Friday, January 19, 2018

Hotel Barge Emma - New cabin cruises have opened up

Liz has written to let us know that their hotel barge Emma has opened up a couple of new cabin weeks for this coming season.

  • May 12-18 - 2 cabins open, 1 cabin booked
  • June 2-8, 2018 - 1 cabin open, 2 cabins booked

If these weeks don't work for you, let us know and we'll see what we can do.

Also, if you would prefer a private charter aboard Emma, we have good availability at this time.

Speaking of availability, Emma has 4 open weeks, out of 5, for the prime month of September. Don't ponder too long :)

French Hotel Barge Emma along the canal du midi in the South of France


FRENCH BARGE EMMA

The French Hotel Barge EMMA is owned and operated by Liz and René Jacquot and are assisted by two additional crew members. They cruise along the Canal du Midi in the south of France between Beziers & Carcassonne and Carcassonne & Toulouse. They also have a Beziers to Aigues-Mortes itinerary available upon request.

EMMA is fully air conditioned and also has central heating, if needed. There are three guest cabins; one has a queen bed, while the other two can be configured as either queens or twins. Beautiful handmade Irish quilts from Oonagh Morisson add that extra touch of luxury. Each guest cabin has its own private, ensuite bathroom with sink, toilet and a normal sized shower with sliding doors. The interior is bright and spacious with beautiful arched double glazed windows which give you a good view of the outside countryside while cruising. The French oak furniture has been hand made by a master craftsman and the whole effect is warm and inviting.

EMMA has a spacious upper deck (385 square feet) with tables, chairs, and loungers. Shade from the sun, too, if you want it. This is a marvelous vantage point to see the wonderful countryside and a great place to enjoy cocktails before dinner. Later on, view the stars and set the world to right. And, of course, EMMA has bicycles and a minivan to chauffeur you to various excursions.

Remember that EMMA can tailor your charter to your interests... wine tastings & vineyard visits, cooking, golf, tennis, walking tours, cycling tours, or just time out to relax and enjoy a side of France that most travellers don't experience.

Emma is available for private charters and individual cabin bookings for shared charter weeks. They also offer 5-night charters if that works better for your vacation plans and budget.



Take a break and enjoy the south of France!
 Shall we pencil you in?


Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book EMMA 
View Emma's online brochure
Visit our website for more info on our barges and barging: www.BargeCharters.com
 



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Barging Vacations UPDATES

We have just completed updating:

Special offers (valid through February 19, 2018) for:

Rates for Cabin Cruises - Compare rates for all barges



Let's Go Barging !



Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book your barge trip
Visit our website for more info on our barges and barging: www.BargeCharters.com
 

It's not how far nor how fast, it's the pleasure of the journey that keeps people coming back for more.


Friday, January 05, 2018

Cabins have become available on Shannon Princess

Now's your chance.  The Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess has been fully booked for the 2018 season for several weeks. BUT... They have had a couple of cancellations that we hope you can take advantage of for your summer vacation.

Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess - Barge Cruises In Ireland

Shannon Princess currently has:
  • 2 cabins open for June 10-16, 2018; and
  • 1 cabin open for June 24-30, 2018
Price is $10,100/cabin for 2 people ($5050/person, double occupancy).

This price includes: Local transfers between Dublin and the hotel barge (the approximate transfer duration is 2hrs or 2hrs 30mins depending on the cruise direction), a luxury 6-night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, an open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of 5 crew and use of barge facilities, which include wireless internet access, spa-pool . Bicycles are available upon request.

Ireland: River Shannon

The River Shannon and its lakes represent Ireland at its finest and your cruise aboard Shannon Princess features a landscape of rolling green fields, ancient Celtic landmarks and an abundance of wildlife.

The legends and fables of Ireland are found everywhere and are well understood by the hospitable Irish people who will be happy to tell you more about the ancient culture. The history of Ireland has been varied and sometimes difficult, but the locals always find the time to chat and perhaps charm you a tale or two of folklore.

The Shannon Princess

The Shannon Princess has been thoughtfully designed throughout. The barge's inviting interior makes a charming floating living space – a perfect ‘Home away from Home’ for guests to enjoy. The welcoming atmosphere is enhanced by Ruairi and Olivia’s love of antiquities, crafts, pottery and art with many works by established and local Irish artists.  On board the barge a friendly & relaxed mood has been created by carefully mixing casual informality with quality service.

The Shannon Princess provides accommodation for up to 10 guests in 5 cabins which can be configured as double or twins, each with ensuite facilities. This barge is owner-operated with a total of five professional crew in attendance.You will be charmed with excellent but friendly service, gorgeous food & wines, and share in a slice of local life and knowledge.

