Edith Piaf on the sound system, gorgeous orchids on the coffee table, Christian Lacroix fabric décor, and flutes of champagne at the ready: this sophisticated ambiance welcomed us aboard the barge Savannah, a fresh and elegant choice on the Canal du Midi.
Attention to detail characterizes every aspect of Savannah, owned and operated by Captain Adrien Bramoulle. Growing up in South Africa, he developed various interests leading to careers in wildlife conservation and luxury hospitality; he now brings this international background to the canals of France.
A traditional barge, the vessel’s classic design is enhanced with lavish use of mahogany woodwork and hand painted ceramic tile in the bathrooms. The airy cabins are enlivened by the boat’s original brass portholes, as well as by paintings of Canal du Midi vignettes created by a local artist. Guests linger on the comfortable deck to watch the scenery gently drift by, and more active passengers are encouraged to explore further on the towpath by bicycle or on foot.
Gourmet meals are created by Chef in the demonstration kitchen using ingredients sourced from regional farmers and artisan producers, while wine pairings are hand selected from Captain Adrien’s favorite French producers, emphasizing local Languedoc vineyards.
Sightseeing is vivid and vibrant, encompassing the lively cities and area attractions along the historic Canal du Midi. Local charm is introduced whenever possible, such as an excursion during which guests drive themselves in vintage French cars to a winetasting at a preserved chateau. Adding to the Savannah’s unique cultural pleasures, the very creative Captain Adrien also invites musicians on board to present an informal acoustic concert.
Last visited in 2017