Accommodations & Amenities View Deck Plan

  • 100 ft long, with 6’3 – 7’ ceiling height throughout
  • 3 cabins, all 200 sq ft
  • Romaniu and Farigola Cabins,  6’ 3”- 6’ 7” ceiling height, choice of queen or two twin beds
  • Sauvia Cabin,  6’ – 7’ ceiling height, fixed queen bed
  • Ensuite bathrooms with shower
  • Ample storage space in cabins
  • Salon and dining room
  • Demonstration kitchen
  • Deck with canopy
  • Outdoor dining space and seating
Chauffeured Guided Sightseeing
Chauffeured Guided Sightseeing
Daily Housekeeping
Daily Housekeeping
WiFi (service fluctuates)
WiFi (service fluctuates)
Private Chef
Private Chef
Open Bar
Open Bar
Bicycles and Helmets
Bicycles and Helmets
Air Conditioning/Heating
Air Conditioning/Heating
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Iron and Ironing Board (on request)
Iron and Ironing Board (on request)
Hot Tub on Deck
Hot Tub on Deck
Sound System
Sound System
220 volt outlets
220 volt outlets


Travel from Capestang to Puicheric on the Canal du Midi
*Your cruise could operate in the opposite direction. Please consult with us before making any arrival or departure plans.

Bicycling Opportunities:
 (Bicycling is completely optional.)
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Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Capestang
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Esperance at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in Capestang. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first of many gourmet dinners aboard. After dinner, feel free to take a dip in the hot tub with a nightcap.

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Sip, Shop, and Stroll
Travel: Capestang to canalside mooring
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, your Tour Guide presents Pezenas, a lively town full of art and history, and a place most dear to French playwright Molière. The city's historic center has become a bohemian haven of lively cafes and specialty boutiques. Sip, shop, and stroll your way through this adorable town brimming with authentic French life. Cruise this afternoon; laze on deck and admire the countryside gliding by, or explore the towpath by bicycle or on foot. Enjoy tonight’s dinner onboard.

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Gourmet Day
Travel: Cruise to Le Somail
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, laze on deck while Esperance glides along the canal. Upon mooring, bookworms are invited to browse a unique book shop with approximately 50,000 second-hand books. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide introduces an olive pressoir for a tasting of small batch olive oils, then it’s a scenic drive to discover the historic and hilltop village of Minerve. Back onboard, join Chef in the open kitchen for a cooking demonstration, followed by drinks and dinner.

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An Authentic Taste of France
Travel: Le Somail to canalside mooring
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The morning begins with a visit to Narbonne, a regional capital established in 118 B.C.E. as a Roman colony. A study of European history and local modernity thriving side by side, preserved Roman ruins are reverentially presented in public spaces, while the lively Narbonne market reflects the region’s gastronomic bounty. Enjoy a winetasting, then it’s back to Esperance to cruise through typical villages and under tiny bridges. Enjoy dinner onboard, moored deep in the countryside.

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Captivating Carcassone
Travel: Canalside mooring to Homps
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Begin the day with a scenic cruise through rustic countryside. Enjoy relaxing on deck, or explore the towpath by bicycle or on foot. This afternoon, experience a cruise high point: your Tour Guide introduces Carcassonne, a fortified Medieval fortress with a walled city, ancient castle, and preserved ramparts. If you have already discovered Carcassonne, visit Lagrasse, an attractive market town full of art galleries and craft shops. Return to the Esperance for appetizers and aperitifs followed by another gourmet dinner.

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Cruising the Canal du Midi
Travel: Homps to Puicheric
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner onboard

It’s a full day of cruising, gliding past typical villages and under tiny bridges as you fully savor the magic of one of France’s most iconic canals. Now is the time to explore by bicycle, laze in the hot tub, or join Chef in the open kitchen. At the L’Aiguille lock, disembark to view the collection of unusual sculptures created by the artistic lockkeeper, then celebrate your luxurious journey on the Canal du Midi with a festive Farewell Feast onboard.

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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Puicheric
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.

Gourmet Dining

  • Market Greens, Pear, and Parmesan Salad
  • Sautéed Ravioli with Pancetta and Local Mushrooms
  • Cheeses: Crotin de Chavignol and St. Nectaire Fermier
  • Cider and Green Apple Sorbet
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas and Biscuits
  • Comté Soufflé with Seared Scallop and Tomato Jam
  • Grilled Cod with Horseradish Lentils and Petit Pois
  • Cheeses: Ossau-Iraty and Picodon de l’Ardéche
  • Tarte Tatin with Cinnamon Vanilla Ice Cream
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • Half Board: 4 Dinners Ashore at the Guest’s Expense
  • Daumas Gassac
  • Voulte Gasparet
  • Saint Chinian: Les Terrasses de Gabrielle
  • Jean Batiste Sénat: La Nine
  • Jeff Carrel: Les Darons
  • Limoux: Toques et Clochers

Rates & Dates

Value Season
Regular Season
Full Board Private Cruise for 6 guests-$32,400
Full Board Private Cruise for 5 guests-$29,500
Full Board Private Cruise for 4 guests-$25,000
Half Board Private Cruise for 6 guests-$29,400
Half Board Private Cruise for 5 guests-$26,000
Half Board Private Cruise for 4 guests-$22,800

2023 Dates

Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

April2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-6
May7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-3
June4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-1
July2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-5
August6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-2
September3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30
October1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • Round trip chauffeured transfers to and from a local meeting point
  • A dedicated onboard crew consisting of a Captain, Chef, Tour Guide, and Hostess
  • All meals onboard from dinner the first evening to breakfast the final morning
  • All wines served onboard with lunches and dinners
  • Open bar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Daily escorted excursions including admittance fees
  • Unlimited use of onboard amenities such as bicycles and the hot tub
Not included in the rate
  • International airfare
  • Cancellation insurance – A Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) policy is recommended
  • Transport to and from the cruise region
  • Suggested crew gratuity of 5-10% of the cruise price
  • Half Board: 4 dinners ashore at the guest’s expense

*All rates are quoted in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise noted

Esperance Route

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