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Here are some comments and reviews from our clients that booked with The Barge Connection.

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Hi Crystal,
Thank you so much for your help booking our barge trip.....it was a blast!  The region was so beautiful; we enjoyed the mix of country villages and the larger cities of Saverne and Strassbourg.  The boat was great too.  Very clean and comfortable for 7 of us....plenty of space for all.  We would definitely do it again and would recommend it to others.
Thanks again for helping us to have a very enjoyable vacation!
Marie Kelly - July 2012 - Self Drive Barge Cruise

I just returned from a week on the ATHOS on Canal du Midi and it was superb. Everything was well planned, the crew was so friendly and helpful, food exceptional. A delightful and relaxing vacation. Look forward to working with you again for the next barge cruise. Betty Foster - May 2012 - Athos

Best vacation ever!  The boat and crew were perfect. Rarely do you get the opportunity to say you got your monies worth. The crew was super nice andcomments_02extremelyhelpful.  The food was heavenly.  Our chef, Katie, walked  us through all the meals and even shared recipes and techniques with us.  I am a foodie after all!  And our first mate, Ingrid was friendly, knowlegeable, and had a great sense of humor.  Aoife was extremely attentive.  Knowledeable and informative about the wines and also had a great sense of humor! Finally, Manuel, our Captain, was super!!!  He took the time to teach us about the locks and techniques of barging and was eager to share a laugh with us.  We are already talking about going again next year.  Cheers, Woody Hudson - August 2012 - Art de Vivre

We really enjoyed the Caprice -  the arrangements in picking us up at the Dijon station went very well.
The barge was very nice and accommodations were good - clean at all times
The food, wine and all the excursions were wonderful - very informative
Can't think of anything that could be improved.
The crew was absolutely great - all of them were very attentive and friendly, the excursions with Marilyn were very informative and fun.
The Barge Connection in doing our booking was great.  Crystal was very helpful in assisting me with all my questions.
We would love to go on another Barge cruise, my husband would love to to the Bordeaux region.
Gwen Yaeger - September 2012 - Caprice

Papillon_CruisingDear Crystal,
OK, the Papillon trip was one of the best vacations I've had. We have just returned from our six wonderful days aboard the Papillon and I just wanted to thank you,  From start to finish, it was a dream vacation.  We were met right at 1pm by Jean-Marie and enjoyed a leisurely drive to the Chateau than the boat.  The meals were delicious from the coq au vin on Monday night to the fresh fruit prepared this morning by Emma.  She also altered some meals to appease one of my finicky boys (who doens't like cheese but loved the escargot!)  Sarah was the perfect guide--not only did she know her "stuff" but she had a way of cajoling a few of the more reluctant members of our family into joining us on every excursion.  Barbara went out of her way as hostess to make us feel comfortable and at home.  Not only were there fantastically shaped napkins at each dinner, but she prepared a Halloween themed dining room, complete w/masks and a jack-o-lantern.  But above and beyond that, she placed candies in the boys' cabins.  They all said she did more than I ever would have for Halloween and, unfortunately (or fortunately?) they are right! Thank you so much! Liz Mockapetris - Oct 2012 - Family Barge Cruise on Le Papillon

We enjoyed thoroughly and would go barging again. We like getting off and bike riding and eating dinners in the towns, not the boat. Absolutely pleased with Captain and crew. Top notch. Thanks for your help in finding an excursion that fit our small window of availability. Grant Young - June 2012 - Savoir Vivre

Thank you so much for our wonderful vacation. It was everything you said it was—and more. Jennifer Borg - August 2012 - Art de Vivre

Crystal,
The barge was an experience of a lifetime on the Emma. We were really happy with your service and would recommend it to anyone considering a barge adventure. I will forward your name  to anyone whoBarges_Morred_in_S_Franceisconsidering a barge cruise. We would love to go on another barge cruise. We would probably take the same trip, as we liked it so much. Regards, Jim and Elaine Christian - July 2012 - Emma

Hi Crystal
We really enjoyed the barge cruise on the Renaissance, and what made it so great was the crew - not to forget the boat which was wonderful - as all five of them did everything in their power to make every minute convenient, comfortable, edible and sociable. They were great!  That said, it was a totally relaxing way to see the Loire countryside, stopping to visit little charming villages and big chateaux.  Although my wife had some difficulty walking, the crew made short walks work well for us; for example while we walked slowly along the tow path one day, the captain slowed the barge down just enough so we could another barge trip in the future and will have that sort of trip in my list of possible travel experiences from now on.  In fact, whenever we are in the right place during another vacation, I'd think about adding a barge cruise to round out the holiday.meet at the next lock and board.  The food and wines were superlative and it's a good thing that I asked the cook for small portions at the outset or I would never have been able to sample everything. Your advance planning worked like a clock; we were met on time at the Westminster and delivered on time at the end of the trip.  I'm  very much inclined to take
Thanks for your assistance. Stan Leibowitz - August 2012 - Renaissance

Crystal, I just realized I never wrote to let you know what a blast we had cruising the canals of the Netherlands!
Once again, thanks for your help. Cheers, Geno Salerno - Oct 2012 - Self Drive Barge Cruise

Elisabeth_2012_-_New_RoutesH Crystal,
It was great. Sheena was the absolute best. The food was out of this world.  We want to go back next summer.  Thanks again. Mary Shauf - September 2012 - Elisabeth

Just wanted to drop you a quick note about our canal barge trip that was nothing short of fantastic.  It was indicated by a couple of the other 8 people on the canal trip that we were pretty brave joining their group sight unseen, but we had a marvelous time with our new friends.  They had been on barge trips before and determined the Savoie Faire was the best crewed, best appointed barge they had been on.  Trip was flawless and the crew was flexible with its itinerary.  We were not interested in touring another chateau on the third day and opted to go into a small, picturesque town that provided wonderful photography.  We took about 500 pictures, about 80 of which covered the barge trip and I have sent them to Captain Chris.  Weather was perfect and, other than not being able to get under a canal bridge for about 40 minutes, uneventful and special. One of the pleasant things that we experienced was that crew member Ruth, and our primary meal server, would present the description of the wines and cheeses that we had each noon and evening.  Sophie, the chef, provided memorable meals that were both delicious and artfully presented.  The boat was clean and very well appointed and all of the crew well versed in the history of the region.  This was a slam dunk 50th wedding celebration.  The week before and the week after the canal trip were spent in Paris, and equally great time.  Thanks for the help on this Crystal, if friends of ours profess an interest in such a trip, we will point them your way. Phil and Jimmie Rysdon Sioux Falls, SD - Oct 2011 - Savoir Faire

Montpellier_FranceYou can reach Montpellier by Car, Plane, Train or Bus. It is a great starting point before your barge cruise. TGV trains to Montpellier from Paris are only about 3 hours. Barge Connection can help you with Train or Car Rental. Montpellier Tourist Bureau

Montpellier by Train: The Montpellier Saint-Roch train station is located right in the center of town, just 200 meters from the Place de la Comédie. You can get to all Montpellier districts by taking the two local tramway lines, as well as by bus or taxi.

TGV, Thalys, Talgo and Eurostar
Direct access right to the heart of Montpellier!

 


City
Time*
Paris 3h 20
Marseille 1h 40
Lyon 1h 50
Toulouse 1h 55
Nice 4h 10
Lille 5h 00
Brussells 5h 40
London 6h 40
Milan 8h 35
Barcelona 4h 30
*Minimum trip time, may vary depending on train

More information on voyages-sncf.com
Very special offers with ID TGV
Call 36 35 (within France)

TER (Regional Express Train)
Local trains for discovering essential sites around the Languedoc-Roussillon area from Montpellier.

City
Time*
Sète 0h20
Nîmes 0h35
Béziers 0h45
Narbonne 1h00
Avignon 1h05
Carcassonne 1h30
Perpignan 1h40
Collioure 2h10

Languedoc-Roussillon TER train timetable

Montpellier by Plane: The Montpellier Méditerranée International Airport is located just 8 km from the city center. The drive takes around ten minutes. It is easy to get from the airport to downtown Montpellier by taxi or shuttle-bus service.

