Saturday, 16 February 2013


Offering Up to 20% Off Cabin Bookings and Up to 25% Off Whole-Barge Charters
on Selected Spring Cruises in Holland and France
In Spring-time, blossoming flowers adorn the landscapes of Europe and the sun shines brightly above its picturesque canals and waterways. It’s an ideal time for a hotel barge cruise, and to mark the launch of its 2013 season, European Waterways – Europe’s largest luxury hotel barging company – is making it an extra “special” occasion for travellers, with excellent savings on select cruises in Holland, Burgundy and Southern France.
Panache “Springs” Into 2013 With Tulip Cruises in Holland:
The twelve-passenger hotel barge Panache, new to the European Waterways’ fleet in 2012, made a successful debut in Holland with its inaugural “Tulip Cruises” last Spring and Panache will again be cruising during prime flower season this Spring. With European Waterways offering 20% off per cabin and 20% off whole-barge charters on selected departures during March, April and May (book by February 28), Panache is sure to be popular with again.
“Holland is a flower-lover’s paradise during the Spring, with tulip fields in bloom the quintessential symbol of the country,” said Banks. “The vivid colours really are a sight to behold.”
Holland cruises on Panache feature a tour of the world famous Keukenhof Gardens, filled with over seven million flowering bulbs. Other highlights include a tour of Gouda, Holland’s cheese centre, and a visit to the historic canal city of Delft to see the world famous tableware being hand-made and painted.
Panache 6-night all-inclusive ‘Tulip’ cruises start from £2,390pp including the 20% discount.

A Bouquet of Offerings on the Canal du Midi:
The 330-year-old Canal du Midi runs along the Mediterranean shore of Southern France before meandering inland with magnificent views of the snow-capped Pyrenees Mountains and the rolling Minervois vineyards. Life on the canal is slow-paced and quiet, with lush green trees lining the banks and sunlight drenching the French countryside decorated with almond blossoms.
European Waterways offer a range of itineraries on their hotel barges in this picturesque region. This Spring, they are offering 10% off cabin bookings and whole-barge charters on selected March and April departures on two vessels, Anjodi and Clair de Lune )book by April 30), as well as 25% off selected April and May departures on the elegant Enchanté (book by February 28).
Among the highlights, travellers will visit the medieval hilltop village of Minerve with spectacular views from its 12th century Cathar fort; enjoy tours of Narbonne, with its colourful indoor market and the medieval fortified city of Carcassonne. Each itinerary will also include private tours and tastings at renowned Minervois vineyards.
Canal du Midi 6-night all-inclusive cruises start from £2,385pp, including discount
A Burgundy Spring:
Burgundy is famous for some of Europe’s finest wines and cuisine, prettiest canals and charming medieval villages rich in history. Come Spring, the backdrop features cherry blossoms and lilacs, forested hills and rows of growing grape vines. And with European Waterways offering 10% off cabin bookings and whole-barge charters in March and April (book by April 30) aboard the 8-passenger L’Art de Vivre, now is the ideal time to think about drifting slowly along the Canal du Nivernais, admiring the scenery from the sun-deck, or walking the quiet tow paths.
A Burgundy cruise on the charming L’Art de Vivre presents a varied itinerary, including a private winery tour and tasting in Chablis. Other excursions include the riverside town of Auxerre, famous for its Gothic Cathedral, to Noyers-sur-Serein, recognized as one of France’s ‘100 Most Beautiful Villages’ and to spectacular Vezelay with its hilltop Romanesque basilica.
Burgundy 6-night all-inclusive cruises aboard L’Art de Vivre cost from £2,295pp, including discount
Cabin specials are based on double occupancy. Other restrictions may apply.
Based on double occupancy, all fares include: include: accommodation in air-conditioned, en- suite cabins, all gourmet meals on board, fine wines, open bar, daily escorted shore excursions, local transfers and the use of all barge facilities such as bicycles and spa pools.

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