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Cruise Details:

  • 4-6 guests
  • 100 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Deluxe
  • Charter & Cabin bookings
  • Host: Adrien Bramoulle
  • English Speaking Crew of 4
  • 6 Bicycles
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visited 2015

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

Airfare to and from France, transportation to the cruise route (we will assist you with this), cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


Savannah

All 2017 guests will be treated to a luxury helicopter flight over the southern section of the Canal du Midi, Etang de Thau and Sète.

Ellen, The Barge Lady, visited Savannah spring of 2015 and enjoyed a delicious lunch on board. Here is her report:

"Edith Piaf on the sound system, gorgeous orchids on the coffee table, Christian Lacroix fabric décor, and flutes of Champagne at the ready: This elegant ambiance welcomed me aboard the barge Savannah, a new and very interesting choice on the Canal du Midi. Attention to detail characterizes every aspect of Savannah, owned and operated by Adrien Bramoulle, who has an unusual resume for a barge owner. Adrien is French, but grew up in South Africa, where he developed interests that led to careers in animal health and wildlife conservation. He has worked as a veterinarian, business executive, and graduate business school lecturer and mentor. Now Adrien has turned his attention what he calls his second passion: Hosting guests on exclusive trips cruising the Canal du Midi and on adventurous safaris in a luxurious private lodge in South Africa.

It is perhaps appropriate that Adrien’s barge comes complete with a fascinating and romantic history. Initially built in 1938 as a cargo tanker specifically to the dimensions of the Royal Canal du Midi (30m x 5m) and navigating between Bordeaux and Sète, it was transformed into a luxurious floating showroom for the prestigious cosmetic group l’Occitane de Provence in the 1980s. The mahogany woodwork and the lavish use of local ceramic tiles date from this period. The next reincarnation was as the passenger barge Fandango, which operated for many years on the Canal du Midi and in Burgundy. Sold in 2014 to Adrien and re-named Savannah, the barge was completely refurbished and decorated with luxurious contemporary furniture - while retaining its distinctive charm. The airy cabins are enlivened by a paintings of Canal du Midi scenes painted by a local artist as well as the original brass portholes and mahogany skylights. Beds are fitted with luxurious linen, and bathrooms with bathrobes and hairdryers. Waiting for each guest is a gift packet of L’Occitane products.

Savannah’s route on the Canal du Midi encompasses many of the usual sights of the Languedoc, but adds two day’s cruising to the rarely visited Midi-Pyrnees region west of Carcassonne. Excursions include two wine tastings (one that includes lunch at an elegant wine chateau); shopping with the chef at the covered market of Narbonne; and tour of the walled city of Carcassonne. Delightful villages line the route. It is easy to explore farther afield by bicycle as Adrien has created two cycling routes off the canal and will provide maps. The experience encourages connections to local culture and lifestyle. Local musicians come on board and perform traditional French songs, while when weather permits, the crew will barbeque dinner by the side of the canal and join the guests in a game of boules.

Meals are created in an open kitchen using ingredients sourced from local farmers and artisans. Wines of the region are served at lunch, while at dinner, wines from around France will be featured. Adrian provides a wine map for the regions along the canal and of course, the on-shore tastings provide another avenue to appreciate the local vintages. Savannah operates with four in crew including a chef, a guide and a hostess. For a sophisticated yet authentic experience on the Canal du Midi, consider the barge Savannah."


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 Rates

Whole Boat Charter of 4: $20,700
Whole Boat Charter of 5: $25,875
Whole Boat Charter of 6: $29,325

2017 dates
April 2 - 8 May 28 - June 3 July 23 - 29 September 10 - 16
April 9 - 15
June 4 - 10
July 30 - August 5
September 17 - 23
April 16 - 22 June 11 - 17 August 6 - 12 September 24 - 30
April 23 - 29 June 18 - 24 August 13 - 19 October 1 - 7
April 30 - May 6 June 25 - July 1 August 20 - 26 October 8 - 14
May 7 - 13 July 2 - 8 August 27 - September 2 October 15 - 21
May 14 - 20 July 9 - 15 September 3 - 9 October 22 - 28
May 21 - 27 July 16 - 22
Barge Cruise

