Monday, May 23, 2011

Luxury Crewed French Hotel Barges - Barging Cruises in France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Italy, Germany

For a selection of luxury crewed hotel barges we represent, please visit our web site, view our blog, read our monthly barging newsletter, or contact us!

A barging cruise is a wonderful vacation for singles, couples, family, friends, and corporate trips too!

Come and explore the European waterways aboard a quality, luxury, all inclusive, crewed boutique hotel barge.

Visit our website to view barges in France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland / Belgium, Italy, Germany / Luxembourg

Sunday, May 22, 2011

French Hotel Barge EMMA - Super Summer Savings

Liz & René, owner-operators of the French Hotel Barge EMMA, have announced a $500 per person discount on all new bookings for June, July and August 2011, whether individual cabin cruises or private charter.

So, if you book a barge trip aboard Emma for June 2011 you'll get a double dose of goodies...

What's more, book a 2012 barging cruise before the end of 2011 and receive a 10% discount!

Just a reminder of Emma's Surf & Turf package: See April 22nd post for Land & Sea Special

The French Hotel Barge Emma cruises on the canal du midi in the south of France between Beziers & Carcassonne and Carcassonne to Toulouse. You will find other possible itineraries on our eBrochure that they might be able to work into their schedule with some advance notice.

Liz & Rene have two additional crew members, Rosie & Annette. Emma has both air conditioning and central heating so climate control is not an issue whether you cruise during the height of summer or on cool days of spring or autumn. Emma accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 cabins each with ensuite, private bathrooms. One cabin is a Queen, while the other two can be configured as either as a Queen or two Twins according to your request.

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.

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book EMMA 
View Emma's online brochure
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Thursday, May 19, 2011

French Barge SAVOIR VIVRE: Family Discounts Kids Special Offer

James Waggott of the French Hotel Barge SAVOIR VIVRE announced that they are offering a family special valid for the remainder of the 2011 barging season.
We are pleased to offer HALF PRICE kids places for a limited allocation of 2011 cruise dates! Save up to US$6000 on the charter price!
French Hotel Barge Savoir Vivre - Barging in France
Barge Cruises in Southern Burgundy, France along the Canal de Bourgogne

James tells us a bit more about family-oriented charters aboard Savoir Vivre:
The Savoir Vivre offers a uniquely interesting and enriched luxury barge cruising experience and industry leading ALL INCLUSIVE value.

We are also very Family Friendly!  Our 8-guest capacity with full twin/queen bed convertibility suits families of all sizes. And when you cruise with us you get whole boat exclusivity so that you can really make yourselves feel at home.

The family-style dining is casual and great for even the pickiest eaters. The quality of the food is without compromise. The tours are also relaxed and fun – our tour of an authentic goats cheese farm comes complete with goats!

Kids & parents can both feel relaxed aboard the Savoir Vivre. Parents know that their children are safe and children can enjoy the familiar, home-like atmosphere complete with relaxed salon area and open kitchen.

  • 8-person charter. Max 4 kids with $1500 discount each (Total savings up to $6000)
  • 6-person charter. Max 3 kids with $1500 discount each (Total savings up to $4500)

“Thank you so much for a beautiful trip! Our crew were wonderful with the whole family from our 1½ and 11 year old  to all of the adult gang! The barge was beautiful, the side trips very interesting and the food and wine incredible. Thank you so much flexibility and love! We will take many wonderful memories with us.”


Savoir Faire still has availability on two special weeks that they have opened up to individual cabin cruises:
  • July 31-August 6: two cabins available
  • October 16-22: two cabins available

SAVOIR VIVRE: Ability to live life well and with intelligent enjoyment, meeting every situation with poise, good manners, and elegance. Etymology: French, to know (how) to live.

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book SAVOIR VIVRE 
View Savoir Vivre's online brochure
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

REMINDER: iPod Shuffle Giveaway - French hotel barge cruises June 2011

We'd like to remind you about our iPod Shuffle Giveaway for our clients booking a French Hotel Barge cruise during the month of June 2011... Some barges have some great deals for June, see our previous blog post concerning special offers.

Fête de la Musique day (June 21st) is one of our favorite French holidays and we hope to be anchored in one of the French islands in the Caribbean... Perhaps Jimmy Buffett will show up in St Barths and do an impromtu gig! He could sing He Went to Paris and perhaps Last Mango in Paris :)

Confirm your June 2011 French hotel barge cruise and get a FREE 2GB iPod Shuffle... or two... or three... or four... or more...

