Make lasting memories with a cruise aboard the colourful and charming Saraphina.
Explore the wonders of the Languedoc-Roussillon and discover the 350-year-old masterpiece that is the Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We endeavour to make your holiday one to remember.
From the moment you step onboard you will have only one thing to do, RELAX and let a crew of 3 take care of your every need. We invite you to cruise with us through tiny bridges, unique oval locks, and the French countryside enveloped by vines.
Saraphina is a Dutch barge built in 1924. During her early life, she was used for transporting freight throughout Holland.
She has now been lovingly converted into a hotel barge, carefully and tastefully designed to ensure all guests enjoy a relaxed and comfortable stay. Saraphina is a charismatic, old-fashioned boat with a contemporary, bright and welcoming interior. During a 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.
What is included in the tour
- Rental of the boat with 2 air conditioned cabins
- Use of the kitchen and BBQ
- 2 crew (Pilot and Hostess)
- Towels, bathrobes & hairdryers
- 3-5 hours of cruising each day
What is NOT included in the tour
- Cruises do not include air fares
- Health or accident insurance
- Trip cancellation insurance
- Optional activities such as horse-riding or items of a personal nature such as laundry
- Communication charges or purchases
- The medieval city of Carcassonne
- The historic streets of Pezenas
- The Cistercian Abbey of Fontroide
- The attractive town of Narbonne
- Charming Beziers, birthplace of Pierre-Paul Riquet, the engineer of the Canal du Midi
- The medieval Cathar village of Minerve
- Excellent towpath for walking and cycling
Portiragnes to Homps
Sunday - We pick you up from your hotel, train station, or local airport and bring you safely aboard Saraphina. After a short cruise through the "mini Camargue" and Champagne welcome, your first dinner will be served aboard. A beautiful mooring in the country side close to the village of Portiragnes.
Monday - After breakfast you will be taken to the historic streets of renaissance Pezenas with its arts, crafts and antique shops. After a typical bistro lunch in Beziers we cruise over the aquaduct and up the majestic flight of locks at fonserannes. This evenings mooring a stones through away from Beziers.
Tuesday - The morning visit brings you to the cistercien abbey of Fontfroide. After lunch at a quaint restaurant, with a stunning view over the "pond of Montady" we cruise along the windiest part of the canal to our mooring in Capestang, a small village with a charming square where you can enjoy an aperitif with a view on the enormous 12th century collegial church.
Wednesday - Our tour guide takes you to Narbonne. known for the arch bishops palace, the gothic cathedral, shopping, and the famous covered food market, where you will choose a selection of sea food or charcuterie to enjoy back onboard. We then cruise to another stunning mooring next to the sleepy village of Le Somail. Take the opportunity to visit the world famous antique book shop and the ateliers. In the evening you can walk to a restaurant in the village to wine and dine.
Thursday - Thursday's visit brings you to the medieval cathar village Minerve and the olive oil factory Oulibo. You will then enjoy your lunch ashore returning to the barge for an afternoon cruise to Roubia. A wine tasting before dinner could be organised if you wish.
Friday - The medieval city of Carcassonne is a highlight of the week. After a guided tour around europe's largest medieval fortified town and lunch there we set off for the final cruise to the village of Homps and farewell dinner aboard.
Saturday - After breakfast you will be transferred to train station, hotel or local airport for your onward journey.