European Waterways says after months of practicing social distancing, some people may “test the waters” by going to the less crowded destinations first, adding they may hold off on Paris, for example, and check out the South of France.
Luxury hotel barge specialist European Waterways says it and other boutique operators may be among the beneficiaries of this early trend.
The company has a fleet of luxury hotel barges in the European countryside, each with a capacity of just six to 12 guests. And it offers six-night all-inclusive cruises that take the “path less travelled” of canals and small rivers, visiting local towns and attraction that are less crowded than their big-city counterparts.
Itineraries focus upon the culture, history, fine wine and gourmet cuisine of the French countryside.
Travellers can book individual cabins, while families, special-interest groups and small groups of like-minded friends can charter the entire boat for themselves.
Those booking a cabin will enjoy one of European Waterways’ many classic cruises, which include a “little bit of everything” — wine excursions, exclusive “meet and greet” with local personages – from a humble lock keeper to a countess – and tours of famous sites.
Chartered cruises feature enhanced itineraries that highlight the guests’ particular interests. For example, wine lovers can enjoy more exclusive tastings at a variety of vineyards. Golf enthusiasts can hit the links every day. Multi-generational families can request kid-friendly activities to keep the young ones happy.
For those looking for a virtual vacation right now, chart a course to European Waterways’ YouTube channel at youtube.com/user/EuropeanWaterways, while those looking for more information on the company’s products go to www.europeanwaterways.com .