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CRUISING GASCONY & BORDEAUX

Rates are for six nights on either: A whole boat charter basis or per person based on double occupancy per cabin for our GoBarging luxury hotel barge cruises with departures every Sunday, from March to November

2015 Rates in EUR( Euros )
ACCOMMODATION VALUE REGULAR
Stateroom per person €3,090 €3,550
Single Supplement €1,150 €1,300
Charter 6 guests wholeboat €21,500 €24,500
Charter 7 guests wholeboat €22,300 €25,400
Charter 8 guests wholeboat €23,100 €26,300
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Rates, additional charges and conditions are subject to change, and to
currency fluctuation, without notice - Errors and Omissions Excepted


DEPARTURE DATES - (sundays) RATE ROUTE
March - 29 Value Gascony
April - 05, 12, 19,26 Value Gascony
May - 03, 10, 17, 24, 31 Regular Gascony
June - 07, 14, 21, 28 Regular Gascony
July - 05 Regular Gascony
July - 12, 19, 26 Value Gascony
August - 02, 09, 16 Value Gascony
August - 23, 30 Regular Gascony/Bordeaux
September - 06, 13, 20, 27 Regular Gascony/Bordeaux
October - 04 Regular Gascony/Bordeaux
October - 11, 18, 25 Value Gascony/Bordeaux

CRUISE RATES INCLUDES....
GASCONY CRUISE: Price for Rosa includes: Transfer from the Hotel Pullman Toulouse Centre at 16:00 to the barge mooring on Sunday and transfer back to Toulouse the following Saturday morning by 10:30. If you are not staying the night before in Toulouse and arriving by train on Sunday from Paris we recommend booking the following trains in advance: Sunday departing Paris Montparnasse at 09:29 arriving Toulouse at 15:02 and return Saturday departure from Toulouse at 10:58 arriving Paris Montparnasse at 16:33

BORDEAUX AND GASCONY CRUISE: Price for Rosa includes:
Transfer from the Pullman Bordeaux Aquitania Hotel in Bordeaux centre at 16:00 to the barge mooring on Sunday (If you have stayed here the night pre cruise) or Bordeaux TGV station at 16:20, and transfer back to Bordeaux the following Saturday morning by 11:00 If you are not staying the night before in Bordeaux and arriving by train on Sunday from Paris we recommend booking the following trains in advance: Sunday departing Paris Montparnasse at 12:27 arriving Bordeaux at 15:42 and return Saturday departure from Bordeaux at 11:18 arriving Paris Montparnasse at 14:40

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS... Gascony (March to August)

  • Visit the renowned Chateau Bellevue la Foret for a winery tour and tasting
  • Cruise the 1000 foot long Aqueduct
  • Visit to Chateau de Goudourville and a tour of Auvillar
  • Tour the medieval town and castle of Nerac
  • Guided tour and private tasting at a renowned local Armagnac producer

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS... Bordeaux ( August to October )

  • Tour of the famous Saint Emilion
  • Visit the impressive Chateau de Duras
  • Visit to the Bastide village of Vianne and ancient Barbaste
  • Wine, cheese and Armagnac tastings
  • Visits to the village of Le Mas d'Agenais and the colourful market of Marmande

CUISINE ABOARD....

  • 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, Cabecou, Roquefort, Laguiole

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CRUISE MAP

CLASSIC GASCONY CRUISE ITINERARY - Agen to Montauban

Sunday Day 1 - AGEN
Guests are met at the **designated meeting point and escorted in the air-conditioned minibus to Rosa, moored in the charming town of Agen. Following a champagne welcome, there is time for a stroll around the port, before your first dinner on board

Monday Day 2 - AGEN TO VALENCE D'AGEN
This morning we visit Chateau du Frandat, near Nerac, for private tastings of their esteemed Armagnac and Floc du Gascogne and Buzet wines in delightful surroundings. After lunch aboard we enjoy a short cruise through the bucolic countryside to Lamagistère. From here we can travel the ten minutes by cycle or by minibus to Donzac and its Conservatoire of traditional trades. One can step back into the past in this extensive exhibition of rural life and after admiring the superb display. Return to Rosa and cruise to Valence d'Agen, an 18th C "Bastide" town with its Palladian canal side public wash-house and its arcaded market place. Dinner aboard.

