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Rainforest Cruises is an Amazon River cruise and tour company. We plan Amazon custom cruises, Galapagos island tours, and land tours in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador and Bolivia. As experts in Amazon and Galapagos Cruises, we get our clients the best cruise deals. www.rainforestcruises.com.
Destinations: Burgundy, France’s most popular visitor region, including Dijon, Burgundy’s capital city, the historic wine town of Beaune, and visits to Burgundy’s most famous vineyards, medieval villages, chateaux and cheese producers.
Offering private charter cruises for 2 to 6 passengers with 3 two-person suites, your hosts, Max and Bea Reneau, draw on their 30 years of barging experience and a passion for French food and wine to create a cruise you will never forget! You’ll discover the beauty of the Burgundy landscape, the canal and lock system, and insider secrets of some of France’s finest wines and vineyards. A spacious sun deck allows relaxed scenic viewing and eating some meals outside. When not on a stimulating daily excursion led by Captain Max, there is plenty of time for personal exploring, cycling and walking along picturesque tow paths beside the canal.
100 N. Sepulveda Blvd #1700
El Segundo, CA 90245 U.S.A.
Promo Code: TI136507
Destinations: Our cruise tours explore Germany, Austria,
the Netherlands, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
YMT Vacations knows there’s nothing like river cruising! With no packing and unpacking involved, you get convenience and an unparalleled view. Cruise through destinations on a spectacular A-ROSA ship and get an intimate look at the best travel stops. Interested in a Rhine river cruise? Or how about a Danube river cruise? Well, we’ve got both! And if you can’t decide, our Grand River Cruise combines the two for a great travel deal! On any one of our worry-free all-inclusive river cruise packages, the only work you have to do is choose which vacation to book!
Relaxing Barge Cruises in France and Belgium
KR-line, P.O. Box 19, 8000 Bruges, Belgium
tel: +32 (0)476/46.40.92
Destinations: Bruges to Paris, regions of Champagne and Upper Loire, Haute Seine and Loing or Flanders Fields and the Art Cities in Belgium. Visit places like Fontainebleau, Montargis, Briare, Sancerre, Epernay, Reims, Château Landon,
Château Thierry or Bruges, Ghent, Ypres, Leuven.
With her 3 cabins for 6 guests, the newly (2013) converted hotel ship Johanna travels in all tranquility on the rivers and canals of France and Belgium. Operated by her owners Kris and Patsie, you are welcomed in a cosy family atmosphere. Discover the pleasures of relaxing on the sundeck with a cool glass of wine while the landscape glides by, exploring the area on bike or visiting the small villages and cities where we moor in the afternoon. Taste delicious local food, freshly prepared with the chef’s special touch in the gallery kitchen. Contact us now for one of the most enjoyable holidays in your life.
VOYAGES TO ANTIQUITY
Fort Lauderdale, FL | Oxford, UK
Destinations: Italy, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Bulgaria, India, Malta, Russia, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, Kenya, Seychelles, Jordan, Tanzania, Comoros, Lebanon, Georgia, Israel & more. Named Best Specialist Cruise Line 2012 by Cruise International!
Discover the history, cultures and natural wonders of the ancient world aboard one of our cultural cruise-tours. From the classical civilizations of the Mediterranean to the exotic mysteries of India, Africa and Southeast Asia, our itineraries, award-winning lecture program and comprehensive guided tours ensure that guests truly experience all that each remarkable destination has to offer. Voyages feature 4- to 5-star hotel stays based on itinerary, over-nights on board in historically significant ports, and much more. Aboard the Aegean Odyssey, we also offer 26 single cabins in a variety of categories from inside to deluxe outside with balcony.
Slovenia-based Goolets Ltd, helps you discover the natural beauty and deep cultural history of coastal Turkey, Croatia and Greece on a traditional gulet cruise. In their portfolio of over 500 carefully-selected gulets, there is a wide variety of sizes and shapes and 50 routes to choose from. www.goolets.net
Over the past fifty years, Semester at Sea has been changing the face of global university-level education, cruising to more than 60 countries while touching the lives of 60,000 alumni from 1,700 colleges and universities worldwide. You might think that this unique educational travel opportunity is only for young people who are studying for university credit and enriched career prospects beyond graduation. You would be wrong! Check out our exciting Lifelong Learning programs aboard the world’s only floating university.
From April to August 2015 and 2016, take a leisurely trip aboard the new-built barge ASLAUG on the beautiful Canal de la Somme in Northern France, half-board for 4 persons. Discover the area’s cultural highlights and visit the Somme WWI memorials as the centenary approaches. Relax on our two decks while enjoying unspoiled nature and the finest French gastronomy. www.arnild-barging.com.
AdventureSmith Explorations is an award-winning global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations for seniors (80% of our travelers are 45-80+ years). Cruises combine the comforts of a small ship with easy guided adventures such as sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. Off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador/Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, Europe and Australia. www.adventuresmithexplorations.com.
Uniworld offers authentic boutique river cruising on Europe’s most picturesque and historic rivers. Style and elegance are hallmarks of its fleet of ships averaging 130 guests per vessel. Gourmet dining and included shore excursions reveal the best of each region. Also cruising rivers in Russia, Egypt and China. www.uniworld.com.
