Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Visit Alsace-Lorraine (France) with Panache

French Hotel Barge Panache: Visit Alsace & Lorraine

Where French and German culture collide, this is a region for the adventurer in you. There can be no better view than from Panache’s on deck spa pool (hot tub) as the leaves of the forested hillsides turn from green to gold to red to yellow.

French Hotel Barge Panache - Alsace-Lorraine charter route

Feast on a delectable Duck a l’Alsacienne as you cruise by candlelight through the Arzviller tunnels, before a 450 foot ascent or descent on the mountainside Arzviller Boat Elevator.

Revel in the beauty of Strasbourg, from its pink sandstone cathedral to the storybook looks of La Petite France, and partake in a scenic drive along the Route des Grand Vins, culminating in a private tasting of some of the most fragrant wines that France has on offer.

Explore highlights of Panache's Alsace-Lorraine charter in this short 2-minute video

Alsace-Lorraine is a unique corner of France. Discover a land of storybook castles, rolling vineyards of Alsatian wines as well as Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque architecture. For centuries, the great empires of Europe confronted one another at this strategic and military crossroads. The area's unique blend of French and German influences are strongly evident in its customs, cuisine, wines, architecture and language.

About The French Hotel Barge Panache

The Hotel Barge Panache is a 12-passenger barge offers 6-night cruises in Alsace-Lorraine from July through October.

Route: Between Niderviller and Krafft - Click for itinerary
Accommodations: up to 12 passengers
Charters and Cabin cruises 
Itineraries: All itineraries, Alsace Standard Classic, Alsace Family Cruise
Learn more: Online brochure


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 an old 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.

Panache has a highly professional crew of six, comprised of Master Chef, Deck Hand, Tour guide, two Housekeepers, and led by a knowledgeable and experienced Captain, who will ensure your cruise is memorable and more. Their knowledge of the region, combined with fascinating chauffeur-driven private excursions and the 12 bikes provided, will allow you to explore the areas you cruise through in as much detail as you desire.

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book PANACHE
View Panache's online brochure
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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Great Barge Charter Deals For Solo Travellers

No Single Supplement On Over 40 Departures (2019) Across 8 Cruise Regions

If you are a solo traveller, or perhaps want to cruise with family or friends and would simply like a cabin to yourself, then our special "No Single Supplement" offer will certainly appeal. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, with all excursions and special events done as a group.

As solo travel soars in popularity, the single supplement fee on more than 40 hotel barge departures in 2019 are currently being waived on cruises that span eight regions across Europe. The cruise regions include France (Burgundy, Canal du Midi, Gascony); Venice and the Po Valley in Italy; the rugged Highlands of Scotland; and a tulip cruise in Holland. Eligible cruises are available from April through July 2019.

The growing presence of solo travelers on European hotel barge cruises provides a lively addition to the unique mix of international guests who share gourmet meals onboard, as well as exclusive excursions to castles, chateaux, local markets, and wineries, among other attractions.

It’s a great treat for both couples and single travelers to share the daily escorted excursions to fascinating ‘off the beaten track’ places and renowned attractions.  In fact, interacting with so many interesting fellow passengers from around the world is often the best part of the cruise, according to many of our guests!

Whether flying solo or coming with a whole host of friends and family, we’re sure to have a special offer to suit your need – take a look at our special offers page here.

Special offer for solo travellers

(Click on barge's name to view their online brochure)


  • Burgundy – La Belle Epoque: Apr 14, 21; May 5, 26; June 16, 30
  • Burgundy – L'Impressioniste: Apr 14, 21; May 5, 12, 19; June 2, 23
  • Champagne – Panache: May 26, June 16, 30
  • Gascony – Rosa: May 26; Jun 9, 30
  • Canal du Midi – Enchante: March 31; May 5, 19; June 2, 23, 30
  • Alsace-Lorraine – Panache: July 21



Have questions? Ready to Book?
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Barge MAGNA CARTA: Special Downton Abbey Cruises 2019

Downton Abbey Cruises

We are pleased to announce that the English Hotel Barge Magna Carta has added the Highclere Castle excursion to several of their cruise weeks for the 2019 barging season. This unique trip to the iconic castle and fictional site of the highly popular TV series “Downton Abbey” is a limited opportunity. The visit to Highclere replaces the standard itinerary's visit to Dorney Court.

2019 has the following dates for the Downton Abbey itinerary:
  • April 7, 21
  • July 7, 14, 21, 28
  • September 1

This extremely impressive Victorian castle, designed by Sir Charles Barry who was also the architect of the Houses of Parliament, sits on a 1000-acre estate and is the iconic home of the fictional Crawley family on the show. The "real" Downton Abbey has been owned by the Carnarvon family since 1679, where Lord and Lady Carnarvon still live today.

