There is no experience quite like springtime in the South of France. European Waterways’ Dutch hotel barge Rosa begins her first full season this April, cruising the Canal de la Garonne that links the Atlantic with the Mediterranean. It is a cruising experience that will immerse passengers in a world of picturesque villages, countryside and local cuisine.
The vessel is an old friend and one of European Waterways’ most prized hotel barges. Some people may remember her appearance on the hugely successful BBC TV series ‘French Odyssey’, where she was taken on a culinary journey by celebrity chef Rick Stein. Newly refurbished, Rosa now presents a wood-paneled saloon, with comfortable seating and a bar. Passengers can relax on her deck, as they bask in the French sun and even relax in her very own spa pool.
The new route from Agen to Montauban offers the very essence of Gascony. Passengers will visit historic Montauban, experience ancient abbeys, indulge in wine, Armagnac and fois gras tastings and even traverse an impressive 1,000-ft aqueduct. Eight passengers can enjoy this experience, staying in one of four double cabins, each air-conditioned and with en suite facilities, or a party can charter the whole barge.
Rates for a cruise aboard Rosa are from $3,850 per person sharing a double cabin and from $26,800 for an exclusive charter of the entire vessel for eight passengers. This is all-inclusive (excl. travel). European Waterways is the largest all-inclusive hotel barging company in Europe, offering six-night/seven-day cruises on its fleet of luxury hotel barges in nine European countries. Tandem cruises for larger parties are available as well as a wide selection of themed cruises, such as wine appreciation, golf and even honeymoon charters.
European Waterways, www.gobarging.com