Cruise Highlights

During your cruise, there is a program of fascinating excursions that will you give you a true immersion into the heritage and traditions of this part of Ireland, such as a personal tour of a castle by its eccentric owner, a birds of prey display, visits to a whiskey distillery and hand-weaving workshop and, of course, the chance to sample a pint or two of the ‘black stuff’ – Guinness.
  • Tour the legendary 6th century Clonmacnoise ruins
  • Full day excursion to Portumna Castle and Galway
  • Traditional Guinness and oyster lunch
  • Visit the unusual haunted Leap Castle
  • Tour Birr Castle’s Gardens and Science Centre
  • Visit the Craggaunowen Re-Creation Project
  • Tour of the Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery with a private tasting
  • Visit a traditional Irish hand-weaving workshop
  • Hear traditional Irish music
  • Excellent walking and fishing opportunities
Contact Paradise Connections for current availability.



Don't miss out... 
Book your 2018 Shannon Princess cruise NOW



Contact Paradise Connections to book SHANNON PRINCESS
View Shannon Princess's online brochure
Visit our website for more info on our barges and barging: www.BargeCharters.com
 




Thursday, January 04, 2018

French Canal History: The Nivernais Canal

A Tale of Floating Firewood: The Canal du Nivernais

Initially constructed to carry firewood to Paris, The Canal du Nivernais  is now a beautiful barge route through Burgundy.



Although today the canals of France are chiefly the domain of hotel barges and towpath cyclists, this complicated system of inland waterways was designed and built for trade. The Canal du Nivernais – the setting for our Classic Cruise of Burgundy aboard L’Art de Vivre – has a fascinating industrial history.


Floating Firewood

The canal was originally constructed in order to transport firewood from the forests of Morvan to the French capital. Up until this point logs were floated along the River Yonne using a system of flottage du bois. However, as Paris grew larger and demand increased, there was a need to transport timber over greater distances.

Originally a project was started to extend the “floatable” section of the river to the forests of Bazois by cutting a small channel under the hills of La Collancelle, through which timber could be floated. However, at a time when canal building was at its zenith, the project soon grew to involve building a proper navigable canal. Work started in 1784 and was finished 60 years later in 1841.



Farewell Flottage

This turned out to be an excellent decision, as the flottage method of transporting timber was made illegal in 1881. With the help of the canal, the wood trade flourished in this area of Burgundy, providing its main source of income until the 1920s, although other goods such as charcoal, stone and wine were also transported along the waterway.

Guests on a barge cruise today can sit on deck and watch the rolling hills of Morvan and the lush meadows of Bazois pass by, which serve as reminders of the logging heritage of the region. The medieval town of Clamecy was the epicentre of the timber industry in the nineteenth century; visitors can find out all about the “infernal descent” to Paris that the rafts of logs would take at the town’s Romain-Rolland Museum.

Wine, weather, history and cuisine, Burgundy has it all.

French Hotel Barge L'Art de Vivre

L'Art de Vivre is a first-class, 8 -passenger hotel barge that cruises the Canal du Nivernais and River Yonne in Burgundy from April to October. Visit our website for information on French canal barge L'Art de Vivre.

If you are using Cliqz for your browser, L'Art de Vivre's online brochure is not displaying images properly, but works fine with Firefox, Chrome, etc.... Our other barge brochures are fine with Cliqz. Very strange.



Looking forward to your inquiries...



Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book L'ART DE VIVRE
View L'Art de Vivre's online brochure
Visit our website for more info on our barges and barging: www.BargeCharters.com
 

It's not how far nor how fast, it's the pleasure of the journey that keeps people coming back for more.



Monday, January 01, 2018

2018 Has Arrived - Let's Go For A Barge Cruise

Welcome 2018... Let's Go On A European Barge Cruise!
Best wishes for a happy new year







Let's Go Barging !



Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book your barge trip
Visit our website for more info on our barges and barging: www.BargeCharters.com
 

It's not how far nor how fast, it's the pleasure of the journey that keeps people coming back for more.


Friday, November 24, 2017

30% Discount On Select Charter Weeks - Hotel Barges

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL OFFER

We are offering a 30% discount on whole barge charter prices for 6-night cruises aboard two hotel barges in France and one in Scotland when booked between November 24-30, 2017 for select 2018 dates...


What’s Included?

This is an all-inclusive, exclusive affair for food lovers, oenophiles, whisky enthusiasts or just those looking for the break of a lifetime, and a bargain to boot.

2018 prices include: local transfers to and from the hotel barges, luxury accommodation, all meals and wines served on board, an extensively stocked open bar, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary.