Montpellier Méditerranée International Airport
Contact +33 (0)4 67 20 85 00

Direct flights (France) Company
Deauville Air France
Paris Orly Air France
Paris Roissy Air France
Rennes Air France
Nantes Air France
Lyon Air France
Starsbourg Air France
Direct flights (Europe)
Roterdam (Nederland) Transavia
Brussels Sud Charletoi (Belgium) Ryanair
Frankfurt Hahn (Germany) Ryanair
Londres Gatwick (UK) Easy Jet
Birmingham? (UK) Ryanair

Leeds Bradford? (UK)

Ryanair
London Luton (UK) Easy Jet
Münich (Germany) Lufthansa
Direct flights (World)
Monastir (Tunisia) Fram
Alger (Algeria) Air Algérie
Oran (Algeria) Air Algérie
Casablanca (Morocco) Air Arabia
Nador (Morocco) Air Arabia
Fès (Morocco) Air Arabia
Tanger (Morocco)

Air Arabia

 

Flights with connections
Via Paris Roissy All international destinations
Via London Gatwick All international destinations
Via Amsterdam North America, Asia
Via Paris Orly Antilles, Reunion Islands
Via Lyon France, Europe

 

Airport parking

There are four parking lots at the Montpellier airport:
• Guarded parking 24/24
Call +33 (0)4 67 20 85 42 for reservations
• Short-term
• Medium-term
• Long-term

Airport shuttle line 120 (City Center - Airport)
• Shuttle departure and arrival at Place de l'Europe, in the Antigone district. To get there by tramway, take line 1 or 2 and get off at Place de l'Europe.
• Total shuttle trip takes around 15 minutes
• Ticket price: 1,50€ (one-way)
More information: Hérault Transport

Taxi service
• Montpellier Taxis Bleu du Midi: +33 (0)4 67 10 00 00 or +33 (0)4 67 03 2000
• Taxi Tram +33 (0)4 67 85 10 10

Vehicle rentals
Ada Location: +33 (0)4 67 20 02 12
• Rental services in the airport arrival hall

Montpellier by Car: Montpellier is easy to reach by motorways A75 from the northwest and A9 from the northeast and southwest. There are four exits from A9

French Motorways & Southern French Motorways

Sortie Nord (28): access to the Amazonian Greenhouse, Montpellier Lunaret Zoo, hospitals and universities.
Sortie Est (29): access to the historical center, Montpellier Tourist Office, Corum Conference Center, Millénaire business district, Zénith Sud auditorium, Odysseum leisure and shopping center, and the Montpellier Exposition Park
Sortie Ouest (30): access to Yves du Manoir stadium, La Mosson stadium
Sortie Sud (31): access to the Montpellier Saint-Roch train station ("gare" in French)

Driving time/distance between Montpellier and other major French and European cities

City Time     
Distance
Paris 7h 40 750Km
Marseille 1h 40 170Km
Lyon 2h 50 305Km
Nice 3h 10 325Km
Toulouse 2h 15 240Km
Bordeaux 4h 20 480Km
Barcelona 3h 05 340Km
Milan 5h 50 640Km

NEW BASE at Somerleyton for 2012
The Norfolk Broads lies at the heart of Britain’s passion for Boating. Boating Vacations are as popular here today as they ever were as more and more people discover how much fun messing about on the water can be, we are delighted to open a new base at Somerleyton for 2012.
Situated in the South East of the Norfolk Broads, our base at Somerleyton allows you to cruise on the rivers Waveney & Chet and discover the beautiful villages of Reedham, Loddon and Beccles such as the seaside towns of Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.

Address:
Lowestoft Suffolk
NR32 5QW
United Kingdom

Telephone: TBC
Fax: TBC
Travel Information

By Road
    GPS Co-ordinates
    E1° 39.061`
    N52° 30.858`
    From South : A12 to Lowestoft then B1074 to somerleyton
    From Norwich : A146 to Gillingham then A143 to St Olaves right to Somerleyton on B1074

Airports
    Norwich Airport Travel (25 miles) – Tel: (+44) 01603 428700

By Taxi
    Norwich Airport Taxi (25 miles) – Tel: (+44) 01603 424044
    Taxi rank at Norwich & Lowestoft
    And also local taxi: Mr & Mrs P Wilder – Tel: (+44) 01493 488222

Car Rental
    At the Norwich Airport (25 miles):
    Eurocar – Tel: (+44) 01603 400280
    Avis – Tel: (+44) 01603 416719
    Hertz – Tel: (+44) 01603 488264

By Rail
    Norwich/somerleyton/lowestoft

Opening Hours
To be confirmed

Late Arrival Instructions
If you plan to arrive later than the usual time, please inform the base. A note will be left for you at the door of the reception with the number of your boat and the emergency number. Even though you will not be able to leave the marina, you can spend your first night on board. Instructions and your registration will take place the next morning.

Hotels & Restaurants
    Dukes Head & Restaurant - tel: (+44) 01 502 730 281
    Local B & B in Fritton - www.DecoyBarn.co.uk

Parking
Large outdoor parking available

Supermarkets
Tesco, Lowestoft (about 10 kms)
Morrisons, Beccles (about 11 kms)

Market Day
At Beccles, on Sunday

Tourist Offices

    Fen Lane, Beccles
    East Point Pavilion Lowestoft
    Loddon Town Hall

Golf & Other Attractions

    Caldecott Hall Hotel / Golf / Leisure - tel (+44) 01493 488488-36 hole, Boatyards Distance from about 8 kms
    Fritton Lake (about 6 kms)
    Pleasure Hills (about 11 kms)
    Somerleyton Hall (about 2 kms)
    Browston Hall (9 holes) - tel: (+44) 01493 651002, distance Boatyard about 8 kms.
    Lowetoft Golf

LB_Vision_BoatBrand new fleet of eco-friendly luxury boats for hire in France. Unlike any other self-drive barge on the canals and waterways, with the very latest technology for efficient and effortless cruising as well as an exceptionally spacious and well-designed internal and external layout. Available in 8+ and 6+ configurations. Built by world-renowned Groupe Bénéteau, the Le Boat Vision is a new generation hybrid cruiser offering a range of exciting features.

Large solar panels charge the boat’s battery bank which allows you to cruise under solar electric power – even on cloudy days. You can also cruise using the diesel powered engines. Onboard electrical equipment such as the flat screen TVs, the large domestic fridge/freezer and top deck bar fridge, as well as the boat’s air-conditioning and lighting all use reusable solar energy stored in the boat’s batteries. With 220V shore power connectivity too, you can make full use of personal electrical appliances such as hairdryers and laptops when moored up.

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Revolutionary joystick control – effortless manoeuvring and mooring

As well as a conventional steering wheel on the upper and lower deck, the Le Boat 1500 series (Vision) has a joystick to manoeuvre the boat. With just a few simple movements you are able to effortlessly steer and turn the boat, making sideways manoeuvring and parallel mooring against the canal side extremely easy.

Quietly efficient

You’ll soon see that cruising under solar-electric power is noticeably quieter, making your holiday on the water more harmonious with the surrounding natural environment. In addition, the reduced level of CO2 emissions makes the Le Boat Vision a greener, cleaner boat for inland waterways cruising – something we believe to be a sound investment for the future.

Luxury cruising

The internal layout of the new LeBoat 1500 series (Vision) is designed for maximum comfort and easy onboard living. At the front of the boat, the spacious saloon has comfortable seating for all passengers as well as a music system, flat screen TV and DVD player for onboard entertainment. Large windows provide superb visibility and views and the open plan kitchen galley leading off from the saloon increase the feeling of space and light onboard, as well as allow for great socialising with family and friends.

