Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Spring 2022 Barging Vacations Newsletter


Summary of postings on our

It's Time To Go Barging !
French Barge Renaissance cruising the Briare Aqueduct over the River Loire

Coronavirus testing requirement lifted for flights to USA

International travelers flying to the United States will no longer need to show proof of a negative coronavirus test before boarding their flights...  Read more.

Book a 2023 barge cruise at current rates

As we mentioned in an earlier post, Savoir Vivre has raised their rates for the 2023 barging season (unless you book by June 30th). This is due to increased fuel prices and other associated increases.

If you are considering a hotel barge cruise on the European waterways for next season, please contact us soon before other barges raise their rates. This is a trend we are seeing in yacht charters and it won’t surprise us if more barges notify us about rate increases within the next few weeks.  Read more.

Savoir Vivre - Rate Change for 2023 Cruises

Savoir Vivre has announced an increase in rates for 2023 barge cruises. Book now for 2023 cruises as new prices come into effect on June 1, 2022   Read more.

Special offers for 2022 updated
We have updated our special offers page with the latest round of discounted barge cruises for the 2022 barging season. Barge cruise vacations are increasingly popular, particularly in times of the "new normal". Read more.

Join La Bella Vita in Italy this Summer for an Opera Cruise

Book your spot aboard La Bella Vita’s Opera Cruise for a lavish barging experience departing on 17th July 2022. Guests aboard this cruise will benefit from choice seats in the front stalls to experience a thrilling performance of George Bizet’s "Carmen".  Read more.

Enjoy Wine Tasting on Your Barge Cruise

During a cruise on one of our hotel barges, you will have the chance to sample several of the finest wines they offer. Wine tasting can feel a little overwhelming if you haven’t much experience, but fortunately, this post helps to break the process down into four sip-size steps.  Read more.

Visit Burgundy’s Oldest Winemakers

Since its founding in 1720, Maison Champy has been producing award-winning wines, and it’s the newest stop on Finesse’s itinerary. The new Maison Champy wine-tasting experience, lunch and vineyard tour can be enjoyed on the Finesse classic cruise itinerary, as well as their golf and wine themed cruises.  Read more.

The Canal de Briare, France

We have uploaded a three-part series for the Canal de Briare.

Magna Carta: 2 cabin weeks available for 2022

The English Hotel Barge Magna Carta which cruises the River Thames, is fully booked for the 2022 season EXCEPT for two cabin weeks this spring.  Read more.

Barging in France: The Burgundy Canal

Learn about the Canal de Bourgogne with our three part guide to the Burgundy Canal.
  • Part 1: An Overview
  • Part 2: Towns and Villages Along the Burgundy Canal 
  • Part 3: Best Places to Visit

French Barge Renaissance: Visit Artist Rosa Bonheur's Home

The French hotel barge Renaissance has added a visit to the home of Rosa Bonheur to their itinerary. She is the most celebrated female artist of the 19th Century. On this fascinating tour, guests will discover her studio that remains completely untouched since her death in 1899.  Read more.

New pickup time for French barge Savoir Vivre 

We received news today from the French Hotel Barge Savoir Vivre concerning their pickup time in Dijon as the TGV schedule has changed.  Read more.

Shannon Princess has open weeks for 2022

The Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess has a few opening this season for Lower Shannon River barging cruises in Ireland between Glasson and Killaloe. They are usually fully booked by this time of the year so grab your dates quickly...  Read more.

Join their 14-night Autumn barge & bike cabin cruise
Welcome Aurora - Barging in Holland & France

We would like to welcome the Dutch / French Hotel Barge Aurora to the group of barges we are proud to represent. Aurora specializes in bespoke cruises including Dutch tulip cruises in the Netherlands, Northern Burgundy between Paris and Joigny in France, plus an extended 14-night, 3-country cruise in the Spring and Autumn. Themed barge charters include golfing cruises and bike & barge tours in Holland and France. Excursions are tailor-made to suit your interests. Read more.

Experience life from a different point of view
Come and explore the French canals and other European waterways aboard a quality, luxury, all inclusive, crewed boutique hotel barge. Visit our website to view barges in France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland / Belgium, Italy, Germany / Luxembourg. Contact Paradise Connections now to start planning your adventure. 


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