Tuesday Day 3 - VALENCE D'AGEN TO MOISSAC
After breakfast we drive to Auvillar, a 15th century village renowned for its pottery and circular 17thC covered market perched high on the side of a gorge above the River Garonne. Return to the barge for lunch, and our cruise this afternoon sees the Rosa rising up from the Tarn and turning west on the brick-lined canal through Moissac. This evening we stroll ashore, to taste regional specialties at the acclaimed restaurant ‘Le Pont Napoleon ‘, where celebrated TV Chef Rick Stein cooked Tarn-caught Pike for the BBC TV series portraying his cruise aboard the Rosa between Bordeaux and Toulouse.

Wednesday Day 4 - MOISSAC TO CASTELSARRASIN
An hour’s cruise on the Tarn takes us to the nautical base of St. Nicolas de la Grave for a morning swimming or canoeing. Alternatively, we may visit Moissac's ancient Abbey, one of the architectural highlights of the region, founded in the 7th century with its wonderfully preserved cloisters and chapel. After lunch we continue our cruise towards Castelsarrasin crossing the River Tarn via a 1000 foot long, red brick aqueduct. Dinner aboard.

Thursday Day 5 - CASTELSARRASIN TO MONTECH
A leisurely cruise this morning allows us to enjoy the barge’s sundeck, or walk and cycle along the towpath. Before arriving in Montech, we negotiate the remarkable inclined Water Plane. This amazing feat of engineering by passes five locks and raises the barge 43 feet all in one go! After lunch aboard, a short drive takes us to the Ferme des Jauberts at Angeville where we can tour and taste the foie gras of Eric Couderc. Return to the barge and try your hand at a game of Boules on the quay this evening before dinner aboard.

Friday Day 6 - MONTECH TO MONTAUBAN
This morning Rosa meanders down the flight of ten locks on the beautiful and recently restored branch canal skirting the Forest of Agre, and moors in the port of the historical town of Montauban. In the afternoon we head into the Côtes du Frontonnais wine region in the minibus, for a tasting at the renowned Chateau Bellevue la Foret. Our introduction to the outstanding cuvee ‘Optimum’ is in the skilled hands of Diane Germain, the Boston educated daughter of the house. . Captains Farewell Dinner aboard.

SaturdayDay 7 - MONTAUBAN
After breakfast, guests disembark the hotel barge and transfer to the **designated drop off point.

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

**The designated meeting and drop off point is Toulouse. Other options are available for charter groups

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CLASSIC GASCONY CRUISE ITINERARY - Montauban to Agen

Sunday Day 1 - MONTAUBAN

Guests are met by the captain at 4.00pm at a designated hotel in 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 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 and 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 at the renowned Chateau Bellevue la Foret. Our introduction to the outstanding cuvee ‘Optimum’ is in the skilled hands of Diane Germain, the Boston educated daughter of the house. 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, amongst the stalls in the half-timbered streets and returning laden with fresh produce, 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. Dinner aboard.

Wednesday Day 4 - CASTELSARRASIN TO MOISSAC
After breakfast, we cross the River Tarn via a 1000 foot long, red brick aqueduct to descend towards Moissac through a staircase of locks bedecked with flowers. We moor for lunch on the Tarn River below the old watermill and later we can cruise downstream on the Tarn for an hour to the nautical base of St. Nicolas de la Grave for an afternoons swimming or canoeing. Alternatively, we may visit Moissac's ancient Abbey, one of the architectural highlights of the region, founded in the 7th century with its wonderfully preserved cloisters and chapel. This evening we stroll ashore, to taste regional specialties at the acclaimed restaurant ‘Le Pont Napoleon ‘, where celebrated TV Chef Rick Stein cooked Tarn-caught Pike for the BBC TV series portraying his cruise aboard the Rosa .

