Imagine exploring the beautiful sights of Europe this Valentine’s Day without having to share them with the crowds. Could anything be more romantic than winding your way along the Seine or the Grand Canal on board a luxury barge with the one you love? If you’re looking to do something special this year, then a barge cruise to a romantic destination could be just the thing.
Paris in the Spring
There probably isn’t a more romantic city on earth in which to spend Valentine’s Day than Paris. Take a river cruise through the French capital and you will see a hidden side to this destination. Away from the crowds you will have your own front row view of its beautiful sights including Notre Dame, Musée du Louvre, the Grand Palais, and, of course, the Eiffel Tower. Step ashore to enjoy romantic meals for two, wander the streets and art galleries and do some fashion shopping, before returning to the peace and seclusion of your luxury barge.
Venice For Lovers
One of Europe’s most beautiful and iconic cities, Venice, the city on the lagoon, has everything you could wish for in a romantic getaway, and the best part is, on a luxury barge cruise you’ll be ideally placed to see it all. Explore the city with its famous sights, take in the beautiful islands (including the beach at the stylish Lido), all from the comfort of your own barge. Take a stroll through the city’s medieval streets, visit Saint Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace and the Rialto, and then enjoy a romantic dinner for two cooked by a world-class chef aboard your very own floating luxury hotel.
An Amsterdam Getaway
The canals of Amsterdam make this an ideal city to explore by boat for a Valentine’s Day city break. Travel sedately together by day down the canals, shaded by beautiful trees and by night under bridges lit up by a thousand tiny lights. This is a city of contrast and you’ll love discovering the two sides of this historic port, one romantic and sedate, the other vibrant and bustling with a cosmopolitan creative energy. From traditional sights like the Rijksmuseum and Dam Square to the hip eateries and shops of Jordaan, there is plenty for the two of you to enjoy together here.
Champagne For Two
If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Europe’s cities then you should consider a luxury barge cruise through the tranquil countryside of France’s stunning Champagne region. Stroll around the pretty towns, take walks in the beautiful countryside or sample some of the local vineyards’ famous sparkling wine. Where better to drink a toast to one another this Valentine’s Day than the home of authentic French Champagne.
Wherever you choose to getaway to this Valentine’s Day, make it special by taking to the water and seeing your chosen destination from a whole new perspective. Enjoy the tranquil meanderings of Europe’s most romantic waterways on a canal barging holiday.
Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK's most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge holidays throughout Europe and the UK. If you'd like to combine cruising the waterways with a short and sweet Valentine's Day escape, European Waterways offers a range of cruises through Paris, Amsterdam and Venice. 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.