April is a fine time to cruise in Europe, and well worth your consideration if you don’t want to travel at the height of summer, here’s why…
Why You Should Take a Cruise in April
I Never Knew the Charm of Spring... Till April in Paris
Whether you think Frank or Ella sang it best, there’s certainly an element of truth behind the sentiment. Paris in April can be a downright fairy-tale experience; blossom trees along the River Seine, evening bike rides through the hilly, shuttered Montmartre and beautiful boutiques in the fashionable Le Marais district. And after a few days wandering in the city of love, why not take one of our luxury hotel barge cruises and explore the undulating wine regions of Champagne or Burgundy? Free private transfers from Paris to our stunning vessels and a Champagne welcome are included as standard, so you can continue your springtime adventure in the utmost comfort and style.
See the World's Largest Flower Park in Bloom
Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, is one of the world’s largest flower gardens, situated in Lisse, Holland. Only open between late March and early May each year it is a technicolor dream of 80 acres, 800 varieties of tulips, and seven million flowers in total, a true wonderland for the flora and fauna enthusiasts among you! A visit to Keukenhof Gardens is part of our unique Classic Cruise through Holland.
Savour the Gascony Region
With temperatures hovering around the low 20’s, April is the perfect time to indulge in the fantastic food and wine of the Gascony Region. Rich in lush countryside and medieval villages, Gascony is ripe for culinary exploration, sample the sumptuous produce of an artisanal dairy farm in the hills of Montauban or sip at some Armagnac in the cellars of an ancient Domaine. Gasconian cuisine is truly at the heart of France’s ancient culinary traditions and you’ll often find the likes of Sanquette & Pastis Landais on the menu… wondering what they are? You’ll have to come aboard to find out!”
The Chaumont-sur-Loire International Garden Festival
A military fortress built around the year 1000, the castle of Chaumont-sur-Loire has an incredible history that spans over 1000 years and sees it taken possession by the likes of Charles II of Amboise, Catherine de Médicis and the Princess of Orléans. Each year, beginning in April, its grounds play host to an array of beautiful garden installations that are all based around a central theme and designed to inspire the judges and audience that are lucky enough to experience it.
April Special Offers
Interested in seeing some of these spectacular destinations this coming year? We’ve got a whole host of charter offers, so you can bring the family along!