Savannah Accommodations and Amenities

  • 100 Feet Long
  • Three double occupancy cabins
    Choice of one King or two twin beds
  • Corbieres Cabin - 130 sq feet, located off salon
  • Minervois Cabin - 130 sq feet, located off salon
  • Laurgais cabin - 160 sq feet, entered by stairs from outside
  • One single occupancy cabin
  • Malepere Cabin - 60 sq feet, located off salon
  • Also in each cabin
  • Tiled ensuite shower/bath
  • Skylight, opening brass portholes
  • In the Public Areas
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Dining area with open kitchen
  • Skylit salon
  • Deck
  • Unique tiled deck
  • 6 Bicycles
  • New all road bicycles with simple 18 gear system that
    makes cycling along the canal very comfortable









 




cabin on barge Fandango

Savannah Canal du Midi Cruise Itinerary

LA redorte TO BRAM On the Canal du Midi

Sunday : La Redorte
Welcome Aboard
Your party will be met between 3:00 and 4:00 pm in Narbonne, a centrally located town with good TGV (fast) train to/from Paris, rental car agencies and some comfortable hotels. You will be chauffeured to Savannah, moored in La Redorte. Once settled in comfortably, meet the crew over a glass of champagne. Our enchanting countryside mooring will be very relaxing and a nice background for dinner prepared by your chef, the outstanding wines and champagnes and the joy of being on board the Savannah as the night falls.

Monday: Millepetit
Wine Tasting in One of the Prettiest Villages in France
Discover Minerve, considered one of the prettiest villages in France, perched on a heart shaped rocky spur at the meeting point of two valleys. This village is also one of the emblematic sites of Catharism and was besieged by Simon de Montford during the Albigensian crusade. The surrounding Minervois wines have been appreciated since Roman times. After a walk through this unique village and the surrounding valley, your guide will accompany you to an exceptional Minervois vineyard to meet the wine maker as he joins you for your first wine tasting of the week. Back on board, a selection of these wines will be offered at lunch. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon cruise through olive shaped locks, over aqueducts and under low stone bridges. Choose to relax on the sundeck or take the opportunity to stroll and cycle along the canal.

Tuesday: Villedubert lock
Market Day in Narbonne
After breakfast, a morning visit to Narbonne, regional capital established in 118 BCE as a Roman colony boasts numerous historical and architectural tracks of the town’s prestigious past. Discover the Roman road, the Via Domitia and visit the Saint Just Cathedral and Episcopal Palace. Then it’s on to the covered market with gorgeous arrays of fresh produce, cheeses, and breads – a gourmet paradise! The chef will join you and together you’ll visit the best local stalls and pick out some selections to be served back on Savannah. This perfect morning will be followed by lunch right in the Market, and the afternoon dedicated to cruising the outskirts of Carcassonne towards the palm tree lined lock of Villedubert.

Wednesday: Ladouce lock
Explore Carcassonne
Breakfast will be served whilst slowly cruising towards the port of Carcassonne, our lunchtime destination. There visit the fortified city of Carcassonne, ascend the ramparts dating back to Gallo-Roman times, then discover the Medieval town, its fort, and cathedral. There will be time to browse in the shops that line the cobblestoned streets leading up to the highest part of the Cite. At the end of the day, your cruise on Savannah will showcase a change from the previous vineyard countryside into undulating valleys of sunflowers and wheat.

Thursday: Villeseque lock
Drive a Classic French Car to Winetasting and Lunch in a Chateau!
After breakfast on board, it is time for an adventure on the French roads! Hop into your own Citroen 2CV cars and drive to the Chateau de Pennautier for winetasting and lunch. This afternoon, cruise through the superb locks and awe inspiring views of Herminis and Lalande on your way to a new idyllic countryside mooring for the evening.

Friday: Bram Port
Magnificent Medieval Town
After breakfast, abandon the Canal du Midi for the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. Mirepoix, a magnificent medieval town in Ariège waits for you. The market is always bustling, held under the village hall, in small pedestrian streets and under overhanging arcades with colorful half beamed houses. Return to Savannah and your final cruise to Bram Port. A Farewell Dinner gives you the chance to review the week’s adventures – and end your cruise in style, too!

Saturday: Departure between 9:00 and 10:00 am
Sad Farewell
After breakfast, the time has come to say goodbye and safe onward journey. Your guide will chauffeur you back to Carcassonne, a short drive away, for a train, rental car or local hotel.


Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks. Contact The Barge Lady for reservations and more information about Cruises on the hotel-barge Savannah and barging the Canal du Midi Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.

Savannah Sample Menus

Lunch 
Ellen enjoyed this delicious lunch on Savannah cooked by Chef Valerie and served from her open kitchen.

Hors D’Ouevres
* * *
Asparagus Flan
* * *
Seafood Surprise
Depending on the available fresh fish from the market it contains Monkfish, scallops, prawns, various shell fish such as clams etc… and a sauce made from tomatoes, Armagnac and almonds. Presented in an elegant bowl with a puff pastry cover.
* * *
Cheese Platter
Comte
Cabecou, a goat’s cheese
Tomme de Pyranees
Served with Fresh Honeycomb
* * *
Fresh Strawberry Mascarpone Mousse
Decorated with Fresh Flowers and Candies
Divine to look at and even better, to eat!
* * * * *

Captain’s Dinner
Canapes
* * *
Chef’s Foie Gras Terrine served with
Freshly Baked Gingerbread, Sweet Onion Chutney and Whole Fig Confit

* * *
Delights of the Sea
* * *
Salted Caramel and Chocolate Mousse on a Crunchy Biscuit Base
******

Lunch
Tatare of Smoked Salmon and Fresh Vegetables
* * *
PorK Filet Mignon with a Medley of Sunshine Vegetables and Cocotte Potatoes
* * *
Strawberry Surprise
*****

Dinner
Cream of Beetroot, Mint and Coconut
* * *
Fillet of Cod, Glazed Vegetables and Asparagus Tips.
* * *
Selection of Hand Crafted Cheeses with  Traditional Accompaniments
* * *
Homemade Profiteroles with Warm Chocolate Sauce
*****

Picture a Barge Cruise on Savannah

a cruise in the languedoc on barge Fandango

Savannah Guest Book

"I can't say enough good things about the crew. Captain Adrien was really skilled in navigating through small bridge openings, navigated in the afternoons usually at a leisurely pace when we could sit out on the deck and relax, read, and chill. Our Hostess, Kerri, kept us supplied with cold water or any other cold beverages we desired. Our Chef, Valerie, was wonderful. She prepared delicious meals everyday in the small kitchen. Hard to believe such wonderful food came out of that tiny kitchen but she's a master. There was always ample wine and before dinner drinks and after-dinner drinks as desired. We wanted for nothing.

Our escort Marie-Helene was a wonderful guide, and took us out everyday on our excursions in a roomy Mercedes van. She is very educated about the area, and gave us a lot of history and detail. We enjoyed all the excursions -- visiting three different wineries, all with somewhat different wine; a chateau that is known as the mini-Versailles, Castle at Carcassone; a medieval city, Minerve; and two markets. At the market in Narbonne there was just food, which was awesome. We were told to pick out a fish we'd each like for lunch, and it was prepared for us and then we were served lunch at a reserved table at the market, along with wine, and side dishes.

Two days we had lunch out and this was one and the other one was at the winery Lorgeril associated with the Mini Versaille Chateau. On this day we were loaned Citroen dux Chaveax to drive! Steve, Jym, and Chuck drove after some instructions by the owner. Other days we went back to the barge for lunch prepared by Chef Valerie. One evening the captain brought a singing duo onto the barge to seranade us with French music. Nice acoustic music and very good. Cabins were nice and cool, dark at night, and quiet. Comfy beds. Cleaned daily while we were out. Bathroom was very nice with good L'Occitaine ammenities. Hot water at all times.

On the day we said good-bye I have to admit I became emotional with wet eyes. We all hated to leave but alas all good things come to an end. Our experience with Barge Lady was top notch. I would highly recommend you to others. We received all the information we needed prior to the trip, and if we had individual questions you responded quickly. It was a trip of a lifetime and I am so glad we did it through your company. You were so nice to work with."

- Judy Clendenin, cruised September, 2016

"A hedonist adventure! As luck would have it, we picked the cream of the barges: the Savannah. The week was an almost surreal experience. Captain Adrien Bramoulle is a most engaging person, a perfectionist in every way and clearly respected by all who come in contact with him. I heard only praise for the manner in which he handles the peniche, for the way he treats his crew, and for the rapport he has with the population around the canal. He seems to know everybody. He is a most gracious host, always willing to help when help is needed, full of information and advice, and with an excellent sense of humor.

