European Waterways has announced the launch of a new Culinary themed charter cruise for 2017 aboard the spacious 8-passenger Enchante, a stylish double-decker hotel barge cruising the renowned Canal du Midi in Southern France. Enchante features a demonstration galley that allows guests to see first-hand the culinary skills of the on-board master chef, who expertly prepares gourmet meals using fresh, locally grown ingredients. Culinary Cruises will be available throughout the year from March to October and European Waterways is offering 10% off charter prices for all March – May 2017 departures.

Enchante cruises the canal between the picturesque villages of Sallèles-d’Aude and Trebes, located in the heart of the famed Languedoc vineyards. In addition to cooking demonstrations on board, Culinary Cruises feature expert wine and food pairings for every meal and a wide assortment of regional cheeses. Excursions include truffle hunting in the Minervois hills and a visit to a farm famed for its special Petit Gris variety of escargot. Guests will also visit an olive oil press and a goat cheese farm for private tastings, and enjoy several off-shore lunches, including one at a canal-side culinary school where they will do the cooking themselves to enhance the experience.

“Under the guidance of a master chef, our Culinary Cruises introduce guests to some of the wonderful gastronomic experiences that have always attracted visitors to the South of France,” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways. “We are sure they will prove popular and are currently developing similar itineraries on other hotel barges in our fleet that will take full advantage of the epicurean traditions of each region.”

Culinary Cruises aboard Enchante start from $38,790, with the 10% off. Prices include all gourmet meals, fine wines, open bar, daily escorted excursions and local transfers. For more information about pricing, cruise schedules and to request a brochure, visit http://www.gobarging.com or call Toll Free 1-877-879-8808. Follow European Waterways on Facebook and Twitter. You can also view their Youtube channel.

About European Waterways
The hotel barging experience is different from large vessel river cruising. It offers a slower paced, “gentle voyage of discovery” along the more intimate canals and waterways of Europe, allowing a small number of guests to become more fully immersed in the culture, history and gastronomy of the region. European Waterways is Europe’s largest all-inclusive luxury hotel barging group, offering vacations in nine countries and carrying over 2,000 passengers a year. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, today they own and operate a fleet of luxury barges and market cruises in France, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, England, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. Pioneers in hotel barging, they were the first company to offer a cruise on the Canal du Nivernais in Burgundy, and through the “chateau region” of the Loire Valley. They are also the only cruise company offering barge cruises in Scotland and in the Venetian lagoon and River Po valley.

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