Luxury trip aboard Rosa in Garonne and Midi
On May 2, 2014
  • Total Passengers :8
  • No of Cabins : 4

Availability on a 6-night cruise

Rosa is an old Dutch “Clipper” barge that was completely refitted in 2010 to a high specification. Rosa featured in the hugely successful television series, Rick Stein’s French Odyssey.


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Summary:

Length: 100 feet

Crew: 4

Size of cabins:

Double Staterooms: 104-110 sq ft incl. en suite

Twin Staterooms: 92-107 sq ft incl. en suite

8 bikes free to use

Wi-FI

Rosa's saloon is particularly welcoming and features attractive wood panelling, comfortable seating and a cosy bar. Outside there is a spacious sun deck with comfortable furniture.

Cabins:
There are four air-conditioned staterooms, each with full en suite facilities and offering comfortable accommodation for 8 passengers.

Gastronomy:
The classic traditions of French and International cuisine are an unforgettable highlight of your cruise. The onboard chefs are experienced, highly-trained culinary artists, whose gastronomic creations are often rated higher by our discerning clients than those they have sampled in top restaurants.

Cruise:

Gascony (Itineray 1)

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.

Bordeaux (Itinerary 2)

The Bordeaux region, with its special ‘terroir’, has been producing wine for around 2,000 years and some of the château estates have gained worldwide recognition for their superb and long-lived vintages. On your cruise aboard Rosa, there will be the opportunity to learn more about the complex science of viticulture on tours to such places as Saint-Emilion, including of course a tasting of some fine wines. We will also explore the countryside surrounding the Val de Garonne and see towns such as historic Nérac and elegant Marmande.


Itinerary 1: Gascony


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 tour of Ferme des Jauberts to taste Eric Couderc’s foie gras, accompanied by some local wine. Dinner on board.

Day 4 CASTELSARRASIN TO MOISSAC

We cruise via the 1,000 foot long Aqueduct du Cacor to moor for lunch on the River Tarn by an old watermill. Then we visit Moissac's 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, disembark Rosa and transfer to the designated drop off point in Toulouse.


Itinerary 2: Bordeaux

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 MIELHAN

A tour of Saint Emilion, center of the best known Bordeaux

appellations, then on to Château Bausejour-Bescot, producer of premier and grand crus wines for tasting. Afternoon cruise to Meilhan-sur-Garonne.  Dinner on board.

Day 3 MIELHAN 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 ashore at a local auberge.

Day 4 LE MAS D’AGENAIS TO DAMAZAN

We enjoy Marmonde's colorful 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 on board.

Day 5 DAMAZAN 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 Nerac 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, disembark Rosa and transfer to the designated drop off point in Bordeaux.

*These are abridged sample itineraries and are subject to change. On alternate weeks in the relevant period each cruise will be in the reverse direction. Please see our website for full details.


The cruise cost includes:

6 nights accommodation in an air-conditioned, en-suite cabin

All gourmet meals, wines, all-day open bar, soft drinks etc

Daily excursions by chauffeured, air-conditioned mini-bus

Use of all barge facilities  e.g. bicycles, Wi-Fi...

Local transfers e.g. to and from designed meeting point

Services of a professional, experienced crew