European Waterways has announced the launch of its 2018 brochure. The 96-page spread is the largest ever, according to the company, and reflects the company’s growth. Additionally, European Waterways has launched a new website to highlight itineraries and its fleet.
Agents and clients looking through the brochure will find the “Insider’ Experiences,” a round-up of off-the-beaten-path excursions, meet-and-greets with local people and activities that offer a taste of the culture and music of the region. Activities during these cruises include cooking lessons with local chefs, wine tours and private dining at vineyards, and tours of a castle garden led by the head gardener or the “Lady of the House.” Additional itineraries include a private tour of an oyster farm and a visit to an artisanal chocolatier to learn about the art of chocolate making.
“Many companies can take you to a destination, but few can introduce you to the people themselves and help you experience their history and culture like a ‘native,’” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways in a written statement. “Whether it is meeting local Troglodytes – or cave dwellers – in their unique homes chiseled out of rock in the Loire Valley or taking a private tour of a family chateau, given by the owners themselves, every European Waterways cruise allows our guests to say, not just ‘I’ve been there,’ but also, ‘I know those people!’”
Making a debut in the 2018 brochure is the new Spirit of Scotland 12-passenger hotel barge. This barge will join its sister vessel Scottish Highlander, on the Caledonian Canal in the Scottish Highlands. It is the latest addition to the company’s fleet of 17 vessels cruising nine countries that include destinations in France, Italy, the Netherlands, and the British Isles.
Agents can download the brochure at europeanwaterways.com.