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Rosa

Cruise the canal de Garonne aboard the luxury hotel barge Rosa. She is an old Dutch “Clipper” barge, cruising the Gascony Bordeaux in Southwest France. Come on board for an unforgettable and unique experience, a true luxury barge vacation. Rosa offers comfortable ensuite accommodation for up to 8 passengers.

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Trip Highlights

  • Tour of the famous Saint Emilion
  • Visit the impressive Château de Duras
  • Visit to the Bastide village of Vianne and ancient Barbaste
  • Cruise across the 1,900 foot long Pont Canal d’Agen
  • Wine, cheese and Armagnac tastings
  • Visits to the village of Le Mas d’Agenais and the colourful market of Marmande

Features

  • Capacity Accommodates up to 8
  • Rooms 4 double/single cabins and ensuites
  • Kitchen All meals included and prepared by your chef
  • Heating / Cooling Fully airconditioned
  • Bikes 8
  • WiFi Wi-fi Connection

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Itinerary

Gascony – Spring/Summer

Day 1 – Montauban

Guests are met in Toulouse, then given a Champagne Welcome aboard Rosa, moored in Montauban, before a brief tour of the town and the first gourmet dinner on board.

Day 2 – Montauban to Montech

This morning Rosa climbs a ten-lock flight en route to Montech. An afternoon visit to Château Bellevue la Fôret for a tour and tasting of their cuvée ‘Optimum’. Dinner on board.

Day 3 Montech to Castelsarrasin

First, a guided tour of the remarkable inclined Water Plane, an amazing feat of engineering, then we cruise to Castelsarrasin. After lunch, a short drive to the Abbaye Belleperche to visit the fascinating “Les Arts de la Table” exhibition.

Day 4 – Castelsarrasin to Moissac

We cruise via the 1,000 foot long Pont Canal du Cacor to moor for lunch on the River Tarn by an old watermill. Then we visit Moissac’s UNSECO classified 7th century Abbaye St-Pierre and explore the many arts and crafts workshops. Dinner ashore at a fine restaurant in front of the abbaye.

Day 5 – Moissac to Valence d’Agen

Today, Rosa rises up from the River Tarn to cruise past the Quercy massif to moor at Pommevic, before a visit to Château de Goudourville and a tour of Auvillar, a beautiful village perched high above the River Garonne. Afternoon cruise to the Bastide town of Valence d’Agen. Dinner on board.

Day 6 – Valence d’Agen to Agen

A morning cruise to the historic town of Agen. Then a tour and tasting at Armagnac producer Domaine de Lapeyrade, before seeing the medieval town and castle of Nérac, once home to Henry IV of France. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7 – Agen

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Toulouse.

Bordeaux – Summer/Autumn

Day 1 – Castet-en-Dorthe

Guests are met in Bordeaux, then given a Champagne Welcome by the crew aboard Rosa, moored in Castet-en-Dorthe, before the first gourmet dinner on board.

Day 2 – Castet-en-Dorthe to Meilhan

Morning cruise to Meilhan-sur-Garonne. Afternoon tour of Saint Emilion, centre of the best known Bordeaux appellations, then on to Château Bausejour-Bescot, producer of premier and grand crus wines for tasting. Dinner on board.

Day 3 – Meilhan to Le Mas d’Agenais

A morning cruise to the charming village of Le Mas d’Agenais, then an afternoon visit to the impressive 14th century Château de Duras. Dinner on board.

Day 4 – Le Mas d’Agenais to Buzet-sur-Baïse

We enjoy Marmande’s colourful market, before cruising to pretty Damazan. After lunch we visit Le Mas d’Agenais with its ancient church housing an original Rembrandt, then visit a local cheese workshop for a tour and tasting. Dinner ashore at a local auberge.

Day 5 – Buzet-sur-Baïse to Serignac-sur-Garonne

We visit the traditional cooperage of St. Martin, before heading to the Bastide village of Vianne and on to ancient Barbaste with its fortified mill and four square towers. Then an afternoon cruise to Serignac-sur-Garonne. Dinner on board.

Day 6 – Serignac-sur-Garonne to Boé

We visit the medieval town and castle of Nérac in the footsteps of King Henry IV, before a tour and tasting at Armagnac producer Domaine de Lapeyrade. Our final cruise towards Boé crosses one of France’s longest aqueducts over the River Garonne. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7 – Boé

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Bordeaux.

*These are abridged sample itineraries and are subject to change. On alternate weeks in the relevant period each cruise is in the reverse direction.Rosa is operated by Rives du Sud sarl.

Rate Includes

  • Transfer from the railway station or the nearest airport and return.
  • Accommodation in a cabin fitted with a queen size bed or two single beds.
  • All meals served both on board Rosa and in some outside restaurants. All the pre-drinks and beverages with the meals.
  • Open bar : all drinks offered on board.
  • Excursions as per the itinerary, including the guide and the entrance fees.
  • The use of bicycles.

Does not Include

  • Any insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • The gratuities to the crew (we recommend between 5 and 10% of the cruise rate depending on your level of satisfaction, payable in Euros to the Captain and then shared between all).
  • Your own dry laundry or ironing
  • Telephone calls apart from the internet connections
Rosa - Gascony, Bordeaux
AccommodationValueRegular
Stateroom per person€3,690€4,290
Single Supplement€1,350€1,550
Charter Max. 6 pax.€25,800.00€29,400.00
Charter Max. 7 pax.€26,700.00€30,400.00
Charter Max. 8 pax.€27,600.00€31,400.00
Departure Dates (Sunday)Rate
April 16, 23,Val
April 30,Reg
May 07, 14, 21, 28,Reg
June 04, 11, 18, 25,Reg
July 02, 09, 16,Reg
July 23, 30,Val
August 06, 13, 20,Val
August 27,Reg
September 03, 10, 17, 24,Reg
October 01,Reg
October 08, 15,Val
October 08, 15, 22,Val

Terms

  • Deposit of 25% of the cost of the cruise for confirming the booking.
  • The balance of 75% has to be paid 90 days prior the departure date of the cruise.
  • The payment of the deposit means that these conditions have been accepted

Contact us for further information.  We would love to use our experience to help you plan the Canal du Midi barge holiday to remember!

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