Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • Updated AC system to be installed in 2015
  • Three cabins with ensuite tiled shower bath
  • All 127 square feet
  • All with choice of one queen or two twin beds
Also in Each Cabin
  • Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries and beauty products
  • TV/DVD
  • Safe
Public Area
  • 96 Feet Long
  • Picture windows in salon, dining room
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • 6 Decathalon bicycles
  • Rock Ride model, all-terrain, 21 gears, front & back brakes
  • 3 men’s bikes, 2 women’s bikes, 1 small women’s bike
  • Gel seats. Helmets and spare tires always carried.
  • 1 bike for children aged 4-8

Itineraries

Travel from Boe to Meilhan on the Canal a la Garonne

Saturday
Private Chauffeured Transfer to the Bargesaturday image
Private Chauffeured Transfer to the Barge
Travel: Bordeaux to Boe
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met at the designated meeting point by Saint Louis crew. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored nearby in the petite village of Boe. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first of many gourmet dinners aboard.

Sunday
The Water Lily Garden that Inspired Monetsunday image
The Water Lily Garden that Inspired Monet
Travel: Boe to Serignac via Agen
Meals: Breakfast and dinner onboard, lunch ashore

An early morning cruise presents the perfect opportunity to relax on deck, or explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. Your Tour Guide escorts you to the famous Lily Gardens at Temple sur Lot in time for a gastronomic lunch taken ashore. With its collections of flowers and gardens, this magical place is today home to over 250 species of water lily! Return to the barge, now at the evening mooring in Serignac. Another gourmet dinner is served onboard.

Monday
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Taste a Spirit Exclusive to Gascony
Travel: Serignac to Buzet
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, your Tour Guide accompanies you on a visit to an Armagnac producer. Discover the distillation process of this special spirit, and of course enjoy a tasting. A stop in the nearby town of Nearac offers time to stroll this beautiful village and relax with a coffee together. This afternoon's cruise is the perfect time to laze on deck, or explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. Join Chef Peter in the kitchen for an informal cooking lesson before tonight's dinner is served onboard.

Tuesday
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The Craft of Barrel Making, Revealed
Travel: Buzet to Villeton
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Today's excursion is to a third-generation barrel maker. Discover the fascinating history and manufacturing methods of this traditional craft. Afterwards, if time permits, you may visit the bastide town of Vianne to explore the history of bastides and their pivotal part in the early development of the area. Back on the barge for an afternoon cruise, relax on deck with a glass of wine, or join Chef Peter in the kitchen for an informal cooking lesson. Drinks and dinner are served onboard.

Wednesday
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Wine Time and Village Visits
Travel: Villeton to Forques
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

This morning, your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to Sauternes to explore this region famous for its sweet wines. Visit the Premier Grand Crus Chateau d’Arche and enjoy a private tasting of locally-produced vintages. Lunch today is ashore at Le Chope et le Pichet, a beautiful lockside bistro. Return to the barge for an afternoon cruise to the village of Mas d’Agenais where we visit its 12th Century church, housing an original Rembrandt painting. An evening cruise precedes tonight's gourmet dinner.

Thursday
A Signature Excursion: Winetasting in St. Emillonthursday image
A Signature Excursion: Winetasting in St. Emillon
Travel: Forques to Meilhan
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard; lunch ashore

Today's excursion is to St Emilion, home to some of the finest and most prestigious wine producers in the world. After a guided visit to the city's astonishing underground church, enjoy lunch ashore at a local auberge. A private tasting of Bordeaux and St Emilion wines follows. Here, the secrets of wine production are generously shared. Return to the barge for a short and final cruise to Meilhan Port. Tonight, cocktails and canapes are presented before the celebratory Captain's Dinner.

Friday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Meilhan
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
  • Tarte aux Oignons et Quatre Epices with Artichoke Hearts
  • Filet de Boeuf with Bean Sprout Salad
  • Coffee Panna Cotta
  • A Selection of Coffees, Tea, and Biscuits
  • 1 Lunch Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
Dinner
  • Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with Lobster Bisque and Parmesan Shavings
  • Roast Wild Atlantic Salmon, Pan Fried Gambas, Perfumed Rice, Pomegranate and Avocado Timbale, Buerre Blanc Sauce and Caviar Dressing
  • Cheeses: Roquefort and Tomme de Lomagne
  • Lemon Souffle Custard with Seasonal Berries
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
Wine
  • L’Esprit, Chateau Saint Louis, 2004
  • Domaine Nigri, Jurancon region
  • Vieilles Vignes Blanc Domain du Moulin
  • Le Cedre, Chateau le Cedre
  • Ines, Fronton Cave
  • Optimum, Chateau Bellevue la Foret, 2008

Rates & Dates

Accomodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Charter for 2-$23,000
Private Charter for 3-$27,000
Private Charter for 4-$27,000
Private Charter for 5-$31,500
Private Charter for 6-$31,500

2018 Dates

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

Month
Days
May5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
June2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-5
July7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-2
August4-10, 9-15, 18-24, 25-31
September1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-4
October6-12, 13-19

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.
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)

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

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