Golf-themed welcome dinner and gift pack will toast the world’s most famous team golf event.
Luxury hotel barge operator, European Waterways is bringing “golf to the fore” with the announcement that it is offering special golf-themed cruises to “bookend” The 2018 Ryder Cup in France, being held September 28 – 30. The venue for the biennial match will be the spectacular L’Albatros Course, located 20 miles south of Paris and just hours from the cruise routes of several European Waterways’ hotel barges.
The 6-night, all-inclusive cruises depart on Sunday night and conclude the following Saturday, making them ideal for fans attending the event. They are also great for avid golfers who may not be attending the event, but still want to “soak up” the excitement at local golf courses as France hosts the Ryder Cup for only the second time in history.
Eligible hotel barges in the European Waterways’ fleet include the 12-passenger L’Impressionniste, the 8-passenger Renaissance and the 8-passenger L’Art de Vivre, all of which cruise the picturesque Burgundy region of France, just south of the Ryder Cup venue. When chartering one of these barges, golfers will be able to play several rounds at top golf courses with pre-booked tee times during their cruise. Non-golfing guests will enjoy escorted excursions to castles and chateaux, wine tastings, food markets, and other sightseeing opportunities and attractions.
Full barge charter prices from £22,300; plus £425 per person for golf package.
“We’re still a year away, but the excitement is already building in France and accommodation is selling out as the country prepares to welcome the greatest players from the US and Europe,” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways. “A golf-themed cruise is ideal at this time. Guests can ‘warm up’ with a few rounds of golf the week before the event as they cruise the beautiful canals of France; or they may be eager immediately to put into practice afterwards any great tips they picked up by watching the pros.”
As part of these special cruises, guests will be treated to a special Ryder Cup-themed welcome dinner and receive a “gift pack” of official Ryder Cup golf balls and other event memorabilia. For those who charter a hotel barge and are attending the event, a European Waterways’ chauffeured Mercedes minibus will pick them up at the venue afterwards, or drop them off at the site after their pre-event cruise. European Waterways can also pick up and drop off guests at a designated, centrally located hotel in Paris.
“In addition to golf, we offer numerous theme cruises such as ‘tennis’ and even ‘horticultural’ that can complement some of the popular spectator sports and special interest events held in Europe each year, such as Wimbledon, the French Open and the Royal Chelsea Flower Show,” Banks noted. “The next time you’re planning to attend one, consider enhancing your vacation with a European Waterways’ cruise.”