At NoFlyCruises we like to offer a bit of everything if it involves a ship and water, that’s why we’re excited to share with you some news from European Waterways and more details on their Caledonian Canal, Loch Ness and River Thames summer holidays.

For those in search of a luxury Summer staycation, this is the year for discovering what the British countryside has to offer. Between May to October, guests can enjoy a gentle escape aboard a private hotel barge cruise, complete with crew and on-board chef on a week-long, all-inclusive itinerary through rural countryside and learn of the region’s history and culture, whilst sampling high-quality cuisine that is indigenous to the region.

European Waterways’ luxury barge cruises take place in rural settings away from tourist hot-spots. With the intimate nature of hotel barge cruising, the combination of space and privacy creates the perfect holiday choice for ‘travel bubbles’ with families, or small groups of friends chartering a barge to themselves, or like-minded individuals travelling independently. With “finding your own space” being at the forefront of the ‘new normal’ with travel planners in the UK, the barges cruise slowly through peaceful countryside. Guests can hop off at any lock to savour clean, fresh air and unspoiled views, either using the complimentary barge bikes, or perhaps just enjoying a leisurely towpath walk.

History & Beauty Along England’s Royal River Thames:

The elegant 8-passenger Magna Carta cruises slowly along the prettiest stretches of England’s River Thames. Capturing the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside and its riverside villages, the barge journeys between Henry VIII’s Hampton Court and Henley-on-Thames, home of the world-famous Henley Regatta. Itinerary highlights include a visit to Windsor Castle, and a tour of the stately home of Cliveden and its gardens. And on selected departures, guests will also visit Highclere Castle, more affectionately known as Downton Abbey.

Travelling in refined style, Magna Carta offers four air-conditioned, en-suite twin/double suites, while the onboard master chef cooks up gourmet meals, with accompanying fine wines – all served by an attentive crew.

2021 fares for a 6-night cruise: Based on 2 people sharing a cabin from £3,390 per person; and a private charter aboard luxury hotel barge Magna Carta starts from £25,200 for 8 passengers.

Take to the Highlands:

With the Scottish Highlands recently voted the 2nd most popular UK staycation destination in 2021, there are two cruises on offer through Scotland’s Great Glen: the 8-passenger Scottish Highlander and her sister barge, the 12-passenger Spirit of Scotland traverse the renowned Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness. The itineraries reward guests with sweeping natural vistas of mystical glens and diverse wildlife, whilst shore excursions take guests to majestic castles, aristocratic estates and tours of legendary sites steeped in history. A popular insider experience available exclusively to European Waterways’ guests is a private falconry display, set on the banks of Loch Ness.

On board, guests will enjoy a gastronomic journey throughout their stay, featuring fine wines, a choice of no less than 18 single malts, and traditional highland fare such as locally-caught salmon, game, and seafood freshly prepared by the onboard chef.

2021 fares for a 6-night cruise: Based on 2 people sharing a cabin aboard Scottish Highlander, prices are from £3,190 per person; and private charter of the whole barge for 8-passengers, from £24,500.

A barge holiday is certainly something different, in fact, we’d add it to our #OnceInACruiseTime collection.

Visit the European Waterways website for more information >> 


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