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The kitchen is fully equipped so you can cater for your party in style. Access to the front deck is also planned from the saloon area, making it easy for the crew to help with mooring and navigation through the locks. With full standing height and level flooring throughout, you’ll also find it very easy to get around too.

LeBoat-1500_sm_kitchenLeBoat-1500_sm_cabin2The large hoLeBoat-1500_sm_cabin1tel-style cabins each have modern en-suite facilities for maximum privacy and with regular-sized beds with proper mattresses, are very comfortable too. Each cabin can be arranged as either a double or a twin for maximum flexibility and also features a flat screen TV and plenty of storage space. Outside, the huge top sundeck is a great place for alfresco dining and for enjoying panoramic views of the countryside around you. Make the most of the bar fridge for chilling drinks and a BBQ for easy summer cooking. A large folding sun canopy (bimini) provides ample shade for everyone on the hotter days too.

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18 Days - Enjoy a 14-night cruise from Amsterdam to Nuremberg, then spend 2 nights in Prague 
 
DAY 1, DEPART USA
Board your overnight flight to Holland

DAY 2, ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Your luxurious river cruise ship is moored near the city center. Meet your fellow travelers tonight at the Gala Welcome Reception. (D)

DAY 3, AMSTERDAM
After breakfast, admire beautiful 18th-century homes, charming churches and 17th-century merchant houses on a guided canal boat tour. Then enjoy a motor coach tour of Amsterdam, including a photo stop at the Rembrandt Windmill, followed by free time in Amsterdam. Enjoy an information briefing as you cruise towards Germany. (B,L,D)

DAY 4, COLOGNE, GERMANY
This morning cruise the Rhine River as the ship arrives in Cologne at lunchtime. After lunch onboard enjoy a walking tour of Cologne and visit the spectacular 13th-century Medieval Gothic cathedral, its twin spires amongst Europe’s tallest. Later, there is ample free time to explore on your own as the ship stays overnight. (B,L,D)

DAY 5, RÜDESHEIM
This morning, see the stunning beauty of the Rhine castles and the infamous Lorelei Rock as we sail through the fascinating Rhine Gorge. After lunch, arrive in Rüdesheim, where you will enjoy an afternoon wine tasting with a local vintner. Explore the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with wine taverns and restaurants during your free time. In the evening, visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. The ship overnights here. (B,L,D)

DAY 6, MAINZ (HEIDELBERG) – KOBLENZ.
Today, decide between two excursions: take a guided walking tour of beautiful Mainz and see the famous Gutenberg Museum, home of the world’s first printed bible, and then return to the ship for lunch. Another option is a visit to the Koblenz Flower Show, taking place through October in the historic wine-growing town of Koblenz situated at the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine rivers. This special event features 120 acres of magnificent floral displays, exhibitions and events. Exhibit grounds include the hilltop Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which you will visit. The ship continues on to dock in the early evening in the vicinity of Koblenz. (B,L,D)

DAY 7, COCHEM
Enjoy your breakfast as you cruise the beautiful Mosel River with its steep sided banks of vineyards. After lunch, we stop in Cochem, where you will enjoy a guided visit of the Reichsburg Castle and its spectacular views of the river (B,L,D)

DAY 8, BERNKASTEL
Arrive in Bernkastel and explore this quaint little town on a walking tour. Strategically located in the middle of the Mosel wine-producing region, it boasts over 500 years of documented wine history. Your ship overnights in Remich, Luxembourg. (B,L,D)

DAY 9, REMICH
Today, you will enjoy a walking tour of Luxembourg, one of the last independent duchies that made up Western and Central Europe. The Grand Duchy is important because of its role in international politics and banking. (B,L,D)

DAY 10, TRIER-BERNKASTEL
After breakfast, arrive in the charming village of Trier, Germany’s oldest city, for a guided tour which will introduce you to the city’s rich Roman past. Continue to Bernkastel. Strategically located in the middle of the Mosel wine-producing region, Bernkastel boasts over 500 years of documented wine history. Take a guided walking tour through the old town center with its many medieval and Renaissance buildings. You will also enjoy a visit to the wine museum.

DAY 11, COCHEM – KOBLENZ – RHINE CASTLES – RÜDESHEIM
Today, decide between an excursion to Cochem or to Koblenz. In Cochem, you will take a guided tour of the spectacular hilltop Reichsburg Castle, which offers fascinating views of the river valley. In the alternative, travel to Koblenz, an historic wine-growing town at the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine rivers. There, you will visit the Koblenz Flower Show. This special event taking place through October features 120 acres of magnificent floral displays, exhibitions and events. Exhibit grounds include the hilltop Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which you will visit. Later, enjoy scenic cruising along the most beautiful and famous part of the Rhine, seeing castle after castle and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Arrive in Rüdesheim and take a mini train to visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum after dinner. Tonight, explore the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with wine taverns and restaurants. The ship moors overnight in Rüdesheim. (B,L,D)

DAY 12, MAINZ - HEIDELBERG - FRANKFURT
Today, decide between two excursions: take a guided walking tour of beautiful Mainz and see the famous Gutenberg Museum, home of the world's first printed bible, then enjoy a lunchtime cruise to Frankfurt. In Frankfurt, you will have a walking tour of the city’s medieval section. In the alternative, travel by motor coach for an excursion to Heidelberg, Germany's oldest university town. Visit the red-walled Castle, enjoy gorgeous views of the Neckar Valley below, and see the Great Vat, a 49,000-gallon 8th-century wine cask. You will also enjoy free time in Heidelberg. Later this afternoon, return to Frankfurt. (B,L,D)

DAY 13, MILTENBERG, WERTHEIM
Arrive in Miltenberg for a walking tour of this delightful old Franconian town with its narrow cobblestone streets and gabled, half-timbered houses. During lunch, the ship will cruise to Freudenberg. A motor coach tour will take you to Wertheim, where you will have free time to explore the town on your own or before boarding your ship for an overnight cruise to Würzburg. A guided bicycle tour of Wertheim is also available (capacity controlled). (B,L,D)

DAY 14, WÜRZBURG, KITZINGEN
During your guided tour, visit the magnificent Residenz Palace and see the major sights. This afternoon take an optional tour along the Romantic Road to medieval Rothenburg, and visit its World Famous Christmas Museum. Or relax on board this afternoon as you cruise to Kitzingen. After dinner on board enjoy an evening walk and wine tasting in Kitzingen. (B,L,D)

DAY 15, BAMBERG
Arrive this afternoon in enchanting Bamberg, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Disembark for a guided walking tour of this medieval gem. Enjoy free time in Bamberg before you continue your cruise this evening to ancient Nuremberg, capital of Franconia. (B,L,D)

DAY 16, NUREMBERG - PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC.
After breakfast, wave goodbye to the crew as you disembark the ship. Enjoy a guided morning tour of the historic city of Nuremberg with its fabulous Gothic churches and elegant impressive walls. You will have some free time to explore the town on your own before transferring to Prague. Arrive in Prague late this afternoon. (B)

DAY 17, PRAGUE
This morning's sightseeing reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe's most attractive cities. Visit the thousand-year-old Hradcany Castle courtyard and St. Vitus, then walk over the Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square. The evening is free to mix with the locals at Wenceslas Square, shop for souvenirs or enjoy one of the charming cafés or restaurants. (B)

DAY 18, PRAGUE DEPARTURE
Bid farewell to Prague and transfer to the airport for your homebound flight. (B)
 

North Sea To The Black Sea

27 Days - Enjoy a grand 21-night cruise from Amsterdam to Rousse, stay 1 night in Bulgaria, then end your holiday with 3 fascinating nights in Istanbul 
 
DAY 1, DEPART USA
Board your overnight flight to Amsterdam, Holland

DAY 2, ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND – EMBARKATION.
Arrive in charming Amsterdam and embark your luxurious river cruise ship. Meet your fellow travelers tonight at the Welcome Cocktail Reception and Dinner. (D)