Thursday Day 4 - MOISSAC TO VALENCE D'AGEN
An early start sees the Rosa rising up from the Tarn and turning West on the brick lined canal through Moissac. After Rosa negotiates the swing bridge, we cruise between the placidly flowing waters of the Garonne River on the left and the foothills of the Quercy massif on the right and moor at Pommevic. After lunch we drive to Auvillar, a 15th century village renowned for its pottery and circular 17thC covered market perched high on the side of a gorge above the River Garonne. Return to Rosa and cruise to Valence d'Agen, an 18th C "Bastide" town with its Palladian canal side public wash-house and its arcaded market place. Dinner aboard

Friday Day 5 - 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 by minibus to Donzac and its Conservatoire of traditional trades. One can step back into the past in this extensive exhibition of rural life and after admiring the superb display. After lunch, we visit Chateau du Frandat for private tastings of their esteemed Armagnac and Floc du Gascogne and Buzet wines in delightful surroundings. Return to Rosa for a leisurely cruise to the historic town of Agen. Captains Farewell Dinner aboard.

Saturday Day 6 - AGEN T
After breakfast, guests disembark the hotel barge and transfer to** the designated drop off point 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 designated meeting and drop off point is Toulouse. Other options are available for charter groups.

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CLASSIC BORDEAUX CRUISE ITINERARY - Boe to Castet-en-Dorthe

Sunday, Day 1 Boe
Guests are met at the **designated meeting point and escorted in the air-conditioned minibus to Rosa, moored in Boe. Following a champagne welcome, there is time for a stroll, before returning for your first dinner aboard.

Monday, Day 2 Boe to Serignac-sur-Garonne
Morning cruise to Serignac-sur-Garonne, where we cross a spectacular aqueduct which spans the Garonne - this is one of the longest masonry aqueducts in France. After lunch we visit the medieval town of Nerac and tread in the footsteps of King of France 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. Finally, we stop at the Lapeyrade Estate for a cellar tasting of Armagnac, the oldest alcohol in France. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Serignac-sur-Garonne to Damazan
This morning, we depart early to enjoy the colourful market of Agen and then we cruise to Damazan, a pretty fortified village with pastel coloured houses, and our peaceful mooring. After lunch we 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. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Damazan to Le Mas d’Agenais
This morning we visit the traditional cooperage of Saint-Martin, where we discover the secrets of how the barrels are used to enhance the great wines of Bordeaux. Return to the hotel barge and enjoy a relaxing cruise to Le Mas d'Agenais, with time to walk or cycle the towpath through stunning countryside. Le Mas d’Agenais is a lovely little village; its 11th century church has a beautiful Romanesque doorway and an original masterpiece by Rembrandt. This afternoon we visit the workshop to see the different stages of manufacture of cheese, ending with a tasting of different goats cheeses, including some flavoured with ash and chilli. On the way back to the hotel barge we stop in the picturesque village of Mas and visit the Romansque Church containing the original masterpiece by Rembrandt, Dinner ashore at a nearby auberge.

Thursday, Day 5 Le Mas d’Agenais to Mielhan-sur-Garonne
Morning cruise to the village of Meilhan-sur-Garonne with a view over the valley of the Garonne. 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. This medieval chateau was a pleasure palace in the 18th century and has stunning architecture. We wander through its 35 rooms and museum before returning to the hotel barge. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Mielhan-sur-Garonne to Castet-en-Dorthe
After breakfast we cruise to Castet-en-Dorthe, following the nearby River Garonne. In the afternoon we 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 Chateau Beau-Sejour-Becot, producer of premier grand crus classes, where we discover the secrets of the vine and the wine, aided by a tasting! Captains Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Castet-en-Dorthe
After breakfast, guests disembark the barge and transfer to the **designated drop off point.

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

**The designated meeting and drop off point is Bordeaux.

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CLASSIC BORDEAUX CRUISE ITINERARY - Castet-en-Dorthe to Boe

Sunday, Day 1 Castet-en-Dorthe
Guests are met at the **designated meeting point 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.

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 the *designated drop off point.

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

**The designated meeting and drop off point is Bordeaux.

 

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