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August 30, 2016

Harvest Cruising: France’s Best-Kept Secret

For many visitors to France, a major draw is the country’s centuries-old legacy of winemaking. Our wine appreciation cruises through such renowned regions as Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne and Alsace have long been popular with oenophiles keen on an inside look into the production behind some of the world’s finest vintages.

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Our Top 5 Off-the-Beaten-Track Cruise Excursions

One of the best parts about cruising Europe’s rivers and canals is the chance to experience a true slice of local life. As you make your way through France, Britain or Holland away from the madding crowd, you’ll have the opportunity to explore and tour some of the sights that often pass under the radar of the jet-setting tourist crowd.

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Getting to Know the Garden of Europe

Mention the word ‘tulip’ and one place comes instantly to mind: Holland. Since the peak of so-called ‘tulip mania’ in the mid-1600s, this lowland nation has been inextricably linked to the jaunty Springtime flower. Flower lovers will get more than they could ever expect with a visit to the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens, the undisputed ‘Garden of Europe’, during their cruise aboard our hotel barge Panache.

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Top Cruising Reads: The Little Paris Bookshop

Imagine yourself for a moment on board a luxury barge, cruising gently along a serene canal or river in rural France. You lounge on the deck as the vine-covered landscape passes by.  If this sounds like your ideal holiday, look into our luxury hotel barge cruises through France – but not before picking up a copy of The Little Paris Bookshop to take with you.

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Free Hotel Night with Last Minute Bookings on Selected 2016 Cruises

We would like to announce that we are offering a free hotel night for new bookings on all remaining 2016 departures on selected luxury hotel barges in France. The hotel stay includes breakfast, can be used either pre-or post-cruise, and is combinable with any other current offer.  Booking deposits must be made by September 30th to be eligible.

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