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French Barge Holiday Cruises
FOR “THEMED CRUISES” WITH A DIFFERENCE
GO BARGING WITH EUROPEAN WATERWAYS
Themed cruises usually entail scores of passengers and little in the
way of one to one involvement with the experts. However, European Waterways have
come up with themed cruises on their luxury hotel barges that seem to have it
To those unfamiliar with this form of travel, barging might suggest rather
basic accommodation, but let me enlighten you. The cabins are bijou,and they
come with en suite shower rooms. They are well equipped with plenty of storage
space. I traveled on ANJODI, the venue for Rick Stein’s “French Odyssey” and
luxurious indeed it was.
The lounge bar and dining room is elegant and each meal is rather like a very
nice dinner party, although informality of dress is the order of the day. You
get a chance to dress up at the Captain’s dinner on the final night of
Lunches are on deck and are a gourmet’s delight. Seafood is a specialty
with oysters, mussels, crevettes in abundance and supported by the chef’s
Dinner is accompanied by superb
wines specially selected to complement
the wonderful French cuisine.
were six guests on board, four Americans and two Brits, and we instantly made
what I’m sure will be lasting friendships. Often the barges are hired
by a group of friends or family, or you can, as we did, join other people with
similar interests and make new friendships.
My passion is golf and this was well catered for. ANJODI traveled the Canal
du Midi in the South of France and the four golf
courses we played were all challenging
and very picturesque. If your passion is painting, you can do that too. Vineyards,
walking, antiques, festivals and more are on offer and there is a flexibility
if you have other interests. European Waterways cover a vast region from Ireland,
Scotland, England, through Holland, Belgium and Italy, as well as France, and
there is something magical about meandering the canals of Europe whilst pursuing
your favourite hobbies.
Everything is included in the price – there is an open bar and all the
wines and spirits are complementary, as are the meals when taken in local restaurants.
There are excursions to places of interest and these too are included in the
price. Bikes are available for those who wish to explore a little further. European
Waterways have thought of everything.
The crew were incredibly knowledgeable about all facets of French cuisine
and the local wines. They even produced a sommelier who came on board to give
us a wine tasting as we made our way along the canal. They were as helpful as
possible to be, with flexibility and attention to detail high on their list of
priorities. I shall miss them – they helped to make a perfect holiday for
Prices for a fully-inclusive 6 night/7 day cruise (2009) aboard the European
Waterways hotel barge Anjodi are from £1,990 per person. Cruises aboard
other barges are from £1,550 per person. To find out more:
Tel: 01784 482439
TMUK apologise for the repetition of some place or proper names with different
spellings, but where this happens there is either no definitive spelling translation
of these words or the place is known by different names by different peoples.