undergone a dramatic new refit and will begin cruising again on August 29th, 2010.
The ship, popularly known for its appearance on Rick Stein’s TV series “French Odyssey”, will once again be joining him on a televised journey between Agen and Toulouse. This journey will constitute part of a new route that extends from Agen to Montauban on the Canal des Deux Mers. This delightful voyage features Gascony’s best, including private wine, Armagnac and foie gras tastings, scenic French countryside and captivating shore excursions.
All-inclusive rates for this sailing aboard ‘Rosa’ are from $3,850 per person sharing a double cabin. For a more private experience, the line offers an exclusive charter of the entire vessel for$26,800.
European Waterways is also promoting a wonderful romantic honeymoon option: a river cruise aboard the Nymphea. Couples can create lifetime memories while cruising through the Loire valley past vineyards and chateaux, sipping champagne and enjoying fine cuisine. This honeymoon cruise also features fantastic shore excursions, including a spectacular hot air balloon ride and dinner at a renowned Michelin starred restaurant ashore. A honeymoon charter cruise aboard Nymphea starts at $15,800 for two people.
These hotel barges are quite lovely and provide a quintessential experience. Find out more about European Waterways.