Barge Cruises in France ~
the rivers and canals of southern France aboard a 4-passenger barge-hotel
(7 days - 6 nights). Built in 1908 at Ouderkeek in the Netherlands, the barge
was refurbished in 2008 and accommodates four passengers in two luxury cabins.
The passenger areas are all on a single deck, located well above the water line.
The sun deck provides the perfect place to relax and enjoy the passing scenery
while cruising through the renowned Canal du Midi. Or you may watch the countryside
glide by from the large picture windows of the spacious lounge. This is the ideal
barge for a family vacation.
is a region famous for its wines, gorgeous countryside and rich history. Fortified
villages, castles and market towns provide a varied itinerary.The Canal du Midi
was built in the 17th century during the reign of Louis XIV and was an engineering
marvel for its time with more than 300 locks, bridges and tunnels. It is now a
World Heritage Site. The most famous highlight of this area is Carcassonne, a
fortified medieval city surrounded by double-walled ramparts and 52 massive watch
Apr 21 to Sep 29)
program may vary)
1 - Sunday: Béziers.
You will be picked up at your hotel in Paris and taken to the train station for
your first class TGV (high-speed train) trip to Béziers and transfer to
the barge. Enjoy a champagne reception followed by your first gourmet dinner with
2 - Monday: Béziers to Capestang.
Enjoy a morning cruise on the Canal du Midi to Capestang. In the afternoon, visit
Oppidum dEnsérune, one of the most important pre-Roman archaeological
sites in the region. Dinner aboard the barge.
3 - Tuesday: Capestang to Le Somail.
Continue your cruise in the morning. After lunch, take a guided tour of lAbbaye
de Fontfroide, a Cistercian monastery founded in the 11th century, with its beautiful
garden. On returning to the barge, stop at Château Auris for a wine tasting.
Dinner aboard the barge.
4 - Wednesday: Le Somail to Homps.
Visit the market in Narbonne, a town built by the Romans, which is now a lively
Mediterranean city with an important role as a wine-producing center. Have lunch
at a local bistro before returning to the barge. Following an afternoon cruise,
enjoy another gourmet dinner prepared using produce you helped the chef pick out
at the market.
5 - Thursday: Homps to Trebes.
After breakfast, visit Minerve, an old village on a limestone cliff that dominates
the vineyards below, and its now ruined Cathar castle. Stop off at Peyriac-Minervois
for wine tasting. Return to the barge for lunch and enjoy an afternoon cruise
to Trebes with dinner on the barge.
6 - Friday: Trebes to Carcassonne.
After breakfast, take a tour of Europes largest medieval city La
Cité de Carcassonne. Enjoy the view of the Pyrenees Mountains from the
fortifications, which are about a mile in circumference, and visit the elegant
cathedral. Farewell dinner on the barge.
7 - Saturday: Carcassonne. After
breakfast, return to Paris by train.
alternate weeks, cruise will be in the reverse direction.
This itinerary is
subject to change without notice.
The first and last cruises of the season will follow different itineraries. Contact
us for details.
Jean de Losne - Lyon*|
- St Jean de Losne*||Oct
Jean de Losne - Pont d'Ouche*||Oct
site of Oppidum dEnsérune
century Cistercian Abbaye de Fontfroide
and bistro lunch in Narbonne
tastings at Chateau Auris and Peyriac-Minervois
village of Minerve with its Cathar castle ruins
city of Carcassonne and its cathedral
with private bathroom
meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 7
with lunch and dinner and bar drinks on board the barge
tours and entrance fees as specified
minivan with driver for sightseeing
transfers: 1) from your hotel to Gare de Lyon train station in Paris 2) first
class high-speed train from Paris Gare de Lyon, 3) local transfers to/from barge
in the south of France.
at Additional Cost
activities when available
and travel insurance
crew gratuities (suggested 5% of cruise price)
items not specifically listed under "Included"
can be set up as twin or double (4 passengers)
1: 250 sq. ft.
bathroom 6' 3" x 2' 5" with shower
2: 190 sq. ft.
bathroom 6' x 3' with shower
accommodate a 5th person (child only) on a sofa bed.
crew members, including onboard chef
98 ft. x 17 ft.
has guest computer with Internet access and a Bose iPod docking station.
television and DVD player
barge is for private charters only. Various themes, such cooking lessons with
the onboard chef, can be arranged to fit the specific interests of each group.