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New Hotel Barge for European Waterways

The 6-passenger Clair de Lune joins the European Waterways’ fleet, cruising on 6-night voyages from April to November along the Canal du Midi in the South of France – between the charming village of Le Somail and the fortified city of Carcassonne.

A deluxe hotel barge, the Clair de Lune is tastefully furnished with cherry wood and African hardwoods, providing a sophisticated, modern interior.  She offers superior accommodation for up to 6 guests in three contemporary double or twin en suite staterooms.  There is a comfortable, stylish dining area and saloon with picture windows and a large sundeck with a spa pool from which to admire the passing countryside, together with bicycles for exploring the famous towpath. She is an ideal vessel for cabin bookings or family/friends charters.

The Canal du Midi is one of the oldest canals in Europe.  Linking the Atlantic with the Mediterranean, this remarkable 17th century feat of engineering was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.  The famous waterway meanders past sleepy canal-side villages, sun-drenched vineyards and offers views of the snow-capped Pyrenees.


Tour of the medieval fortified City of Carcassonne

Visit Narbonne with its 13th Century Gothic Cathedral and lively covered market

Private Minervois wine tasting at the Domaine Massamier Mignarde

Tour of medieval Lagrasse and its Benedictine abbey

Private wine tasting at the Château Villemagne

Visit Montolieu, also known as the “Village of Books” 

Prices: from £3,390pp in a twin/double cabin, or from £17,200 for a 6 pax charter.


New highlights introduced in the programme are:

* cruises along the picturesque Canal de la Marne au Rhin in Alsace-Lorraine aboard the 12-passenger ‘Panache’

* a new feature on the evocative French region of Champagne, offering cruises aboard three hotel barges at various times of the year

* Longer Waterway Journeys – ‘voyages of exploration’ of varying duration through several countries

Since 1974 European Waterways has been providing high quality barging cruises on its fully-crewed, ‘floating hotels’ to a discerning clientele wishing to enjoy wonderful scenery, stimulating history and local culture and, of course, fine cuisine and wines.

For more information call Ponders today on 01954 232802 or email [email protected]


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Barge Cruises in France

October is an ideal time to enjoy a hotel barge cruise in France, when the weather is still mild, the scenery is at its colourful Autumn best and there are no crowds.

On ‘Panache’ in Alsace, Eastern France, a unique corner of France. Storybook castles, rolling vineyards of Alsatian wines, Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque architecture. Tour highlights include Strasbourg’s Gothic cathedral; the René Lalique Collection; two impressive chateaux; a private wine tour and tasting on Alsace’s Route des Vins. Meeting point is Strasbourg. Here is the itinerary in full: Alsace on Panache
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On ‘Anjodi’ on the UNESCO World Heritage Canal du Midi in southwest France, with its attractive towpaths for walkers and bikers. It runs along the Mediterranean shore before meandering inland with magnificent views of the snow-capped Pyrenees Mountains and the rolling Minervois vineyards. Tour highlights include the medieval hilltop village of Minerve; Narbonne, with its colourful indoor market; the fortified city of Carcassonne; private tour and tasting at a renowned Minervois vineyard. Here is the itinerary in full: Midi in Anjodi
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On ‘L’Art de Vivre’ along the very picturesque Canal du Nivernais, through a largely undiscovered part of Burgundy. Tour highlights include the beautiful riverside city of Auxerre; the stunning medieval villages of Vezelay and Noyers; chateaux tours; a private wine tasting in Chablis. Here is the full itinerary: Burgundy on ‘Art de Vivre

Each 6-night cruise includes gourmet meals prepared by the on-board master chef, fine wines, an open bar, excursions, local transfers and of course, the services of the attentive crew.
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Please contact Ponders for more details and offers on these fantastic barges.




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