DAY 3, AMSTERDAM
After breakfast, admire beautiful 18th-century homes, charming churches and 17th-century merchant houses on a canal boat tour. Then enjoy a motor coach tour of Amsterdam, including a photo stop at the Rembrandt Windmill, followed by free time in Amsterdam. Enjoy an afternoon information briefing as you cruise towards Germany. ( B,L,D)

DAY 4, COLOGNE, GERMANY – KOBLENZ
This morning, arrive in Cologne for a guided walking tour through the old part of the city and visit the fabled 13th-century Gothic cathedral. Cruise past the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen as you continue on to 2000-year-old Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel rivers. (B,L,D)

DAY 5, KOBLENZ – RÜDESHEIM
Today you will have your choice of visiting the Koblenz Flower Show or Rüdesheim. The Flower Show is a special event featuring 120 acres of magnificent floral displays, exhibitions and a river side promenade. If you choose the Rüdesheim excursion, you will travel to this charming town, and take a mini train to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. You will have free time to explore the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with wine taverns and restaurants, during your free time. (B,L,D)

DAY 6, MILTENBERG – WERTHEIM
Arrive in Miltenberg for a walking tour of this old Franconian town with narrow cobblestone streets and gabled, half-timbered houses. During lunch, the ship will cruise to Freudenberg. A motor coach tour will take you to Wertheim, where you will have free time before boarding your ship for an overnight cruise to Würzburg. A guided bicycle tour of Wertheim is also available (capacity controlled. (B,L,D)

DAY 7, WÜRZBURG – KITZINGEN
During your guided tour, visit the magnificent Residenz Palace and see the major sights. This afternoon take an optional tour along the Romantic Road to medieval Rothenburg, and visit its world famous Christmas Museum. Or, relax on board this afternoon as you cruise to Kitzingen. After dinner on board enjoy an evening walk and wine tasting in Kitzingen, at Germany’s oldest wine cellar. ( B,L,D)

DAY 8, BAMBERG
Arrive this afternoon in enchanting Bamberg, and take a guided walking tour of this medieval gem. Enjoy free time before continuing your cruise late this evening to ancient Nuremberg, capital of Franconia. (B,L,D)

DAY 9, NUREMBERG
Today decide to either tour the medieval history of Nuremberg to see the storybook 900-year-old ramparts that surround this historic city and the Imperial Castle, or join the “modern tour” of the city’s role in the 20th-century, and see the Zeppelin field and the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. At lunchtime, return to the ship and cruise the Main Danube Canal to the highest point of your cruise - 1,332 feet above sea level, where you cross Europe's Continental Divide, then start descending through stair-step locks. (B,L,D)

DAY 10, REGENSBURG
A guided morning tour will show you the city's architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria. In the alternative, you can take a tour of the Audi Car Factory. The afternoon is free to relax or join an optional excursion to beautiful Weltenburg Abbey in the Danube Gorge (seasonal). In the evening, enjoy a music performance on board. (B,L,D)

DAY 11, PASSAU – LINZ, AUSTRIA.
After breakfast, arrive in picturesque Passau for a walking tour, or join the optional excursion to Salzburg. Those staying on board can enjoy a scenic journey to Linz, Austria. ( B,L,D)

DAY 12, MELK – DÜRNSTEIN – WEISSENKIRCHEN.
Cruise through the narrow Strudengau and reach the Wachau Valley this morning. A guided tour takes you to Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey. After lunch, enjoy a scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley to Dürnstein, for a walking tour. A guided bicycle tour from Melk to Dürnstein is also available (capacity controlled). From here, continue on a short cruise to the town of Weissenkirchen, for some wine-tasting tonight. (B,L,D)

DAY 13, VIENNA
Enjoy a guided city tour followed by free time in the city center, then a walking tour from St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Enjoy an optional excursion to the Schönbrunn Palace and the Carriage Museum. Or use the free afternoon to stroll along the main shopping street, Kärntnerstrasse, or sample some of Vienna's famous pastries. Tonight, explore the Austrian capital on your own, or join an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. The ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)

DAY 14, VIENNA – BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA.
Enjoy scenic cruising to Bratislava followed by your choice of a “Communist Tour” or a walking tour of Bratislava. The rest of the afternoon is free to shop or explore on your own. Tonight there is an evening music performance on board. ( B,L,D)

DAY 15, BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
This morning, your sightseeing tour takes you to historic Buda Castle from where you can enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest. Your tour also features the distinctive Fisherman's Bastion, the Royal Palace and St. Stephen's Basilica. Afterwards, the ship will sail a special “Illuminations Cruise” past the illuminated river front of Budapest. (B,L,D)

DAY 16, BUDAPEST
Today you will visit the famous Puszta region, the vast flat plain where Hungarian cowboys still wear traditional garb and practice the skills of their Magyar ancestors. Upon arrival, you will be met by horse-herds and greeted with warm hospitality, brandy and scones. Try a lunch of Goulash, the national dish, before returning to the ship in Budapest. (B,L,D)

DAY 17, MOHÁCS – PECS – VILÁNY.
Arrive in Mohács during breakfast and then depart for your excursion to Pecs, founded more than 2,000 years ago. The area around Pecs is made up of rolling hills, vine clad slopes and a modest climate that give the city a distinctly Mediterranean feel. Upon arrival, you will take a city tour that includes UNESCO underground excavations. After lunch on board ship, enjoy a wine-tasting excursion, where you will sample aromatic, spicy wines from the vineyards of Vilány. (B,L,D)

DAY 18, VUKOVAR, CROATIA – NOVI SAD, SERBIA
Your guided motor coach and walking tour of Vukovar will include the Manorhouse Eltz and the Ovcara Memorial (Croatian victims during the Yugoslav civil war). Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise to Novi Sad, Serbia. Enjoy a walking tour of Novi Sad in the afternoon. The ship sails for Belgrade this evening. (B,L,D)

DAY 19, BELGRADE
Wake up in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia and explore its myriad of streets, plazas and squares. Your guided tour features Tito's memorial, the Town Hall, the Federal Parliament Building, Terazije Street, Republic Square and Mihajlova Street, "Varos" Gate and the mighty Kalemegdan Fortress. You will have free time in the city center after your tour. A guided bicycle tour is available in the afternoon (capacity controlled). A shuttle bus will run from the city to the ship during the afternoon. (B,L,D)

DAY 20, CRUISING THROUGH THE IRON GATES – VIDIN, BULGARIA
Today, enjoy a full day of cruising through one of Europe's most awe-inspiring natural wonders, the Iron Gates. Here the Danube narrows, as it winds through a range of magnificent gorges between the southern Carpathian Mountains and the northwestern foothills of the Balkan Mountains. Forming the natural border between Serbia and Romania, today’s passage will be an unforgettable highlight of your Black Sea adventure. Late this evening, the ship sails to Vidin. (B,L,D)

DAY 21, VIDIN
The 14th century "Baba Vida" Fortress sits guard over the Danube at the Bulgarian frontier town of Vidin. From here, take an excursion to Belogradschik, a beautifully restored 6th-century castle, located in a stunning landscape of unusual rock formations. (B,L,D)

DAY 22, GIURGIU – BUCHAREST, ROMANIA – ROUSSE, BULGARIA.
Enjoy a full day excursion to Bucharest, known as “Paris of the East.” Enjoy lunch in a typical Romanian restaurant, and then choose to shop, explore on your own or visit the Open Air Museum, which was dedicated to the traditional architecture and buildings of rural Romania. This evening, the ship departs for Rousse. (B,L,D)

DAY 23, ROUSSE – DISEMBARK – VELIKO TARNOVO – PLOVDIV, BULGARIA
Disembark the ship in Rousse and continue your tour by motor coach. Your first stop is in the ancient capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo. Enjoy a traditional Bulgarian lunch before continuing on to Plovdiv. This evening, see the main highlights of Plovdiv Old Town on a walking tour before dinner at your hotel. (B,L,D)

