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Gascony 7-day Luxury Barge Tour (ROS)
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.
6 Nights accommodation on board in an air-conditioned, en-suite cabin.
The services of an experienced Captain / Host, Chef, Hostess(es), Driver/Tour Guide.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner aboard. A local meal ashore, once per week on most barges.
An excellent selection of fine regional and international wines and spirits, plus an all day open bar, tea and coffee.
Daily excursions by chauffeured minibus and entry fees to castles, vineyards, markets and other local places of interest.
Use of barge facilities such as bicycles, boules, barge library and on certain vessels, a spa pool.
Return transfers to and from the local meeting/drop off point.
Slow Tours offers a number of other Luxury Barge Tours in Europe
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.
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Apr 12 2020||Apr 18 2020||8||Single rooms||5,190€|
|Apr 19 2020||Apr 25 2020||8||Single rooms||5,190€|
|Apr 26 2020||May 02 2020||8||Single rooms||5,990€|
|May 03 2020||May 09 2020||8||Single rooms||5,990€|
|May 10 2020||May 16 2020||8||Single rooms||5,990€|
|May 17 2020||May 23 2020||8||Single rooms||5,990€|
|May 24 2020||May 30 2020||8||Single rooms||5,990€|
|May 31 2020||Jun 06 2020||8||Single rooms||5,990€|
|Jun 07 2020||Jun 13 2020||8||Single rooms||5,990€|
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