Gascony Canal Cruise
Your 8-berth floating hotel, the Rosa, played host to top chef Rick Stein in his TV Series, The French Odyssey and will take you from Toulouse to Agen through some of Gascony’s most beautiful countryside. Accompany the barge`s chef to the Montech market, try the region’s excellent foie gras and Armagnac and discover the historic sites of Donzac and Auvillar.
This cruise is fully inclusive of six nights accommodation, gourmet meals, fine wines and open bar, daily excursions, local transfers and full use of all onboard amenities.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
The starting day for this holiday is Sunday.
The designated meeting and drop off point is Toulouse. Other options are available for charter groups.
Passenger Hotel Barge Rosa
Itinerary & Hotels
Guests are met at the designated meeting point and escorted in the air-conditioned minibus to Rosa, moored in the Port of Montauban. Following a champagne welcome, there is time for a tour of this beautiful old town set on the banks of the canal, before returning for your first dinner on board.
Hôtel Barge - Rosa - Montauban Montauban
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. Along with Anjodi, Rosa featured in the hugely successful television series, Rick Stein’s French Odyssey.
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.
- En suite cabins
- Sun deck
The master chef onboard is there to delight you with wonderful dishes concocted from local produce. Breakfast is a sumptuous spread of breads, croissants and pastries, fruit, yoghurt, fruit juices and, of course, copious amounts of delicious coffee.
Typically you will enjoy some of the following regional specialities whilst on board:
- Entrecôte de Bazas à la Bordelaise
- Confit de Canard et Son Jus au Thym
- Foie Gras Poélé Déglacé au Vin de Figues
- Filet de Truite au Beurre Blanc
- Gâteau Basque
- Pruneaux à l’Armagnac
Buzet, Cotes de Marmandais, Sauternes Bordeaux AOC Superieur, Haut Medoc, Cotes du Frontonnais
Le Bleu de Quercy; Templais Sec; Tomme de Lomagne; Cabécou; Roquefort; Laguiol
Montauban to Montechday 2
This morning Rosa meanders up the flight of ten locks on the beautiful, recently restored branch canal skirting the Forest of Agre and moors in the heart of the little town of Montech. In the afternoon we head into the Côtes du Frontonnais wine region in the minibus for a tasting of the outstanding cuvee ‘Optimum’ at the renowned Chateau Bellevue la Foret. Return to the barge and try your hand at a game of Boules on the quay this evening before dinner on board.
Montech to Castelsarrsinday 3
After breakfast there is a guided tour of the remarkable inclined Water Plane, an amazing feat of engineering that by-passes five locks and will lower vessels 43 feet all in one go. Then, following a relaxing morning cruise to Castelsarrasin, we take a short drive to the Ferme des Jauberts at Angeville where we can tour the estate and taste the foie gras of Eric Couderc, accompanied by some fine local wine. Dinner aboard.
Castelsarrasin to Moissacday 4
This morning, we cross the River Tarn via a 1000 foot long aqueduct to descend towards Moissac through a staircase of delightful locks and moor for lunch on the River Tarn below the old watermill. Then we cruise downstream to St. Livrade for an afternoon’s swimming or canoeing, and visit Moissac’s 7th century Abbey with its wonderfully preserved cloisters and chapel. This evening, after an amusing game of boules, we stroll ashore to savour regional specialities at the excellent restaurant ‘Le Florentin’, in front of the spectacular entrance portal of the Abbaye St-Pierre de Moissac.
Moissac to Valence D’Agenday 5
Today the Rosa rises up from the Tarn and turns west on the brick-lined canal through Moissac. After negotiating the swing bridge, we cruise between the placidly flowing waters of the Garonne and the foothills of the Quercy massif, before mooring at Pommevic. After lunch we visit the 11th century Château de Goudourville before a drive to Auvillar, a 15th century village perched high on the side of a gorge above the River Garonne. Return to Rosa and cruise to Valence d’Agen and take a tour of this old “Bastide” town with its Palladian canal side public wash-house and arcaded market place. Dinner on board.
Valence D’Agen - Agenday 6
A leisurely morning cruise through the bucolic countryside to the historic town of Agen. After lunch, we visit Domaine de Lapeyrade for a guided tour and private tastings of their esteemed Armagnac and Floc du Gascogne wines in delightful surroundings, before visiting the medieval town of Nérac and its castle, once home to Henry IV of France. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Final morningday 7
After breakfast, guests disembark the hotel barge and transfer to the designated drop off point by approximately 10.30am.
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