Cruising in France: Day 1 on the Burgundy Canal

  “April showers bring spring flowers.” Our group of twelve was picked up at a designated meeting point in the afternoon on a chilly day in Paris by Jolanda, Captain of the canal barge La Belle Epoque, owned by European Waterways, for the trip in two private minibuses to the village of Venarey-les-Laumes, a three hour drive of 180m kilometers. Our route south out of Paris took us along the left bank of the River Seine and …

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AmaWaterways 2014: Commemorating D-Day and Offering Deals on Worldwide Cruises

River cruise line AmaWaterways is commemorating the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, and providing its passengers with the opportunity to explore history, culture and the story that captures the struggles of WWII. Begin your journey in magical Paris, embarking on a luxurious AmaWaterways ship. Travel to the village of Giverny, where Monet lived and worked, and Honfleur, a harbor town celebrated by generations of artists. Wander through Rouen, then take an unforgettable excursion to the famous Normandy beaches …

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A family tour of a Paris neighborhood with a local guide

PARIS — Green, red or purple? Not crayons, French Macarons, the best cookie you could ever taste. We’re in Gerard Merlot, a shop famous for macarons in the St Germain district of Paris, with Genevieve Robert, who we’ve met through a terrific company called Tours by Locals. You correspond ahead of your trip with a local guide who can tailor a tour to your liking—food, design, architecture, kids… I like that the guides are all locals and …

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France Cruises and Hotel Barging in Europe

I do love the luxurious, cultural experience a European river cruise offers, and I simply must share what I’ve learned about  France Cruises, a world-leading luxury barge cruise company. Life in the countryside moves a little bit slower, and that’s the enchanting beauty of it. Here is where you’ll find the very heart and soul of Europe – far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The luxury barge cruising experience is unlike any cruise …

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Special Inaugural Voyages with AmaWaterways! Paris, Normandy & the Seine River

I recently spoke to Rudi Schreiner, President and Co-Founder of AmaWaterways. A trained architect and a native of Vienna, Rudi is a travel industry pioneer, having introduced the concept of modern-day River cruising to the market in 1994. Since that time, he has propelled his fleet to its current award-winning status, earning accolades from media, travel consultants and satisfied passengers all around the world. (Note: After the interview, there’s a listing of current AmaWaterways specials.) What makes …

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Been-here-Done-That-Traveler: The MS AmaDante- An Overview

Following my stay in Paris,  I spent the next seven days cruising the waters of the Mosel and Rhine Rivers aboard one of Europe’s most luxurious riverboats, the MS AmaDante, on an AMA Waterways exclusive Wine Cruise highlighting some of Europe’s most acclaimed wine regions. After a successful trial run last year, AMA Waterways offered several fall wine cruises this year in an effort to bolster shoulder season business. These cruises take advantage of fewer tourists in port cities, the …

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Been-There-Done-That-Traveler: Paris

Paris. There are over 1600 hotels in Paris, with the average hotel rate for first class properties at about $468 per night.  Deluxe properties charge closer to $560.  And while comfortable, these rooms are smaller than most US hotel rooms, yet are where most visitors stay. Haven’t most visitors to Paris already Been-There-Done-That? So, en route to taking an AMA Waterways Wine Cruise departing from Paris, I decided to explore some alternatives. And did I say Paris …

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