It is that time of year on the calendar not only to look forward to the festive season and all it brings but also to make those holiday plans for the year ahead. Whether travelling individually, as a couple, with the family, or a group of like-minded friends, here are 4 great reasons to choose a Hotel Barge Cruise for 2019.
Inspiration for 2019 Cruising
2019 Renaissance Celebrations in the Loire Valley
The cradle of art and architecture during the French Renaissance, 2019 will see this region alight with festivals, exhibitions, tours and a great deal of celebration! The Loire and its surrounding countryside is well known for its expansive history and contains 65 museums, and 70 public parks & gardens, 3 UNESCO Cathedrals and 6 magnificent cities. Get involved in all of this aboard the ultra deluxe Renaissance Hotel barge with cruise fares from £4,750 per person.
Gastronomy in Champagne
Yes, we can’t deny, the bubbly stuff is a big draw, and with visits to multiple champagne houses, it is an integral part of our visit. However the Champagne-Ardenne region is a gastronomic delight! Both of the famous Chaource and Langres cheeses hail from here, whilst Marne Truffles are an exquisite and highly sort after delicacy that do not come cheap! Our favourite it has to be said are the divine, light, vanilla flavoured Biscuits roses de Reims – one of France’s oldest biscuits!
Luxury Hotel Barge Panache cruises through the heart of the Champagne Region, with cruise fares from £4,290 per person.
For those with an appreciation of nature and looking for a calm and quiet life, they can just enjoy the peace and relaxation of a cruise through some beautiful natural scenery. Wild Horses in the Camargue and Pink Flamingos on the Canal du Midi, majestic herons and cheeky water voles in Burgundy and magnificent eagles and wild deer in the Scottish Highlands are just some of the natural delights on offer.
Why not cruise aboard L’Art De Vivre on Burgundy’s Lower Nivernais Canal – one of France’s longest-established canals; and the River Yonne, with its picturesque valley: cruise fares from £3,150 per person.
The La Belle Epoque Itinerary is special, it’s the only cruise in which you can experience both the Burgundy Region and the Champagne Region, that means some of the finest wines in all of France; from a beautiful Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru to an exquisite Champagne Domaine Pannier. C’est magnifique! With cruise fares from £3,650 per person.