Cruise in the Picturesque Upper Loire is ‘the Perfect Setting’ for Romantic Anniversary celebrations and Family Reunions
European Waterways, Europe’s largest hotel barge cruising company, is offering a free weekend at the 4-star Hotel Westminster in central Paris for guests who charter the luxury hotel barge Renaissance in 2017. The 2-night hotel stay includes breakfast and can be used either pre- or post-cruise. Booking deposits must be made by January 6, 2017 to be eligible.
Offering a truly scenic voyage through France’s Upper Loire region on the Canal de Briare, theRenaissance cruise is “the perfect setting” for a wedding anniversary celebration or small family reunion, according to managing director Derek Banks.
“The intimate, eight-passenger Renaissance is the height of luxury and fine dining as it cruises France’s oldest canal through lush, rolling countryside and storybook villages,” said Banks. “Guests can enhance their vacation experience with a stay at the ‘crown jewel’ of Paris hotels, the Hotel Westminster. Its central location will enable them to visit nearby, ‘must see’ attractions that includePlace d’Opéra, the Tuileries Gardens, and the designer shops in Place Vendôme.”
At less than two hours from central Paris via European Waterways’ private chauffeur service, theRenaissance cruise is popular for its gourmet dining and excursions that include châteaux tours, private wine tastings and cultural attractions in a region famous for its white wines. Cruise highlights include a visit to a renowned Sancerre winery and a tour of the privately owned Château de la Bussière, known as the “fishermen’s castle” for its collection of freshwater fish. The château also features giant wooden games in the courtyard that can be enjoyed by children.
Guests will also delight in crossing the River Loire on the elevated aqueduct at Briare, built by Gustave Eiffel – the same architect of the Eiffel Tower. For culture lovers, there will be visits to the magnificent Château de Fontainebleau, once home to the French royal family, and to the old town of Moret-sur-Loing, the home and final resting place of the impressionist painter Alfred Sisley.
Prices are all-inclusive and include all gourmet meals, fine wines, open bar, escorted daily excursions and local transfers to and from the hotel barge and a designated meeting place.
I’m sure you would also like to know that Captain Hadrien, Chef Hannahand Tour Guide Julien, who looked after their guests so well this year, will all be on board Renaissance again for the 2017 season. Returning for his 4th season as captain of Renaissance, Hadrien started with European Waterways as a deckhand on L’Impressionniste, then joined Renaissance as tour guide, before passing his pilot’s licence to become our youngest current Captain.
And, in fact, most of our crews will be returning to the same barges for 2017 – more details to follow early in the New Year.