Thursday, 13 September 2012

Alsace, Italy and Scottish Highlands with European Waterways

Harvesting the Beauty of Alsace
This Fall, European Waterways’ 12-passenger Panache is cruising through the historic French region of Alsace. Bordering Germany, the region features a combination of both French and German cultures, and boasts a classic landscape of rolling vineyards and winding waterways.  Its medieval villages and historic citadels are tucked away between the Vosges Mountains on the west and the River Rhine to the east.  During a characteristically long and warm Autumn, the region’s half-timbered houses are set against an auburn countryside, complete with ripe rows of grapes just waiting to be picked and processed into wine.  
Excellent seasonal specials on Panache include £1,000 off per cabin, based on double occupancy, for last-minute travelers on September 16th, as well as for departures on Oct. 7 and October 14.  Families or groups looking to book the whole boat can get 25 % off for departures on October 21. 

The Scottish Highlands
The magnificent Scottish Highlands are arguably the quintessential trademark of Scotland.  Featuring the Grampian Mountains and Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis, they are populated with medieval castles, country farm towns, and vast lakes. 

Passengers on European Waterways’ luxury barge, The Scottish Highlander, will be in “high” spirits this fall, spending long, peaceful days cruising the Caledonian Canal. 

Guests will take in the view on a gondola trip up Britain’s eighth highest mountain, Aonach Mor. Scottish history will be explored at the famous medieval Eilean Donan Castle featured in the movie Highlander; and at Cawdor Castle, the setting of Shakespeare’s’ Macbeth.  And for some onboard entertainment, a Scottish piper will serenade passengers one evening and Captain Dan Clark will play Scottish tunes on his accordion at the farewell dinner. 

Specials on The Scottish Highlander this Fall include £1,000 off per cabin, based on double occupancy, for departures on September 23 and October 14; and 25 % off the full charter price for departures on October 7 and 21. 

Say “Ciao” to La Bella Vita
Cruising slowly down the canals of northern Italy, one is truly living “La Bella Vita.” It means “the beautiful life” in Italian, and it is also the namesake of European Waterways’ stylish 20-passenger vessel that cruises the region.  Traveling between Mantua in north central Italy and the coastal city of Venice, La Bella Vita cruises through the Po Valley and the Veneto on the canals and rivers of an ancient Roman trade route.  It visits towns such as Ferrara, which boasts of Medieval and Renaissance architecture, cobblestone streets, and the aroma of delicious local cuisine – where life in the moment really couldn’t be more “Bella.” 

La Bella Vita’s varied itinerary spans the gardens and wine cellars of the 17th century Villa Widmann-Borletti, to the colorful beach towns of the lagoon islands.  Guests will tour Venice, the ancient city built on water, and the small fishing port town of Chioggia, featuring a colorful fresh fish market, among other excursions. 

European Waterways is offering £1,000 off per cabin, based on double occupancy, for departures on September 30 on La Bella Vita. It is also offering £2,500 off the whole boat charter for departures on October 14, 21 and 28.

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