Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Luxury Hotel Barge Cruises - 2018 availability

 LUXURY HOTEL BARGE CRUISES
 * Open Dates For 2018 * 


Here's a list of open dates for private barge charters (all cabins open) and for cabin cruises (some cabins already booked). If you wish, we can inquire if a fully-open, private charter week can be opened up for a cabin cruise week.

Special offers may apply! 



 FRANCE - Canal du Midi

ANJODI

ATHOS

EMMA

ENCHANTE


 FRANCE - Loire Valley

NYMPHEA
  • Private charters: July 29, Aug 19, Aug 26,
  • Cabin cruises: Aug 5, Aug 12, Sept 2, Sept 9, Sept 16, Sept 23, Sept 30
  • Click to view online brochure


 FRANCE - Upper Loire / Western Burgundy

RENAISSANCE


 FRANCE - Bordeaux

ROSA


 FRANCE - Northern Burgundy

L'ART DE VIVRE

LA BELLE EPOQUE


 FRANCE - Southern Burgundy

FINESSE

GRAND CRU

L'IMPRESSIONNISTE

PROSPERITE

RENDEZ-VOUS

SAVOIR VIVRE


 FRANCE - Alsace-Lorraine

LA NOUVELLE ETOILE

PANACHE


 ENGLAND - Thames

MAGNA CARTA


 SCOTLAND - Highlands

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER

SPIRIT OF SCOTLAND


 IRELAND - Shannon

SHANNON PRINCESS


 ITALY - Venice / Po Valley

LA BELLA VITA
  • Private charters: July 29, Aug 12, Sept 23, Oct 7, Oct 14, Oct 28
  • Cabin cruises: Aug 5, Aug 19, Aug 19, Aug 26, Sept 2, Sept 9, Sept 30,
  • Click to view online brochure







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




Friday, July 13, 2018

NEW -- 2019 Cabin Cruise Rates

This morning we updated our cabin cruise rates for the 2019 barging season. You can see it listed with our page links just under the blog header



or go there now by clicking this link...

View Cabin Cruise Prices For 2019 Season
CLICK HERE

This information will soon be live on our webpage: http://bargecharters.com/misc/rates-cabins.html




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




Thursday, July 12, 2018

Ireland 2019: Try a walking holiday - Barge Shannon Princess


News from Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess



Try A Guided Walking Cruise

For avid walkers, the Irish countryside provides a truly wonderful experience for a walking holiday. Imagine the sensation of fresh air gently awakening your senses as your eyes feast onto undisturbed flora and fauna.  The smells that greet you will be a heady mix of wild flowers from Angelica to Willowherb and the sights will be of wide open greenery speckled with an array of colours. A variety of birds provide the music to accompany your stroll.  In the backdrop there are green fields, some filled with farm animals happily munching on grass; the distant farm houses providing a picture perfect postcard of idyllic country living. Just watch out for the odd cow pat dotted around!

Hike in the Mountains

If hill walking is more your thing, the Slieve Bloom mountains are well worth a visit. Situated among the flat plains of the Irish midlands, they strike a beautiful pose, rising to a maximum height of 527 metres and are visible in many of the surrounding counties. The extensive growth of lavender gives a lovely purple hue to the mountainside when they appear in the distance.

Walk The Pilgrim Path

The Pilgrim Path is an ancient walking route of spiritual significance where you can appreciate Ireland’s medieval Christian heritage. "An tSlí Mór," translated as "the Great Road," crosses early historic Ireland from east to west where the modern Pilgrim Path winds along the Esker Riada. Stroll along and experience these mystical trails where the Pilgrims once ventured in Old Medieval Ireland. Take in the stunning views of green meadows and bogland countryside, miles away from the busy city.

