Accommodations & Amenities

Accommodations
  • 100 ft long, with 6’4” – 7’ ceiling height throughout
  • 2 cabins
  • Iona cabin is 183 sq ft, 6’5” ceiling height with a queen bed
  • Ysee cabin is 140 sq ft 6’4” ceiling height, choice of queen or two twin beds
  • Ensuite bathrooms with shower
  • Limited storage space in cabins
  • Salon and dining room
  • Deck with canopy
  • Wheelhouse with dining table
  • Outdoor dining space
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
Bicycles
Air Conditioning/Heating
Air Conditioning/Heating
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Bathrobe
Bathrobe
Safe
Safe
Sound System
Sound System

Itineraries

Travel from Portiragnes to Homps on the Canal du Midi
*Your cruise could operate in the opposite direction. Please consult with us before making any arrival or departure plans.

Bicycling Opportunities:
Adequate 
 (Bicycling is completely optional.)
Sunday
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Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Portiragnes
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Saraphina at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored along the Canal du Midi. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first of many gourmet dinners onboard. Cruise this evening to a beautiful mooring in the countryside, close to the village of Portiragnes.

Monday
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Art and History in Pezenas
Travel: Portiragnes to Fonserannes
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

This morning, your Tour Guide escorts you to Pezenas, 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. After luncheon at a local bistro in Beziers, return to the Saraphina to cruise up the majestic flight of locks at Fonserannes. Drinks and dinner are served onboard.

Tuesday
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Taste and Tour in the South of France
Travel: Cruise from Fonserannes
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

This morning, options abound for a memorable excursion. Explore the Abbaye de Fontfroide, a restored Cistercian monastery founded in the 11th century; or, sip and savor the Canal du Midi's wines at the family-owned vineyards of Château Massamier La Mignarder. After luncheon ashore, your Tour Guide returns you to the barge for a lazy afternoon cruise. Take a leisurely bicycle ride on the towpath, join Chef Emily in the galley, or relax on the deck and admire the rustic scenery slip by. Cocktails and dinner culminate the day.

Wednesday
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Market Day in Narbonne
Travel: Cruise to Le Somail
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

The morning begins with a visit to the town of Narbonne, a regional capital established in 118 B.C.E. as a Roman colony. Here you will visit the market to help Chef Emily select the ingredients for today’s lunch! Mingle with the locals as you explore vendors of seasonal produce, handmade cheese, and artisanal breads. Return to the barge for an unhurried afternoon cruise, feasting on your market fresh selections. Tonight, you can walk into the nearby village of Le Somail to wine and dine.

Thursday
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Explore More of the Canal du Midi
Travel: Cruise from Le Somail
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

The begins with a escorted tour of Minerve, a preserved Medieval city with fascinating social, historical, and military import. After your visit, enjoy either a sampling of olive oil at the region's olive pressoir or an informal winetasting at a local vineyard. After luncheon ashore, a lazy afternoon cruise provides the perfect opportunity to or explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. Alternatively, Chef Emily would love some company in the galley where you can preview tonight’s gourmet dinner.

Friday
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Captivating Carcassonne
Travel: Cruise to Homps
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

This morning’s excursion is a visit to Carcassonne, a fortified Medieval fortress with a walled city. Your Tour Guide will escort you through the ancient castle and preserved ramparts to admire the mighty 53 Roman towers. Stroll the cobblestone boulevards into cafes and boutiques, and enjoy a luncheon ashore. Back onboard, this afternoon's cruise is the perfect time to laze on deck, or explore the tree-shaded towpath by bicycle or on foot. Tonight’s Captain's Dinner culminates 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 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
  • Salad of tomato and mozzarella, fresh basil, balsamic and olive oil
  • Pissaladiere du Nice
  • Roast peach Soup
  • 4 Lunches Ashore Inclusive of the cruise rate
Dinner
  • Moule Marinieres
  • Sole Meuniere, Fried Potatoes and Green Beans, Tarragon Mayonaise
  • Cheeses: Tomme de Savoie and Caembert
  • Café Gourmand, Madelines, Macarons, Chocolate Truffle and Panna Cotta
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • 1 Dinner Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
Wine
  • Domaine la Provenquiere, Semillon, Vermentino
  • AOC Chateauneuf du Pape, l’Oratoire 2011
  • AOP Cote du Provence, Berne
  • AOC CorbieresHaut Gleon
  • AOP Corbieres La Pompadour
  • AOC Red Sancerre Paul Cherrier
  • AOC Macon Village Bourgogne
  • OC Picpoul de Pinet

Rates & Dates

Accommodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise for 4 guests-$17,450
Private Cruise for 3 guests-$15,675
Private Cruise for 2 guests-$13,900

2020 Dates

Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
April5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-2
May3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30, 31-6
June7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-4
July5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
August2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-5
September6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-3
October4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • pick up and drop off to and from the barge at a designated meeting point near the canal (train station
  • local hotel
  • or car rental facility
  • all meals on board and ashore 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.

Saraphina Route

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