DAY 24, PLOVDIV – ISTANBUL, TURKEY
After breakfast, continue on to magical Istanbul after stopping for lunch and transferring to another motor coach. Arrive late afternoon and check into your hotel. (B,L)

DAY 25, ISTANBUL
A comprehensive city tour will take you through its old city, with its numerous Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman monuments of its historic past. Admire the mighty defensive walls, the Roman aqueduct and the Hippodrome. See the Galata Tower and visit the Blue Mosque. This afternoon is free to explore the town on your own or join the optional “Turkish Delight” tour, which includes visits to Hagia Sophia, Underground Cistern and the Grand Bazaar. (B)

DAY 26, ISTANBUL
Today, your guided tour will take you to the Ottoman Sultans' Grand Palace of Topkapi. Admire the private chambers of the Sultans, marvel at the world famous Harem and also see the treasury, home to the Topkapi Diamond. This afternoon, enjoy an optional Bosporus cruise and visit to the Spice Bazaar or use the free time to relax or shop. (B)

DAY 27, ISTANBUL – USA
Transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. (B)
  
 

Grand European Voyage -

DAY 1, DEPART USA.

Board your overnight flight to Budapest, Hungary.

DAY 2, ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax or begin exploring this beautiful city.

DAY 3, BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
This morning, your sightseeing tour takes you to historic Buda Castle from where you can enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest spread over both banks of the River. Your tour also features the distinctive Fisherman's Bastion, the marvelous Royal Palace and St. Stephen's Basilica. (B)

DAY 4, BUDAPEST - EMBARKATION
Enjoy a free morning in Budapest or join us on an optional Puszta excursion, where you will experience the revival of a 100-year-old tradition of Hungarian horsemanship. In the afternoon, transfer to your luxurious river cruise ship docked in the center of the city. Tonight, gather on board for a Welcome Cocktail and Dinner, as your ship cruises overnight to Bratislava. (B,D)

DAY 5, BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Choose between a “Communist Tour” or a guided walking tour of Bratislava’s major sights, including the Old Town Hall, the stunning Mirbach Palace and the Gothic St. Martin's Cathedral. The afternoon is free to shop or explore on your own. Perhaps, visit the 13th-century Bratislava Castle where you'll enjoy breathtaking views overlooking three countries - Slovakia, Austria and Hungary. An eventful day is followed by an evening filled with an enchanting music performance on board. After midnight the ship departs for Vienna. (B,L,D)

DAY 6, VIENNA
Enjoy a guided city tour followed by free time in the city center, then a walking tour from St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In the afternoon, enjoy your free time strolling along the main shopping street, Karntnerstrasse, or sampling some of Vienna’s famous pastries. In the alternative, join an optional tour to the Imperial Schönbrunn Palace, which includes entrance to the Carriage Museum. Tonight, explore the vibrant Austrian capital on your own, or come along for an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. (B,L,D)

DAY 7, DÜRNSTEIN – MELK
Early this morning reach the Wachau Valley for your walking tour of Dürnstein, known as one of the prettiest towns along the Danube. Marvel at the magnificent blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche and see the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionhearted , King of England, was imprisoned in 1192. Your walking tour through medieval cobblestone streets reveals 16th-century town houses and wine taverns and includes a wine tasting at a local vintner. After lunch, enjoy your scenic cruise to Melk. Here, you will tour the magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe's largest Baroque monasteries. You may also choose to enjoy a guided bicycle tour between Duernstein and Melk (capacity controlled). (B,L,D)

DAY 8, LINZ - PASSAU, GERMANY
After breakfast, take an optional full-day excursion to fascinating Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the setting for the “Sound of Music” or cruise through Upper Austria to Passau in Germany. Located where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube, a walking tour will lead you through this fairy-tale city founded more than 2,000 years ago. (B,L,D)

DAY 9, REGENSBURG
At lunchtime, arrive in Regensburg, one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities. A guided tour will show you the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria - gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Marvel at beautiful churches and one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube. Tonight, folklore entertainers will come on board for your delight. (B,L,D)

DAY 10, NUREMBERG
Enjoy a morning of scenic cruising through the Main-Danube Canal and relax during a leisurely cruise through the beautiful Altmühl Valley. In the afternoon, you decide as you enjoy a guided tour of Nuremberg, capital of Franconia. Either choose the medieval history of Nuremberg and see the storybook 900-year-old ramparts that surround this historic city and the Imperial Castle, or join the tour centered on the modern role the city played in the 20th-century and see the Zeppelin field and the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. Moor overnight in Nuremberg. (B,L,D)

DAY 11, NUREMBERG - MUNICH
Take the train to Munich, the capital of Bavaria and one of Germany's largest cities, often given the nickname "Germany's secret capital” for some free time. Your escort today will offer suggestions of to what to do while you are there and take you to lunch in the world famous Hofbrauhaus. (B,L,D)

DAY 12, BAMBERG
Enjoy your breakfast as you cruise through the engineering marvel known as the Main-Danube Canal which straddles the Franconian Alps via 16 locks. Arrive in the town of Bamberg and enjoy a walking tour of this medieval gem, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. There is free time before you continue your cruise, now on the Main River. Arrive at the charming town of Schweinfurt, where you will enjoy an evening walk. (B,L,D)

DAY 13, WÜRZBURG
Today, arrive in Kitzingen, where you will enjoy a walking tour and a wine tasting in Germany’s oldest wine cellar. You will also tour Würzburg, the capital of Lower Franconia. "The Pearl of the Romantic Road" is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. During your tour, see the major sights including the magnificent Residenz Palace. In the alternative, enjoy an optional tour to Medieval Rothenburg, a beautiful walled city situated on the Romantic Road. Your walking tour includes entrance to the Christmas Museum. ( B,L,D)

DAY 14, WERTHEIM- MILTENBERG
Disembark the ship in Wertheim where you will have free time to explore the town on your own. A guided bicycle tour of Wertheim is also available (capacity controlled). A motor coach will then take you to Freudenberg to rejoin your ship. Cruise during lunch time to Miltenberg, arriving in the afternoon for a guided walking tour along cobble-stone streets lined with gabled, half-timbered houses. Tonight, the ship sails leaving Bavaria, Franconia and the Main River behind. (B,L,D)

DAY 15, MAINZ - RÜDESHEIM - KOBLENZ
Today, decide between two excursions: Take a guided walking trip of beautiful Mainz and see the famous Gutenberg Museum, home of the world’s first printed bible. After lunch, visit the charming town of Rudesheim, where you will take a mini train to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. You will have free time to explore the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with wine taverns and restaurants, during your free time. In the alternative to Mainz and Rudesheim, another option is a visit to the Koblenz Flower Show, taking place through October in the historic wine-growing town of Koblenz situated at the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine rivers. This special event features 120 acres of magnificent floral displays, exhibitions and events. Exhibit grounds include the hilltop Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which you will visit. The ship continues on to dock in the early evening in the vicinity of Koblenz. ( B,L,D)

DAY 16, COCHEM - ZELL
After breakfast, enjoy a guided visit of Reichsburg Castle, situated above Cochem with spectacular views of the River Mosel. This afternoon continue past hillside vineyards to Zell, home of the famous "Zeller Schwarze Katz" “Black Cat”) wine. A welcoming wine fest awaits you this evening. Experience the hospitality of Zell with a visit by the Mayor and Wine Queen. Enjoy a wine tasting as you are treated to a special performance by the local children aka the “Black Cats.” (B,L,D)

DAY 17, TRIER
Continue to Trier, Germany's oldest city, for a guided tour of the city's rich ancient Roman past. This evening, the ship sails for Luxembourg. (B,L,D)

DAY 18, REMICH-LUXEMBOURG - PARIS, FRANCE
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Luxembourg, one of the oldest independent Grand Duchies in Europe and one which still plays a role in international politics and banking. (B,L,D)

