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Mam Goz

5 STAR CLASS BARGE

BARGE CRUISE

6 PEOPLE

CANAL DU RHONE À SÈTE

Barging in Provence
The MAM GOZ Luxury Hotel Barge offers barge cruises in the South of France. Along the french canals, waterways, and rivers of the Canal du Rhône à Sète, the Canal du Midi, and the Rhône river. The MAM GOZ Luxury Hotel Barge can be booked as a private charter for up to 6 passengers. Ideally situated in the South of France, the MAM GOZ Luxury Hotel Barge is moored in Aigues-Mortes, close to Avignon, Nîmes, and Arles between the wild Camargue and the fascinating Provence. A hotel Barge in French waterways Upper deck MAM GOZ is a hotel barge in France cruising the Provence. Specially adapted to the Canal du Midi, it has a maximum length of 29.8 m to enter the locks. Ideally built to navigate the rivers and waterways of southern France, MAM GOZ can accommodate up to 6 people.
Discover the culture of South of France
Eric and Christel love the cuisine from the South of France influenced by the different Mediterranean cultures. This cuisine is a synonym of sun and friendliness. During your canal barge cruise in Provence, we will share with you our passion for Southern French cuisine. Quality of products is essential. So, Eric and Christel spend the winter season looking for the best producers in the region which work in respect of the environment and with a high-quality goal. They taste and select local products to offer you the best cuisine. Similarly, they visit cellars and vineyards of the Rhone, Provence, and Languedoc to serve you the finest local wines. These products are tastefully prepared by Eric. Fish, meat, and vegetables simply seasoned with olive oil, fresh spices, and herbs of the region; there lies truly the secret of his cuisine: simple, colored, just good.
Breakfast
To start the day well, breakfast must the generous. On MAM GOZ, we will serve a traditional French breakfast with hot drinks: coffee, tea, chocolate, or milk with fresh orange juice. Croissants and similar products such as chocolatine will accompany the French baguette with honey and jam. Of course cheese, ham, and eggs as well as cereals, yogurt, and dried fruit will also be available to satisfy you.
The aperitifs
Before each meal is taken on board, an aperitif will be served on the upper deck. It will be a privileged moment to discover new wines and grape varieties of this rich and wonderful region. Of course, other spirits such as gin, vodka, whisky, and pastis will be on board to satisfy you as well as sweet wines from the region such as MUSCAT DE LUNEL Clos de Bellevue, the famous French vermouth Noilly Prat or Banyuls. You will have at your disposal softs, orange juice, and the worldwide known sparkling EAU de PERRIER from which the source is located only a few kilometers from the waterway we are barging. Your aperitif will be served together with Mediterranean « mises en bouche » for example tapenade, caviar d’aubergines, or anchoïade.
Lunch and Dinner on board
Meals are taken on board respect the standards of the French cuisine with a 4 courses meal. Our products as mentioned before, are provided by local producers specially selected by us for their excellent quality.
Drinks served with meals
The Rhône-valley, second vineyard after the Bordeaux region, has AOC wines among the most remarkable of France (Côte-rôtie, Hermitage, Chateauneuf-du-Pape…). Les Côtes de Provence produces a generous and full of sun wine with wonderful rosé wines. During our barging in the south of France we will come across some local vineyards such as Clairette de Bellegarde, Costières de Nîmes that might surprise you. The Languedoc at last is the largest wine region of France between the mountains and the Mediterranean. For a long time, it produced low-quality wine tables. But for the last 30 years the wines of the Languedoc thanks to passionate men and women produce nowadays remarkable wines to be tasted during the cruise. So to discover or discover again the vineyards of our beautiful region, a different wine will be proposed at each meal according to your taste and of course adapted to the menu proposed. You could taste for example, a Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Mont Redon or the famous Fiole du Pape, a Côte-rôtie Domaine de Bonserine, a Gigondas Domaine des Bosquets, a Clairette de Bellegarde Terre des Chardons, a Vin des Sables Montcalm Prestige, a Costières de Nîmes Château Beaubois or a Pic Saint Loup Domaine de l'Hortus, or a AOC Languedoc La Clape Château Mire l'Étang… Natural or sparkling water and orange juice will also be at your disposition. During the cruise, at any moment of the day, natural or sparkling water, softs, orange juice, beer, local red, white or rosé wine as well as coffee or tea will be at your disposition.
Lunch or dinner taken outside
According to the day or the place, we visit we can choose either bistro, gastronomic, traditional or even sometimes exotic cuisine. Meals taken outside are important: it’s the time to rest between two visits or after a cruise; time to relax; the pleasure to be together but also to discover other atmospheres and new flavors.
About us
MAM GOZ is a Luxemotor barge built in 1923 in Papenburg, Germany. In 2005, she started a new life after being shortened by 8 m to be adapted to “le Canal du Midi”. Until 2015 she was run as B&B in Colombiers, near Béziers on the “Canal du Midi”. In July 2016, OZ crossed France to a Belgian shipyard to be refitted. Renamed MAM GOZ, meaning grandmother in the Breton language, she moors now in Aigues-Mortes where she will be run as hotel canal barge cruises on the waterways of the South of France and the Rhône. Today, MAM GOZ barge is homologated by the French administration “Voies Navigables de France” as a 6 passenger commercial boat. Christel and Éric have worked in transportation and tourism for many years. They decided to return to the South of France where they have already operated a passenger boat. They want to share their love of this region by cruising with MAM GOZ. Eric, captain for more than 20 years, is also passionate about cooking. This passion comes from his grandmother and mother, true “cordon bleu”. They transmitted to him their knowledge of traditional cuisine, tasty and generous. He returned to school in 2017 during one year to be a professional cook and learn the basics of French cuisine. Christel has worked for a long time in a travel agency and knows perfectly “le Midi de la France”. She will share her passion for Provence and Camargue with her guests aboard MAM GOZ. The crew of MAM GOZ is completed by a pilot who allows Éric to prepare delicious menus. Depending on the excursions, a guide or a specialist in nature can accompany you in discovering the sites, monuments, and parks that make the richness of Provence and Camargue. The last crew member is Jazz, an adorable little Coton de Tulear. This is the mascot on board, but he can stay with friends onshore during the cruise if you prefer. His presence is obviously not obligatory.
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Day 1