Relax on the Barge

The Shannon Princess is a luxurious barge that offers a vacation with a difference: a six night, seven day all-inclusive cruise along the Shannon with the opportunity to take part in various activities throughout the journey. Our guided walking tours will appeal to those interested in the outdoors and the surrounding landscape; a truly intimate experience. Afterwards why not relax and enjoy a soak in our hot tub in the top deck of the barge with a glass of champagne. Then sit back and feast into our finest and freshest gourmet food gathered locally from farm shops and country markets along the Shannon.


With a variety of locations visited during the cruise, there will be something for everyone making it a truly unforgettable vacation.




Contact Paradise Connections to begin planning your barging vacation.


About The Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess


Shannon Princess


Book now! Contact Paradise Connections.
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See our recent blog post about Shannon Princess: Click to view




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




Monday, July 09, 2018

Barge Grand Cru Opens 2019 Cabin Week - Burgundy

French Hotel Barge Grand Cru - Cabin Week 2019

French Hotel Barge Grand Cru - Burgundy, France

The French Hotel Barge Grand Cru has opened a Cabin Cruise Week in May 2019. Currently, there are two cabins booked and two cabins open. The price is $16,000/cabin ($8000/person, double occupancy).

2019 Cabin Week:
  • May 12-18, 2019
We have a recent blog post which gives their availability for the remainder of 2018 which you can view here.




Hotel Barge Grand Cru
  • Route: Cruising Southern Burgundy, France on the Canal du Rhone au Rhin and Canal du Centre between St. Leger-sur-Dheune and Dole
  • Up to 8 guests
  • Private charters and the occasional Cabin Cruise Week
  • Itineraries: Standard classic, Golfing
  • See more: Online Brochure




Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book GRAND CRU
View Grand Cru's online brochure
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Friday, July 06, 2018

Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess - 2019 Availability

The Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess is well known for their excellent cuisine and use of fresh, local products.

Here's a photo of their Herb Garden...


Shannon Princess completely booked up their 2018 season by the end of January this year. Don't miss out, book now for 2019.

Their 2019 calendar is quickly filling up. Here is how it currently stands:

Open dates for 2019:
  • June 9-15
  • June 16-22
  • June 23-29
  • July 14-20: Cabin cruise week - TWO cabins open
  • July 21-27
  • July 28-August 3
  • August 4-10
  • August 11-17
  • August 18-24: Cabin cruise week - THREE cabins open
  • August 25-31
  • Sept 1-7:  Cabin cruise week - TWO cabins open
  • Sept 15-21
  • Sept 22-28



About The Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess


Shannon Princess


Book now! Contact Paradise Connections.
CLICK HERE


See our recent blog post about Shannon Princess: Click to view




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




Monday, July 02, 2018

Barge Emma - New special offers for 2018

Liz from the French Hotel Barge Emma who cruises the canal du midi in southwest France, wrote to inform us that she is giving a 20% discount on the three remaining open weeks for 2018.

 - SPECIAL OFFER - 


  • 20% off: September 1-7, 2018

    • Notice that this is for SEPTEMBER, the prime barging month of the year.
    • Availability: One cabin booked & 2 cabins open.
    • Price: Now only $4400/person, double occupancy.
    • Cruise route: Carcassone to Beziers.


  • 20% off:  September 22-28, 2018

    • Notice again that this cruise is for SEPTEMBER, the most coveted month of the year for barging. 
    • Availability: No cabins booked so Emma is available for private charter or for a cabin week.
    • Price:  Private charter for 6 guests = $24,000 (SAVE $6000). Private charter for 5 guests =  $21,600. Private charter for 4 guests = $20,000. If cabin week, then $4400/person, double occupancy.
    • Cruise route: Toulouse to Carcassone.


  • 20% off: October 13-19, 2018.

    • This is for a week in October which is quite a pleasant time for barging. 
    • Availability: One cabin booked & 2 cabins open. 
    • Price: Now only $4400/person, double occupancy. 
    • Cruise route: Carcassone to Beziers.



About The French Hotel Barge Emma


Emma

Book now! Contact Paradise Connections.
CLICK HERE




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
 



Sunday, July 01, 2018

French Barge Athos Reading List

Thanks for sharing this, Athos. Such a great idea!