DAY 19, BERNKASTEL
Today, arrive in charming Bernkastel, situated in the heart of the Mosel wine region. Enjoy a walking tour and wine tasting in this medieval village, known as the "international town of vine and wine." (B,L,D)

DAY 20, COCHEM – KOBLENZ
Today you will enjoy a guided visit of the Reichsburg Castle, situated above Cochem with spectacular views of the River Mosel. This afternoon, we cruise to the vicinity of the historic wine-growing town of Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine rivers. ( B,L,D)

DAY 21, KOBLENZ – MAINZ
This morning you will visit the Koblenz Flower Show. This special event (which takes place thorough October) features 120 acres of magnificent floral displays, exhibitions and events. Exhibit grounds include the hilltop Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which you will visit on your tour. This afternoon continue cruising on the Rhine River; where you will see the stunning beauty of the Rhine castles and the infamous Lorelei Rock as we sail through the fascinating Rhine Gorge. The ship moors overnight in Mainz. ( B,L,D)

DAY 22, MAINZ OR HEIDELBERG – RÜDESHEIM
Today, decide between two excursions: take a guided walking tour of beautiful Mainz and see the famous Gutenberg Museum, home of the world's first printed bible. Or, travel by motor coach to Heidelberg, Germany's oldest university town, where you will visit the red-walled Castle, enjoy gorgeous views of the Neckar Valley below, and see the Great Vat, a 49,000-gallon 8th-century wine cask. This afternoon, cruise to the wine village of Rüdesheim for an afternoon wine tasting with a local vintner. Explore the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with wine taverns and restaurants during your free time. That evening, visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. The ship overnights here (B,L,D)

DAY 23, COLOGNE
This morning, you’ll cruise on to Cologne for a guided walking tour through the old part of the city and a visit to the fabled 13th-century Gothic cathedral. The afternoon is free to explore the city. You will also be minutes away from Old Town, the perfect place to enjoy an after lunch Kölsch, Cologne’s local beer. Late this afternoon, the ship sets sail for Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

DAY 24, AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
After breakfast, admire beautiful 18th-century homes, charming churches and 17th-century merchant houses on a guided canal boat tour. Then enjoy a motor coach tour of Amsterdam, including a photo stop at the Rembrandt Windmill, followed by free time in Amsterdam. The afternoon is free to explore the 700 year-old European capital with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, restaurants, lively marketplace and exciting nightlife. Perhaps, visit one of the city's renowned museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum or the Anne Frank House. (B,L,D)

DAY 25, DEPART AMSTERDAM
Your magical vacation ends today as you transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. (B)


 

England_SDChertsey Base
Penton Hook Marina is set in 80 acres and is Britain’s largest inland marina. It is situated on one of the loveliest stretches of the River Thames, close to Chertsey and about a mile downstream from Runnymede where King John signed the Magna Carta. The location is a perfect starting point for a boating vacation on the Thames; cruise upstream to Windsor and our base at Benson, near Oxford, passing through picturesque towns and villages en-route, or cruise downstream to the chic shopping centre of Kingston-upon-Thames, the world famous botanical gardens at Kew and Hampton Court Palace, former royal residence of King Henry VIII.

General Information
Le Boat Chertsey
Staines Road
Chertsey, Surrey
England
GB-KT16 8PY
Telephone: 0044 (0) 1491 824 067
Fax: 0044 (0) 1491 836 738
MDL Penton Hook Marina offers toilets, showers, laundry facilities, WiFi access and secure parking.

Base Opening Hours
Opening hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm.

Local Facilities
Supermarkets, banks, post office services, restaurants and shops can all be found in nearby Chertsey.

Fishing
Please note that during the period of March 17 - June 16, fresh water fishing is not allowed on any waterway in England and Northern Ireland.

Le Boat Chertsey
Staines Road
Chertsey, Surrey
England
GB-KT16 8PY
Telephone: 0044 (0) 1491 824 067
Fax: 0044 (0) 1491 836 738

Travel Information
By Road
GPS Co-ordinates
W0° 30.228`
N51° 24.567`

From the M25, exit at Junction 11 and take the route that is signposted A320 Woking at the end of the dual carriageway. Turn right at the roundabout, which is signposted A320 Chertsey/Staines. As an extra guide you can follow the brown signs for Thorpe Park. Continue to follow the signs A320/Thorpe Park. This will take you through Chertsey and onto a dual carriageway with the Twynersh Pub on your left. Continue on the dual carriageway, going over the M3. This brings you to another roundabout. Thorpe Park is on your left. At this roundabout, turn right up Mixnams Lane and at the end take the left hand fork, which will take you into Penton Hook Marina.

Airports
London Heathrow or Gatwick

By Rail
Staines is the most convenient station, as it is on the mainline from Waterloo (London) to Reading. On arrival, it is only a short taxi ride to the marina.

Barge TImpressionniste_wine_with_napkinravel is the best way to explore the beautiful countryside of Europe. Cruise at your own pace and explore on your own or get completely pampered on a fully crewed hotel barge. Either way barge travel is the best way to see the countryside of Europe.

The Barge Connection specializes in barge trips, long and short, big and small. In business since 1998, The Barge Connection works with more than 100 barge vessels. We welcome your questions and inquiries. Let us show you why we love barge trips and why you will too.

Advantages to a Barge Trip
There are many reason to choose a barge trip. Europe offers a wealth of quiet inland waterways and canals that are ideal for exploration with a smaller vessel. Barge trips also travel near to the shoreline, giving passengers the opportunity to view the passing countryside up close or use one of the on board bicycles and explore the canal-side villages.

Food is another reason to take a trip on a barge. Barge trips are noted for their fine cuisine and meals are a pleasant way for passengers to share the day's events over wine and dinner from the local region prepared by your gourmet chef.

Like larger cruises, passengers on river barge trips need only unpack once to see multiple destinations. There's no rushing to the airport or putting your bags out for the bus before dawn. The pace on a barge trip is unhurried.

Life on a Barbargehomephotosge
A typical day on a barge trip begins with breakfast, usually coffee or tea accompanied by pastries or rolls. After breakfast, passengers are invited to explore the countryside on their own with bicycles or join one of the several organized shore excursions to wineries, historic sights, or other points of interest. Canal barge trips offer the added benefit of having towpaths that parallel the waterway, an ideal place for riding bicycles. Of course, you can choose to remain on the barge and immerse yourself in a good novel or do nothing at all.

Italian_WaterwaysYou can now explore the northern Venetian lagoon towards Trieste and discover the real Italy from our new base at Precenicco. With chic seaside resorts and sandy beaches, beautiful fishing harbours, excellent restaurants, friendly Osteria (café-bars) and beautiful un-crowded waterways and seaside canals, we’re sure this will be a hit with anyone who is looking for something different.

The region is called Friuli, and is located close to the Veneto (Venetian lagoon), in the north east of the country, close to the Slovenian border. This new cruising region will let
you experience and enjoy a real Italian atmosphere, far removed from our other busier Venetian itineraries.

Cruising in Friuli is very pretty and peaceful, much more similar to cruising in France, but with much fewer locks. Canals are regular and easy to navigate, there is no commercial traffic on these waterways, and the clean environment and the historic towns along the way will guarantee you’ll see a completely different aspect of Italy and give you a chance to immerse yourself into Italian lifestyle and culture.

Different to cruising in the Venetian Lagoon, in Friuli there is a large presence of public moorings, which allow you to moor your boat without problems during the week, so there is no need to pay for private marinas.

Canal banks along the sides are low which give excellent views of the surrounding countryside and villages and there are lots of cycle paths too so you can head off to
explore on two wheels very easily.

