Thursday, August 22, 2019

Last Minute Deals for 2019 Now Available

Last Minute Special Offers for 2019

Scottish Highlander - Cruise the highlands of Scotland


With a 20% discount on Charter & Cabin prices in 2019, and No Single Supplement on a few departures, it's a good time to experience Luxury Hotel Barging at a very reasonable rate.

See the special offers for the remaining weeks of the 2019 barging season: Click Here

Can't make it this year?

Take a look at our 2020 special offers: Click Here






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Monday, June 24, 2019

Discover Strasbourg with Panache


Discover Strasbourg With Panache On A French Canal Barging Cruise




The Alsatian city of Strasbourg – whose name literally means ‘town at the crossing of roads’ – lies at a fascinating juncture between old and new, German and French. It is of course famous for its colossal Gothic cathedral, but also as the seat of the European Parliament, while its half-timbered German merchant dwellings sit next to elegant French townhouses.

During your escorted tour of this wonderful city on your cruise aboard Panache along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin in Alsace, highlights will include:

Cathédrale de Notre-Dame

Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

No trip to Strasbourg would be complete without a visit to the awe-inspiring Cathédrale de Notre-Dame. It is hard not to be impressed by this huge, pink-sandstone masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Its 142-metre spire made it the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 250 years, and if you’re feeling fit, you can climb the 332 steps to the platform below its towers and admire the stunning views of the city from this lofty vantage point.

Make sure to admire the exquisite stained-glass windows when you walk around the cathedral, including the rose window in the western portal. In the south transept you’ll find an impressive astrological clock and at different hours of the day a host of mechanical figures, including angels, Death and the Apostles, are sent out on parade.

La Petite France


Just a short walk from the cathedral is La Petite France, the home of artisanal trade in medieval Strasbourg. This maze of narrow streets and canals is full of picturesque half-timbered houses blooming with flowers in the summer months. It’s a lovely place to do some boutique shopping, have a cup of coffee or just relax in one of the waterside parks.

Place Gutenberg

 Photo by Claude TRUONG-NGOC. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

It was in the city of Strasbourg in the 15th century that Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press, first experimented with moveable type. His revolutionary ideas, which hugely cut down the time it took to reproduce a text compared with labour-intensive scribal reproduction, made a real contribution to the rise in literacy at the end of the medieval period in Europe.

You can see a bronze statue of Johannes Gutenberg in the appropriately named Place Gutenberg and perhaps as you read your guidebook, you can send a silent thank you to the father of printing!




Alsace-Lorraine

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.

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.

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.
 

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 hot tub as the leaves of the forested hillsides turn from green to gold to red to yellow.  





About The French Hotel Barge Panache

The Hotel Barge Panache is a 12-passenger barge offering 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




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


Friday, June 21, 2019

French Hotel Barge Nymphea | Chateau de Chenonceau

Cruise through the Chateau de Chenonceau aboard the French Hotel Barge Nymphea

French Hotel Barge Nymphea Cruises The Loire Valley, France

The Château of Chenonceau is an architectural wonder and Renaissance masterpiece. Built in 1520 by a wealthy tax collector for his wife, it became a royal retreat for, among others, Catherine de Medici and Mary, Queen of Scots.

It is a five-arch bridge which was transformed into a château, with its galerie de bal, the scene of some legendary galas, spanning the River Cher. Inside the château are magnificent ceilings, fireplaces, furnishings, and paintings; many of the walls are covered with the famed Gobelin tapestries.

During WW I the château served as a military hospital. During WW II the château sat on the demarcation line between Vichy-ruled France and the territory held by the Germans, with the line running down the middle of the Cher. The southern exit of the château was in the free zone; its entrance was in the German-occupied zone.

Nymphea cruising through one of the arches


Please note that Nymphea has a 20% discount on select weeks for 2019. See details below.


About The French Hotel Barge Nymphea


French Hotel Barge Nymphea cruises the River Cher in the Loire Valley, France


Nymphea

Nymphea, a 6-passenger French hotel barge, is a classic Dutch design with shallow draft that makes her the ideal vessel for navigating the beautiful sandy reaches of the River Cher in the Loire Valley. Very few vessels are able to cruise this magical waterway.

We are delighted to offer Nymphea, currently the only hotel barge navigating the heart of the Loire Valley. The Valley of the Kings is as rich in history and legend as it is in beauty – little has changed over the centuries. The River Loire and its main tributary the River Cher have transported passengers and cargo for more than 2000 years.

There is much to discover in the Loire Valley, from the fabulous châteaux to the centuries-old villages dotted along the river. Wind your way through the narrow streets possibly discovering hidden shops with hand-painted pottery or stumble across an open market. Meet a winemaker or a cheese maker and learn why his goat cheese is the most famous in France.




Come celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Renaissance in Loire Valley aboard the charming Nymphea. In 2019, throughout the entire anniversary year, events, expositions, scientific symposiums, visits, and regional and European-themed courses revive the spirit of the Renaissance while confronting modern challenges, creating a dialogue between the history and the future.