Reading List For The Canal Du Midi


A recent Athos passenger asked a new question the other day:  Could they suggest a Canal du Midi reading list for his week onboard Athos?

French Hotel Barge Athos -- Suggested Reading List For The Canal Du Midi


The list below is NOT an exhaustive list – just the titles which spring most quickly to mind. They are a collection of fiction, historical fiction, historical research, and even a few wine and cheese titles.  All either cover topics relevant to the culture and history of Southwest France, particularly Carcassonne, or they take place in the surrounding area.

 History: 
  • The Friar Of Carcassonne, by Stephen O’Shea (historical research)
  • The Holy Blood And The Holy Grail, by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln (historical research)
  • The Religion, by Tim Willocks

 Fiction: 
  • Suite Française, by Irène Nemirovsky (written during wartime France, the manuscript found after the author’s death)
  • Labyrinth, by Kate Mosse (fiction)
  • Sepulchre, by Kate Mosse
  • Citadel, by Kate Mosse
  • The Heretic’s Treasure, by Scott Mariani (fiction)
  • Pillars If The Earth, by Ken Follett (historical fiction)
  • The Virgin Blue, by Tracy Chevalier (historical fiction)
  • The DaVinci Code, by Dan Brown (fiction)
  • All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr (France wartime fiction)
  • La Bête Humain, by Emile Zola (19th century French thriller classic)

 Wine & Cheese: 
  • Languedoc Roussillon: The Wines And Winemakers, by Paul Strang
  • Wines of the Languedoc (The Infinite Ideas Classic Wine Library), by Rosemary George
  • French Cheeses: The Visual Guide, by Kazuko Masui & Tomoko Yamada

 Documentary & Guides: 
  • My Life In France, by Julian Child
  • Narrow Dog To Carcassonne, by Terry Darlington (documentary)
  • Fortress Churches Of The Languedoc, by Sheila Bonde
  • The Roads to Santiago De La Compostela, MSM 1999-2004



About The French Hotel Barge Athos


Athos

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CLICK HERE




Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book ATHOS
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Special Offers on Hotel Barges - UPDATED

We have updated the special offers on hotel barges. So, if you are looking for summer vacation ideas or for an ideal spot for a family reunion, we have the solution for you...

... a European barging cruise for groups ranging from 2 to 12 people. With 20% off charters and cabins on select departures across Summer and Autumn, it's a good time to book a barge cruise!

Book now! Contact Paradise Connections.
CLICK HERE

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



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



Sunday, June 24, 2018

Barging in Scotland 2018 - UPDATE


Do you want to go barging in Scotland this year?



Don't wait any longer as availability is quite limited but we do have a few openings for you...

Scottish Highlander has 2 fully-open weeks available for either a private whole-boat charter or by individual cabin bookings on a cabin-week cruise. Their other open week already has one cabin booked so is only available as a cabin cruise week.
  • July 8-14 : 4 cabins open (private charter or cabin) - 20% off charter
  • July 29 - Aug 4 : 4 cabins open (private charter or cabin) - 20% off charter
  • October 21-27 : 3 cabins open (1 booked) - 20% off cabin

Spirit of Scotland has 4 cabin weeks available... no private charters, sorry.
  • July 8-14 : 4 cabins open (2 booked) - 20% off cabin
  • Sept 2-8 : 1 cabin open (5 booked)
  • Sept 23-29 : 1 cabin open (5 booked)
  • October 14-20 : 1 cabin open (5 booked)


Book now! Contact Paradise Connections.
CLICK HERE


Scottish Hotel Barges

The Caledonian Canal itself is very interesting. Our barges cruise between Banavie and Muirtown.

Click map to enlarge

Scottish Highlander

Spirit Of Scotland


Book Early for 2019


Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book your barge trip
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

News from Irish Barge Shannon Princess

Thank you Ruairi & Olivia for sharing.