 

 

General Information
Houseboat Holidays
Piazza Roma 14
Precenicco (UD)
330 50 - Italy
E-mail: precenicco@houseboat.it

Telephone: 0039 - (0)431 589710
Fax: 0039 - (0)431 589710

Travel Information
By Road
GPS Co-ordinates
E13° 4.697`
N45° 47.376`

HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS
Restaurant AL BORGO +39 0431 587012 
Restaurant ISOLA AUGUSTA +39 0431 58046
Restaurant with rooms     RIVABELLA +39 0431 589535
Hotel BELLA VENEZIA +39 0431 59647

PARKING
Enclosed parking available at the base

SUPERMARKET AND MOST SHOPS
Mini-market, bank with ATM, pharmacy,post office, can be found at the main square of Precenicco, that is few hundred meters to the base . Other supermarkets are in Palazzolo dello Stella village(1 km) Many other shops offering local typical products are available near the base or some kilometers far from Precenicco.

MARKET DAYS
Palazzolo dello stella : FRIDAY morning
Latisana : WEDNESDAY morning
Lignano Sabbiadoro : MONDAY morning only in summer

TOURIST OFFICE
25 km from the base Via Latisana, 42 33054 Lignano Sabbiadoro tel +39 0431 71821 fax +39 0431 724756

DOCTORS
Dr. ROSSO 100 meters from the base tel +39 0431 586117

FIRST AID
Civil Hospital in Latisana (8 km)

VET
Dr. NICOLOSI Via Trieste, 80 33053 Latisana tel +39 0431 511514 6 km from the base

CREDIT CARDS/ TRAVELLERS CHEQUES
Precenicco accepts all major Credit Cards including Mastercard for payment of Security/Fuel Deposit, Damage Waiver and Optional Extras.  Checks & Traveller’s cheques are not accepted.

LOCAL AMENITIES
GO-KART RACING (about 5 km from the base ) Other attractions :in Lignano Sabbiadoro

ItaliancanalsCasale Marina (formerly Casier)
Glide the River Sile with its spring water and wild vegetation. A stunning natural environment, the course of the river is beautiful, draped in greenery and lined with small interesting towns, places of historical interest and traditional Italian villas with picturesque gardens. Visit Treviso, an amazing city full of Italian art, museums and restaurants.

BEFORE YOU LEAVE
Le Boat will be happy to arrange transfers from your arrival point to the base and can also do your food and drink shopping to stock up your boat before you arrive. Please complete our Taxi Transfer form and email, fax or post it back to the base at least 14 days prior to departure. The base receptionist will contact you directly to confirm details of your transfer.

BASE OPENING TIMES
Monday - Sunday
08:30 - 12:30 / 14:30 - 18:30

LATE ARRIVALS
If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or the general sales office where you booked. When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open with the lights on for you to stay on board that night. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning. If arriving very late the gates may be locked so it is important that the base are aware you will be arriving late.

General Information
Le Boat Casale
Via Nuova Trevigianadi Lughignano N. 1
I - 31032 Casale Sul Sile
Telephone: 0039 339 1922161
Fax: 0039 0422 670677

Travel Information

Airports
Venice Marco Polo Airport - 24km
Venice Treviso - 10km

By Taxi
Taxi Radio - 0039 0422 431 515
Taxi Treviso - 0039 0422 405 529
Taxi Treviso – 0039 0422 400 152
Taxi Treviso – 0039 0422 400 161

Car Rental
Treviso Airport
Hertz – 0039 0422 264 216
Europcar - 0039 0422 228 07
Maggiore Rent - 0039 848 867 067

Marco Polo Airport
Hertz - 0039 041 541 6075
Italy by Car - 0039 041 541 6049
Europcar - 0039 041 541 5654

By Rail
Nearest railway stations are Venice Mestre and Treviso.

HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS
Hotels
Hotel Casier - 0039 0422 340 884
Albergo le Fattoria - 0039 0422 361 770
Roy Hotel - 0039 0422 460 112

Restaurants
Ostello alle Sicillia - 0039 0422 380 111
Vicie Frescada - 0039 0422 403 878
Osteria dalla Pasina - 0039 0422 382 112
Lago Verde - 0039 0422 340 624

SUPERMARKET
The nearest supermarket is situated in Casier town centre.
Opening hours are Monday to Saturday - 08:30 - 12:30 / 15:00 - 19:00

PARKING
Parking is available at the base
Covered parking - 60€
Open parking in a private area - 30€

TOURIST INFORMATION
APT of Treviso
Tel - 0039 0422 547 632

CHECKS / TRAVELLERS CHEQUES
Checks & Traveller’s Cheques are not accepted at this location.

Holland_TulipsWoudsend is in the heart of the beautiful Friesland cruising area of the Netherlands. Come and enjoy a leisurely cruise along the region’s vast network of pretty lakes and canals which have been popular with boating enthusiasts for centuries.

Our new base and first class facilities at Woudsend are exclusive – so you can be assured of an excellent start to your holiday. You can enjoy a leisurely holiday in the Friesland cruising area – starting and finishing at Woudsend, or you can cruise one-way between Woudsend and and our base at Strand Horst – not far from Amsterdam, if you want to see a wider variety of towns, villages and landscapes.

The Friesland area is a peaceful landscape of green fields and woodlands criss-crossed with canals, lakes and waterways; don’t be surprised to see the white sails of a small sail boat seemingly glide through the fields – its waterways hidden from view. Further inland you’ll discover historical towns and friendly villages with narrow cobbled streets and brightly coloured shops. The Dutch nation is known for its friendly approach too, so you can be sure of swapping stories of your holidays along the canals with fellow travellers.

Make sure you take time out to visit ancient forts and castles (staten and stinzen), as well as Woudsend’s two working windmills. Woudsend is the only town in the region to boast two distinctly different types of windmill, the wood sawing mill (De Jager – The Hunter) and the grain mill (Het Lam – The Lamb) - both of which are still operational today. You can buy flour and other products from the miller’s house at the Het Lam windmill and also visit the tourist information centre there too.

You can also enjoy a lovely ‘café culture’ atmosphere in Woudsend and other local villages – which is perfect at the start or end of your holiday. Cafés and restaurants open their doors onto the quaysides where you can relax with a coffee and watch the world go by.

BASE HOURS
Monday - 09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday - 09:00 - 18:00 
Wednesday - 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday - 09:00 - 18:00
Friday - 09:00 - 20:00
Saturday - 09:00 - 20:00
Sunday - Closed

LATE ARRIVAL
A notice will be left in the office window. Enter the Le Boat site by a gate to the right of the office. Your boat will be left open with the lights on.

General Information
Le Boat Netherlands BV
De Zwaan 18
NL-8551 RK Woudsend

Telephone: 0031 (0)514 591251
Fax: 0031 (0)514 592500

Travel Information
By Road
GPS Co-ordinates
E5° 37.722`
N52° 56.566`

From North/Sneek take Sneek ring road and then N354( signposted Woudsend). From South via Motorway A6, jucntion 18 signposted Woudsend, via N354.

Airports
Nearest major airport Amsterdam Schiphol (2.5hours). Ryanair to Groningen 1.5 hours

By Taxi
Sneek is closest. Taxi Centrale Friesland 0515 856329

Car Rental
Hertz at Leuewarden or Heerenveen tel 0513-623004 or Wander Autoverhuur Sneek 0515 486600

By Rail
Sneek is closest (8km) but more frequent connections (hourly to Amsterdam/Schiphol airport) from Heereveen(31km away)

PARKING
Open parking is available for 35 EURO
Locked compound parking is available on site and also nearby: 50 EURO

HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS
Grand Café Restaurant De Watersport
Iewal 14
8551 PS Woudsend
Telefoon: 0514 – 591270

Hotel en Zo Meisje Loos
Midstrjitte 2-4
8551 PG Woudsend
Tel: 0514-591222
info@meisjeloos.nl
There is a Spar Supermarket in the village, which is 1.2km away. Open Mon-Thurs 08.00-19.00, Fri 08.00-20.00, Sat 08.00-17.00, Sunday closed
In the larger town of Sneek (8km away) you will find a larger selection of shops and supermarkets.
Local market day: none locally, nearest in Sneek Tuesdays 09.00-13.00 & Thursdays 10.00-17.00

SUPERMARKETS

TOURIST OFFICE
April- June: Open Mon, Wed, Sat.
Address: Midstrjitte 61, Woudsend
Tel 0514 591446

GOLF COURSES
Visit the Burg Golf Academy and 18 hole course in Legemeer (5km away)
Tel 0513 499683

LOCAL SIGHTSEEING ATTRACTIONS
Visit the two working windmills Woudsend. Het Lam is the oldest corn milling windmill in Friesland and the Jager Windmill (timber sawmill, built in 1734) is open every Saturday.

