The 'Canal des Mers' comprising of the Canal de Garonne and the Canal du Midi, links the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, passing through the region of L'Occitane - a veritable palette of colours and scents created by orchards and vineyards. On our cruise through Gascony along the Canal du 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 barge was completely refitted in 2010. The saloon features wood-panelling, comfortable seating and a cosy bar. There are four air-conditioned staterooms,, each will full en suite facilities and offering comfortable accommodation for 8 passengers. Outside there is a spacious sun deck with comfortable furniture.
Guests are met in Toulouse then given a champagne welcome aboard the barge, moored in Montauban, before a brief tour of the town and the first gourmet dinner on board.
Montauban to Montech.
This morning the barge climbs a ten-lock flight en route to Monech. An afternoon visit to Chateau Bellevue la Foret for a tour and tasting of their cuvee 'Optimum'. Dinner on board.
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.
Castelsarassin to Moissac.
We cruise via the 1000 foot long Pont Canal 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.
Moissac to Valence d'Agen.
Today the barge rises up from the River Tarn to cruise past the Quercy massif to moor at Pommevic, before a visit to Chateau de Goudonville and a tour of Auvillat, a beautiful village perched high above the River Garonne. Afternoon cruise to the Bastide town of Valence d'Agen. Dinner on board.
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 Nerac, once home to Henry IV of France. Captain's farewell dinner on board.
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the designated drop off point at Toulouse.
This is a sample itinerary and is subject ot change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.
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