Valerie, our Chef, is a culinary jewel. She is a miracle worker. In a kitchen no larger than a handkerchief she produced meals that would make Michelin Trois Etoiles chefs green with envy. From my many talks with her I gleaned that she once had a restaurant specializing in fish, that she fills her time when not on the peniche with catering and 'just general cooking for the family'. She must be a Cordon Bleu Chef, I have no doubt that she has had extensive training in the culinary arts, but as she told me, she likes to do everything herself and prefers not to have staff. Every meal was prepared with exquisite care and with superb presentation.

Tour Guide Marie-Helene is the perfect escort -- delightful, patient, overcoming the occasional language barrier with humor and understanding, super driver, knows her locale down to the last 'cailloux'. And comfortable with her charges who ran all over the landscape. She obviously honed her skills herding cats! A delightful nature, perfect for the job. Hostess Kerri was very personable, with a charming Irish brogue which occasionally intrudes into her perfect French, and accommodating the passengers in every way possible. 

Cabins were excellent, and the bathroom was one of the most ingenious constructions I have seen. Everything worked to perfection, even the air-conditioning which was essential in the 90-odd degree noontime heat. During the night it was switched off as the peniche used battery power. No problem as adequate ventilation was available. Barge Lady servies were excellent.  Pre-trip information was detailed and adequate in every way. By any measure, the was the most exhausting vacation I have had the pleasure to enjoy."

- Steve St. Lorant, cruised September, 2016

Savannah Blog Posts, Recipes, Articles and Videos

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The Barge Lady to Launch "Tour de France" Luxury Barge Cruise
Travel Agent Central
A special "Tour de France" themed barge cruise on the six-passenger charter barge Savannah. The itinerary will sail July 10 to 16 along France's Canal du Midi in the Languedoc-Roussillon region.

 

Top 5 Fun Things to do on a Barge Cruise in France
Barge Lady guests know how to have a great time on the French canals. Take a look and see The Barge Lady's Top 5 Fun things to do on your barge cruise.

 

+ - Overview

Cruise Details:

  • 4-6 guests
  • 100 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Deluxe
  • Charter & Cabin bookings
  • Host: Adrien Bramoulle
  • English Speaking Crew of 4
  • 6 Bicycles
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visited 2015

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

Airfare to and from France, transportation to the cruise route (we will assist you with this), cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


Savannah

All 2017 guests will be treated to a luxury helicopter flight over the southern section of the Canal du Midi, Etang de Thau and Sète.

Ellen, The Barge Lady, visited Savannah spring of 2015 and enjoyed a delicious lunch on board. Here is her report:

"Edith Piaf on the sound system, gorgeous orchids on the coffee table, Christian Lacroix fabric décor, and flutes of Champagne at the ready: This elegant ambiance welcomed me aboard the barge Savannah, a new and very interesting choice on the Canal du Midi. Attention to detail characterizes every aspect of Savannah, owned and operated by Adrien Bramoulle, who has an unusual resume for a barge owner. Adrien is French, but grew up in South Africa, where he developed interests that led to careers in animal health and wildlife conservation. He has worked as a veterinarian, business executive, and graduate business school lecturer and mentor. Now Adrien has turned his attention what he calls his second passion: Hosting guests on exclusive trips cruising the Canal du Midi and on adventurous safaris in a luxurious private lodge in South Africa.

It is perhaps appropriate that Adrien’s barge comes complete with a fascinating and romantic history. Initially built in 1938 as a cargo tanker specifically to the dimensions of the Royal Canal du Midi (30m x 5m) and navigating between Bordeaux and Sète, it was transformed into a luxurious floating showroom for the prestigious cosmetic group l’Occitane de Provence in the 1980s. The mahogany woodwork and the lavish use of local ceramic tiles date from this period. The next reincarnation was as the passenger barge Fandango, which operated for many years on the Canal du Midi and in Burgundy. Sold in 2014 to Adrien and re-named Savannah, the barge was completely refurbished and decorated with luxurious contemporary furniture - while retaining its distinctive charm. The airy cabins are enlivened by a paintings of Canal du Midi scenes painted by a local artist as well as the original brass portholes and mahogany skylights. Beds are fitted with luxurious linen, and bathrooms with bathrobes and hairdryers. Waiting for each guest is a gift packet of L’Occitane products.