In addition to this, our guests will have full use of barge facilities, such as top of the range bicycles, a deck side spa pool and the services of a six member crew that includes an English-speaking guide and an on-board Master Chef.

France
  • La Belle Epoque, 12 passengers, April 8-14, 2018.
Cruises the historic Burgundy Canal through some of the region’s most scenic countryside. Excursions include private tastings at several renowned Chablis vineyards, a visit to the village of Flavigny sur Ozerain, the setting for the movie Chocolat, and a visit to Noyers-sur-Serein, (think cobbled streets and quaint, timbered architecture). Click for Brochure.
  • L'Impressionniste, 12 passengers, April 22-28, 2018
As well as the wine tasting excursions, L’Impressionniste offers a tour of Dijon and its sprawling market, a private gourmet lunch at the famed Château de Beaune, and a visit to Clos de Vougeot, home of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, an exclusive fraternity that awards a special prized label to the finest Côte d‘Or vintages every year. Click for Brochure.

Scotland
  • Spirit Of Scotland, 12 passengers, April 15-21, 2018
The elegant Spirit of Scotland cruises the postcard-perfect Caledonian Canal in Scotland.  It features a traditionally decorated whisky bar and saloon and spacious dining area, ideal for cosy dinners against the breathtaking backdrop of the rugged Scottish highlands. Cruise highlights include a private tasting and tour of the Glen Ord whisky distillery and an excursion to Macbeth’s Cawdor Castle. The vessel cruises on numerous lochs that include Lochy, Oich, Dochfour and the renowned Loch Ness, where if you’re lucky, you might spot “Nessie”. Click for Brochure.

For more information about these barges, click on the above links to review their electronic brochures.

See more special offers for barging cruise vacations. Click HERE.




Enjoy !



Contact Paradise Connections Charters to book your barge trip
Visit our website for more info on our barges and barging: www.BargeCharters.com
 




Monday, August 07, 2017

FREE hotel night in Scotland for October 2017

FREE hotel night on selected October 2017 cruises in Scotland...



For more information about the boats, click on the above links to review their electronic brochures.


See more special offers for barging cruise vacations. Click HERE.




Enjoy !



Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book your barge trip
Visit our website for more info on our barges and barging: www.BargeCharters.com
 




Wednesday, August 02, 2017

La Nouvelle Etoile 2018: Only one week open for Luxembourg-Germany cruise

The Hotel Barge LA NOUVELLE ETOILE has 2 cabins available for their Luxembourg-Germany (Remich to Koblenz) cruise 14-20 October 2018. All other weeks for this region are booked.

This open week is a "value" week and has a reduced price of $7700/person, double occupancy.

 Enjoy an all-inclusive barging cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile


The picturesque Moselle region of Germany is a wine lover's paradise and is most famous for its wines made from the Riesling grape. The area is known for the steep slopes of the region's vineyards overlooking the River Moselle. The river runs through one of Europe's most beautiful valleys and is perfect for anyone wishing to experience the romantic Germany of castles, vineyards, and half-timbered villages. Unlike the more heavily visited Rhine, the Moselle allows the visitors to meander at a more leisurely pace among colourful towns, markets and forests.

Click map to enlarge

 Highlights of the cruise include Trier, Germany's oldest city with roots going back to the Roman empire, Koblenz with its wonderful Old Town, and the 12th century Burg Eltz, "Queen of German Castles".



La Nouvelle Etoile is a very popular barge and they book up well in advance. We do have a few other open weeks in their 2018 calendar...

The following weeks are available for private charter for up to 8 guests or as a cabin week where the barge is shared with others. Click links for itineraries.


Looking forward to your inquiries...



Contact Paradise Connections to book LA NOUVELLE ETOILE
View La Nouvelle Etoile's online brochure
Visit our website for more info on our barges and barging: www.BargeCharters.com
 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Italian Hotel Barge LA BELLA VITA's 2018 Opera Cruise

We are delighted to announce that La Bella Vita's popular Opera Cruise will commence on Saturday, August 25th in 2018, for seven nights.

Opera lover? Enjoy an opera-themed cruise aboard La Bella Vita

Before your cruise from Venice to Mantua begins, you will be taken to Verona to visit the fascinating Arena Muse Opera, a wonderful museum devoted to the history of opera, followed by dinner in the delightful courtyard restaurant.

Then comes the real highlight as you take your top-priced front stalls seats to enjoy a performance of one of the best-known operas, Bizet's "Carmen", in the magnificent setting of the Roman amphitheatre, the Arena di Verona.

At the end of a memorable evening, you are transferred back to your hotel in Verona, where next day, there will be a guided tour of this charming city, before joining La Bella Vita in Venice.