News from Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess

Cruising Ireland with local produce & handcrafted products


Our love of fresh, organic produce and local handmade goods means that we carefully source the suppliers that we use while cruising Ireland on our luxury barge. Nestled along the River Shannon are a myriad of local organic farms and artisan companies.

From farmhouse cheese to toiletries, each of our suppliers hand crafts their product and we are delighted to use them on board the Shannon Princess.

Cheese


We have a good variety of cheeses to serve to our guests and three of them originate from local cheese makers in the region.

Cais na Tire is located in Terryglass and is an award winning, family run, cheese making business. They allow their ewes to roam freely around the pastures of their lush farm, ensuring that their appetising, hand made sheep’s cheese is packed full of flavour.


The limestone pasture at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, County Offaly, provides perfect grazing for the cows at Mossfield Organic another of our cheese suppliers. From crumbly to creamy textures, the delicious taste is always well received.

Vegetables


We select our vegetables from both Killaloe Farmers market & Portumna Castle Gardens. We love the abundance of organic produce available from both of these outlets. The vegetables are always fresh because they are picked and sold on the same day.

We always choose organic produce to ensure that the quality of the vegetables have not been compromised during the growing stage.

Meat


Sustainable farming is at the heart of John Stone, our supplier of meat produce. Their farmers use environmentally produced feed for their cattle and this results in a wealth of health benefits. Their grass-fed herd are provided with a healthy and varied diet throughout the year, which results in meat with a unique and delicious flavour.

Shellfish


We select our shellfish from Liscannor Shellfish, Co. Clare. We are very lucky in Ireland to have a coastline that is rich in both the quality and variety of seafood, especially along the west coast of the country. Our shellfish is always fresh, caught and served on the same day for optimum flavour.

Wine


Some of the most frequent questions we are asked about on board the Shannon Princess, are about our wine list!  Wines Direct in Mullingar are a local company who stock a fantastic selection of wine. We are able to choose wines from all over the world and each bottle we serve is perfectly matched to accompany our cuisine of the day.

Liqueurs & Spirits


Whether you want a night cap or an aperitif, we have a good selection of liqueurs and spirits on board the Shannon Princess. Two of our most popular drinks are created in Knockanore, Co. Waterford The award winning Muldoon Irish Whiskey is a big favourite with our guests, due to its luxurious toffee and hazelnut flavour.

Their signature gin, Thin Gin, is also an award winning spirit with just the right balance of herbs, spices and fruits. The refreshing, unique taste is perfect for sipping out on deck while watching the sun set over the River Shannon.

Chocolates


We know that our guests are conscious of eating healthily but we recommend they indulge just a little by tasting chocolate created by Aine Handmade Chocolates.


The handmade products created at this small business are renowned for their quality and taste. Their use of fresh fruit and herbs enables them to create seasonal chocolate collections which are a real treat for the senses.

Rainforest friendly toiletries


We want our guests to be pampered on board the Shannon Princess and our hand made soap comes from Palm Free Irish Soap in Killaloe. With vast amounts of precious rainforest being decimated to make way for palm oil plantations, they have created a suitable alternative that doesn’t use palm oil in its production.

Crystal clear, filtered, Irish rainwater combine with skin loving butters and oils which results in a selection of soaps which not only look good, they smell divine too.

Rugs


The rugs & throws located throughout the barge are handcrafted at Foxford Mills in Co. Mayo. Dating back to 1891, the mill is steeped in history and in the late 19th century, was an important source of employment in the region. Having been rebuilt in 1942, after a fire decimated the factory, the company is now a thriving mill, where talented craftspeople create beautiful pieces.

Cruising Ireland


Our cruise is a celebration of Ireland.  A combination of beautiful scenery along the River Shannon, the lovely towns and villages we visit and the local produce we use that has enabled us to gain a reputation for fantastic food. For more information on our gourmet meals see our food and wine pages.



Thanks again...



Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess - Barging River Cruises In Ireland

The Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess is a very popular barge and they book up quickly. Their 2018 season was fully booked by the end of January.


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