Savannah Barge

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Cruise

Technological exploit and witness of historic times, conceived by Pierre Paul Riquet during the XVII century and classified a UNESCO world heritage site since 1996, the Canal du Midi links the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean offering unique scenery, historic sites and gastronomy.

Savannah cruises between Bram and La Redorte (or reverse route) through the flowing sunflower valley of the Lauragais into the vineyards of Crobières and Minervois.

Est to west cruise from la Redorte to Bram, 6 nights on board Savannah :

Sunday : La Dinée

Upon your arrival at the planned meeting point, your guide will accompany you to the barge.
Once settled in comfortably, A glass of champagne will be the ideal moment to meet the crew and set off on your first cruise. It’s in a most enchanting countryside mooring that you will enjoy the exclusiveness of this adventure and experience the refined diner prepared by your chef, the outstanding wines and champagnes and the joy of being on board the “Savannah” as the night falls.

Monday : Millepetit

Discover Minerve, considered one of the prettiest villages in France « plus beaux villages de France », perched on a heart shaped rocky spur at the meeting point of two valleys. This village is also one of the emblematic sites of Catharism and was besieged by Simon de Montford during the Albigensian crusade. The surrounding Minervois wines have been appreciated since roman times.
After a walk through this unique village and the surrounding valley, your guide will accompany you to an exceptional Minervois vineyard where you will meet the wine maker as he joins you for your first wine tasting of the week.A selection of these internationally acclaimed wines will be served during your lunch prepared on board.
Enjoy a leisurely afternoon cruise through olive shaped locks, over aqueducts and under low stone bridges. Choose to relax on the sundeck or take the opportunity to stroll and cycle along the canal.

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Tuesday : Villedubert lock

After breakfast, a morning visit to Narbonne, regional capital established in 118 BCE as a roman colonia bosts numerous historical and architectural tracks of the town’s prestidgious past. Discover the roman pavements of the Via Domitia and visit the Saint Just Cathedral and Episcopal Palace.
A relaxed « promenade » through the shady pedestrian streets will lead you past local boutiques to the covered marketplace. Colors, aromas and flavors! The chef will join you and together you will discover the exceptional produce of Languedoc Roussillon region and choose the fresh ingredients that will compose the gastronomic meals on board “Savannah” .
This perfect morning will be followed by lunch in the marketplace, and the afternoon dedicated to cruising the outskirts of Carcassonne towards the palm tree lined lock of Villedubert.

Wednesday : Ladouce lock

Breakfast will be served whilst slowly cruising towards the port of Carcassonne, our lunchtime destination.
Occupied since the Neolithic and symbol of the middle age, you will visit the fortified city of Carcassonne, ascend the ramparts dating back to Gallo-Roman times, discover the medieval town, its fort, the cathedral. Roam and shop in the 19th century bastide of this regional capital Carcassonne will delight you.
At the end of the day, your nautical stroll on Savannah will lead you towards the Lauragais and a change from the previous vineyard countryside into undulating valleys of sunflowers and wheat..

Music

On board Savannah, either on Tuesday or Thursday evenings weather permitting, musiciens Yanick and Virginie enchant guests during dinner and late into the evening playing the accordeon and guitar whilst singing classics from Edith Piaf, Aznavour, Trenet and many more...

Often guests have joined in and sung their preferred songs too...

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Thursday : Villeseque lock

After breakfast on board, visit the Château de Pennautier. Wine tasting and lunch will be hosted in the domain and time will be spent thereafter to relax and enjoy a siesta in the castlegardens.
This marvelous discovery will be followed by a cruise through the superb locks and awe inspiring views of Herminis and Lalande on your way to a new idyllic countryside mooring for the evening.

Friday : Bram Port

After breakfast, abandon the Canal du Midi for the foothills of the Pyreneesmountains. Mirepoix, magnificent medieval town inAriège waits for you. The market is always bustling, held under the village hall, insmall pedestrian streets and under overhanging arcades with colorful half beamed houses. You will have a foresight of the Midi Pyrénées region, architecturally and visually different from the Languedoc visited previously.
In contrast, if you prefer, our crew will help you discover the originsand museum of the Canal du midi at St Ferréol's reservoir, near Revel and it’s market. Follow the Rigole, an artificial brookbuilt to supply water from the Montagne Noir “Black mountains” to the canal.Drive through the mountains and Saissac with it’sCathar castle.
Upon your return, navigate through the Lauragais to your final destination, champagne farewell drink with the crew and your last exclusive diner on board in the Port of Bram.

Saturday : Departure between 09:00 and 10:00

After breakfast, time has come to say Goodbye and safe onward Journey.
Your guide will accompany you to your departure point (train station, hotel or airport).

Per your interests, it will be a great pleasure to adapt the excursions.
Please inform us on your desires and needs when booking.

Tarif 2016

4 passengers :
(Cabins Corbières and Minervois)
US$ 20,700.00 or €18,000.00
5 passengers :
(Cabins Corbières, Minervois and Malpère)
US$ 25,875.00 or €22,500.00
6 passengers :
(Cabins Lauragais, Corbières and Minervois)
US$ 29,325.00 or €25,500.00
7 passengers :
(Cabins Lauragais, Corbières, Minervois and Malpère)
US$ 34,200.00 or €29,750.00
Select weeks are available for individual cabin bookings.
per person, double occupancy
US$ 5,175.00 or €4,500.00
Supplement single occupancy
US$ 1,450.00 or €1,250.00
Single cabin (Malpère) without supplement

Terms :

A 30% deposit is required to confirm reservation
Payment balance is due 90 days prior to departure date
For cruises booked less than 90 days prior to departure, 100% payment is required to confirm reservation
No refunds, either following deposit or full payment

Rates include

Six nights on board.
All meals on board and two meals in selected restaurants
Transfers to and from the barge from the local train station or hotel. A 125€ supplement for transfers to and from Toulouse and Montpellier.

All excursions and visits to historical sites, villages, museums (inclusive of entrance fees). Wine-tastings in twovinyards, markets, and two restaurants.

All regional wines, bar, and refreshment drinks onboard. A selection of guestspreffered drinks.

Use of on-board bicycles, library, CD/DVD collection and player. On board wifi and internet access

Excluded in this fare

Trip insurance which is strongly recommended. The wines and alcohol on shore, any personal purchases, telephone and internet access, laundry (can be arranged with on shore cleaners).
Crew gratuities (5-10% of cruise price recommended) normally presented to the Captain in local currency at the end of the cruise.