Savannah’s route on the Canal du Midi encompasses many of the usual sights of the Languedoc, but adds two day’s cruising to the rarely visited Midi-Pyrnees region west of Carcassonne. Excursions include two wine tastings (one that includes lunch at an elegant wine chateau); shopping with the chef at the covered market of Narbonne; and tour of the walled city of Carcassonne. Delightful villages line the route. It is easy to explore farther afield by bicycle as Adrien has created two cycling routes off the canal and will provide maps. The experience encourages connections to local culture and lifestyle. Local musicians come on board and perform traditional French songs, while when weather permits, the crew will barbeque dinner by the side of the canal and join the guests in a game of boules.

Meals are created in an open kitchen using ingredients sourced from local farmers and artisans. Wines of the region are served at lunch, while at dinner, wines from around France will be featured. Adrian provides a wine map for the regions along the canal and of course, the on-shore tastings provide another avenue to appreciate the local vintages. Savannah operates with four in crew including a chef, a guide and a hostess. For a sophisticated yet authentic experience on the Canal du Midi, consider the barge Savannah."


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 Rates

Whole Boat Charter of 4: $20,700
Whole Boat Charter of 5: $25,875
Whole Boat Charter of 6: $29,325

2017 dates
April 2 - 8 May 28 - June 3 July 23 - 29 September 10 - 16
April 9 - 15
June 4 - 10
July 30 - August 5
September 17 - 23
April 16 - 22 June 11 - 17 August 6 - 12 September 24 - 30
April 23 - 29 June 18 - 24 August 13 - 19 October 1 - 7
April 30 - May 6 June 25 - July 1 August 20 - 26 October 8 - 14
May 7 - 13 July 2 - 8 August 27 - September 2 October 15 - 21
May 14 - 20 July 9 - 15 September 3 - 9 October 22 - 28
May 21 - 27 July 16 - 22

Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise

Savannah Accommodations and Amenities

  • 100 Feet Long
  • Three double occupancy cabins
    Choice of one King or two twin beds
  • Corbieres Cabin - 130 sq feet, located off salon
  • Minervois Cabin - 130 sq feet, located off salon
  • Laurgais cabin - 160 sq feet, entered by stairs from outside
  • One single occupancy cabin
  • Malepere Cabin - 60 sq feet, located off salon
  • Also in each cabin
  • Tiled ensuite shower/bath
  • Skylight, opening brass portholes
  • In the Public Areas
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Dining area with open kitchen
  • Skylit salon
  • Deck
  • Unique tiled deck
  • 6 Bicycles
  • New all road bicycles with simple 18 gear system that
    makes cycling along the canal very comfortable









 




cabin on barge Fandango

Savannah Canal du Midi Cruise Itinerary

LA redorte TO BRAM On the Canal du Midi

Sunday : La Redorte
Welcome Aboard
Your party will be met between 3:00 and 4:00 pm in Narbonne, a centrally located town with good TGV (fast) train to/from Paris, rental car agencies and some comfortable hotels. You will be chauffeured to Savannah, moored in La Redorte. Once settled in comfortably, meet the crew over a glass of champagne. Our enchanting countryside mooring will be very relaxing and a nice background for dinner prepared by your chef, the outstanding wines and champagnes and the joy of being on board the Savannah as the night falls.

Monday: Millepetit
Wine Tasting in One of the Prettiest Villages in France
Discover Minerve, considered one of the prettiest villages in France, perched on a heart shaped rocky spur at the meeting point of two valleys. This village is also one of the emblematic sites of Catharism and was besieged by Simon de Montford during the Albigensian crusade. The surrounding Minervois wines have been appreciated since Roman times. After a walk through this unique village and the surrounding valley, your guide will accompany you to an exceptional Minervois vineyard to meet the wine maker as he joins you for your first wine tasting of the week. Back on board, a selection of these wines will be offered at lunch. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon cruise through olive shaped locks, over aqueducts and under low stone bridges. Choose to relax on the sundeck or take the opportunity to stroll and cycle along the canal.

