Experience the Old World One Village at a Time with A&K’s 2014 Canal Barge CruisesWhen it comes to experiencing Europe, a canal or river barge cruise is a virtual trip back in time. Where else can you look out your cabin window upon a world that seems almost unchanged from the 19th century, where cars are nowhere to be seen and many of the locks are still operated by hand? Leave the bustle of modern life behind and ply the storied waterways of France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Britain and Ireland with Abercrombie & Kent’s Canal Barge Cruises.
“For decades, Abercrombie & Kent has curated a portfolio of the best barges and river craft in Europe for the most authentic experience,” explains Abercrombie & Kent USA President Phil Otterson. “What sets A&K apart is our ability to expand any journey to include some of the greatest cities of Europe, including Paris, Amsterdam and Budapest, led by an expert A&K local guide.”
Explore both iconic and less-frequented sites, far from throngs of tourists. It might be a local truffle farm and lavender distillery in the South of France, or a tour of a winery in Chablis, led by its owner. From walled cities, imposing forts and stunning châteaux to busy markets and a visit to an organic honey farm, each experience proves more revealing than the last.
Representing the utmost in value, canal and river cruising is all-inclusive. Prices for six-night cruises begin at just $2,990 and include accommodations, meals, guided sightseeing and entry fees. Three gourmet meals daily, artfully paired with local wines at lunch and dinner, are prepared by on-board chefs – often with ingredients bought the same day at a local farmers market. Each vessel includes comfortable cabins with private, en-suite facilities; and distinctive dining with exceptional service. Many offer spacious lounges and sundecks with al fresco dining.
Witness Europe’s hidden treasures at a comfortable pace, taking in the beauty of historic hilltop vineyards, lovely châteaux, quaint hamlets and country roads en route. In France, bask in the beauty of Burgundy’s rolling landscape, home to centuries-old wine estates, on board ‘La Belle Époque’ or the flower-laden Upper Loire on ‘Renaissance.’ Discover Alsace-Lorraine, with its German-laced dialect intact, on ‘Panache.’ Explore enchanting Holland and the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, absorbing the beauty of fragrant flower fields, secluded towns and villages and rambling rural terrain, reveling in culturally rich museums, inspiring architecture and glittering cosmopolitan cities, where history continues to unfold, while on ‘River Cloud II.’ Cruise Scotland’s Caledonian Canal on the ‘Scottish Highlander,’ England’s Thames River on ‘Magna Carta,’ or Ireland’s Shannon River on the ‘Shannon Princess,’ to behold stunning residences and monuments, glimpsing the “backyards” of local life from aboard your intimate vessel.
Choosing the Right Cruise
A&K offers two ways to experience Europe by water, each suited to a particular style of travel. Hotel sailings are an excellent way to meet new people with a similar taste for exploration, with an itinerary that is carefully planned to include the best local sights. On a hotel sailing, much like in a country inn, guests share the vessel’s amenities, sightseeing excursions and meals with fellow guests. For added privacy and flexibility, a charter sailing enables a group of family or friends to hire the entire vessel for the duration of the cruise. Ideal for celebrating a milestone birthday or anniversary, chartered cruises can be completely customized according to special interests, such as golf, cycling, antiques or gardening.
Canal and river cruising has remained under the radar as not only one of the most relaxed and intimate ways to experience the beauty of Europe, but also one of the best values in travel today. Dates and prices for Abercrombie & Kent’s 2014 Canal Barge Cruises are available at www.abercrombiekent.com, call 800 554 7094 to speak with an A&K Travel Consultant or contact your travel professional.
Pricing is based on per person, double occupancy
About Abercrombie & Kent
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