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European Waterways has introduced its new ‘Ladies at Leisure’ hotel barge charter cruises, featuring flexible itineraries, excursions and activities.

With the popularity of travelling in groups on the increase, European Waterways has introduced themed ‘Ladies at Leisure’ hotel barge charter options offering a range of excursions, culinary experiences, and themes, exclusively for female groups.

According to the waterways company, the new cruises provide a way for female travellers to enjoy the opportunity of connecting with their social groups and indulge in a number of enjoyable activities, while on holiday in some of the most attractive and exclusive regions of Europe.

What will the cruises entail?

Vessels accommodate groups of six to 20 guests and with a flexible itinerary, visit different European locations. 

The six-night ‘Ladies at Leisure’ charters can be tailored to meet the special interests of each group.  For example, a culinary themed cruise can include private cooking demonstrations, excursions may feature truffle hunting and visits to local attractions such as an artisan chocolatier, or a Mediterranean oyster farm. 

Guests can take an educational tour of L’Oulibo, a factory that produces the purest extra virgin olive oil from the famous Lucques olive, one of the hardest from which to extract the oil. They can also enjoy gastronomic excursions to local food markets, accompanied by their on-board master chef, who can incorporate their culinary finds into the evening menu. 

What other cruises are available for groups?

Health-themed holidays are also becoming more popular with travellers, and European Waterways’ cruises give the opportunities to engage in gentle exercise, such as starting the day with a morning yoga class on deck.  

Other cruises that European Waterways offers include walking cruises and wine-themed trips. For more creative groups, art-themed cruises come with an expert art guide who shows guests around craft workshops and boutiques and suggests the best painting spots. 

Popular destinations include Burgundy, Canal du Midi, Alsace & Lorraine, Champagne, Holland, Italy and Scotland.

For more information, visit www.europeanwaterways.com