Welcome and boarding

Around 4 pm, you will board the MAM GOZ moored on the Rhône River in Avignon. After you settle in, you can rest on board or enjoy a walk along the banks or in the center of the beautiful town of Avignon, the famous ‘Popes City’. Then, it will be time for welcome champagne and drinks, meet the crew and learn more about your itinerary. We will have prepared a succulent meal, that our chef will serve after the special “mise en bouche”!

Saturday

AVIGNON

Day 2

Visit of AVIGNON - cruise to VALLABREGUES

The morning begins with a guided visit to the famous Palais des Papes. Capital of the western Christian world in the fourteenth century. Avignon presents an exceptional set of monuments, beautiful squares, remarkable mansions, winding alleys and fashion boutiques. After lunch in a specially selected restaurant, you will have time for a spot of shopping in Avignon. We will then cruise the Rhône River, arriving at the small village of Vallabrègues.

Sunday

Day 3

LES ALPILLES in PROVENCE - cruise to ARLES

You will enjoy discovering steep hills in the heart of Provence: the Alpilles. Visit ‘Les Baux-de-Provence’, a fortified medieval city with its winding streets, shady terraces and imposing fortress. Then, you will meet the true star of the Alpilles: the delicious olive oil produced by the Moulin de Castelas. After lunch, on a typical small village square, you will discover Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Packed with fashionable boutiques and art galleries. During your cruise to Arles, you will pass an impressive lock with a height difference of 14 m.

Monday

Day 4

ARLES, an ancient roman city - cruise to SAINT-GILLES

How can the magic of Arles be explained? Does it come from the light that once so dazzled Van Gogh? The impressive architectural vestiges since the Roman epoc that are the legacy of successive generations? You will find the answers thanks to the insights of your guide during the visit to this marvellous city of Provence. Lunch will be taken in a typical restaurant. Then, you will navigate the Petit Rhône, one of the arms of the delta du Rhône which encloses the Camargue. Before ending the day in Saint-Gilles, famous for its pilgrimage developed since the 11th century.

Tuesday

Day 5

Day Trip in CAMARGUE - Cruise to GALICIAN

Today you will explore the heart of Camargue with a visit to a traditional horse and bull breeding farm. Their motto is: “Rustique & Authentique”. What else? You will share a unique moment with local guides to understand the traditions and life in Camargue. Either on a cart filled with straw or on a horse, you will approach the animals to feed them in their natural environment. After a “déjeuner” on board, you will go to the capital of the Camargue. Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer with its fortified church which is famous for its gypsy’s pilgrimage. Depending on the season, you may enjoy swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. In the afternoon, back on board, comfortably relaxing on the upper deck, you will discover a part of the Camargue with its white horses and bulls living among the reeds and ponds.

Wednesday

Day 6

Cruise to AIGUES-MORTES

In the morning, you will navigate the Canal du Rhône à Sète and enjoy the wild and preserved Camargue, one of Europe’s largest wetlands reserves. Followed by a stop in Aigues-Mortes, founded by King Saint-Louis to harbour on the Mediterranean Sea. After lunch in a specially selected restaurant, you will be enchanted for more than 3 hours, by the magic of the “Salins d’Aigues-Mortes”. In a 4×4, accompanied by a local guide, you will discover inaccessible places, fauna and flora that you will not see anywhere else. Visit of Aigues-Mortes: this beautiful touristic city remains surrounded by medieval ramparts.

Thursday

Day 7

Transfer to airport or railway station

After breakfast transfer to the airport or railway stations in Montpellier.

Friday

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