Friday, 23 August 2013

European Waterways Luxury Hotel Barges this Autumn

Excellent Sight-Seeing Weather Makes Autumn the Perfect Time
to Enjoy all That European Waterways Has to Offer

For the seasoned traveler, Autumn is the perfect time of the year to enjoy some of Europe’s most popular attractions. The big crowds are gone and the countryside glows with the colorful mantle of turning leaves. The weather is ideal for sight-seeing, long bicycle rides, and just relaxing and watching the changing of the seasons from the deck of a European Waterways luxury hotel barge, where guests are pampered by an attentive crew.  

The Burgundian Life Aboard L'Art de Vivre
L'Art de Vivre is an 8-passenger hotel barge whose interior furnishings evoke the Burgundian spirit of the "good life." Facilities include a spacious sun deck that is perfect for watching the changing season, and bicycles for those ready to “hit the road” with a gentle ride on the tow paths alongside the canal. An always open bar ensures the “spirit” is always willing as guests coast along the wine and history-rich Burgundy region of France through the beautiful Yonne valley.

Highlights of a L’Art de Vivre cruise include an exploration of the fourth largest city in Burgundy, Auxerre, and a sampling of Chablis wines at a private wine tasting. Guests also tour Noyers-sur-Serein, which many consider one of the most beautiful villages in Burgundy, and can take an optional ride in a hot air balloon. For more information, visit:

The Anjodi on the Canal Du Midi
The 8-passenger Anjodi was especially designed to navigate the 300-year-old Canal du Midi, with furnishings that include African hardwood and hand-crafted paneling and shining brass that evokes an atmosphere of elegance for passengers. It features air-conditioned staterooms with full en-suite facilities, comfortable furniture and a sun deck with a heated spa pool, the perfect place from which to take in the beautiful Mediterranean sunset.

Tours include a visit to Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back more than 2,000 years that offers the most complete example of a fortified medieval city in existence. The cruise also takes passengers through the historic Malpas tunnel, Europe’s first navigable canal tunnel, excavated in 1679.  There is a visit to Minerve’s 12th century hill-top fort, which overlooks the River Cesse, and a private wine tasting at Ch√Ęteau de Perdiguier, a picturesque castle whose history dates back to 1375.  For more information on this cruise, visit:   

The Magna Carta on the River Thames
The 8-passenger Magna Carta, one of the most stylish vessels on the River Thames, features large picture windows and a well-appointed and spacious saloon, with amenities that include air conditioning and under-floor heating in each of its four, full-width cabins.  Eight bicycles on-board ensure every passenger can go sight-seeing whenever the mood strikes them. 

Highlights of the cruise include guided tours of Hampton Court Palace and Christ Church College, Oxford, and a visit to Henley-on-Thames, famed for its annual Royal Regatta, which overlooks the historic Chiltern landscape of wooded hills and green fields.  Tours also include a visit to the early Tudor manor house of Dorney Court in Buckinghamshire, which dates back to 1440 and whose owners, the Palmer family, still live there.  For more information visit   

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