The Return of Rosa
We are very pleased to announce the re-launch of the hotel barge Rosa in Gascony. You may remember that Rosa appeared with another of our hotel barges Anjodi in chef Rick Stein’s TV series on his culinary voyage through South West France. Rick’s televised journey between Agen and Toulouse will form part of Rosa’s new cruise route
Rosa’s new route from Agen to Montauban on the Canal des Deux Mers in Gascony features the best that Gascony has to offer - private wine, Armagnac and foie gras tastings, delightful French countryside and fascinating excursions. The Canal des Deux Mers links the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, passing through the region of l’Occitanie – a veritable palette of colours and scents created by orchards and vineyards.
The barge’s flexible accommodation layout will feature two double bedded and two twin bedded staterooms and a remodelled saloon giving direct access onto the good sized sundeck. Rosa has an enthusiastic new French owner and an experienced crew of 4. After undergoing a refit to a high standard, she will start cruising again in August 2010, an ideal time to enjoy this picturesque region of France.
Special Theme Cruises
We offer a number of theme cruises every year and one of the most popular is the Walking Cruise aboard La Belle Epoque on the picturesque Burgundy Canal, a waterway that offers access to a multitude of scenic pathways. This year there are two special walking cruises in October and it is a perfect time of year to explore this wonderful corner of France.
The October 24, 2010 departure is now fully booked, so we are offering another Walking Cruise on the October 10, 2010 departure. What’s more, we are offering this cruise at Value season prices – a saving of around $700/£400/€500 per person! Click here to see the itinerary.
Another wonderful cruise location is Holland in Springtime and our Tulip Cruise aboard Savoir Faire allows you to marvel at the amazing flower displays at their absolute best. The varied itinerary includes a tour of the world famous Keukenhof Gardens, as well as visits to flower markets, a windmill and the renowned Delft pottery. We have a few staterooms still available on the 25th April 2010 departure. Click here for more details.
And a new theme cruise for this Spring is in Provence, aboard Enchanté The 88th International Antiques Fair is taking place at Easter on April 2 – 5, 2010 in the delightful riverside town of L’Isle-sur-la-Lorgue, famous for its antique shops and markets. For the March 28 and April 4 departures aboard Enchanté, there will be the opportunity to spend time exploring the antique shops of Pezenas, Arles and Mèze, and of course a day wandering around the hundreds of stalls at the big event on Friday April 2 or Monday April 5.
Click here for these two antiques theme cruises, we are offering special discounts, so please contact us for more details.
Unless you are one of our many Southern Hemisphere readers, we suspect that, like us, you had to endure some pretty cold weather during these winter months. Dan Clark, the captain of Scottish Highlander probably had to endure more than most, with temperatures in the Highlands of -25 degrees C. He sent in this photo (see left) showing the iced-in barge moored at Fort Augustus, but not a problem - our barges and captains are made of steel!
In contrast, if you ever wondered what one of our barges looked like out of the water, Julian Allsop, the captain of Anjodi, took the photo (see left) of the barge in dry-dock at the port of Sète in the South of France, where they used a massive cradle crane to lift her out of the water for her annual ‘paint job’.
That's about it for this issue of The Lock-Keeper. We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading it and that perhaps it’s given you some ideas about where and when you might like to cruise with us one day on one of Europe’s delightful inland waterways.
Please visit GoBarging and have a look around, or follow the individual links above. The next issue of The Lock-Keeper will be out in a couple of months, so we'll see you then.
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