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savannah - canal du midiCanal Barge in France
"Without going into details I would tick every question in the excellent box. Adrien was a most attentive host his staff are well trained and we were lavished with attention. I would recommend Adrien's barge without hesitation."
Enjoy the barge with its large terrace and luxurious air conditioned cabins to relax,
savor the chef’s exquisite cuisine and discover picturesque villages, fortified cities,
Cathar castles, remarkable countryside, local markets and unique vineyards.
THE 4 / 7 PASSENGER BARGE savannah
Initially built in 1938 as a cargo tanker specifically to the dimensions of the Royal Canal du Midi (30m x 5m) and navigating between Bordeaux and Sète, this barge was transformed into a luxurious showroom for the prestigious cosmetic group l’Occitane de Provence in the 80’. The mahogany woodwork and ceramic tiles date from this period and have naturally remained as the signature of this unique canal hotel barge. Savannah was completely refurbished and decorated with luxurious contemporary furniture in 2014. Three large and clear cabins, all air conditioned and centrally heated, with European king size beds (or twin beds if preferred) and en-suite ceramic tiled bathrooms. Cabins have original brass portholes and mahogany skylights. Beds are fitted with luxurious linen, and bathrooms with bathrobes and hairdryers.
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itinerary - LA REDORTE TO BRAM
Upon your arrival at the agreed meeting point, your guide will take you to the barge. Once settled in comfortably, a glass of champagne in hand, you will meet the crew and set off on your first cruise. It’s in a most enchanting countryside mooring that you will enjoy the exclusiveness of this adventure and experience the refined diner prepared by your chef, the outstanding wines and champagnes and the pleasure of being on board the “Savannah” as the night falls.
MONDAY - Millepetit
Discover Minerve, perched on a heart shaped rocky spur at the meeting point of two valleys. Minerve is considered one of the prettiest villages in France and listed in «Les plus beaux villages de France ».This village is also one of the emblematic sites of Catharism, besieged by Simon de Montford during the Albigensian crusade. The surrounding Minervois wines have been appreciated since roman times. After a walk through this unique village and the surrounding valley, your guide will take you to an exceptional Minervois vineyard where you will meet the wine maker as he joins you for your first wine tasting of the week. A selection of these internationally acclaimed wines will be served during your lunch prepared on board.
Enjoy a leisurely afternoon cruise through olive shaped locks, over aqueducts and under low stone bridges. Choose to relax on the sundeck or take the opportunity to stroll and cycle along the canal.
TUESDAY - Villedubert lock
After breakfast, you will spend the morning visiting Narbonne, regional capital established in 118 BCE as a Roman colonia, and discover numerous historical and architectural remaining of the town’s prestitgious past. Discover the roman pavements of the Via Domitia and visit the Saint Just Cathedral and Episcopal Palace. A relaxed « promenade » through the shady pedestrian streets will lead you past local boutiques to the covered marketplace. Colors, aromas and flavors! The chef will join you and together you will discover the exceptional produce of Languedoc Roussillon region and choose the fresh ingredients that will compose the gastronomic meals on board “Savannah” .
This perfect morning will be followed by lunch in the marketplace, and the afternoon dedicated to cruising the outskirts of Carcassonne towards the palm tree lined lock of Villedubert.
WEDNESDAY - Ladouce lock
Breakfast will be served whilst slowly cruising towards the port of Carcassonne, our lunchtime destination. You will visit the fortified city of Carcassonne, ascend the ramparts dating back to Gallo-Roman times, discover the medieval town, its fort, the cathedral. Roam and shop in the 19th century "bastide" of this regional capital Carcassonne will delight you. At the end of the day, your nautical stroll on Savannah will lead you towards the Lauragais and a change from the previous vineyard countryside into undulating valleys of sunflowers and wheat.
THURSDAY - Villeseque lock
After breakfast on board, visit the Château de Pennautier. Wine tasting and lunch will be hosted in the domain and time will be spent thereafter to relax and enjoy a siesta in the castle gardens. This marvelous discovery will be followed by a cruise through the superb locks and awe inspiring views of Herminis and Lalande on your way to a new idyllic countryside mooring for the evening.
FRIDAY - Bram Port
After breakfast, we leave the Canal du Midi for the foothills of the Pyrenees mountain to Mirepoix, magnificent medieval town in Ariège. The market is always bustling, held under the village hall, in small pedestrian streets and under overhanging arcades with colorful half beamed houses. You will have a foresight of the Midi Pyrénées region, architecturally and visually different from the Languedoc visited previously. If you wish, our crew will help you discover the origins and museum of the Canal du midi at St Ferréol’s reservoir, near Revel and its market. You will follow the Rigole, an artificial brook built to supply water from the Montagne Noir “Black mountains” to the canal. You will drive through the mountains and Saissac with its Cathar castle.
Upon your return, navigation through the Lauragais to your final destination, champagne farewell drink with the crew and your last exclusive diner on board in the Port of Bram
Departure between 09:00 and 10:00. After breakfast, your guide will accompany you to your departure point (train station, hotel or airport).
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
itinerary - Bram to Carcassonne (Ladouce Lock)3 day Carcassonne cruise in association with the Hotel de la Cité
SUNDAY or wednesdayArrival in Carcassonne and evening at the Hotel de la Cité*****.
MONDAY or thursday3hrs cruise and visits to Mirepoix village and market
TUESDAY or friday3hrs cruise and visits to Rennes le Château and Château Pennautier for a wine-tasting
WEDNESDAY or Saturdaydeparture at 09h00
2020 - 2021
individual or charter
2 person charter
4 person charter
5 person charter
6 person charter
7 person charter
3 / 4 nights cruise
7 day / 6 night cruise
April to October
US$ 6000 per person
7 day / 6 night cruise
April to October
5000 euros per person
Price for Savannah includes:
• All meals, with two meal onshore in selected restaurants. • Transfers to and from the barge from the local train station or hotel. • All excursions and visits to historical sites, villages, museums (inclusive of entrance fees). • Wine-tastings in two vinyards, markets, and two restaurants. One evening with musicians on board. One morning with excursions in Citroen 2 CV • All regional wines, bar, and refreshment drinks onboard. A selection of guests preffered drinks. • Use of on-board bicycles, Hot Tub, library, CD/DVD collection and player. • On board wifi and internet access. • Citroen 2CV drive and Musicians on board.
These rates do not include:• Insurance • Personal expenses • Gratuities to the crew (between 7 and 10%)
To avoid currency exchange fees
• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.