When things start to open up again, you might want to think about a European Waterways cruise for your next charter vacation. They offer the largest fleet of luxury hotel barges cruising along the less populated canals and small rivers of Europe and the U.K.
On a European Waterways barge you can celebrate an end to enforced social distancing by exploring the European countryside, from the South of France to the Highlands of Scotland. Each barge, a floating boutique experience, holds from six to 12 guests. European Waterways offers six-night, all-inclusive tours along canals and small rivers, visiting local towns and attractions along the way.
For your charter, you can book individual cabins, several cabins, or the entire vessel. Most cruises include wine excursions and introductions to local personalities, ranging from a lock keeper to a countess, and tours of famous sites.
You also can sign up for specialized itineraries that focus on culture, history, fine wine, and the gourmet cuisine of the French countryside. Wine lovers, for example, can enjoy exclusive tastings at a variety of vineyards. Golfers can play on a different course every day. Multi-generational families can sign up for kid-friendly activities that keep everybody happy.
On a wine-themed cruise in Southern Burgundy, you can enjoy premier or grand cru vintages as you visit the Loire Valley, Provence, Languedoc and Alsace. On the 12-passenger Spirit of Scotland barge in the Scottish Highlands you can play golf on championship courses including Castle Stuart, the Royal Dornoch, Fort Augustus, and Newtonmore.
The barges’ network of canals and rivers allows for flexibility and spontaneity during most cruises. You can hop on and off the barge to explore the surroundings on foot or on bicycles (carried on board); each cruise will cater to the guests’ individual desires. Read more: