Cruise the French Canals with early 2016 specials


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European Waterways is offering 10% off per cabin and 10% off whole boat charters for select, popular routes in March and April 2016 for bookings made by 31 December 31 2015.

Among the hotel barges offering 10% off per cabin is L’Art de Vivre in Burgundy for its 10 and 17 April departures; the Anjodi on the Canal du Midi in the Languedoc-Rousillon region for its 20 and 27 March departures; and the Rosa in Gascony for its 17 and 24 April departures.

“Along with comfortable temperatures, a landscape in bloom and fewer tourists, spring is an ideal time for a leisurely hotel barge cruise,” said Derek Banks, Managing Director of European Waterways. “The cruises wind their way through some of the country’s most renowned vineyards and give guests the chance to visit medieval towns, châteaux, cathedrals and colourful local markets. The cuisine and wines served on board reflect the region’s gastronomic tradition.”

L’Art de Vivre hotel barge offers a real taste of Burgundian ‘good life’ as it cruises along the Canal du Nivernais, one of France’s most picturesque canals. Among the highlights is a visit to the medieval village of Noyers-sur-Serein and its food markets; a tour of the stately, 800-year-old Château de Bazoches, and a wine tasting of Chablis and Petit Chablis at a renowned Domaine.

The Anjodi’s cruise along the 300 year-old Canal du Midi takes guests from the shores of the Mediterranean across lagoons full of migrating birds and past ancient Cathar cities such as Carcassonne and canal side vineyards.

Highlights of the cruises on board the Rosa on the Canal de Garonne include visits to fortified medieval towns known as bastides, and a crossing of a magnificent 1000 foot long aqueduct. Guests also visit artisan producers to learn about and sample local specialties such as foie gras and Armagnac.

“Every European Waterways cruise offers memorable experiences particular to each region, whether it is Burgundy or further south in Gascony and the Midi, and spring time in France has its own unique appeal” said Banks.

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