Discounts for early-bird barge travellers


Want to replicate Rick Stein’s French Odyssey on a luxury hotel barge cruising through the Gascony and Bordeaux regions of southern France? European Waterways is offering an early-bird discount to group travellers if they book the eight-passenger Rosa before September 14, 2018.

The early-bird discount of 10 per cent off the whole-boat charter will apply to many of European Waterways’ luxury hotel barges, such as the 12-passenger Panache, as it cruises Holland during the start of the country’s famous tulip season in March.

Managing director of European Waterways Derek Banks says advanced booking provide guests with greater flexibility on departure dates and in designing the itinerary. “We can tailor their excursions to include more activities that better reflect the interests and passions of their party. For example, we can organise more family-friendly outings or culinary explorations, extra tee times for golfers or walking and cycling tours for the active travellers.”

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Excursions onboard the Rosa hotel barge include wine tastings, tours of medieval towns, elegant chateaux, and colourful village markets. Whole boat charter prices start as low as €25,560 (AUD$40,000)– a saving of almost €2,900 (AUD$4537) – for departures on April 14 and 21 and 28, as well as May 5 and 12, 2019.

The company’s largest vessel, the 20-passenger La Bella Vita, cruises the Venetian Lagoon, River Po and Canal Bianco between Venice and the Renaissance city of Mantua. Along the way, guests are immersed in a unique “voyage of discovery” that encompasses the Renaissance, Roman, Etruscan, and Byzantine cultures.

Itinerary highlights include a tour of Venice, a visit to Chioggia’s colourful fish market, and dinner at the 17th century villa of Ca’Zen, accompanied by the countess herself. Prices start at €56,250 (AUD$88,015), a saving of €6,250 (AUD$9779). Eligible departures include March 24 and 21, April 7, 14, 21, and 28, and May 5 and 12, 2019.

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