Located west of London in Berkshire, it is considered one of the finest Victorian homes still in existence, with sprawling grounds that are four times the size of New York City’s Central Park.


Cruising along the famous River Thames in England, passengers aboard hotel barge Magna Carta will also enjoy "royal" views and excursions to majestic castles, palaces and cathedrals. Magna Carta's itinerary also features a private tour of Dorney Court, a remarkable Tudor home on the banks of the Thames, where "Elizabeth", "The Other Boleyn Girl", and Agatha Christie's series "Poirot" were all filmed. We also visit Hampton Court Palace, one of the locations for the award winning film "A Man for All Seasons". The cruise concludes with a tour of Christ Church, one of the most prestigious colleges at the University of Oxford and one of the settings for Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland".

The Royal River Thames cruise route of the luxury, 8-passenger, all-inclusive, crewed English Hotel Barge MAGNA CARTA brings you in touch with the very soul of England. The Magna Carta cruises from Hampton Court to Henley-on-Thames past Royal Palaces, quaint riverside towns and villages.  It is the perfect way to admire olde worlde England and the natural beauty of Surrey, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

To view Magna Carta's Downton Abbey itinerary, please click here.

This is a one-of-a-kind experience for fans of Downton Abbey that allows them to walk the real-life setting made famous by their favorite television drama.

About The English Hotel Barge Magna Carta

Magna Carta cruising the Royal River Thames

Magna Carta

The all-inclusive, crewed, luxury, English Hotel Barge Magna Carta accommodates up to 8 guests. She is approximately 120 feet in length and has two decks.

The lower deck boasts four full-width luxurious staterooms each averaging 200 square feet with private ensuite bathrooms. The staterooms may be configured as Kings or Twins according to your preference. Magna Carta has the most sophisticated modern amenities, including air conditioning, WI-FI internet access and underfloor heating in each of the four full width suites. Each suite has exceptionally spacious contemporary en-suite facilities and colour TVs and DVD players.

The upper deck comprises the main salon and dining areas with large picture windows and stylish furnishings. Outside you have the sundeck with comfortable seating and the spa pool/jacuzzi. There are eight bikes on board to take at your pleasure for rides along the tow paths.

The Magna Carta offers 6-night, all-inclusive private charters, as well as cabin cruises. Theme cruises such as golf, tennis, guided walking, family, flower shows, Henley regatta, antiques, etc, are available for private charters.

Check out our Regional Guide to learn more about the area where Magna Carta cruises.

Interested ?  Let's reserve your spot !

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book MAGNA CARTA
View Magna Carta's online brochure
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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

New Special Offers - Expires April 1, 2019

No, not an April Fool's

Today, we updated the special offers for our European hotel barges. Most offers are valid for new bookings made by April 1, 2019. There's a variety of nice discounts across France, Holland, Italy & Scotland making Spring 2019 the ideal time for your cruise. Departures range from the end of March through the beginning of August. Check out our Special Offers page and don't hesitate to pop us a line.

Many barges are offering 10% and 20% off private charters means that groups of family & friends. Plus there are similar discounts on individual cabin bookings allowing you to join a group with like-minded folks. There are more "No Single Supplement" specials this time around on select departures which are a great deal for those intrepid solo travellers.

La Belle Epoche, who accommodates up to 12 guests and cruises the area of Burgundy France between Venarey-les-Laumes and Tanlay, is offering a 25% discount for private charter during the weeks of:
April 28 - May 4
May 12 - 18
May 19 - 25

Cruise the Burgundy Canal in France aboard La Belle Epoque

Paradise Connections represents luxury hotel barges along various European waterways where attentive crew will pamper you with personalized service to ensure your enjoyment of this unique vacation.

Contact Paradise Connections to book your barge trip
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019


Let's Make Chocolate Truffles for Valentines

The Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess has an easy recipe to make chocolate truffles for Valentines Day. Let's check it out!

Chocolate Truffle recipe
Yummy Delights

Olivia says:
For me Chocolates and St Valentine’s Day go hand in hand. Chocolate is always delicious as a treat & perhaps the most romantic gift after red roses. As a committed Chocoholic I look for any excuse to cook with and eat chocolate! To make this as guilt free as possible I always share with family and friends.


