Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • Three Suites with ensuite bath
  • Romaniu Suite – 200 sq feet Choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • Farigola Suite – 200 sq feet Choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • Sauvia Suite – 200 sq feet Queen bed configuration only
Also in Each Cabin
  • TV for DVD player
  • Small sofa
  • Hair dryer
Public Area
  • 100 Feet Long
  • Salon and dining room
  • Central air and heat
  • HiFi system with iPod
  • DVD player
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Half covered deck for shade
  • Lounge chairs & dining table on deck
  • Spa tub on deck
  • Large Wheelhouse
  • Mercedes SUV for tours
  • 6 touring bicycles

Itineraries

Travel from Beziers to Carcassonne on the Canal du Midi

Sunday
Private Chauffeured Transfer to the Bargesunday image
Private Chauffeured Transfer to the Barge
Travel: Arrival in Beziers
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met at the designated meeting point by Esperance crew. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored nearby in Beziers. 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.

Monday
Cruise to Columbiers and Capestangmonday image
Cruise to Columbiers and Capestang
Travel: Cruise to Capestang
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The first of two cruises today stops in Colombiers, a petite hamlet with a small church built in the 12th century. Later, an afternoon cruise culminates in the charming village of Capestang. Both cruises provide ample opportunities for gentle pedals or leisurely strolls on the towpath, while gourmands and gastronomes are welcome to join Chef in the galley to observe traditional French cooking techniques. Meanwhile, Mathias will be putting the finishing touches on another one of his elaborate table settings. Dinner is served onboard.

Tuesday
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Sip, Shop, and Stroll
Travel: Cruise to a canal side mooring
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

During the morning cruise, you can laze on deck and admire the bucolic countryside glide by, or the explore the towpath by bicycle or on foot. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to Pézenas, a town of art and history, and a place most dear to French playwright Molière. The city's historic center has become a charming bohemian haven of craft shops, lively cafes, and specialty boutiques. Sip, shop, and stroll your way through this adorable town brimming with authentic French life. Back onboard, cocktails and dinner await.

Wednesday
Choose Your Own Adventure!wednesday image
Choose Your Own Adventure!
Travel: Cruise to Le Somail
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, laze on deck while Esperance glides along the canal. . Upon mooning, bookworms are invited to browse a unique book shop with approximately 50,000 second-hand books. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to an olive pressoir for a tasting of small batch olive oils; alternatively, you can visit the beaches to soak up the Mediterranean sun. Back on board, join Chef in the open galley for a cooking demonstration, followed by cocktails and dinner.

Thursday
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Magnificent Minerve
Travel: Le Somail to Homps
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's cruise passes many charming wine villages, where Captain Mathias may stop to select wines to be served at lunch! In the afternoon, your Tour Guide accompanies you to Minerve, a preserved Medieval city with fascinating social, historical, and military import. Next, a wine tasting at a local vineyard reveals the complexities of the grapes grown along the Canal du Midi. Return to the barge for a dip in the hot tub or traverse the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. Cocktails and dinner await.

Friday
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Exciting Excursions Abound
Travel: Homps to Carcassonne
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, the choice of excursion is yours! Your Tour Guide chauffeurs you either to Carcassonne, a fortified Medieval fortress with a walled city, ancient castle, and preserved ramparts; or Lagrasse, a little village in the heart of the Corbières where charming avenues house a multitude of specialty boutiques and craft shops. A festive cocktail hour and the Captain's Dinner ends your cruise in style.

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer to Carcassone
Meals: Breakfast onboard

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

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

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • Mesculun, pear and parmesan salad
  • Sautéed Ravioli with Local Mushrooms and Pancetta
  • Cider and green apple sorbet
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas and Biscuits
Dinner
  • Comté soufflé, Seared Scallop, Tomato Vanilla Jam
  • Grilled Cod, Pernod Cream Sauce, Horseradish Lentils, Petit Pois
  • Cheeses: Crotin de Chavignal and St. Nectaire Fermier
  • Poached Pear on Sugar Nest, With its Syrup, Vanilla Ice Cream
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • Half Board: 4 Dinners Ashore at the Guest’s Expense
Wine
  • 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

Accomodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Full Board Private Charter for 2-$17,500
Full Board Private Charter (up to 4 guests)-$23,000
Full Board Private Charter (up to 6 guests)-$29,000
Half Board Private Charter for 2-$15,500
Half Board Private Charter (up to 4 guests)-$21,000
Half Board Private Charter (up to 6 guests)-$26,000

2017 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season, Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season, Blue Bold Dates = High Season

Month
Days
April2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29
May7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-3
June4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-1
July2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29
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
  • transfers to and from Narbonne/Beziers to the barge
  • all meals – from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning (unless the charter books a half-board cruise in which case only two dinners are included on board)
  • all wines with lunch & dinner on board
  • open bar on board
  • daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from France
  • transportation to and from Narbonne/Beziers (we will assist you with this)
  • if a half-board charter cruise is booked then four dinners are taken ashore at guest expense
  • cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

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

Accomodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Full Board Private Charter for 2-$17,500
Full Board Private Charter (up to 4 guests)-$23,000
Full Board Private Charter (up to 6 guests)-$29,000
Half Board Private Charter for 2-$15,500
Half Board Private Charter (up to 4 guests)-$21,000
Half Board Private Charter (up to 6 guests)-$26,000

2018 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season, Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season, Blue Bold Dates = High Season

Month
Days
April1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-4
May6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-2
June3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30
July1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-3
August5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
September2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-5
October7-13, 14-20, 21-27

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • transfers to and from Narbonne/Beziers to the barge
  • all meals – from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning (unless the charter books a half-board cruise in which case only two dinners are included on board)
  • all wines with lunch & dinner on board
  • open bar on board
  • daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from France
  • transportation to and from Narbonne/Beziers (we will assist you with this)
  • if a half-board charter cruise is booked then four dinners are taken ashore at guest expense
  • cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

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

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