Aquitaine is south-west France and is renowned for the vineyards of Bordeaux, the rich, lush valley of the Garonne river with its orchards and markets, medieval villages and fortified bastides, ancient castles, Moissac Abbey and armagnac distilleries.
The Garonne River is navigable from the Gironde Estuary to Castes-en-Dorthe, where it joins the Canal de Garonne, which connects with Toulouse, where it meets the Canal du Midi. The river and estuary are tidal with significant level variations and very strong currents. The canal is far gentler and features two impressive canal bridges over the river at Agen and Moissac and, at Montech, near Montauban, there’s the spectacular Water Slope, which replaces 5 locks.
- St Louis is a 29m owner-operated charter barge with a crew of 4, accommodating up to 6 guests in 3 light and airy cabins. It cruises two routes; between Agen and Meilhan (near Marmande) with transfers from Bordeaux, and between Montauban and Agen with transfers from Toulouse. The Bordeaux cruise includes visits to the Agen Museum for its works by Goya and Tintoretto, to Temple-sur-Lot for the magnificent lily ponds, St Emilion for wine and a vast subterranean church, and to a barrel maker and an Armagnac distillery. Highlights of the Toulouse cruise include the medieval Moissac Abbey, a bird sanctuary, the picturesque villages of Lamigistere and Auvillar, Donzac with its museum dedicated to traditional crafts and trades, and Agen. The outstanding cuisine is a feature of these cruises. Although the St Louis mainly accepts whole barge charter bookings, some weeks are available for individual cabin bookings, so please enquire. The all-inclusive 6 night cruise is priced from US$5750 per person and a 6 person charter is US$31,500. Contact us for more information.
- Rosa is a 30m barge accommodating 8 guests with a crew of 4, cruising two sections of the Canal de Garonne. The Gascony route is between Montauban and Agen and guests are met in Toulouse. Highlights include Chateau Bellevue la Foret for a cellar tour and wine tasting, the beautiiful medieval villages of Auvillar and Nerac and a guided visit and tasting at a notable armagnac producer. In the autumn it cruises between Agen and Castets-en-Dorth (near Langon) and transfers are from Bordeaux. The Bordeaux cruise features a visit to St Emilion, Chateau de Duras, the bastide villages of Vianne and Barbaste, the 580m canal bridge at Agen and armagnac tastings. The all-inclusive 6 night cruise is priced from 3690 euros per person. Contact us for a brochure & more information, or view a video HERE.
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