Published on : Saturday, January 5, 2019
With women travel groups on the rise, European Waterways has introduced “Girls’ Getaway” hotel barge charter options that offer a wide range of excursions, culinary experiences, shopping and health-conscious themes, such as yoga and walking. They’re a unique way for women travelers to connect with relatives, friends and social groups and enjoy their favorite activities in some of the most attractive and exclusive regions of Europe. With European Waterways also offering 10 percent off the charter prices on select cruises for spring 2019, good when booked by September 14, the “Girls’ Getaway” themed cruises can be enjoyed at one of the lowest prices of the new season.
Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways, noted that girls’ getaway charters can be tailored to meet the unique interests of each group. For example, a culinary themed cruise can include private cooking demonstrations, truffle hunting and visits to local attractions such as an artisan chocolatier or a Mediterranean oyster farm. Guests can take an educational tour of L’Oulibo, a factory that produces the purest extra virgin olive oil from the famous Lucques olive, one of the hardest from which to extract the oil. They can also enjoy gastronomic excursions to local food markets, accompanied by their on-board master chef who can incorporate their culinary finds into the evening menu.
“Today’s women travelers are more confident and independent than ever before,” said Banks. “The social nature of hotel barging makes it an ideal way to take a break with like-minded friends in a relaxing setting. Vessels accommodate just six to 20 guests, with most featuring a 1:2 crew ratio, so every guest is assured the highest level of individual and attentive service.”
Among hotel barges offering culinary themed charters is the deluxe 12-passenger L’Impressionniste, which sails Southern Burgundy on the Canal de Bourgogne. The cruise offers free transfers in chauffeured minivans from Paris. For smaller groups, the ultra-deluxe 8-passenger Enchanté, cruising on the famed Canal du Midi, is ideal.
Health-themed vacations are also increasingly popular with women travelers, and European Waterways’ cruises offer plenty of opportunities to engage in “soft adventures”, such as walking on the gentle towpaths that run parallel to the canal, or starting the day with a morning yoga class on deck. The 8-passenger L’Art de Vivre hotel barge offers Walking Cruises in Burgundy between Auxerre and Chevroches, with the cruises providing countless opportunities to take in the historic Burgundian countryside and medieval villages along the way.