Canal cruise in Southwest France: Bordeaux & Gascognes on the First Class baree ROSA

On the Canal de Garonne from Castets-en-Dorthe to Boé: magnificent scenery, wine, cuisine and medieval towns

First class barge ROSA
8 passengers / 4 cabins (3 x double and 1 x twin) between 9 and 10.5 sqm with en-suite shower/WC / 4 crew members / Sun deck with hot tub and dining table / Salon with sofa group, small library and dining table / Open bar / 8 folding bikes

7 days / 6 nights

Highlights of the cruise:
* Tour of world renowned Saint Émilion
* Cruise across the 1,900 foot Agen aqueduct
* Tour the Garonne River aboard a traditional flat-bottomed boat
* Culinary delights with wine, cheese and Armagnac tasting

Itinerary Bordeaux*:
Sunday, Day 1: Welcome aboard Rosa - Castets-en-Dorthe

Guests are met in Bordeaux** and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Rosa. Following a champagne welcome, there is time for a stroll before returning for your first dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2: Castets-en-Dorthe to Meilhan-sur-Garonne
This morning, we visit the medieval town of Saint Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site and centre of the most famous of the Bordeaux appellations. Later, we stop at Château Franc Mayne, producer of premier and grand crus wines, where we discover the secrets of the vine and, of course, enjoy a tasting. After lunch on board, we’ll follow the Canal de Garonne, to the port of Meilhan-sur-Garonne, before dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3: Meilhan-sur-Garonne to Lagruère

This morning we enjoy a cruise to the charming little village of Lagruère. At this time, you can cycle or walk the tow path and enjoy the stunning countryside. Following lunch on board, we tour the Garonne river aboard a traditional flat-bottomed boat, after which we visit the beautiful village of Le Mas d’Agenais, its 11th century church playing host to an ornate Romanesque doorway and an original masterpiece by Rembrandt. After this we take a short drive to an artisanal dairy farm where we experience the entire cheese making process, culminating in a delicious tasting of goats’ cheeses. Dinner, if the weather permits, is a gourmet barbecue beside the barge, overlooking the River Garonne.

Wednesday, Day 4: Lagruère to Buzet-sur-Baise

This morning we depart early and enjoy the colourful market of Lavardac, before heading to the 13th century bastide village of Vianne with its medieval streets and atypical 12th century Romanesque church. A delectable lunch of regional specialities will be served at restaurant ‘Le Moulin des Saveurs’, before returning to the barge for a cruise along the tranquil Canal de Garonne to our mooring at Buzet-sur-Baise, a pastoral haven. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5: Buzet-sur-Baise to Serignac-sur-Garonne

After breakfast, we enjoy a leisurely cruise to Serignac-sur-Garonne with time to explore the towpath or relax on the decktop. After lunch on board, we visit the medieval town of Nérac and tread in the footsteps of King Henry IV and Queen Margot. The château was built in the 15th century, but much was destroyed during the French Revolution and today only the impressive north wing remains. We then stop at the Lapeyrade estate for a cellar tasting of Armagnac, the oldest alcohol in France. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6: Serignac-sur-Garonne to Boé

We start the day with a morning cruise towards our final destination of Boé, crossing the Plan Canal d’Agen, one of the longest aqueducts in France which spans the River Garonne. After lunch, we enjoy a stroll through the historic town of Agen to enjoy the colourful decorated cathedral dedicated to Saint Caprasius, before a tour and tasting of biodynamic wines at the family-owned Domaine du Bois de Simon. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7: Boé

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

*The itinerary is a suggested route and can be changed at any time due to local conditions. Depending on the departure date, the tour may run in the opposite direction from Boé to Castets-enDorthe.
In spring and summer, the ROSA cruises in Gascony from Montabaun to Boé with pick-up in Toulouse.

** Other itineraries are available for private charter bookings. Please contact us for details.

Dates 2024:
Departing weekly on Sunday
Between April 07 and July 14, 2024 Gascogny
Between July 14 and October 27, 2024 Bordeaux

Rates 2024:
per person in double cabin from 4,750 EUR to 5,490 EUR per week
Single cabin supplement from 1,800 EUR to 2,100 EUR

The rate includes:
- local transfers to and from the hotel barge
- 6-nights cruise
- all gourmet meals on board, prepared by the ship's chef and meals as per itinerary
- all drinks/wines throughout the cruise
- an open bar with a large selection of drinks
- daily interesting excursions with entrance fees according to the itinerary
- attentive service from the crew of 4

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