Europe has some of the most romantic destinations in the world, and many couples dream of spending their honeymoon in places such as Paris, Venice and Rome. Cities, however, are busy and can be hectic, especially if you are trying to fit in as much as possible on your stay. |
A stressful honeymoon is not a great start to any marriage. This is where the concept of a hotel barge holiday comes in. Cruising down one of the many European rivers, visiting several towns and cities along the way, is the perfect way to combine culture and relaxation on a European honeymoon.
Why Choose a Hotel Barge Holiday for your Honeymoon?
While the lure of spending your honeymoon on a huge ocean liner, with a captain’s table, multiple pools and endless other facilities, might be hard to ignore, the smaller river cruise boats are much more intimate and romantic. Being smaller means that they can dock at smaller ports and sometimes pull up right in the heart of a city. Most of the time you are dropped off so close to the city or town that there is no need for transfers.
Hotel barge holidays are all inclusive, so all of your on board food, wine with dinner, tours, Wi-Fi and other facilities are included. Every company offers a different package so check what is included and what is not before you go.
Honeymoons need to be stress free and hotel barge holidays offer just that. All the logistics are taken care of and once you are on board you don’t have to worry about a thing. No hotel rooms, no rental cars and no train tickets to organise. Routes are pre-planned, as are excursions and cultural visits, so you can just sit back and opt in or out, as you like.
Hotel Barge holidays have the distinct advantage of allowing you to visit lots of different destinations without having to find your own way to and fro. You also only need to unpack and pack once, as you are on the barge for the duration of your stay.
Choice of Destinations
Romance is the name of the game on honeymoons, and not much beats setting sail on a journey of exploration, enjoying fabulous food and wine along the way. The Loire Valley, with its charming chateaux, and the Scottish Highlands, home to some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe, are two very popular choices for honeymoon cruises. With the option to charter a small riverboat all to yourselves, what could be more romantic? Candlelit dining, Champagne cocktails and a double en suite set the scene for a perfect start to any marriage.
Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK's most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury hotel barge holiday itineraries in France and other great destinations. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.
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