VET
Name: Dierenkliniek Sneek
Address: Lange Veemarktstraat 11, Sneek
Telephone: 0515 412112

England_-_WindsorHorning Base
Offering a full range of modern facilities, our new base is also home to an even wider choice of boat styles, including those with sliding roofs for openair cruising from the comfort of your saloon or those with outside sundecks to make the most of panoramic views.

Cruising from Horning couldn’t be easier. The interconnecting waterways of the Broads, including the Rivers Ant, Bure, Waveney and Yare are easy to navigate and the surrounding villages and market towns are a delight to visit throughout the year. From medieval churches, restored windmills and local breweries to pleasure beaches and seaside towns, the Broads has something for everyone.

As Britain’s largest nationally protected wetland the Broads are also home to an abundance of many rare species of flora and fauna, so be sure to visit one of the many nature reserves to learn more about the region’s amazing wildlife from secluded hideouts – as well as the important conservation work being done to preserve this incredible natural environment.

BEFORE YOU LEAVE
Le Boat will be happy to arrange transfers from your arrival point to the base. Please complete our Taxi Transfer form and email, fax or post it back to the base at least 14 days prior to departure. The base receptionist will contact you directly to confirm details of your transfer.

BASE OPENING HOURS
Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday: 08:00 – 18:00 (end of March – end of October only)
Sunday: Closed

LATE ARRIVALS & SUNDAYS
Please call the duty engineer on  00 44 77 70 44 52 84 who will advise you of your boat number, and then arrange a time to come and meet you.

BASE SPECIAL EXTRAS
Rowing Dinghies are available for hire at @ £35.00 per week with a £25.00 deposit payable locally. DVD Players are also available at £10.00 per week. All subject to availability and to be booked in advance direct with the Horning base.

HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS
The Swan – Horning
Tel – 0044 (0) 1692 63 03 16

New Inn Horning, Lower Street, Horning, Norfolk, NR12 8PF
Tel – 08721 077 077

General Information
Le Boat  Horning
Ferry View Road
Horning
Norfolk
GB-NR12 8PT
Telephone: 0044 (0)16 92 63 06 14
Fax: 0044 (0) 16 92 63 06 11

PARKING
Open parking is free of charge no matter how many cars per boat.

SMALL SUPERMARKETS
The Galley @ Horning - Delicatessen
Fresh bread baked daily on the premises, excellent cheese and meat counter. Good selection of "ready to cook" meals. Small supply of fine wines and local bottled beer

Derek's Traditional Butchers
Quality British Meats, Cheeses, Pork Pies, Milk, Cream
Open Mon - Sat 9am -5pm

POST OFFICE
Horning Post Office
39 Lower Street
Opening Hours
Monday – Friday 09:00 – 17:30
Saturday 09:00 – 13:00

BANKS
There are some chargeable cash points in the Swann Inn.

HSBC, Barclays and Nat West all in Wroxham
Opening Hours
Monday – Friday 09:30 – 16:30
All banks have cash dispensers. Also available is a Link Cash Dispenser located next
to Roys Supermarket.

DOCTOR
The nearest doctor's sugery is in Hoveton / Wroxham
Tel – 0044 (0) 1603 78 21 55

DENTIST
The nearest dentist is in Wroxham - P.J Waldron
Hoveton / Wroxham
Tel – 0044 (0) 1603 78 28 85

HOSPITALS
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (A & E)
Tel – 0044 (0) 1603 28 73 24
James Paget. Great Yarmouth
Tel – 0044 (0) 1493 45 24 52

VET
Bridge Veterinary Surgery
63 Norwich Road
Wroxham
Norwich
Norfolk
0044 (0) 1603 783 920
0.5 miles from the base

FISHING
Fishing is allowed but the close season is between 15 th March – 15 th June. A Fishing Licence is required and is available from any main or sub post office, it is recommended that you obtain your licence before you leave home. Cost is approximately £6.50 for a licence covering 8 days (children under 12 do not require a licence).

CREDIT CARDS
Horning accept the following Credit Cards for payment of Damage Waiver, Fuel deposits and Optional Extras. Visa Mastercard Switch

TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE
The nearest tourist information office is in Wroxham
Tel – 0044 (0) 1603 78 22 81

DINGHIES
If you decide to bring a dinghy with you for your cruise you must inform the base. You will be required to pay a licence toll in advance.
Cost
Up to 7 days: Rowing Dinghies and Canoes £3.90
Sailing Dinghies: £10.00
Please contact the Broads Authority, Norwich on
Tel – 0044 (0) 1603 61 07 34 

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Belgium offers the traveler a unique opportunity to experience both the historic beauty of Europe and the finest in contemporary music, art and nightlife. This charming country is renowned for its beers and chocolates, but there is so much more to discover.

 

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England Cruises

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Read more

France Cruises

France Cruises


France known the world over for celebrating the "Art de Vivre" (Art of Living). Famous for centuries for it's fine wines and culinary delights. Those who celebrate life have long been drawn to this beautiful, historic and gastronomically famous country.

Read more

Germany

Germany

A barge cruise along the Moselle river is a great way to experience the romantic scenery of Germany and the lush wine region famous the world over.  The Moselle River is approximately 550 kilometers long. Geographically the river is found in the north-eastern region of France, the eastern region of Luxembourg and the South-western region of Germany.

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Holland Cruises

Holland Cruises


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Read more

Ireland Cruises

Ireland Cruises

The rich history of the beautiful unspoiled countryside is evident in plentiful castles, ruins and heritage sites. Whether you want to explore the glories of the past, enjoy present day cultural and artistic happenings or simply enjoy sheer relaxation and peacefulness, the "Emerald Isle" offers opportunities for everyone.

 

Read more

Belgium

Belgium

Offering a unique opportunity to experience both historic beauty and the finest in contemporary music, art and nightlife. This charming country is renowned for its beers and chocolates, but has so much more to discover.

Holland Cruises

Holland Cruises


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England Cruises

England Cruises

Dramatic castles, stately homes and formal gardens, and medieval manor house are yours to enjoy while cruising the River Thames.  With its beauty and rich history, England can sooth, enthrall, revitalize and excite all at once.

Belgium Cruises

Belgium Cruises


Belgium offers the traveler a unique opportunity to experience both the historic beauty of Europe and the finest in contemporary music, art and nightlife. This charming country is renowned for its beers and chocolates, but there is so much more to discover.

 
Ireland Cruises

Ireland Cruises

The rich history of the beautiful unspoiled countryside is evident in plentiful castles, ruins and heritage sites. Whether you want to explore the glories of the past, enjoy present day cultural and artistic happenings or simply enjoy sheer relaxation and peacefulness, the "Emerald Isle" offers opportunities for everyone.

 
Germany

Germany

A barge cruise along the Moselle river is a great way to experience the romantic scenery of Germany and the lush wine region famous the world over.  The Moselle River is approximately 550 kilometers long. Geographically the river is found in the north-eastern region of France, the eastern region of Luxembourg and the South-western region of Germany.

France Cruises

France Cruises


France known the world over for celebrating the "Art de Vivre" (Art of Living). Famous for centuries for it's fine wines and culinary delights. Those who celebrate life have long been drawn to this beautiful, historic and gastronomically famous country.