“Wine & Whisky’ Barge Cruises on Sale With European Waterways

 Thursday, January 30, 2020 


Following a record year in 2019, luxury hotel barge cruising specialist European Waterways is looking to continue its success into 2020 by offering up to 20% off on cabin and charter prices on select cruises in France, Italy and Scotland. It’s a unique opportunity for travelers to enjoy the world-renowned wines featured in its French and Italian cruises, as well as the famed Scottish whiskies enjoyed by guests aboard its hotel barges in the Scottish Highlands. The specials are applicable to select departures and represent savings of up to $17,000 per charter and $3,220 per cabin, based on double occupancy. They are available when booked by February 17, 2020.

“Our all-inclusive cruises feature superb regional wines paired with exceptional gastronomic meals every day, along with exclusive, experiential excursions that immerse travelers in the historical and culinary traditions of the region,” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways. “Every cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime experience – or two- and three-times-in-a-lifetime, judging by the many repeat clients we get!”

Fourteen European Waterways vessels are participating in the special offer. Among them is the 8-passenger Rosa, which cruises Gascony and Bordeaux; the 8-passenger L’Art de Vivre on the Lower Nivernais Canal and the River Yonne in Burgundy, France; and the 8-passenger Scottish Highlander, which cruises the Caledonian Canal in the Scottish Highlands.

Days of Wine and Rosa
European Waterways’ Rosa is a converted Dutch Clipper barge and one of the “stars” in celebrated master chef and restaurateur Rick Stein’s “French Odyssey” television series. Cruising the canals of Gascony and Bordeaux in southwest France, Rosa offers exclusive excursions such as private wine tastings at the prestigious Château Bellevue la Fôret winery. Guests will also enjoy an exclusive “Tea with a Countess” at the 18th century Château de la Motte that includes, for the 2020 season, a view of her private couture collection. They will also visit Moissac Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage site. With 20% off, Rosa can be chartered for $31,680 on select departures, a saving of $7,920 off the regular price of $39,600; cabins start at $3,720 per person, based on double occupancy, representing $930 off the $4,650 per person rate.

Living the High Life
European Waterways’ L’Art de Vivre once served as a supply vessel to the Allied troops in the Somme during World War One. Today it carries up to eight passengers in complete luxury and comfort as it cruises the Lower Nivernais Canal and the River Yonne in Burgundy. Among its exclusive offerings is a private tasting of Chablis and Petit Chablis at the prestigious Domaine Laroche, one of the largest landholders of Grand Cru vineyards. This is followed by a gastronomic private lunch in the domaine’s dining hall. Other excursions include a visit to the pilgrimage town of Vézelay with its hilltop basilica, and the elegant 12th century Château de Bazoches.

With 20% off charters on select departures, prices start at $28,400, a saving of $7,100 off the starting price of $35,500; cabins start at $4,400 per person, based on double occupancy, a saving of $1,110 per person off the regular $5,550 price.

European Waterways’ Scottish Highlander’s rich wood panelling, tartan-themed decor and large picture windows offer the perfect setting for taking in the expansive natural beauty of the majestic Scottish Highlands. Various excursions highlight historic sites such as Eilean Donan and Urquhart castles. They include a visit to Glencoe, the scene of the bloody massacre of the MacDonald clan in 1692. More notably, guests are treated to a private tasting of some of Scotland’s finest Scotch on a tour of the award-winning Tomatin whisky distillery. The Scottish Highlander is offering 10% off on select departures, with charters starting at $31,950, a saving of $3,550 off the starting price of $35,500. Cabins start at $4,761 per person, based on double occupancy, representing $529 off the $5,290 person starting rate.


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