Current Availability for 2019
  • June 30 - July 6 : 1 cabin open - 20% discount
  • July 7-13 : 1 cabin open - 20% discount
  • July 21-27 : 3 cabins open for private charter or cabin week. 20% discount for charter booking
  • July 28-Aug 3 : 3 cabins open for private charter or cabin week. 20% discount for charter booking
  • Aug 4-10 : 3 cabins open. Available for private charter or cabin cruise week
  • Aug 11-17 :  2 cabins open - 20% discount
  • Aug 18-24 : 3 cabins open for private charter or cabin week. 20% discount for charter booking
  • Aug 25-31 : 3 cabins open for private charter or cabin week. 20% discount for charter booking
  • Sept 8-14 :  1 cabin open
  • Sept 15-21 :  1 cabin open




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


Thursday, June 20, 2019

English Hotel Barge Magna Carta

The English Hotel Barge Magna Carta Caters To Their Guests


Recently, the English hotel barge Magna Carta, who cruises along the Royal River Thames, had a family charter with a young child so they toddler-proofed their sundeck!

Magna Carta is an excellent choice for family charters




About The English Hotel Barge Magna Carta




Magna Carta cruising the Royal River Thames
Moored at Winsor Castle

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.


Current 2019 Availability

  • Aug 25-31 : 2 cabins open. Available for a cabin cruise week
  • Sept 22-28 : 1 cabin open. Available for a cabin cruise week
  • Oct 13-19 : 2 cabins open. Available for a cabin cruise week





Interested ?  Let's reserve your spot !




Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book MAGNA CARTA
View Magna Carta's online brochure
Visit our website for more info on our barges and barging: www.BargeCharters.com
 



Saturday, June 08, 2019

Enjoy summer with FINESSE

Summer is here! How about a little FINESSE in Burgundy?

A scrumptious starter on Finesse, Légumes du Jardin.

This looks really good. It is not only tasty but excellently presented.



About The French Hotel Barge Finesse

Finesse

Current Availability for 2019
  • July 14-20 : 4 cabins open for private charter or cabin cruise
  • Aug 4-10 : 4 cabins open for private charter or cabin cruise
  • Oct 20-26 : 2 cabins open for cabin cruise
  • Oct 27-Nov 2 : 4 cabins open for private charter or cabin cruise






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



Friday, June 07, 2019

This Sunday in Carcassonne

This would be a great event to attend. Too bad we didn't know about it earlier :)



Google Translation of  https://carcassonne.org/manifestations/concert-gongs-et-orgue

CONCERT GONGS AND ORGAN - Basilique Saint-Nazaire, City of Carcassonne
These three musicians from the Bordeaux region have been offering a totally new concert for several years now. It is a dialogue between musical instruments serving the sacred in their respective cultures, Western and Eastern, church organ and Chinese gongs. The organ plays chorales harmonized by Johann Sebastian Bach, famous German composer of the XVIIIth century. To these chorales a set of twelve gongs responds in an improvised comment in an original use, smooth, very different from what we usually hear for a percussion instrument. It is an unprecedented sound experience, both meditative and sensitive, an invitation to let yourself be carried on an inner journey.

This training, resulting from improvised music workshops since 2006, occurs in small country churches in the South-West as well as in cathedrals such as Puy-en-Velay, Angoulême, Bazas, Montauban and Lourdes, Nevers, Pezenas ...

The entry is free participation.


Fancy an interesting trip in France? How about a barge charter?




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Contact Paradise Connections to book your barge trip
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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Graduation idea - Family barge charter

Family Barge Charters

Do you have children who are interested in European history or maybe are studying French?

Here's a great graduation idea... a family barge charter!



French Hotel Barge Anjodi - Canal du Midi, France

With hectic lifestyles becoming the norm these days, a vacation where several generations of the same family, perhaps for a birthday or graduation celebration, can grab that rare opportunity to all be together is becoming more and more desirable.

Hotel barge charters are a wonderful way for families to spend special time together. There is something on offer for family members of all ages. A doting crew to care for you, delicious food prepared by your very own on-board chef, your own minibus to take you where you want to go, and stopping in a different locations every day without having to pack and unpack. It’s like having your own private floating villa!


3-minute video highlighting the fun of a family barging cruise

Most of our hotel barges offer family charter cruises with great activities for the children, but also plenty of time for the adults to relax, especially if they’re sipping a chilled glass of Chablis in the on-deck spa pool as they cruise gently along a meandering canal on the waterways of Europe.

A private barge charter's itinerary can be tailored to fit your personal interests. Many of our barges have sample itineraries for family cruises. Take a look at their online brochure under "Itineraries".

The voyage itself is already great fun. Grandchildren may find themselves steering their 126 foot vessel along a tree-lined canal, perhaps joining their cousins in the barge jacuzzi or biking together, as their parents relax alongside on the sundeck just a few feet away.