Tuesday: Villedubert lock
Market Day in Narbonne
After breakfast, a morning visit to Narbonne, regional capital established in 118 BCE as a Roman colony boasts numerous historical and architectural tracks of the town’s prestigious past. Discover the Roman road, the Via Domitia and visit the Saint Just Cathedral and Episcopal Palace. Then it’s on to the covered market with gorgeous arrays of fresh produce, cheeses, and breads – a gourmet paradise! The chef will join you and together you’ll visit the best local stalls and pick out some selections to be served back on Savannah. This perfect morning will be followed by lunch right in the Market, and the afternoon dedicated to cruising the outskirts of Carcassonne towards the palm tree lined lock of Villedubert.

Wednesday: Ladouce lock
Explore Carcassonne
Breakfast will be served whilst slowly cruising towards the port of Carcassonne, our lunchtime destination. There visit the fortified city of Carcassonne, ascend the ramparts dating back to Gallo-Roman times, then discover the Medieval town, its fort, and cathedral. There will be time to browse in the shops that line the cobblestoned streets leading up to the highest part of the Cite. At the end of the day, your cruise on Savannah will showcase a change from the previous vineyard countryside into undulating valleys of sunflowers and wheat.

Thursday: Villeseque lock
Drive a Classic French Car to Winetasting and Lunch in a Chateau!
After breakfast on board, it is time for an adventure on the French roads! Hop into your own Citroen 2CV cars and drive to the Chateau de Pennautier for winetasting and lunch. This afternoon, cruise through the superb locks and awe inspiring views of Herminis and Lalande on your way to a new idyllic countryside mooring for the evening.

Friday: Bram Port
Magnificent Medieval Town
After breakfast, abandon the Canal du Midi for the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. Mirepoix, a magnificent medieval town in Ariège waits for you. The market is always bustling, held under the village hall, in small pedestrian streets and under overhanging arcades with colorful half beamed houses. Return to Savannah and your final cruise to Bram Port. A Farewell Dinner gives you the chance to review the week’s adventures – and end your cruise in style, too!

Saturday: Departure between 9:00 and 10:00 am
Sad Farewell
After breakfast, the time has come to say goodbye and safe onward journey. Your guide will chauffeur you back to Carcassonne, a short drive away, for a train, rental car or local hotel.


Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks. Contact The Barge Lady for reservations and more information about Cruises on the hotel-barge Savannah and barging the Canal du Midi Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.

+ - Menu

Savannah Sample Menus

Lunch 
Ellen enjoyed this delicious lunch on Savannah cooked by Chef Valerie and served from her open kitchen.

Hors D’Ouevres
* * *
Asparagus Flan
* * *
Seafood Surprise
Depending on the available fresh fish from the market it contains Monkfish, scallops, prawns, various shell fish such as clams etc… and a sauce made from tomatoes, Armagnac and almonds. Presented in an elegant bowl with a puff pastry cover.
* * *
Cheese Platter
Comte
Cabecou, a goat’s cheese
Tomme de Pyranees
Served with Fresh Honeycomb
* * *
Fresh Strawberry Mascarpone Mousse
Decorated with Fresh Flowers and Candies
Divine to look at and even better, to eat!
* * * * *

Captain’s Dinner
Canapes
* * *
Chef’s Foie Gras Terrine served with
Freshly Baked Gingerbread, Sweet Onion Chutney and Whole Fig Confit

* * *
Delights of the Sea
* * *
Salted Caramel and Chocolate Mousse on a Crunchy Biscuit Base
******

Lunch
Tatare of Smoked Salmon and Fresh Vegetables
* * *
PorK Filet Mignon with a Medley of Sunshine Vegetables and Cocotte Potatoes
* * *
Strawberry Surprise
*****

Dinner
Cream of Beetroot, Mint and Coconut
* * *
Fillet of Cod, Glazed Vegetables and Asparagus Tips.
* * *
Selection of Hand Crafted Cheeses with  Traditional Accompaniments
* * *
Homemade Profiteroles with Warm Chocolate Sauce
*****

Picture a Barge Cruise on Savannah

a cruise in the languedoc on barge Fandango

Savannah Guest Book

"I can't say enough good things about the crew. Captain Adrien was really skilled in navigating through small bridge openings, navigated in the afternoons usually at a leisurely pace when we could sit out on the deck and relax, read, and chill. Our Hostess, Kerri, kept us supplied with cold water or any other cold beverages we desired. Our Chef, Valerie, was wonderful. She prepared delicious meals everyday in the small kitchen. Hard to believe such wonderful food came out of that tiny kitchen but she's a master. There was always ample wine and before dinner drinks and after-dinner drinks as desired. We wanted for nothing.

