European Waterways, Europe’s largest all-inclusive hotel barging company, is offering travelers a unique opportunity to combine the spectacle of the famous Paris Marathon with a relaxing river cruise with its “10 nights for the price of 6” cruise offer. For the price of a standard 6-night cruise – US$5,450 per person, based on double occupancy of a cabin suite – European Waterways is offering 10 nights aboard one of its most beautifully appointed “floating boutique hotel” barges, Renaissance. The cruise, which starts on April 7, is highlighted by the chance to watch 37,000 runners as they swarm over the streets of Paris in the marathon, being held on April 11.
As part of the 10-day itinerary, guests will spend four nights in the center of Paris initially on a bed and breakfast basis aboard Renaissance. In addition to the thousands of participating runners, the Paris Marathon attracts around 250,000 spectators, making it a lively and exciting time to be in Paris. Spring is also one of the most romantic seasons in Paris, providing guests with the perfect setting to enjoy everything that the city has to offer. At the end of the four nights, the barge heads south for a memorable cruise experience towards the blossoming wine region of Burgundy, with all gourmet meals being served onboard.
The first destination is Corbeil on the River Seine, a town steeped in history and best known as the site of numerous religious wars. Here, guests will visit Fontainebleau, one of the largest French royal chateaux and a former royal hunting park. The all-inclusive itinerary also features a cruise to Melun for an excursion to the nearby Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, one of the best examples of a classical French chateau. Guests will enjoy a walking tour of St. Mammes, the town that inspired artists such as Monet, Renoir, and Sisley.
In addition to other excursions, the itinerary features a visit to Sens, the “gateway town” to the northern Burgundy wine regions. Guests will be taken on a short drive to the famous town of Chablis and a visit to the small, family-owned operation of Domaine Laroche. Its hosts will provide a tour of their cellar, insights into the secrets of wine making, and wine-tasting opportunities.
COMFORT, SERVICE, AND VALUE
Barging along the waterways and canals of Europe has become increasingly popular among travelers who are seeking an alternative to the fast-paced chaos of the typical land tour, in which they can visit many popular attractions in as short a time as possible. A European Waterways cruise represents the ultimate in comfort, with guests drifting gently through the picturesque countryside, pampered along the way by a highly-attentive crew. Guests enjoy gourmet meals with regional food often hand-picked at nearby towns. Every vessel features a master chef, a multilingual crew, top-notch accommodation, an open bar, a wide selection of fine wines, and excursions to some of the countryside’s most cultural and historical sites.
“In these tough economic times, travel is still one of the luxuries of life that few people are willing to give up, but they are more selective about finding the best value for their money,” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways. “Our ‘10 nights for the price of 6’ offer is [an] even better value when you consider that many of the hotels in Paris will be booked during the marathon, and some are priced comparably to the cost of the entire cruise – and that’s for the room only. Since Renaissance can accommodate only up to eight people, we urge our guests to book early to ensure one of the best seats in the house during one of the most romantic seasons in Paris.”
Renaissance boasts a luxurious interior,as well as a roof extension for a more comfortable al fresco dining experience. The spacious accommodation is in four suites, each with a large private bathroom. Her other impressive features include an on-deck heated spa pool and a “passenger-friendly” wheelhouse.
For more details and prices,call +44 (0) 1784 482439 or visit www.gobarging.com .