Having your own chef makes evening meals both enjoyable and flexible on a family charter. Dinner can be enjoyed as a family, with perhaps a casual barbecue during the week for children to enjoy some alfresco dining. Or a high tea can be served for younger children with the normal recipes they enjoy. Alternatively, a combination where elder children join the adults for dinner and then a break between courses for an evening stroll before bedtime. Adults can then relax in peace and quiet with coffee and liqueurs.

Ashore, as well as our traditional cultural visits, we can arrange horse riding, water sports, tennis and many other activities to keep the younger ones and young at heart, completely satisfied. As with all our charter itineraries your experience is fully customisable to suite the ages and needs of your group. Child equipment such high-chairs, car seats, child bike seats, travel cots, children’s bicycles and more are available on request at no extra cost.



Special Offers

Many of our barges have special offers for this summer



So, in the immortal words of The Ramones:


Hey Ho, Let's Go !





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


Friday, May 17, 2019

New Special Offers - Expires June 24, 2019

Special Offers on Barge Trips

We have updated the special offers for our European hotel barges. Most offers are valid for new bookings made by June 24, 2019. There's a variety of nice discounts across France, Italy & Scotland for you to enjoy, including La Bella Vita's special opera cruise. Departures range from May through October 2019. 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 which are great for groups of family & friends. We all like a discount! Plus there are similar discounts on individual cabin bookings allowing you to join a group with like-minded folks. We also have "No Single Supplement" specials on select departures which are a super deal for those intrepid solo travellers.






Cruise the Canal du Bourgogne in Burgundy aboard L'Impressionniste

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



Special Offers for 2020 Barge Charter Season


Special Offers for
2020 Barge Charters

We have posted special offers for hotel barge charters taking place in 2020. Offers valid for charters deposited by June 24, 2019.




La Belle Epoque cruises the Canal du Bourgogne in Burgundy

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



Thursday, May 16, 2019

Italian Hotel Barge LA BELLA VITA's 2019 Opera Cruise

Special Opera Cruise

La Bella Vita's special Opera itinerary is for 7 nights and commences Saturday August 10, 2019. It includes one hotel night in Verona (August 10), a visit to the fascinating Arena Muse Opera, a wonderful museum devoted to the history of opera, followed by dinner in the delightful courtyard restaurant, and a performance of Puccini's "Tosca" at the Arena di Verona (best seats in the House). The opera-themed cruise aboard La Bella Vita continues for 6 nights August 11-17, 2019 between Venice and Mantua.



Opera lover? Enjoy an opera-themed cruise aboard La Bella Vita




Special Offer

Opera Cruise
Save 20%
Book before June 24, 2019




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, Puccini’s  "Tosca", 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 cuisine and wine, Renaissance architecture and, of course – opera!




About The Italian Hotel Barge Bella Vita



Italian Hotel Barge La Bella Vita

La Bella Vita

La Bella Vita is a stylish 20-passenger vessel with a typically modern Italian interior, reflected in the use of vibrant colors throughout to create an atmosphere of casual relaxation. There is an inviting bar area in which to enjoy a glass of Prosecco and a spacious dining room with louvre doors that open to give a perfect view as you are served delicious Italian specialities and wines.

There are two main deck junior suites and eight lower deck staterooms, all air-conditioned and with en suite facilities. The upper deck has a huge sun deck with a large canopy and comfortable loungers to relax and watch the world drift by.

Enjoy delicious regional cuisine, fine Italian wines and the services of an attentive crew that will make this an unforgettable cruise. 

La Bella Vita offers 6-night, all-inclusive private charters, as well as cabin cruises. Themed cruises such as family, golf, opera, and wine appreciation are available for private charters.




Special Offer

Save 20%
Book before June 24, 2019

Private charters: June 16, 30; July 7, 14, 28; Aug 4, 25; Sept 1, 22, 29; Oct 6, 20 

Cabin cruises: June 9; Aug 10 (opera); July 21; Aug 18






Let's reserve your spot !




Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book LA BELLA VITA
View La Bella Vita's online brochure
Visit our website for more info on our barges and barging: www.BargeCharters.com
 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Special Offer For Solo Travellers

No Single Supplement On Over 25 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, Champagne, Alsace-Lorraine, Canal du Midi); Venice and the Po Valley in Italy; and the rugged Highlands of Scotland. Eligible cruises are available from May through August 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

No single supplement

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

FRANCE
  • Burgundy – La Belle Epoque: May 26; June 9, 16, 30; July 21, 28; Aug 4, 11, 18
  • Champagne – Panache: May 26; June 30
  • Canal du Midi – Enchante: June 30; July 21, 28; Aug 4, 18, 25
  • Alsace-Lorraine – Panache: July 21; Aug 18

SCOTLAND  

ITALY


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Contact Paradise Connections to book your barge trip
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