Monday, April 16, 2018

Dutch Tulip Cruise for 2018

Fancy barging in Holland this spring? There is still a chance!

The Hotel Barge Panache has two of six cabins available on their May 6-12, 2018 Dutch Tulip trip. They also have four open on their Two-Country Holland-Belgium cruise May 20-26, 2018.

Both of these weeks offer a 20% discount.

The Netherlands are famous, of course, for tulips, but as a land with a rich artistic and cultural history, it has a lot more besides. The western provinces of this land of water are populated by windmills which sit above the polders and along the very river that gave its name to Amsterdam, while cities such as Haarlem and Delft are meccas for lovers of pottery and art. A barging cruise uncovers some of Holland's hidden gems and is the perfect way to experience the best the country has to offer.

Panache cruising in the Netherlands

About Hotel Barge Panache

The 128-foot Panache is a 12-passenger luxury hotel barge of classic Dutch design, fully air conditioned with spacious public areas and six en-suite cabins, with your choice of twin or double bed configuration. En-suite bathrooms have twin sinks and oversize showers with massage jets. Panache is traditionally furnished in a traditional ship style with brass and mahogany, creating a comfortable and charming ambience. The salon and dining room have large panoramic windows for viewing the passing countryside, as well as comfortable sofas, books and music, and an always open inclusive bar. The sun deck is spacious and has a heated spa pool; a perfect place to watch the sun set after dinner.

For current pricing and availability contact Paradise Connections.

Let's Tip Toe Through The Tulips !

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book PANACHE
View Panache's online brochure
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Special offers & discounts updated

Please visit our SPECIAL OFFERS page for details on discounts and the special offers mentioned below.


Many of our barges have 10% or 20% off their normal rates for selected weeks during the 2018 barging season. The majority of these discounts expire on May 14, 2018.

Special Offers

We also have a number of interesting special offers, such as:
  • Free Hotel Night for 2018 private charter bookings in France:

Visit Highclere Castle - English Hotel Barge Magna Carta - Royal River Thames

Select weeks will include a visit to Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey), one of England's most beautiful Victorian castles set amidst 1,000 acres of spectacular parkland.
  • July 15-21, 2018 : Two cabins open
  • Aug 12-18, 2018 : One cabin open

  • For the Single Traveler... No Single Supplement on select dates

Available on the following 2018 Departures (offer expires May 14, 2018):
 Please note: cannot be combined with other special offers.

Some visitors make sure their outfits are as eyecatching
as the floral displays in the Great Pavilion

  • May 20-26, 2018 - One cabin open with 20% discount

Have QUESTIONS or you'd like to BOOK? Contact Paradise Connections.

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book your barge trip
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Friday, April 06, 2018

How to cut the cheese

Liz, from the French Hotel Barge EMMA who cruises the Canal du Midi, pointed out this cheese cutting graphic found on

Liz says:
All our guests will remember getting the cheese cutting lesson. Although we always said not to cut the point off the Brie but to angle it.

Thanks, Liz, but I love cheese no matter how it is cut. Just put the platter in front of me!

Emma is a wonderful barge with a tip-top crew...

Emma moored 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 with ensuite private bathrooms; one cabin has a queen bed, while the other two can be configured as either queens or twins.

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.

View Emma's online brochure to learn more. Contact Paradise Connections: Send us an email for pricing and current availability.

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 this summer!

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