European Waterways is offering 10% off cabins and charters on select barge cruises that take guests deep into the countryside.

The specials are available on select cruises in April and May booked before Jan. 7 and include sailings on the eight-passenger L'Art de Vivre, which sails the Burgundy region, the 12-passenger Spirit of Scotland and the eight-passenger Scottish Highlander.

"Most of our cruises take you far away from bustling cities to where nature is on full display," said Derek Banks, European Waterways' managing director.  "In Burgundy, blackthorn and wild cherries are blossoming and flowers such as wild orchids, lilies and yellow irises are bursting into bloom. Insects such as dragonflies flit among the rushes, and the aptly named water boatmen appear to row themselves across the surface with their long, oar-like hind legs."

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