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  • Sample Itineraries
    The Garonne valley between Montauban and Agen (or reverse)
    Cruise route map
    (Click to enlarge)

    Sunday, Day 1
    Montauban
    Guests are met at the Hotel Pullman in the centre of Toulouse 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.

    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 hotel barge and try your hand at a game of Boules on the quay this evening before dinner on board.

    Tuesday, Day 3
    Montech to Castelsarrasin
    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, when back in service in 2014/15. 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.

    Wednesday, Day 4
    Castelsarrasin to Moissac
    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 specialties at the excellent restaurant ‘Le Florentin’, in front of the spectacular entrance portal of the Abbaye St-Pierre de Moissac.
    The Rosa Barge - Cloisters of Moissac Abbey
    Cloisters of Moissac Abbey


    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 visit the 1tth 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 a tour of this old "Bastide" town with its Palladian canal side public wash-house and arcaded market place. Dinner on board.

    Friday, Day 6
    Valence D’Agen to Agen
    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. Captains Farewell Dinner on board.

    Saturday, Day 7
    Agen
    After breakfast, guests disembark the hotel barge and transfer to Toulouse by approximately 10.30am.

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


    The Garonne valley between Castets-en-Dorthe and Boe, near Agen (or reverse)
    Cruise route map
    (Click to enlarge)

    Sunday, Day 1
    Castet-en-Dorthe
    Guests are met at the Hotel Pullman Bordeaux Aquitania and escorted in the air-conditioned minibus to Rosa, moored in Castet-en-Dorthe. Following a champagne welcome, there is time for a stroll before returning for your first dinner aboard.

    Monday, Day 2
    Castet-en-Dorthe to Mielhan-sur-Garonne
    Morning departure to visit the medieval town of Saint Emilion, a Unesco World Heritage site and centre of the most famous of the Bordeaux appellations. Later, we stop at Château Beau-Sejour-Becot, producer of premier grand crus classes, where we discover the secrets of the vine and the wine, aided by a tasting! Our afternoon is spent cruising the picturesque canal, following the River Garonne, to the port of Meilhan-sur-Garonne. Dinner on board.

    Tuesday, Day 3
    Mielhan-sur-Garonne to Le Mas d’Agenais
    This morning we cruise to the charming little village of Le Mas d'Agenais. During the cruise you can cycle or walk the tow path and enjoy the stunning countryside. In the afternoon, we visit the 14th century Château de Duras, which have been both a fortress and a stately home over its 900 year history. We wander through its 35 rooms and museum before returning to the hotel barge. Dinner ashore at a local auberge.

    Wednesday, Day 4
    Le Mas d’Agenais to Damazan
    This morning we depart early and enjoy the colourful market of Marmande and the Church of Our Lady with its French gardens and Renaissance cloisters. We then cruise to Damazan, a pretty fortified village with pastel coloured houses. After lunch we visit the village of Le Mas d’Agenais. Its 11th century church has a beautiful Romanesque doorway and an original masterpiece by Rembrandt (1631). We then visit cheese workshop, where you can see the different stages of manufacture, ending with a tasting of different goats cheeses, including some flavoured with ash and chilli. Dinner on board.
    The Rosa Barge - Church of Le Mas D'Agenais
    11th Century church of Le Mas D'Agenais


    Thursday, Day 5
    Damazan to Serignac-sur-Garonne
    In the morning, we visit the traditional cooperage of St. Martin, where we discover the secrets of making the barrels that enhance the great wines of Bordeaux. We then head to the 13th century bastide (fortified village) of Vianne, and on to Barbaste with its fortified mill, protected by four square towers, and the nearby 12th century bridge with its 12 curved arches. The afternoon is devoted to relaxation and cruising. Dinner on board.

    Friday, Day 6
    Serignac-sur-Garonne to Boe
    In the morning we visit the medieval town of Nerac and tread in the footsteps of King Henry IV and Queen Margot. The Chateau was built in the 15th century but much was destroyed during the Revolution and, today, only the impressive North Wing remains. We then stop at the Lapeyrade estate for a cellar tasting of Armagnac, the oldest alcohol in France. In the afternoon, we cruise towards Boé and cross one of the longest masonry aqueducts in France, which spans the River Garonne. Captains Farewell Dinner on board.

    Saturday, Day 7
    Boe
    After breakfast, guests disembark the hotel barge and transfer to Bordeaux.

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


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