CroisiEurope has announced that bookings are now open for its 2023 French hotel barge itineraries which operate through Alsace, Burgundy, Provence, Ile de France and Champagne as well as on the Upper Loire. New for 2023 is a unique ‘Paris, Medieval France & the Romance of Fontainebleau’ cruise from the Petite Seine to the Yonne. Book any 2023 hotel barge itinerary by 28th February 2022 and enjoy a 15% discount, between 1st and 31st March for a 10% discount and between 1st and 30th April for a 5% discount.
The new seven-day ‘Paris, Medieval France & The Romance of Fontainebleau’ cruise takes guests on a magnificent journey to quaint ports of call featuring historical cities, splendid gardens and excellent local cuisine. Operating between Paris and Sens, the cruise visits Evry, Melun, Moret-Sur-Loing and Montereau-Fault-Yonne with highlights including:
- A visit to the sumptuous Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, a 17th-century masterpiece built by Louis le Vau for Nicolas Fouquet, Louis XIV’s Superintendent des Finances. Situated in the village of Maincy, the Château is remarkably well-preserved and houses an exceptional collection of furniture, tapestries and works of art.
- The charming village of Barbizon which nestles on the edge of Fontainebleau forest and owes its fame to the 19th-century landscape painters Théodore Rousseau, Jean-Baptiste Corot, Charles-Francois Daubigny and Jean-François Millet who lived there. Their artistic movement, the Barbizon School (1830 to 1875), was considered a precursor of Impressionism. The artists appreciated the tranquillity of this peaceful village and the beauty of the surrounding nature.
- The famed and remarkably well-preserved Palace of Fontainebleau, a masterpiece of French architecture and art which was a royal hunting lodge in the Middle Ages, King Francis I’s residence in the 16th century and Napoleon Bonaparte’s favourite place to stay in the early 19th century. The Palace stands in absolutely stunning flower-filled grounds, with large formal parterres designed by Le Nôtre, a carp pond with a small pavilion, an English garden containing rare trees species, and Diane’s garden with an elegant fountain.
- Medieval Provins whose architecture includes high ramparts with fortified gates and the stone Tithe Barn which was used as a market when Provins was a medieval trading hub and host of a major annual trade fair. With views over Provins, the hilltop César tower dates from the 12th century, while the town’s underground tunnels feature centuries-old wall inscriptions.
- The peaceful city of Sens with its famous cathedral and covered marketplace.
There are six departures in 2023 on 19th April, 17th May, 14th June, 12th July, 9th August and 4th October with prices from £2,110 per person for the seven-day cruise on MS Deborah with all meals and drinks, excursions and port fees.
Other 2023 hotel barge itineraries include:
- A seven-day cruise on the Marne Canal between Paris and Epernay calling in Lagny-sur Marne, Isles-les-Meldeuses, Sain-Jean-les-Desux-Jumeaux, Chateau Thierry and Dormans. The cruise takes place on MS Deborah with prices from £2,110 per person.
- A seven-day cruise on the Marne-Rhine Canal between Strasbourg and Lagarde calling in Waltenheim, Saverne, Lutzelbourg and Xouaxange. The cruise takes place on MS Madeleine with prices from £2,011 per person.
- A seven-day cruise on the Burgundy & Petite Saône Canal from Dijon to Port-sur-Saône calling in Longecourt-en-Plaine, Auxonne, Gray and Ray-sur-Saône. The cruise takes place on MS Jeanine with prices from £2,011 per person.
- A seven-day cruise along the Burgundy, Saône and Centre Canal between Dijon and Saint-Leger-sur-Dheune calling in Longecourt-en-Plaine, Saint-Jean-de-Losne, Chalon-sur-Saône, Chagny and Santenay. The cruise takes place on MS Jeanine with prices from £1,986 per person.
- A seven-day cruise between Burgundy and the Doubs valley. The cruise starts in Dijon and calls in Petit Ouges, Saint-Jean-de-Losne, Dole and Ranchot before finishing in Besancon. The cruise takes place on MS Jeanine with prices from £2,007 per person.
- A seven-day cruise along the Loire Canal between Nevers and Briare calling in Marseilles-les-Aubigny, Herry, Menetreol-Sous-Sancerre and Lere. The cruise takes place on MS Raymonde with prices from £2,225 per person.
- A seven-day cruise on the Rhone Canal between Arles and Sète calling in Gallician, Aigues-Mortes and Palavas-les-Flots. The cruise takes place on MS Anne-Marie with prices from £2,092 per person.
The cruises take place on CroisiEurope’s fleet of six charming hotel barges which feature just 11 en-suite cabins, restaurant, lounge bar, sun deck and relaxation area with Jacuzzi with six crew members guaranteeing a personalised service.
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John Fair, CroisiEurope’s UK Sales Director, comments: “Our French hotel barge itineraries are incredibly popular with couples as well as with families and groups of friends looking for a relaxed and intimate journey through some of the most beautiful and interesting parts of France. With all meals, drinks and excursions included plus the 15% discount, these cruises offer fantastic value for money and I would encourage travellers to book early to not only guarantee a place on the cruise of their choice but to save money too.”
Since last year, CroisiEurope has been successfully working with Bureau Veritas for the “SAFEGUARD” certification of its ships. The Safeguard Certification Label ensures the proper application of preventive sanitary measures, which have been subject to a rigorous auditing process and confirm that crew members have been thoroughly trained to implement them. These measures have been further strengthened this year with guests needing to provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR or rapid antigen test prior to embarkation. Further information about these measures can be viewed here.
For reservations and further information call CroisiEurope on 020 8328 1281 or visit www.croisieurope.co.uk