French Country Waterways gives anniversary discounts every fifth celebration

Quinquennial wedding anniversaries are those that take place every fifth year — and French Country Waterways is continuing its tradition of celebrating those milestones with savings that match the anniversary.

So, if this is the year of the 5th, 10th, 15th, all the way up to the big Golden (50th) Anniversary, then the celebrating couple can save the same amount (5%, 10%, 15%…50%) off the price of the seven-day luxury sailings. A festive dinner will mark the anniversary.

Regular 2010 fares are $5,095 to $6,495; weekly departures run from April 4 to October 31. The cruise need not coincide with the wedding date but a couple must have gotten married between 1960 and 2005 in a year ending in zero or five and submit a copy of the wedding certificate.

The eight-passenger Horizon II takes in “Historic Burgundy,” the route between Tanlay and Veneray-les-Laumes on the Canal de Bourgogne; the 12-passenger recently-renovated Nenuphar has moved to the Canal de Bourgogne in Burgundy’s fabled Côte d’Or wine-growing region; and the 12-passenger, all-suite Adrienne sails the Champagne region, where she cruises between Maizy and Château-Thierry on the Canal Latéral à la Marne, Canal de l’Aisne à la Marne and the River Marne.

Highlights include relaxed tours of towns and villages along the canals, private wine tastings in well known vineyards and private cellars, excursions to historic sites and cathedrals, free time for shopping or riding bikes along the canal paths and dinners at Michelin-starred restaurants.

French Country Waterways treats guests to a member-of-the-family atmosphere while setting the highest standard in personal service, quality, comfort and safety for luxury barge cruising. The very attentive and friendly crews, averaging one crewmember to two passengers, are fluent in English and French and happily pass on their extensive knowledge of the wines, cheeses and history of the regions.

Signature characteristics of the cruises are a lunch ashore and a dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant; creative cuisine prepared by talented young chefs, who blend classic cooking techniques with the trend to lighter cuisine; four-course candlelit dinners accompanied by Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines; daily sightseeing excursions; and no smoking inside the barges and coaches.

The barges are available for individual bookings and for charter by families, friends and groups of eight to 12 persons. Special room rates are offered at several deluxe hotels in Paris.

Information, brochures and reservations can be obtained from French Country Waterways, Ltd., P.O. Box 2195, Duxbury, MA 02331; (800) 222-1236 in the U.S. and Canada and (781) 934-2454 in MA; or, visit

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