GASCONY / BORDEAUX
The “Canal des Deux Mers”, comprising of the Canal de Garonne and the Canal du Midi, links the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, passing through the region of L’Occitanie – a veritable palette of colours and scents created by orchards and vineyards. On our cruise through Gascony along the Canal de Garonne, we visit medieval fortified ‘bastides’ such as Valence d’Agen, learn about and taste some of the region’s wonderful local products and pass picturesque villages and quaint farms.
The Bordeaux region, famous around the world for its wines, lies in the southern part of western France, on the Atlantic coast. A hotel barge cruise along the Canal de Garonne is a unique way to explore and appreciate the slow rhythm of this region with its subtle mixture of natural landscapes, medieval bastide towns and iconic vineyards.
Rosa is an old Dutch “Clipper” barge that was completely refitted in 2010 to a high specification. The air conditioned interior includes a dining room, saloon, bar and four staterooms. Two of the staterooms have double beds and two have twin beds, all of which have full en-suite facilities. Outside there is a spacious sun deck with comfortable furniture.
The crew consist of a knowledgeable captain, tour guide, housekeeper and a master chef whose culinary master pieces will be a regular delight throughout your cruise. Eight bikes are available for use and your tour guide will be happy to advise you on the best routes to cycle should you wish to explore.
Along with Anjodi, Rosa featured in the hugely successful television series, Rick Stein’s French Odyssey.
SPECIALS: Rosa (expires 13/5/19)
2019: 20% off per cabin departing May 26
2019: 10% off per cabin departing June 30; July 7 & 28; Aug 18 & 25
The Tango’s is a special barge with Provencal décor with 1930’s ambiance. The cabins are individually decorated with great attention to detail. Aboard you will find large brass portholes and opening skylights throughout the vessel provide fresh circulating air and light. French art deco fixtures, Provençal ivory linens, and rich teak wall panelling recreate the atmosphere of 1930’s French passenger liners. Up on deck, two terraces provide space for al fresco dining, and a sundeck with Jacuzzi. Tango’s large salon with soft leather sofas, bar and dining room, provides the perfect space for congregating for after-dinner drinks and conversation. Tango’s knowledgeable, English-speaking crew see to your every comfort during your cruise.
Aboard the Tango, soak in all the gourmet luxury, historic charms, and postcard-worthy scenery of the French countryside as you cruise the meandering waters of the Garonne and Dordogne in the fabled French wine region of Bordeaux. During your cruise week, a portion of each day is spent navigating aboard Tango, with the remainder of the day on a guided excursion ashore. Tango’s experienced tour guide tailors the week’s activities to match your interests from wine-focused explorations to activities like shopping, antique hunting, museums, or even a visit to see prehistoric cave art.
2019: 5% off 14 July departure (expires 30/4/19)