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 
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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.

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.


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


Private Charter
up to 4 guests
(-20% off=$20,000)
(-20% off=$17,600)
Private Charter
5 Guests
(-20%  off=$21,600)
(-20% off=$18,400)
Private Charter
6 guests
(-20% off=$24,000)
(-20% off=$20,000)
Individual Cabin Week
per person, double occupancy
(-20% off=$4400)
(-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


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
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