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The Best Seats in the House on Our Italian Opera Cruise
Italy is a land of passions: from delicious food to breath-taking music, the romance of this country enchants everyone who visits. Italian river cruises are one of the best ways to experience all that Italy has to offer from a unique perspective. European ...
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River Oise: The Barge Cruise Guide
Stretching 341 kilometres from Belgium down to the outskirts of Paris, the River Oise (pronounced ‘waz’) travels through some of northern France’s most historic landscapes, making it an ideal waterway for a barge holiday in ...
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Canal du Nord: A Barge Holiday Guide
If you’ve ever dreamed of canal holidays in France, then the beautiful journey along the Canal du Nord in northern France could be just what you’re looking for. A combination of stunning landscapes, fascinating history and excellent food and ...
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Barge Holiday Overview: The River Shannon
The River Shannon is Ireland’s longest river and, thanks to the folklore that surrounds it, also one of its most famous. Known in Irish as Abhainn Na Sionainne, the river runs for an impressive 386km from County Cavan in the north to Limerick in ...
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Burgundian Barging: The Canal du Centre
The Canal du Centre winds its way through the picturesque French region of Burgundy. It’s a man-made waterway that, when opened in 1790, completed the final piece of the puzzle in the first inland waterway to link the Mediterranean with the English ...
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Your Guide to Cruising the Canal de Garonne
The Canal de Garonne forms a vital part of the network of canals that allow visitors on a barge holiday in France to cruise unimpeded from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. Totalling 193km in length, the canal runs from Castets-en-Dorthe to beyond Toulouse ...
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Everything You Need to Know About the River Lys
Wending over 126 miles of French and Belgian countryside, the river Lys and its environs offer plenty of interest for those exploring it on a barge cruise. Beginning in Northern France, the Lys flows over the border into Belgium and comes to an end near city ...
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Your Guide to Barging the Canal Bianco
The rivers of Italy form an intrinsic part of the country's history, serving as vital trade routes for civilizations that encompassed the Etruscan and Istrian to the Roman and Renaissance. One of the better-known waterways is the Po River, the longest in the ...
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Feel the Thrill of a French Ryder Cup
A Ryder Cup on the Continent is a rare thing. The last time the United States and Europe tussled on European soil was in 1997 at Valderrama Golf Club in Spain. That edition was a nail-biter, with the home team narrowly coming through by a margin of 14½ to ...
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Ceramics and Châteaus: Discover Genteel Gien
There’s little doubt that an essential element of all barge holidays in France is being able to dock at the myriad towns and villages that line the waterways and entice visitors in with their charms. As part of the itinerary of the hotel barge ...
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The Finest Vineyards in France: The Wine of Saint-Émilion
Part of experiencing of the culture and heritage of any place to is to taste it. In Bordeaux, this means sampling the area’s many rich wines from one of the oldest and largest growing regions. For connoisseurs, Bordeaux is a paradise for enjoying wine ...
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Lose Yourself in Delft’s World Famous Pottery and Painting
One thing is for certain: there is nothing in the world quite like Dutch art and craftsmanship. It’s no wonder, then, that Delft, a 750-year-old town, is so famous for its painting and pottery, which is why it makes the perfect final stop on the tour ...
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The Military Might of Burgundy: Château de Bazoches
One of the best but frequently overlooked ways to see Europe’s sights is by water. There’s nothing like cruising in a hotel barge and immersing yourself in the local scenery and culture, especially when there’s so much to see all around ...
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Cruising the Highlands in Style: The Caledonian Canal
There’s no beauty in the world quite like that of the Scottish Highlands. The rugged landscape will take your breath away and make you eager to see more. One of the best ways to explore the wild side of Scotland is by water, and the Caledonian Canal is ...
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What to Expect When Cruising the River Moselle
Renowned as one of the most picturesque rivers the world, the Moselle stretches for a languid 340 miles from the Vosges Mountains of France to flow into the Rhine in Germany. Various sections have become extremely popular with barge holiday operators, not ...
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