Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • Three cabins with ensuite shower bath
  • All with choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • All 160 square feet
  • Decorated with elegant French fabric
  • In the Public Areas
  • Open kitchen
  • Elegant salon with fireplace, skylights, and panoramic windows
  • 3 G wireless computer for guest use
  • WIFI with limited availability
Deck
  • 98 Feet Long
  • Partially covered deck with dining table
  • Hot tub
  • Second rear deck
  • 6 Boulder Breeze hybrid bicycles
  • Light aluminum frame, road tires, shock absorber
  • Quick gear change. Helmets available.

Itineraries

Travel from Beziers to Homps 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 Roi Soleil crew. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge moored nearby. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first of many gourmet dinners aboard. Take a dip in the hot tub with a night cap to finish the day.

Monday
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Choose Your Own Adventure!
Travel: Portiragnes to Fonserannes
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

During the morning cruise, laze on deck, or explore the towpath by bicycle or on foot. Upon mooring, your Tour Guide presents options for today’s excursion: Oppidum d'Enserune, a pre-Roman hill-top settlement, and one of the most important archaeological sites in the region; or visit Pézenas, a town of art and history. The city's historic center has become a lively bohemian haven of specialty boutiques and local cafes. Back on board, join Chef in the open kitchen for a cooking demonstration, and then enjoy drinks and dinner.

Tuesday
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Exciting Excursions Abound
Travel: Fonserannes to Capestang
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Relax on deck during a morning cruise, or meander the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. The choices for today’s sightseeing further your discovery of the Canal du Midi. A guided visit to the l'Abbaye de Fontfroide reveals a restored Cistercian monastery founded in the 11th century, while those interested in the region's viticulture can choose a winetasting at the local cellar of a top sommelier, highlighting the complexities of the Languedoc's grapes. Return to the barge for cocktails and a gourmet dinner.

Wednesday
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A Capital of the Canal du Midi
Travel: Capestang to La Croisade or Somail
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A visit to Narbonne begins the day. As a regional capital established in 118 BCE as a Roman colony, preserved Roman ruins are presented in public spaces, while the Narbonne Market reflects the region’s gastronomic bounty. Your Tour Guide returns you to the barge for an afternoon cruise. Upon mooning, bookworms are invited to browse a unique book shop with approximately 50,000 second-hand books! Afterwards, visit Chef in the open kitchen for cooking demonstration while enjoying drinks and dinner.

Thursday
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A Myriad of Gourmet Delights
Travel: Somail to Paraza
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to Minerve, a preserved Medieval city with fascinating social, historical, and military import. A tour and tasting at an olive pressoir follows. Return to the barge for an afternoon cruise. Visit the Captain in the wheelhouse, take a bicycle ride, or enjoy a dip in the hot tub. Or, a private wine tasting in a renowned Minervois domain can also be arranged. Join Chef in the open galley to observe French cooking techniques, and culminate the day with another gourmet dinner.

Friday
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A Day of Authentic Discovery
Travel: Paraza to Homps
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, the choice of your cultural activity is yours! Your Tour Guide chauffeurs you either to Carcassonne, a fortified Medieval fortress with a walled city 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. An afternoon cruise is the perfect opportunity to laze on deck in the hot tub, or take a final bicycle ride along the canal. Tonight there is a special cocktail hour and celebratory Captain’s Dinner, ending your cruise in style.

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Homps
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured back 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
  • French Ceasar Frisee salad with
    Quail Eggs, Radishes, Smoked Duck, and Herbed Croutons
  • Organic Chicken Breast a la Moutarde de Dijon, Spiced Roasted Potatoes and Warm Tomato and Olive Salsa
  • “Straight Out of the Oven” Madeleines, Honeyed Fromage Blanc, Seasonal Berries
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas, and Biscuits
Dinner
  • Twice Baked 3-Cheese Souffle served with a Roquefort Sauce
  • Rack of Lamb served with Tomatoes Provencales, Sauteed Green Beans and Spinach, Organic Camargue Rice,  White Wine Jus
  • Cheeses: Roquefort, Sainte Maure de Tourraine, and Beaufort
  • Selection of Homemade Sorbets, and Ice Cream, Topped with Spun Sugar
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
Wine
  • Sancerre, Francois Cotat, 2006
  • Chablis, G. Picq – 2007
  • Bordeaux, Chat Mazeris Canon Fronsac, 2007
  • Bourgogne, Lucien Muzard et Fils, 2007
  • Corbiers, Haut Gleon Rose, 2007
  • Cotes de Rhone, L’Elementaire – 2007

Rates & Dates

Accomodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Charter (up to 4 guests)$29,700$34,100
Private Charter (up to 6 guests)$33,000$37,900

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
  • all meals – from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning
  • all wines with lunch & dinner
  • open bar
  • daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

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

Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from France
  • transportation to the cruise route (we will assist you with this)
  • cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)
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