Season’s Greetings

Bonjour from Port Chalmers.
This will be our last missive for 2019, to wish you all JOYEUX NOEL & BONNE ANNEE and to update you on the remaining early booking offers. 
Boating dominates our 2020 bookings with an even mix of rental boats and hotel-barges, including two whole barge charters for family get-togethers.  European Waterways has a fleet of 16 barges and an early booking discount of 10% for selected cruises between April and June 2020.  This applies to barge charters as well as bookings for individual cabins.   In addition we are offering a 5% discount across the whole fleet for bookings confirmed before Christmas
 Rosa-Pont canal Agen
We have known the charming barge, Le Papillon, since the eighties and now it is undergoing a major refurbishment, converting its three cabins into two generous suites with king-size beds.  From May to July, it will be cruising the Nivernais Canal, featuring visits to Chablis and Vezelay. Then it will move to the Saone River, via the Burgundy Canal, which offers the possibility of a longer cruise (2-3 weeks).  Next Le Papillon navigates the Saone river and explores the famous the Cote d’Or vineyards before entering the tiny (39km) Seille River up to Louhans.  The four person charter rates are US$24,000-US$27,000, and there is a 15% early booking discount up to Christmas.
 papillon copy
All the rental boat companies have had early booking discounts, culminating in this Black Friday hoo-ha, but most are continuing with smaller discounts of 5-15% throughout December.  These vary so much between companies, boats and regions that they are impossible to list, so tell us what you want and we’ll give you the best price available and even round it down for bookings confirmed before Christmas. 
The Walking Party’s all-inclusive walking holidays, escorted by owner-operator James, are getting rave reviews and are particularly popular with solo travellers and small groups.  However, because of accommodation limitations, he can only accept a few singles on each walk, so to encourage more couples/pairs, we are offering a  5% discount for all bookings for share twin accommodation  confirmed before 31 January 2020. 
 Note that the Georgia week (October) is already fully booked and the new Transhumance walk (May) has five bookings and could fill quickly as a small group is ‘in discussion’.  Dordogne Quercy (May), Tuscany (June) and the St James Way walks (September) also have bookings for 2020, so are now guaranteed departures.


Lastly, we have vacancies for four people to join our France -Scotland 2020 tour, which starts in Glasgow on Tuesday 22 September and ends in Perpignan on Sunday 11 October – 8695 Euros per person, share twin.   
Phone or email for more information/brochures.
Bien cordialement,
Robert & Barbara
Robert Buchanan & Barbara Keen
52 George St, PORT CHALMERS 9023, NZ
ph (64) 03 472 7856,  freephone (NZ) 0800 147 856

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