CruiseCompete, a leading competitive-quote travel website, is introducing luxury hotel barge cruises on the canals and rivers of Europe as part of a new partnership with France Cruises.
A leading barge cruise company, France Cruises’ offers a portfolio of over 50 luxury hotel barges voyage through seven countries, including France, Holland, Scotland, England, Belgium, Ireland and Italy.
As part of the launch, CruiseCompete is offering a discount of $150 per cabin on any hotel barge cruise itinerary for any bookings made through July 31, 2012.
“France Cruises add another dimension to the cruise experience,” says Bob Levinstein, CEO of CruiseCompete. “These barge cruise itineraries tend to be more intensely focused on the culture and environment; it’s a close-up, personal look at the region being visited.”
One of the fastest growing segments of cruising is canal and river barging by hotel barges. Europe is laced with a network of canals that once served to connect the country’s main waterways and aid in the transportation of goods. Today, these canals serve mostly recreational purposes, one being the popular hotel barge cruise.
Once used for transport of goods, these vessels have been refurbished into wonderfully attractive and comfortable “floating country inns.”
Passengers are afforded the opportunity to admire breathtaking scenery, explore historic towns and villages, and savor regional gastronomic cuisine and fine wine. Cruises are generally seven days and six nights, and are all-inclusive. Pricing includes everything to make for a pleasurable holiday, from well-appointed accommodations and daily gourmet meals with wine prepared by the onboard chef, to guided excursions and admittance to cultural and historical sites and use of barge facilities such as bicycles and a Jacuzzi. Transfers and bar drinks are even included on the majority of barges.
On-board chefs are experienced culinary artists, whose gastronomic creations are often rated higher than top restaurants by discerning clients. Alternatively, guests can also savor the flavors of the region at local dining establishments. Many of France Cruises barges now offer “dine-around” experiences – dining ashore at carefully-chosen, authentic local French restaurants. Guests can get a feel of genuine French dining by interacting with the locals.
For those whose perfect day involves whiling away the hours with a good book or strolling along a scenic river canal with a friend or loved one, a personalized barge vacation on France Cruises may be the perfect answer. On a France Cruise, life runs four miles per hour and the days seem to miraculously lengthen. In one day you can visit a castle, go on a bike ride, balloon over vineyards and taste fine wines. Also you can find time to relax in the sun, rediscover the lost art of lingering over lunch and savor a conversation.
An added benefit for travelers is that France Cruises offers an extraordinary range of unique and authentic tours and packages across the regions of France via its sister website, www.francecountrytours.com. As an optional add-on to its cruises, France Cruises offers hotel packages and custom designed tour itineraries to meet the specific needs of its travelers.
For information or to receive a quote from CruiseCompete go to www.CruiseCompete.com.
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