European Waterways announced that it is offering a Black Friday Special of 25% off on whole boat charters on two of its popular hotel barge cruises in France. The specials are good for the April 7, 2024 departure of the 12-passenger La Belle Epoque in Burgundy and the March 31, 2024 departure of the eight-passenger Enchanté on the Canal du Midi. With the Black Friday Special, the charter price for La Belle Epoque is $54,375, a saving of $18,125 off the original $72,500 price. The charter price for Enchanté is $42,375, a saving of $14,125 off the original price of $56,500. The Black Friday Special is valid only when booked between November 24 and December 1, 2023 and subject to availability.
“Spring is an ideal time to visit Southern France,” noted Derek Banks, Managing Director of European Waterways. “The warming temperatures are great for sightseeing. Views from the barge offer a front-row seat to the rolling green hills of blossoming grape vines, while the charming small towns and villages come back to life with open-air markets and annual celebrations.”
Taste of the Good Life
Weaving through the countryside along the Burgundy Canal, European Waterways’ La Belle Epoque treats guests to activities that include visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites. There is a private tasting of Chablis wines at the prestigious Domaine Laroche with a visit to its one-thousand-year-old monastery cellars; as well as a private champagne tasting at Maison Taisne Ricour. Guests will also dine with a Baroness at the magnificent Château de Ricey-Bas. Other experiences feature a thrilling falconry display at the Château de Commarin, with a chance to meet its owner, Count Bertrand de Vogüé.
A cruise aboard hotel barge Enchanté takes guests on excursions that include a tour, tasting and gourmet lunch at the family-owned Château de Paraza; a visit to one of France’s critically acclaimed “Most Beautiful Villages” of Minerve; an exploration of the medieval city of Carcassonne; and a chance to join a truffle hunt that features the excellent sniffing skills of a faithful truffle hound.
European Waterways’ luxury barge cruises are all-inclusive, featuring fully equipped en suite cabins, daily gastronomic meals prepared by a master chef and complemented hand-picked wine pairings, bicycles for pedaling along the gentle towpaths and through nearby towns, as well as all daily guided private excursions per the itinerary.