We'll send each person in your party (whether a cabin booking of 2, or a private charter booking for 12, for example) a handy gift to enjoy on your barging vacation...

Don't let it's tiny size fool you. With this 2GB player, you can pack up to 500 songs... That should do you for a week!

The latest generation of iPod Shuffle allows you to use playlists so you can use this feature to organize your French language lessons, and French music from A to Z, such as:

Antoine, Charles Aznavour, Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Brel, Patrick Bruel, Maurice Chevalier, Mylène Farmer, Claude François, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Serge Gainsbourg, Johnny Hallyday, Indochine, Kassav, Claudine Longet, Eddy Mitchell, Vanessa Paradis, Édith Piaf, Sheila, Téléphone, Zouzou.

This offer is good for any Paradise Connection booking for a French barging vacation taken in June 2011, but check out the barges that are currently available for Fête de la Musique week.

We hope you'll be able to take advantage of this special offer from us at Paradise Connections.


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Friday, May 06, 2011

French Hotel Barge Saint Louis - WiFi equipped

More and more barges are becoming equipped with onboard WiFi access and the French Hotel Barge SAINT LOUIS has just joined the ranks.

Alasdair says:
"We now have internet availability on board.  There is a laptop computer dedicated to guests’ use, and a device which has a connection availability at certain times of the day.  No matter where we are, we should be able to obtain a connection."
 French Hotel Barge SAINT LOUIS - Barging Cruises in SW France

Saint Louis cruises the beautiful waterways of Southwest France, including the historic lands of Aquitaine and Gascony along the Canal de Garonne. Saint Louis accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 spacious staterooms which can be configured with either queen or twin beds.

The hotel barge Saint Louis follows two different week-long itineraries, cruising along the peaceful Canal de Garonne that flows between the cities of Toulouse and Bordeaux in Southwest France. Each route has its own attractions and its own memorable highpoints.
Generally the rhythm of cruising aboard SAINT LOUIS consists of a half day of gliding the canal: enjoying the countryside drift by with a cool drink in your hand, walking the tow path, or biking into that picturesque town across the sunflower fields. The second half of the day is usually spent in a guided exploration of all that the region offers in historical sights, wine tasting, artisan crafts, and culture. All of your meals will be prepared from fresh local ingredients and served on board by their resident chef. An occasional meal might be enjoyed at a nearby restaurant serving the finest regional cuisine. The fully stocked bar, with excellent wines of the region, coffee, tea, and soft drinks is always available. Daily excursions, bicycles, indoor games and a small library are all included.

SAINT LOUIS currently has space available for individual cabin bookings on shared barge charters:
  • May 21-27
  • June 4-10
  • June 18-24
  • July 30 - Aug 5

and also some open spots for private barge charters:
  • May 28 - June 3
  • July 9-15
  • July 16-22
  • July 23-29
  • Aug 20-26
  • Oct 1-7

Alasdair & Barbara look forward to welcoming you aboard Saint Louis.

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book SAINT LOUIS 
View Saint Louis's online brochure
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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Hotel Barges: Current special offers Barging Cruises (MAY 2011)


French Hotel Barge ENCHANTE
Barging cruises on the Canal du Midi in the south of France

May is a beautiful month... I always liked it when I worked at an international bureaucracy in Paris as there was the possibility of THREE 3-or-4-day weekends in May... Vive la France :)  We lived on the French canals for years and definitely recommend a barging cruise.

French Hotel Barge La Belle Epoque - Barging in France - Canal de Bourgogne

Click on the Barge's name to view their online brochure. Find their prices on their brochure's RATES page. Contact us if you'd like us to do the calculation for the special offer rate and check current availability.

EXPIRED: Please see June 2011 specials


French Hotel Barge L'Impressionniste - Barging in France - Canal de Bourgogne

These barging vacations are fully crewed and all-inclusive:
  • Six nights' accommodation on board in an air-conditioned, en-suite cabin.
  • The services of an experienced Captain / Host, Chef, Housekeeper(s), Driver/Tour Guide.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner aboard. A local lunch ashore, once per week on most barges.
  • An excellent selection of fine regional and international wines and spirits, plus an all day open bar, tea and coffee.
  • Daily excursions by chauffeured minivan and inclusive entry fees to castles, vineyards, markets and other local places of interest.
  • Use of barge facilities such as bicycles, boules, barge library and on certain vessels, a spa pool.
  • Return transfers to and from local meeting/drop off point.

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