' SARAPHINA '

 
Cruising in the South of France
The Canal du Midi - between Portiragnes Plage and Carcassonne (or reverse)

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SARAPHINA Barge
  • 25 METRES (82 FEET) LONG AND 4 METRES (12 FEET) WIDE
  • 4 GUESTS
  • 2 CREW
  • TWO CHARMING CABINS: ONE DOUBLE (183 SQFT.), ONE DOUBLE OR TWIN( 140 SQFT.) EACH WITH PRIVATE ENSUITE BATHROOM
  • DEMONSTRATION GALLEY (KITCHEN)
  • 4 GOOD QUALITY TOURING BICYCLES
  • CENTRALLY HEATED AND AIR CONDITIONED
  • AIR-CONDITIONED MINIBUS
  • CD/iPOD DOCK/WI-FI (SUBJECT TO RECEPTION)
The pretty ‘Saraphina’ is a Dutch barge built in 1924 and lovingly converted into a characterful hotel-barge in 2007 by her dedicated owners Emily and Finnegan. She is a charming, old fashioned boat with a contemporary, bright and welcoming interior enhanced by original art works, the clever use of colour, and theatrical props from yesteryear. During your stay on board, you'll not only enjoy full hotel services and a personal service from owners and hosts Finnegan and Emily but the opportunity to wine, dine and relax whilst taking in some of the most beautiful and historic places along the Canal du Midi.
Over the space of a decade, Finnegan has carefully and tastefully designed the barge to ensure all guests enjoy a relaxed and comfortable stay, retaining original 1920s features of the barge wherever possible, but discretely incorporating modern touches such as the air conditioning and central heating for your total comfort. In addition to the spacious and comfortable sun deck and the warm, welcoming lounge area inside the barge, there are two lovely en-suite cabins, both of which are equipped with all you could need including bath towels and bath robes, hairdryers and complimentary toiletries. One is a double cabin (ideal for couples or the single traveller who enjoys the extra space), and the other can be double or twin (two single beds).
Bring your group or family of four, or your loved one for an exclusive romantic escape or honeymoon. Both 3-night and 6-night cruises are available, ideal for a two-base a holiday elsewhere, such as Barcelona which is only 3 hours away. All cruises also include transfers to and from your local hotel, train station or airport, in agreement with the barge.

2017 PRICES (USD) HALF BOARD* FULL BOARD**
3 Night Charter for up to 4 Guests $ 8500 $10200
4 Night Charter for up to 4 Guests $10500 $12200
5 Night Charter for up to 4 Guests $12500 $14200
6 Night Charter for up to 4 Guests $14500 $16200

All charter cruises include the use of all facilities aboard and transfers from and to local airport, hotel or train station.

** FULL BOARD CHARTER INCLUDES:
  • 6 breakfasts on-board
  • 2 lunches ashore (including house wine)
  • 3 lunches on-board and 6 dinners on-board
* HALF BOARD CHARTER INCLUDES:
  • 6 breakfasts on-board
  • 6 dinners on-board
  • Passengers are responsible for their own lunches ashore
(Drinks ashore and gratuities are at clients own expense)

Canal du Midi cruise highlights may include:

Historic, Renaissance Pézenas with its arts, crafts and antique shops.
The Cathar, hilltop village of Minerve
The ‘Oulibo’ olive-oil factory
The ancient city of Narbonne, well known for its Gothic cathedral, the Archbishops Palace, the ancient Roman Road the ’via Domitia’, excellent shopping, and the famously vibrant and colourful covered food market
The Cistercian Abbey of Fontfroide
The medieval City (cité) of Carcassonne— Europe's largest medieval fortified town (with some great boutiques for browsing shopping, and wonderful photo opportunities!)


PICK-UP: Locally, in Beziers or other, in the afternoon by agreement with the barge.
DROP-OFF: Locally, in Beziers or other, around 09:00, by agreement with the barge.

THREE NIGHT CRUISES CAN START ON ANY DAY, SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY, AND IN AGREEMENT WITH THE BARGE.
SIX NIGHT CRUISES START ON A SUNDAY AND END ON THE FOLLOWING SATURDAY.


TO CONTACT US
Phone: +33 561 59 20 07, Fax: +33 561 59 23 54
Phone (Toll-Free from USA + Canada): 1-800-688-0245
Email: info@bargecompany.com
Web: www.bargecompany.com

The Barge Cruise Company Ltd, 2 Allée de Castelnouvel, 31490 Léguevin
FRANCE