Pride of Maui is Maui’s #1 snorkeling adventure catamaran tour offering guided tours to famous Molokini Crater and Turtle Town. Activities include snorkeling, snuba and scuba diving. Amenities include glass bottom, two bathrooms, warm showers, complimentary lunch, open bar, and deep ladders for easy water entry. www.prideofmaui.com.
Hotel Barge Saint Louis
1146 Chemin de Noalhac
82290 Lacourt St Pierre, France
Cell: +33 (0) 787 353 360
Destinations: Glorious rural south-west France, between Montauban and Bordeaux, visiting such places as Moissac, Agen, Auvillar, Nerac, Vianne, Clairac, Damazan and Le Mas D’Argenais.
Your Irish hosts and owners, Peter, Wendy and Minnis , welcome couples or groups of up to six guests for a cruise in this undiscovered corner of France. Expect to be thoroughly pampered in this exclusive experience, enjoying the best of food and wine and a special personal touch you will not find elsewhere. Excursions to a huge variety of places of interest, including medieval villages, ancient abbeys, vineyards and distillers of Armagnac. Inclusive of transfers, excursions, all food and all drinks. Contact the owners now for the holiday of a lifetime.
Johanna Charters offers a full seven-night barge cruise for the more adventurous at a bargain price! Experience the tranquil beauty of the rivers and canals of Belgium and NW France, whilst the crew does the hard work! SELF-CATERING: Prepare your own tasty meals from superb local produce, or dine out on traditional French cuisine. www.johannacharters.com.
Ecuador-based Metropolitan Touring owns and operates the finest vessels for expedition cruises in the Galápagos Islands, as well as the Finch Bay Eco Hotel on Santa Cruz Island. Come explore the wonders of Galápagos with us! www.metropolitan-touring.com.
ROW Adventures offers European barging vacations to suit all budgets, and adventure cruises around Croatia, Greece, Turkey, British Columbia, Alaska, Egypt, the Galápagos Islands and Brazil. www.rowadventures.com.
Ecoventura is an Ecuador-based expedition cruise company committed to providing Galápagos Island guests with an authentic experience in small compatible groups. It offers value and sustainability on a fleet of three identical motor yachts, Eric, Flamingo and Letty and a 16-passenger dive live-aboard, Galapagos Sky. www.ecoventura.com.
597 Markham Street
Toronto, Ontario M6G 2L7 Canada
Tel: toll free (800) 741-7956 or (416) 588-5000
Fax: (416) 588-9839
Destinations: 14 small ship cruises to the Arctic, Alaska, Antarctica, Greenland, Galapagos Is., French Polynesia (freighter), Newfoundland, Queen Charlotte Is., and Baja/Sea of Cortez.
ElderTreks is the world’s first small group (maximum of 16 travelers) adventure travel company for travelers 50 and over. In 2018, it celebrated 31 years of creative vacationing to many unusual locations. Choose an adventure based on destination, activity level (from easy to challenging), duration, or activities, such as walking, trekking, rafting, expeditionary cruising or sailing. Trip extensions and custom-designed trips available.
The Barn, Riding Court, Riding Court Road,
Datchet, Berkshire, SL3 9JT England, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1753 598555
Toll free USA: 1 877 879 8808; Canada: 1 877 574 3404
Fax: +44 (0) 1753 598550; Email: Sales@GoBarging.com
Cruise Tour Destinations: Scotland, Ireland, England, Germany,
France, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, and Italy.
Unique travel experiences aboard gourmet-catered, comfortable floating hotels. Seventeen beautifully presented 4-12 passenger hotel barges cruise in nine European countries at a calm majestic pace, allowing passengers to truly experience a country’s character from within. Barges feature restaurant, bar, saloon, sauna and spa pool/Jacuzzi, bicycles and cabins with ensuite facilities, a knowledgeable English-speaking crew, great food and quality guided excursions. Travel individually or charter a whole barge. Prices from $3,790 per person with charters starting at $18,500. Check our colorful Barging in Burgundy and Barging in Scotland feature articles.
Shannon Princess Cruise Office
Brittas, Glasson, Athlone
Co. Westmeath, Ireland
Tel: 00353 87 2514809
Destinations: The River Shannon in southwest Ireland, including the hills and valleys of Tipperary and Clare, Clonmacnoise, Lough Derg and Killaloe.
MV Shannon Princess is a beautiful boutique hotel barge cruising the fabled River Shannon that carves a dramatic route through the heart of hidden Ireland. It is owned and operated by Irish husband and wife team Ruairi and Olivia Gibbons, and staffed with a handpicked professional crew. Onboard the 10-passenger barge, you will enjoy contemporary luxury and traditional hospitality, friendly service, gorgeous food and wines, and a slice of local life and knowledge. Slip through countryside little changed for centuries, passing crumbling ivy-covered ruins, medieval garrisons and sleepy market villages.
SPECIAL TRAVEL INTERNATIONAL
4603 Main Street
Vancouver, BC, V5V 3R6, Canada
Tel: Toll free (800) 665 0998 or (604) 291 1332
Fax: (604) 291 1378
Destinations: In May 2015 there is a Classical Music Danube River cruise from Prague to Vienna, as well as a number of creative land tours and annual World War II history tours.
We are a “special focus” tour company, emphasizing theme experiences in a relaxing educational framework. One well-established specialty is small-
scale river cruising where we explore a country’s history, living culture and natural setting using our carefully-selected vessels as an all-inclusive home-base. Personalized service and value for money are our credo. Ninety percent are mature cruisers; 30% are repeat clients. Please join us!
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