Our escort Marie-Helene was a wonderful guide, and took us out everyday on our excursions in a roomy Mercedes van. She is very educated about the area, and gave us a lot of history and detail. We enjoyed all the excursions -- visiting three different wineries, all with somewhat different wine; a chateau that is known as the mini-Versailles, Castle at Carcassone; a medieval city, Minerve; and two markets. At the market in Narbonne there was just food, which was awesome. We were told to pick out a fish we'd each like for lunch, and it was prepared for us and then we were served lunch at a reserved table at the market, along with wine, and side dishes.

Two days we had lunch out and this was one and the other one was at the winery Lorgeril associated with the Mini Versaille Chateau. On this day we were loaned Citroen dux Chaveax to drive! Steve, Jym, and Chuck drove after some instructions by the owner. Other days we went back to the barge for lunch prepared by Chef Valerie. One evening the captain brought a singing duo onto the barge to seranade us with French music. Nice acoustic music and very good. Cabins were nice and cool, dark at night, and quiet. Comfy beds. Cleaned daily while we were out. Bathroom was very nice with good L'Occitaine ammenities. Hot water at all times.

On the day we said good-bye I have to admit I became emotional with wet eyes. We all hated to leave but alas all good things come to an end. Our experience with Barge Lady was top notch. I would highly recommend you to others. We received all the information we needed prior to the trip, and if we had individual questions you responded quickly. It was a trip of a lifetime and I am so glad we did it through your company. You were so nice to work with."

- Judy Clendenin, cruised September, 2016

"A hedonist adventure! As luck would have it, we picked the cream of the barges: the Savannah. The week was an almost surreal experience. Captain Adrien Bramoulle is a most engaging person, a perfectionist in every way and clearly respected by all who come in contact with him. I heard only praise for the manner in which he handles the peniche, for the way he treats his crew, and for the rapport he has with the population around the canal. He seems to know everybody. He is a most gracious host, always willing to help when help is needed, full of information and advice, and with an excellent sense of humor.

Valerie, our Chef, is a culinary jewel. She is a miracle worker. In a kitchen no larger than a handkerchief she produced meals that would make Michelin Trois Etoiles chefs green with envy. From my many talks with her I gleaned that she once had a restaurant specializing in fish, that she fills her time when not on the peniche with catering and 'just general cooking for the family'. She must be a Cordon Bleu Chef, I have no doubt that she has had extensive training in the culinary arts, but as she told me, she likes to do everything herself and prefers not to have staff. Every meal was prepared with exquisite care and with superb presentation.

Tour Guide Marie-Helene is the perfect escort -- delightful, patient, overcoming the occasional language barrier with humor and understanding, super driver, knows her locale down to the last 'cailloux'. And comfortable with her charges who ran all over the landscape. She obviously honed her skills herding cats! A delightful nature, perfect for the job. Hostess Kerri was very personable, with a charming Irish brogue which occasionally intrudes into her perfect French, and accommodating the passengers in every way possible. 

Cabins were excellent, and the bathroom was one of the most ingenious constructions I have seen. Everything worked to perfection, even the air-conditioning which was essential in the 90-odd degree noontime heat. During the night it was switched off as the peniche used battery power. No problem as adequate ventilation was available. Barge Lady servies were excellent.  Pre-trip information was detailed and adequate in every way. By any measure, the was the most exhausting vacation I have had the pleasure to enjoy."

- Steve St. Lorant, cruised September, 2016

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The Barge Lady to Launch "Tour de France" Luxury Barge Cruise
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A special "Tour de France" themed barge cruise on the six-passenger charter barge Savannah. The itinerary will sail July 10 to 16 along France's Canal du Midi in the Languedoc-Roussillon region.

 

Top 5 Fun Things to do on a Barge Cruise in France
Barge Lady guests know how to have a great time on the French canals. Take a look and see The Barge Lady's Top 5 Fun things to do on your barge cruise.

 


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