Accommodations & Amenities

Accommodations
  • 96 ft long, with 6’5” – 6’9” ceiling height throughout
  • 3 cabins, all 127 sq ft, with 6’5”ceiling height
  • Choice of queen or two twin beds
  • Ensuite bathroom with shower
  • Adequate storage space in cabins
  • Combined salon and dining area
  • Deck with canopy or umbrellas
  • Outdoor dining space and seating
Amenities
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
Bathrobe
Bathrobe
Iron and Ironing Board (on request)
Iron and Ironing Board (on request)
Sound System
Sound System

Itineraries

Travel from Serignac to Castets-en-Dorthe on the Canal a la Garonne
*Your cruise could operate in the opposite direction. Please consult with us before making any arrival or departure plans.

Saturday
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Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Serignac
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Saint Louis at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored at Serignac. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner onboard.

Sunday
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An Artist's Inspiration
Travel: Serignac to Buzet
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Relax with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea on deck this morning as Saint Louis lazily cruises through the most serene of landscapes. This afternoon, your Tour Guide introduces the Latour-Marliac Lily Gardens, where thousands of water lilies are on display. This garden inspired and provided Monet with lilies for his own gardens at Giverny. Return to the barge for canapes and cocktails before enjoying another gourmet dinner.

Monday
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Sample the Region's Iconic Spirit
Travel: Buzet to Lafolotte
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Tour and taste this morning during a visit to a fourth-generation producer of Armagnac, the region's iconic brandy. After sampling this special spirit, select a year which signifies an important event, and watch as your own personal bottle of Armagnac is drawn from your chosen barrel, corked, and sealed. Your Tour Guide then returns you to the Saint Louis for an afternoon cruise, offering the perfect time to explore the towpath by bicycle or on foot. Or, feel free to join Chef for informal cooking demonstration before tonight's dinner.

Tuesday
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Discover a Privately Owned Gem Museum
Travel: Lafolotte to Forques, via La Mas d’Agenais
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, your Tour Guide accompanies you on a tour of a privately owned natural history museum. The owners offer a guided exploration of their unique collection of fossils, minerals, and semi-precious gems from around the world, carefully collected over 50 years of travels. Return to the barge for an afternoon cruise, stopping at the quaint town of Mas d’Agenais for a visit inside its church, where there is an original Rembrandt painting of Christ on the Cross. Then, cocktail hour precedes another multi-course gourmet dinner.

Wednesday
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Taste Grand Crus Sauternes
Travel: Forques to Meilhan
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A morning cruise gently winds through gorgeous vistas and bucolic scenery. Relax on deck, or explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. This afternoon, enjoy a private visit to Chateau d’Arche, one of the top producers of Grand Crus Sauternes. Characterized by the balance of sweetness with the zest of acidity, these wines offer a lingering finish, resonating on the palate for several minutes. Return to Saint Louis, which will have moved to tonight's mooring at Meilhan, for another lovely evening of drinks and dinner.

Thursday
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A Signature Excursion: Winetasting in St. Emillon
Travel: Meilhan to Castets-en-Dorthe
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard; lunch ashore

Explore St. Emilion, the most charming of French wine towns. Discover a 12th century underground church, and then enjoy luncheon ashore at a local bistro. The afternoon is spent with Saint Louis' negociant for an exclusive tasting of hand selected Grand Crus Chateaux wines. Complete the cultural immersion with time to browse St Emilion's shops and boutiques. Then, your Tour Guide returns you the Saint Louis for an evening cruise to Castets-en-Dorthe before tonight's celebratory Captain's Dinner, served onboard.

Friday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Castets-en-Dorthe to Bordeaux
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.

Travel from Boe Port to Lacourt St. Pierre on the Canal a la Garonne and River Tarn
*Your cruise could operate in the opposite direction. Please consult with us before making any arrival or departure plans.

Saturday
Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Boe Port
Meals: Dinner onboard

A member of Saint Louis crew will meet your party at the designated pickup point in late afternoon and chauffeur you to the barge, moored at Boe Port. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner onboard.

Sunday
Lily Garden that Inspired Monet
Travel: Boe to La Magistere
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, your Tour Guide accompanies to explore the Latour-Marliac Lily Gardens, where thousands of water lilies are on display. This flora inspired and provided Monet with lilies for his own gardens at Giverny. Enjoy a tranquil stroll around the ponds and grounds. After a thorough visit, return to Saint Louis for an afternoon cruise. Unwind on deck to admire the rustic scenery, or take a leisurely bike ride or stroll along the tow path. Cocktail and canapes proceed another gourmet dinner.

Monday
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Explore an Ancient Trading Town
Travel: La Magistere to Pommevic
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Begin the day when your Tour Guide accompanies you to discover the secrets of one of France’s most beautiful villages, Auvillar, an ancient town trading town with a fascinating history. Visit the grain exchange, a monument to the mighty trade route along the river before the canal network opened up and supplanted it. Back onboard, there is a serene cruise through pastoral countryside. Laze on board, or for a more active pursuit bike or walk along the canal. Enjoy a cocktail hour and complete the day with a sumptuous multi-course dinner.

Tuesday
Join the Locals at the Market
Travel: Pommevic to River Tarn
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Your Tour Guide escorts to Valence d’Agen and its bustling weekly market. Mingle with the locals as and meander through the colorful market teeming with artisanal breads and cheese, in addition to pasties and season product. After coffee (and a taste of those pastries!), return to Saint Louis for an afternoon cruise to the next mooring on the River Tarn. Before dinner, experience the cloisters and monastery at Moissac Abbey, where you may hear the nuns chanting at vespers. Cocktails and dinner cap this very eventful day.

Wednesday
Exploration of Two Towns
Travel: River Tarn to Castelsarassin
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The charming town of Moissac beckons a morning visit before embarking on a cruise which takes Saint Louis from the sweeping views along the river to the quiet serenity of the canal. Relax on deck or discover the towpath's flora and fauna with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. Upon mooring, your Tour Guide escorts you to Castelsarassin, a larger town which combines a burgeoning modern lifestyle with delightful flower gardens and medieval streets. Explore the small shops and specialty boutiques before returning to the barge for dinner.

Thursday
Lunch in a Charming Town Square
Travel: Castelsarassin to Lacourt St. Pierre
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

This morning your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to the 12th century town of Lauzerte where you will visit a hilltop castle with a storied history. Afterwards, descend to the picturesque town square to enjoy lunch under the arcades and soak in the ambiance of the surrounding cobblestoned streets. Return to Saint Louis for a cruise through a flight of five locks that leads us to our final mooring. In the meantime, enjoy today’s final cruise while you anticipate the festive Captain’s Dinner, ending your week in style!

Friday
A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Lacourt St. Pierre
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
  • 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

Accommodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise for 6 guests-$32,400
Private Cruise for 5 guests-$31,000
Private Cruise for 4 guests-$28,800

2020 Dates

Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
May9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-5
June6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-3
July4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31
August1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-4
September5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-2
October3-9

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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