During the 6-night cruise, there are visits to some wonderful baroque theatres, such as the Gran Teatro La Fenice, where the premières of operas by composers such as Rossini and Verdi were performed, as well as the intimate Teatro Bibiena in Mantua with its bell-shaped interior, that opened with a concert by a 13-year-old Mozart in 1770.

 And, of course, there is a lot more to see as you cruise across the Venetian Lagoon past its colourful islands and on through the Po Valley... visits to the famous fish market in Chioggia, the Schifanoia Palace in Ferrara, and the stunning Ducal Palace in Mantua, as well as wine tastings and dinner in a private stately home where Lord Byron wrote some of his best poetry.

This 7-day adventure is a wonderful combination for what Italy is famous for – wonderful food and wine, Renaissance architecture and, of course – opera!

This special departure is available for booking on a per cabin basis. The price for a Stateroom for 7 nights is US$4,840 and for a Junior Suite US$5,600. Rate per person, double occupancy.

For more information visit La Bella Vita's online brochure and/or email Paradise Connections.

We can, of course, arrange Opera cruises for any charter enquiries throughout the season. The Opera Season in Verona for 2018 is from June 26th to August 26th.




Looking forward to your inquiries...



Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book LA BELLA VITA 
View La Bella Vita's online brochure
Visit our website for more info on our barges and barging: www.BargeCharters.com
 

It's not how far nor how fast, it's the pleasure of the journey that keeps people coming back for more.



Saturday, July 22, 2017

Barge Emma - UPDATE 20% discount

THE FRENCH HOTEL BARGE EMMA is offering 20% off remaining open dates for 2017.
UPDATE

French Hotel Barge Emma - Canal du Midi, France

Emma, a six-passenger French hotel barge that cruises along the Canal du Midi in the south of France, is offering a 20% discount across the board for both private charters and individual cabin weeks.

SPECIAL OFFER: 

Save 20% off standard rates for the remaining open weeks in 2017 for cruises along the Canal du Midi through October 27th.

STANDARD PRICES FOR 2017

SIX NIGHTSFIVE NIGHTS
Private Charter
up to 4 guests
$25,000
(-20% off=$20,000)
$22,000
(-20% off=$17,600)
Private Charter
5 Guests
$27,000
(-20%  off=$21,600)
$23,000
(-20% off=$18,400)
Private Charter
6 guests
$30,000
(-20% off=$24,000)
$25,000
(-20% off=$20,000)
Individual Cabin Week
per person, double occupancy
$5500
(-20% off=$4400)
$5000
(-20% off=$4000)

Emma's weeks run from Saturday through Friday. Open dates for 2017 are currently:
  • July 29 - August 4
  • August 5-11
  • August 12-18
  • August 19-25
  • August 26 - Sept 1
  • Sept 2-29: BOOKED
  • Sept 30 - Oct 6
  • Oct 7-13
  • Oct 14-20
  • Oct 21-27



FRENCH BARGE EMMA

The French Hotel Barge EMMA is owned and operated by Liz and René Jacquot and are assisted by two additional crew members. They cruise along the Canal du Midi in the south of France between Beziers & Carcassonne and Carcassonne & Toulouse. They also have a Beziers to Aigues-Mortes itinerary available upon request.

EMMA is fully air conditioned and also has central heating, if needed. There are three guest cabins; one has a queen bed, while the other two can be configured as either queens or twins. Beautiful handmade Irish quilts from Oonagh Morisson add that extra touch of luxury. Each guest cabin has its own private, ensuite bathroom with sink, toilet and a normal sized shower with sliding doors. The interior is bright and spacious with beautiful arched double glazed windows which give you a good view of the outside countryside while cruising. The French oak furniture has been hand made by a master craftsman and the whole effect is warm and inviting.

EMMA has a spacious upper deck (385 square feet) with tables, chairs, and loungers. Shade from the sun, too, if you want it. This is a marvelous vantage point to see the wonderful countryside and a great place to enjoy cocktails before dinner. Later on, view the stars and set the world to right. And, of course, EMMA has bicycles and a minivan to chauffeur you to various excursions.

Remember that EMMA can tailor your charter to your interests... wine tastings & vineyard visits, cooking, golf, tennis, walking tours, cycling tours, or just time out to relax and enjoy a side of France that most travellers don't experience.

Emma is available for private charters and individual cabin bookings for shared charter weeks. They also offer 5-night charters if that works better for your vacation plans and budget.



Take a break and enjoy the south of France!
 Shall we pencil you in?


Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book EMMA 
View Emma's online brochure
Visit our website for more info on our barges and barging: www.BargeCharters.com