  • 1 lb. of 70% Dark Chocolate
  • 1 pint of Double Cream.
  • 1 big splash of Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon of Flaked Sea Salt.
  • Cocoa powder or pistachio nuts to decorate

  1. Pour the cream into a heavy bottomed saucepan over a gentle heat until the cream  reaches the simmering stage.
  2. Remove from the heat and then pour over the chocolate. Stir gently until you have a smooth silky texture.
  3. Add the Bailey’s Cream Liqueur along with a pinch of sea salt to the mixture. Pour the mixture into a tub and allow to set in fridge for a couple of hours.
  4. Fill a cup with boiling water and heat a melon baller or a spoon by dipping into the boiling water. Use this method to shape the truffles.
  5. Coat your truffles in cocoa powder or pistachio nuts immediately after shaping.
  6. Place on a plate and allow to set in the fridge for an hour. Then share for guilt free enjoyment!

About The Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess

Shannon Princess entering a lock

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.

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book SHANNON PRINCESS
View Shannon Princess' online brochure
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Special offer for Value Week Cabin : French Hotel Barge Savoir Vivre

Only One Cabin Left

The French Hotel Barge SAVOIR VIVRE has a very special offer for their first week of the 2019 season...

French Hotel Barge Savoir Vivre Cruises The Canal de Bourgogne in Burgundy

Savoir Vivre - Special Offer

Savoir Vivre has a very special offer for the first week (March 31 - April 6) of their 2019 barging season with cabins discounted to $2500 per person. That's only $5000 for a cabin for two for an all-inclusive barge trip! Only one cabin left.

About The French Hotel Barge Savoir Vivre

The luxury crewed French Hotel Barge SAVOIR VIVRE offers both cabin cruises and private barge charters along the Canal de Bourgogne in the Burgundy region of France. They have recently announced that beginning next season (2019), Savoir Vivre will be including transfers from Paris to Burgundy where the barge is moored.

Savoir Vivre is 80 feet long, air conditioned (central heating, too), has 4 identical guest cabins which can be configured with a queen or two twin beds, each having ensuite private bathrooms, flat screen TV, DVD, iPod dock, onboard internet where available, 8 bicycles, etc.

Savoir Vivre is a bit different to the other hotel barges that we represent as they do not have an onboard chef. Pastries for the continental breakfast are supplied by the local baker. Lunch is catered by professional chefs who meet up with the boat with their prepared meal. Dinners are off the boat in locally selected restaurants (included in charter fee).

Book now! Contact Paradise Connections

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book SAVOIR VIVRE
View Savoir Vivre's online brochure
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Monday, February 11, 2019

Culinary Delight on the Caledonian Canal

Fancy a barging trip in Scotland this year?

Take a jaunt on the legendary Caledonian Canal and delve into traditional Scottish cuisine aboard Scottish Highlander or Spirit of Scotland.

Those who choose to explore these beautiful waterways are in for a real treat. Gorgeous barges, decorated in typical Scottish country style furnishings, offer a comfortable and luxurious experience; a wonderful way to enjoy the countryside as you meander past.

As you travel slowly along the Caledonian Canal, you will find yourself unwinding to the sedate pace of life on the water. Your days will be spent on shore excursions (that you can opt in or out of if you wish), watching the scenery languidly pass by, and eating wonderful freshly-prepared marvels by your on-board chef – with much of the menu drawn on authentic Scottish heritage.

The On Board Culinary Experience


Scotland has an incredible gastronomic heritage — from its game to its fish, and its puddings to its oatcakes — this small country is rich in culinary delights.

Some of the fabulous dishes you can expect to sample while on board include the celebrated Aberdeen Angus beef, known for being tender, succulent and deliciously subtle in flavor. Well matured, with a marble appearance, this cut of beef is associated with classic quality cooking.

Scottish lamb is another fine meat that you will have the opportunity to sample. Often served as a rack and on a broth of risotto made with either rice or barley, this fine cut of meat is justly famous for its flavor and texture.

Of course, Scottish salmon and venison will both likely feature on the menu, too.


Every classic Scottish cruise menu is complemented by a daily cheeseboard, comprising local offerings. Although Scotland’s cheese may not be the best known in culinary circles, discerning food lovers that have not sampled them are definitely missing out.

While on board you will more than likely have the chance to taste the Isle of Kintyre Mature Cheddar, the Caboc, and the Stratton Blue.

The Gruth Dhu is a particular favorite and is a soft creamy cheese that boasts a sour tangy flavor. Hand rolled in pinhead oats and crushed peppercorns, it is thought to have been brought to the country by the Vikings, in the 8th century. As an aside, apparently it prevents a whiskey hangover too! So if you plan on over-imbibing on board, make sure you wash your whiskey down with plenty of cheese!

Wines and Ales

Of course, as befit a fine dining experience, all your evening meals will be accompanied by a fine selection of local and international wines and there will be ales and single malts as well. After all, what’s a visit to Scotland without a scotch?

