Guests are met in Toulouse** and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Rosa for a champagne welcome. Dinner on board.
This morning we head to old Montauban for a short stroll around this charming redbrick town on the banks of the River Tarn. Afterwards, we’ll take a short drive to an artisanal dairy farm at Ramier, where we experience the entire cheese making process, culminating in a delicious tasting with the opportunity to purchase a few slices to take home! Following lunch on board, Rosa meanders up the flight of nine locks on the beautiful, recently restored branch canal skirting the Forest of Agre and moors in the heart of the little town of Montech. Dinner on board.
After breakfast, we head into the Côtes du Frontonnais wine region in the minibus for a wine tasting at the renowned Château Bellevue la Fôret. Our introduction to the outstanding cuvée ‘Optimum’ is in the skilled hands of Diane Germain, the Boston-educated daughter of the house. Next, we’ll enjoy a guided tour of the remarkable inclined Water Plane of Montech, an amazing feat of engineering that by-passes five locks and, when back in service in the near future, will lower vessels 43 feet all in one go. After lunch on board, we will enjoy an afternoon cruise to Castelsarrasin, where there may even be time for a game or two of boules! Dinner on board.
This morning we visit the UNESCO-classified 7th century Abbaye St-Pierre de Moissac, with its wonderfully preserved cloisters and chapel. Following a delectable lunch of regional specialities at the excellent restaurant, ‘Le Florentin’, situated in front of the spectacular entrance portal of the abbey, This evening, we’ll cruise the River Tarn via the 1,000 foot long aqueduct, the Pont Canal du Cacor, then descend towards Moissac through a staircase of delightful locks and moor on the River Tarn below the old watermill. Dinner on board.
We visit Castelsarrasin’s market for breakfast this morning before starting our cruise, when 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 18th century Château de la Motte where we are given a private guided tour by the resident Countess. At the end of the tour we are even invited to take tea with her in the private apartments, as she explains to us her family’s famous association with the Kings of France. Before returning to Rosa we will see the 15th century hillside village of Auvillar, as well as touring the old “Bastide” town of Valence d’Agen, with its Palladian canalside public wash-house and arcaded marketplace. Dinner on board.
A leisurely morning cruise through the bucolic countryside to our final mooring at Boé. 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. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Toulouse..
Dimensions: 30m x 5m Corbieres and Minervois cabins, 130 sq feet with king-size or twin beds Laurgais cabin, 160 sq feet with king-size double bed and private entrance from the deck Malpere cabin, 85 sq feet with single bed, and much more...