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GASCONY (near Bordeaux)     Rosa       8 Passengers

 
 

 

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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 four 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, an expert in the local area, will be happy to advise you on the best routes to cycle should you wish to explore.
 

Cruise Highlights

Cuisine Aboard

  • Visits to historic Montauban & Pituresque Auvillar

  • Negotiate the amazing inclined Water Plane at Montauban

  • Wine, Armagnac and foie gras tastings

  • Visit to Moissac and its ancient abbey

  • Traverse a 1000 foot aqueduct

  • Gastronomic dinner ashore

  • Explore the wines of Bordeaux with the guidance of your knowledgeable crew

Regional Specialities

Entrecote de Bazas a la Bordelaise, Magret de Canard aux Pommes et aux, Oignons Confits, Tourtiere de Pommes, Pruneaux a l'Armagnac
Wine Cellar

Buzet, Cotes de Marmandais, Sauternes Bordeaux AOC Superieur, Haut Medoc, Cotes du Frontonnais
Cheese Board

Le Bleu de Quercy, Templais Sec, Tomme de Lomagne

 

Itinerary:   Montauban to Agen
 

Sunday, Day 1 Toulouse to Montauban

Guests are met by the captain at 4.00pm at Hotel Pullman in Toulouse and transferred by 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 River Tarn, before returning for your first dinner aboard.

Monday, Day 2 Montauban to Montech


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 aboard.

Tuesday, Day 3 Montech to Castelsarrasin


We awake to the bustle of the weekly market in the cosy centre of Montech and after accompanying the barge’s chef around the stalls in the half-timbered streets, we negotiate the remarkable inclined Water Plane. This amazing feat of engineering by-passes five locks and lowers the barge 43 feet all in one go! Later, we arrive in Castelsarrasin and after a short drive to the Ferme des Jauberts at Angeville we can tour and taste the foie gras of Eric Couderc with some fine local Armagnac. Dinner aboard.

Wednesday, Day 4 Castelsarrasin to Moissac


After breakfast, 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 may cruise downstream to St. Nicolas de la Grave for an afternoon’s swimming or canoeing, or alternatively, we can visit Moissac's 7th century Abbey with its wonderfully preserved cloisters and chapel. This evening we stroll ashore, to savour regional specialties at the acclaimed restaurant ‘Le Pont Napoleon’, where celebrated TV chef Rick Stein once cooked Tarn-caught pike for the BBC TV series portraying his cruise aboard Rosa.

Thursday, Day 5 Moissac to Valence D’Agen


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 drive to Auvillar, a 15th century village famous for its pottery and perched high on the side of a gorge above the River Garonne. Return to Rosa and cruise to Valence d'Agen and a tour of this old "Bastide" town with its Palladian canalside public wash-house and arcaded market place. Dinner aboard.

Friday, Day 6 Valence D’Agen to Agen


A morning cruise through the bucolic countryside to Lamagistère. From here we can travel the ten minutes by cycle or minibus to Donzac and its Conservatoire of traditional trades, where we step back in time to see the extensive exhibition of rural life, before returning to Rosa for a leisurely cruise to the historic town of Agen. After lunch, we visit Chateau du Frandat for private tastings of their esteemed Armagnac and Floc du Gascogne and Buzet wines in delightful surroundings. Captains Farewell Dinner aboard.

Saturday, Day 7 Serignac to Toulouse

After breakfast, guests disembark the barge and transfer to Toulouse for approximately 11am.

On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

 

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* Prices per person twin share in Australian Dollar

Accommodation Value Rate Regular Rate

Stateroom per person

4,492 AUD

5,160 AUD

Single supplement

1,670 AUD 1,921 AUD

Charter 8 passengers whole boat

33,901 AUD

38,744 AUD

Price includes: Transfer to the barge from the meeting point on Sunday, 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, use of barge facilities, which includes bicycles, and transfer back to the drop off point the following Saturday morning.

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Departure Dates (Sunday)
Rate Cruise Route
March 6, 13, 20, 27 Value Canal du Midi
April 3, 10, 17 Value Canal du Midi
April 24 Regular Canal du Midi
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Regular Canal du Midi
June 5, 12, 19, 26 Regular Canal du Midi
July 3, 10, 17 Regular Canal du Midi
July 24, 31 Value Canal du Midi
August 7, 14, 21, 28 Value Canal du Midi
September 4, 11, 18, 25 Regular Canal du Midi
October 2, 9 Regular Canal du Midi
October 16, 23 Value Canal du Midi
October 30 Value Camargue
November 6 Value Camargue
 
 

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