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
*Your cruise could operate in the opposite direction. Please consult with us before making any arrival or departure plans.

Sunday
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Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Beziers, transfer to canal side mooring
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 the countryside near to 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
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Your Luxurious Journey Begins
Travel: Cruise to Columbiers and 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 via the Malpas Tunnel culminates in the charming village of Capestang. Both cruises provide ample opportunities for gentle pedals or leisurely strolls on the towpath, while gourmands are welcome to join Chef in the open kitchen and 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

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 craft shops, 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 dinner onboard.

Wednesday
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An Authentic Taste of France
Travel: Canal side mooring 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 cocktails and dinner.

Thursday
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Market Day and Roman Ruins in Narbonne
Travel: Le Somail to canal side 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.

Friday
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Captivating Carcassone
Travel: Canal side mooring 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, 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 Fontfroide, a Cistercian abbey founded in 1093. A festive cocktail hour and the Captain's Dinner ends your cruise in style.

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Carcassone
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

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

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

2019 Dates

Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
April7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-4
May5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
June2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-6
July7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-3
August4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31
September1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-5
October6-12, 13-19, 20-26

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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