Float back in time to the 1920’s Art Deco heyday of the famed Orient Express trains on the Canal du Midi’s newest barge, the Elegance!
Elegance is the inspired creation of French captain Mathias Gilles, known for the signature sophisticated style onboard his first vessel, the Esperance. His longtime fascination with the glamorous train travel of yesteryear informed the décor on the aptly-named Elegance. “Precisely as on the Orient Express, Elegance is a work of art that displays a beautiful collection of furniture and objects,” says Mathias.
Elegance’s marquetry, woodwork, cutlery, crystalware, wallpaper, and fabric have all been chosen to reflect this retro-chic railway theme. The celebrated Art Deco artist Rene Lalique’s 1928 etched glass panels — once found on the Orient Express trains! — now enliven the barge’s light-filled salon. Three identically sized cabins ensure deluxe accommodations with Jazz Age charm. A graceful spiral staircase leads to the spacious deck, where ample outdoor seating beckons for hours of lounging and al fresco dining.
Onboard cuisine features the region’s fresh seafood and savory flavors, paired with crisp roses and small-batch spirits from the surrounding Languedoc. As on Esperance, original and creative table settings on Elegance will provide fabulous feasts for the eyes! Enriching excursions introduce guests to European history and French heritage, including visits to charming seaside villages, tasting freshly pressed olive oil, and exploring beautifully preserved churches.
All aboard the Elegance!