The Ultimate Journey
Often forgotten when discussing superyachts are the luxury craft that instead of plying their charter trade at sea, do so on the canals of Europe
We are talking about the large and magnificently outfitted barges who along with their attentive crew reach superyachting standards without the need to loose sight of land.
Like super yachts, barges generally are chartered by the week but we have discovered one magnificent voyage that will offer a unique 1,000 mile, 6 week adventure along the canals and rivers of central Europe, starting from Avignon in Provence and moving all the way to the vibrant city of Amsterdam in Holland.
European Waterways who are specialist in the organizing of barge charter vacations are offering an extraordinary long voyage aboard luxury hotel barge Anjodi on which passengers will experience.
Anjodi is the hotel barge that achieved “film star” status following her many appearances during the hugely popular BBC TV series 'Rick Stein’s French Odyssey', when she carried celebrity chef Rick Stein and a full film crew, on a 400-mile voyage of culinary discovery through South West France.
The 6 week trans Europe cruise takes in cities such as Lyon, Paris and Cologne, the local highlights and culture along famous rivers such as the Rhone, Seine and Rhine, and enchanting smaller waterways such as the Canal de Bourgogne. This adventure will be a mixture of days spent cruising, sight seeing and city stays whilst discovering the regional cuisine and wines of Provence, Beaujolais, Burgundy, Champagne, Alsace and the Moselle and Rhine valleys.
The voyage also follows the advance of the American, British and allied forces liberating the French, Belgium and Dutch populations in World War II. It passes through regions held by the French resistance, areas liberated by Allied Forces and near towns like Arnhem fought over by the airborne forces in operation Market Garden. It is an incredible, unfolding journey for those interested in the historical importance of the period following the D-day landings of June 1944.
Anjodi is a hotel barge of classic Dutch design. She has been completely refurbished in the tradition of Africa hardwoods, handcrafted panelling and shining brass, to create a charming ambience reminiscent of a classic yacht. Her well-planned accommodation offers a choice of four air-conditioned twin or double staterooms, each with full en-suite facilities. The shaded sun deck is spacious, featuring a heated sunken spa pool and teak deck furniture.
Delicious gourmet meals will be expertly prepared by the on board chef, complimented by regional wines and an open bar. The majority of meals are taken aboard, but at least once a week passengers dine ashore.
This Trans Europe cruise is available at a price per person of UK£15,000 based on a minimum of 6 passengers, or as a whole barge charter for UK£110,000. Rates include all meals, wines, open bar, excursions, admittance fees and transfers.