Caroline is the perfect value-driven barge for “foodies” who wish to travel on a budget while enjoying a warm and personalized cruise.
The Caroline is owned and operated by Ute and Uli Weber, who originally hail from Germany, but have been residents on the Canal du Midi for 30 years. In another life, Chef Ute was a pediatric nurse, and still has a soothing character to her, while Captain/Tour Guide Uli is the spunkier one. Together they have created a delightful barging experience, paired with exciting culinary explorations and lots of local flair.
The Canal du Midi’s lively cuisine culture is at the forefront of the Caroline’s program, as guests enjoy, at their own expense, two lunches and one dinner ashore at local bistros; an additional luncheon ashore is included in the cruise price. For the meals ashore, Captain Uli handles the reservations and transfers for guests; uniquely, a handful of the dining venues are located in charming villages within walking distance to and from the Caroline’s moorings!
Back on the barge, the ambiance is relaxed and casual, encouraging guests to lounge and linger as the boat gently plies the Canal du Midi. Chef Ute spends her time in the galley preparing her seasonally inspired menus, and regularly invites guests into the kitchen for informal cooking demonstrations. In the salon, the seating around the wood burning stove is the perfect spot to curl up with a glass of wine or cup of tea, socializing with your barging companions.
Splashes of color and comfy bedding abound in the cozy cabins, while the ample seating on the Caroline’s flower-festooned deck adds further to festive ambiance. Note the two twin bedded cabins have bathrooms across the hall as opposed to en suite. Gentle strolls and leisurely bicycle rides further the Caroline’s informal fun. Daily excursions are led by Captain Uli, ensuring guests receive a personalized introduction to the region’s many historical attractions, Roman ruins, and preserved antiquities.
Last visited in 2017