Cruise through France’s finest wine regions on a hotel barge with European Waterways

For those people who enjoy a glass of fine wine – perhaps a crisp Chablis or a full-bodied Minervois red; maybe an aromatic Riesling, or that aristocrat of sparkling wines, champagne – many of our hotel barges cruise right through the regions of France where these wonderful wines are produced. For example, Panache, a 12-passenger vessel with a doting crew of six, offers an enviable choice to wine enthusiasts. She will cruise for 5 weeks in May …

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Preparing for cruise of Burgundy region of France on European Waterways’ La Renaissance

Slowly, smoothly barging through the valleys and canals of Burgundy, encountering the Loire, Saone and Seine Rivers. Disembarking to explore vineyards, famous, family-owned wineries and medieval villages. Visiting historic chateaux like Chateau de La Bussiere or “fisherman’s castle,” Chateau Sully-sur Loire where Joan of Arc and Voltaire were exiled and the royal and imperial Chateau de Fountainbleau, home for seven centuries’ of royal residents. Meanwhile, the chef shops and prepares gourmet meals of local, seasonal specialties to …

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European Waterways’ new Opera Cruises on ‘La Bella Vita’ feature Puccini and Verdi operas at the Arena di Verona

European Waterways is offering guests “a night at the opera” on two special opera-themed cruises onboard the hotel barge La Bella Vita. The 7-night tours, July 11-18 and September 5-12, 2015, include a night in Verona with premium seating at the Arena di Verona, a former Roman Amphitheater. There, guests will enjoy a grand performance of Puccini’s “Tosca” on July 11 or Verdi’s “Nabucco” on September 5. They will also visit the famous Arena Museo Opera museum, …

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European Waterways Announces Summer Special Offer – 10% Off the August 2nd Cruise on the Hotel Barge ‘Panache’ in Alsace-Lorraine, France

European Waterways is offering 10% off per cabin for the August 2nd departure on its luxury hotel barge ‘Panache’ in one of its most popular cruise regions, Alsace-Lorraine in France. This is a saving of over US$1,000, based on double occupancy and is bookable by April 7th. “Alsace-Lorraine is one of the most interesting areas of France, and Alsace has a unique blend of French and German cultures,” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways. “We …

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European Waterways’ luxury hotel barge cruising brochure now available for 2015 season

European Waterways, the largest luxury hotel barge cruising company in Europe, announced that its 2015 brochure is now available and being mailed out to its many partner agents. Printed on quality stock and featuring a wide array of colorful images, the brochure highlights all of the countries the company’s 18 vessels cruise throughout France, Italy, Holland and the British Isles. Expanded to 62 pages, the brochure includes maps of the cruising routes and daily itineraries, as well …

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European Waterways “Takes Ten” in 2015 and declares the “Year of the Family”

European Waterways, Europe’s largest luxury hotel barge cruising company, has declared the 2015 cruise season “the year of the family,” offering up to 10% off the price of whole boat charters on ten of its most popular hotel barges in the fleet. Since the vessels hold from just 8 to 12 passengers, chartering a hotel barge guarantees a personal, private holiday, with the option to modify family-friendly itineraries to meet the unique needs of the group. “Family …

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L’Impressioniste: Final impressions

I am back at home in South Florida, three tubs of laundry done and still enjoying memories of France. We were brought back to Paris on Saturday. More Impressions Sunday morning in Paris we trekked from our hotel room near the Opera to Musee D’Orsay on the other side of the river. The museum was formerly a train station and housed the largest number of people rescued from concentration camps after World War II. Each of the six …

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L’Impressioniste: Cruise through Burgundy coming to an end

ABOARD THE L’IMPRESSIONISTE — Today is July 4, a holiday at home celebrating our national independence — a feat accomplished with the help of the French. And tomorrow, our six- day journey through France’s lush Burgundy canals comes to an end. Sad, but true, tomorrow we will leave L’Impressioniste and return to Paris. So our barge trip is almost over. I loved it: The pace, the outstanding food and wine and the amazing countryside with fey little …

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L’Impressioniste: The Gallo-Roman town of Dijon is a delight

ABOARD THE L’IMPRESSIONISTE — Signals come, signals go. Even though we have no Internet service for long periods of time, the area remains breathtakingly beautiful as well as perfect, weather-wise. The rain is behind us and yesterday, as we toured the city of Dijon, our band of seven were hard pressed to find a more idyllic vacation day. Dijon is a city that I was planning to visit years ago when my husband and I stayed in …

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