Barging in Scotland

For a magical barge cruise, Scotland is hard to surpass. Travel sedately through the Great Glen between Inverness and Fort William, navigating beautiful lochs and the engineering masterpiece that is the Caledonian Canal. Unforgettable experiences are offered by ancient castles perched on the water's edge, heather-clad hillsides and arguably the finest inland cruising in the world. Scotland’s legends of the past, the taste of single malt and the mythical inhabitant of Loch Ness all contribute to a magical charm only experienced in the dramatic Highlands.

If you’re considering a cruise on the Caledonian Canal, the cuisine is just one, albeit very important, facet of the experience. The accommodation on board, the relaxing ambience, and the spectacular landscape combine to create a memorable holiday unlike any other.

Scottish Hotel Barges

Scottish Highlander

Spirit Of Scotland

Book now! Contact Paradise Connections.

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book your barge trip
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Thursday, February 07, 2019

Meet The Captain Of Anjodi

French Hotel Barge Anjodi - Meet The Captain

 French Hotel Barge Anjodi - Barge Cruises on the Canal du Midi

Laurent Charbonnier

A well-known figure on the Canal du Midi, Laurent has over ten years barging experience with our good friends at European Waterways. 2019 will be his sixth year at the helm of Anjodi. With an impeccable understanding of customer service and an impish sense of humor, Laurent charms all of his guests.

He met his wife, Sarah, when they were both crew members on the French Barge L’Impressionniste in Burgundy. They now live with their two sons near the Canal du Midi.

Anjodi moored at Le Somail on the Canal du Midi, south of France

About The French Hotel Barge Anjodi

French Hotel Barge Anjodi - Canal du Midi barging cruises

Sporting a classic Dutch design, the 8-passenger Anjodi offers a choice of four air-conditioned staterooms which can be configured as either twins or double according to your preference, each with full en-suite facilities. The sun deck is spacious and has a heated spa pool (hot tub) — the perfect place, to watch the sun set after dinner on a warm Mediterranean evening.

Anjodi's highly professional crew of four is comprised of Master Chef, Tour Guide and Host/Hostess, led by a knowledgeable and experienced Captain who will ensure your cruise is memorable and more. Their knowledge of the region combined with the 8 bikes provided, will allow you to explore the areas you cruise through in as much detail as you desire.


Cruise Highlights:
  • Tour Carcassonne, the most complete medieval fortified city in existence
  • Narbonne's Archbishop's Palace and colorful market
  • Explore the spectacular hilltop village of Minerve
  • Private wine tasting at the 14th-century Château de Perdiguier
  • View the Pyrenees mountains across the vineyards and discover Cathar history
  • Cruise through the world's oldest canal tunnel at Malpas
  • Excellent towpath for walking and cycling
  • "Biking Plus" option available

Book now! Contact Paradise Connections

Learn More: Click for Anjodi's online brochure

See Special Offers: Click for current special offers on barges

 Allons-y ! 
Cruise the Canal du Midi with Barge Anjodi

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book ANJODI
View Anjodi' online brochure
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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

French Hotel Barge Grand Cru - cabin weeks

French Hotel Barge Grand Cru - Cabin Weeks 2019

The French Hotel Barge Grand Cru is basically a "charter only" type of barge and rarely offers cabin cruise weeks where you can book an individual cabin and share the barge with other passengers. A great way to do a barge cruise on a budget.

French Hotel Barge Grand Cru - Burgundy, France

Price per cabin for each of the weeks below is $8000/person, double occupancy, which comes to $16,000/cabin.

2019 Cabin Weeks:
  • May 5-11, 2019 (one cabin open)
  • May 12-18, 2019 (one cabin open)

Want to book the entire barge?  No problem... Grand Cru has a good selection of weeks open for private charters, including Value Season weeks.

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
Visit our website for more info on our barges and barging: www.BargeCharters.com

Saturday, February 02, 2019

New Special Offers for French Hotel Barges

Extra Special Offers for Burgundy Barges

French Hotel Barge L'Impression

French Hotel Barge La Belle Epoque

Burgundy barges L'Impressionniste and La Belle Epoque have increased their special offers to 25% if booked by Monday, February 8, 2019.

Special Offer Details

 25% Off on the following 2019 departures (deposit before February 8, 2019) :
  • La Belle Epoque (Charter) – Mar 31; Apr 28; May 12, 19
  • La Belle Epoque (Cabin) – Apr 14, 21, May 5
  • L’Impressionniste (Cabin) – Apr 14, 21, May 5, 12, 19
If you miss this deadline, you can still receive 20% discounts for booking by February 18, 2019.

La Belle Epoque


Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book
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