European Waterways is bringing golf to the fore with the launch of special golf-themed luxury hotel barge cruises to “bookend” the 2018 Ryder Cup in France next year, Sept. 28-30.
The venue will be the L’Albatros Course, located 20 miles south of Paris and just hours from the cruise routes of several European Waterways hotel barges.
The six-night, all-inclusive cruises depart on Sunday night and conclude the following Saturday, making them ideal for fans attending the event. They are also great for avid golfers who may not be attending the event, but still want to “soak up” the excitement at local golf courses as France hosts the Ryder Cup for only the second time in history.
Eligible hotel barges include the 12-passenger L’Impressionniste, the eight-passenger Renaissance and the eight-passenger L’Art de Vivre, all of which cruise the picturesque Burgundy region of France, just south of the venue.
When chartering one of these barges, golfers will be able to play several rounds at top golf courses with pre-booked tee times during their cruise. Non-golfing guests can enjoy escorted excursions to castles and chateaux, wine tastings, food markets and other sightseeing opportunities and attractions.
“We’re still a year away, but the excitement is already building in France and accommodations are selling out as the country prepares to welcome the greatest players from the US and Europe,” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways.
“A golf theme cruise is ideal at this time. Guests can ‘warm up’ with a few rounds of golf the week before the event as they cruise the beautiful canals of France. Or they may be eager to immediately put into practice any great tips they picked up by watching the pros.”
As part of the golf theme cruises, guests will be treated to a special Ryder Cup themed welcome dinner and receive a “gift pack” of official Ryder Cup golf balls and other event memorabilia. For those who charter a hotel barge and are attending the event, a European Waterways’ chauffeured Mercedes minibus will pick them up at the venue afterwards, or drop them off at the site after their pre-event cruise. European Waterways can also pick up and drop off guests at a designated, centrally located hotel in Paris.