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Hotel Barge Cruises on the South of France

Canal Boat
1924
4 Guests

About This Boat

Discover the delights of the South of France and enjoy hotel barge cruises! Charter our Hotel Barge for up to 4 people. Rates as low as $2909 per night if you reserve 6 nights full board cruise.

Rates:

We uniquely offer 3, 4, 5 and 6 day charters, both half board and full board.

The barge can be rented by groups or families of four, and can be chartered on an exclusive basis for romantic escapes and honeymoons. Our short charters are ideal for those combining the cruise with a holiday elsewhere, such as Barcelona, only 3 hours away. All cruises also include transfers to and from local hotels, the train station or airport.

Full Board

6 Nights

• 4 Passengers: $17,450
• 2 Passengers: $13,900

5 Nights

• 4 Passengers: $15,450
• 2 Passengers: $12,250

4 Nights

• 4 Passengers: $13,450
• 2 Passengers: $10,700

3 Nights

• 4 Passengers: $11,450
• 2 Passengers: $8,900

Full Board includes

• All meals from Sunday dinner through Saturday breakfast, including 2/3 lunches ashore (with housewine) at restaurants selected by the owners. The other lunches taken onboard.
• Wines with meals on board
• Open bar
• All escorted excursions (golf, horse riding, etc at extra cost)
• Use of bicycles
• Transfers to and from the barge

Half Board 

6 Nights

• 4 Passengers: $16,450
• 2 Passengers: $12,700

5 Nights

• 4 Passengers: $14,450
• 2 Passengers: $11,250

4 Nights

• 4 Passengers: $12,450
• 2 Passengers: $9,700

3 Nights

• 4 Passengers: $10,450
• 2 Passengers: $7,900

Half Board includes

• All breakfasts and dinners from Sunday dinner through Saturday breakfast
• Wines with dinners on board
• All escorted side-excursions (golf, etc at extra cost)
• Open bar
• Use of bicycles
• Transfers to and from the barge
• All lunches are taken ashore at passengers expense

Cruises do not include airfares, visas, 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 and gratuities.

Self Catered Cruises

• 6 Nights: $6650

Self Catered Cruises Include

Rental of the boat with 2 air-conditioned cabins, use of the kitchen and BBQ, 2 crew (Pilot and Hostess), bicycles, towels, bathrobes, hairdryers, 3-5 hours of cruising each day

Not included: Tours, transport service, food, beverages. self-catered charters available in April, July, August, and October

What You Can Expect:

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 endeavor 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 to 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 onboard 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.

In addition to a lovely sun deck, there are two en-suite cabins to sleep four (One cabin 183 sq ft with twin beds or queen and one cabin 140 sq ft with double bed) both of which are equipped with everything you could need. Our unique dutch bikes are just another delightful way for you to discover the Canal du Midi.

What We Offer:

We uniquely offer 3, 4, 5 and 6 day charters, both half board and full board.

The barge can be rented by groups or families of four, and can be chartered on an exclusive basis for romantic escapes and honeymoons. Our short charters are ideal for those combining the cruise with a holiday elsewhere, such as Barcelona, only 3 hours away. All cruises also include transfers to and from local hotels, the train station or airport.

Full Board includes

• All meals from Sunday dinner through Saturday breakfast, including 2/3 lunches ashore (with house wine) at restaurants selected by the owners. The other lunches were taken onboard.
• Wines with meals on board
• Open bar
• All escorted excursions (golf, horse riding, etc at extra cost)
• Use of bicycles
• Transfers to and from the barge

Half Board includes

• All breakfasts and dinners from Sunday dinner through Saturday breakfast
• Wines with dinners on board
• All escorted side-excursions (golf, etc at extra cost)
• Open bar
• Use of bicycles
• Transfers to and from the barge
• All lunches are taken ashore at passengers expense

Cruises do not include air fares, visas, 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 and gratuities.

Self Catered Cruises

• Enjoy the freedom of a self-catered holiday without the responsibility of navigating the boat
• Barge Saraphina can accommodate four of 2 en-suite cabins, perfect for 2 couples or a family
• We take care of the piloting the boat (although you are welcome to assist), and service your cabins each day
• Full concierge services are included, i.e reserving restaurants, organizing guided day tours to Carcassonne, Pezenas or Narbonne and many more
• We can provide transport to the surrounding area
• You are welcome to use our fully equipped kitchen and there is a BBQ which travels with you
• We are even happy to do some basic shopping for you for your arrival
• Included: Rental of the boat with 2 air-conditioned cabins, use of the kitchen and BBQ, 2 crew (Pilot and Hostess), bicycles, towels, bathrobes, hairdryers, 3-5 hours of cruising each day

Not included: Tours, transport service, food, beverages. 

Self-catered charters available in April, July, August and October.

Itinerary

The Barge cruises between Portiragnes-Plage near the Mediterranean and the majestic medieval city of Carcassonne. To ensure that you make the most of your stay on-board, the days are split between exploring the surrounding area and cruising. While cruising you are free to unwind as you wish; watch the lovely landscape float by from the deck, relax in the lounge with its views of the passing canal and its inhabitants. Walk, jog or cycle (on our traditional Dutch bicycles) along the tow path. Should you wish, you can even try your hand at steering the barge from the covered wheelhouse, which has panoramic windows and comfortable seating.

Following a delicious breakfast your personal tour guide will pick you up to explore the local area and to enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. All itineraries can be tailored to accommodate specific sites of interest -- such as wineries and museums -- and include visits to: the historic streets of Pezenas and the Cistercian Abbey of Fontroide; the towns of Beziers and Narbonne; the medieval Cathar village of Minerve as well as the medieval city of Carcassonne.

Our barge is perfect for romantic honeymoon couples, a group of four friends or a family of four. We welcome children and ensure they will be entertained. In addition, we can offer a beach day, horse riding, water and adventure parks and canoeing.

What To Expect Onboard:

The Barger, Saraphina offers two spacious and very different cabins. Take a step back in time in Cabin Iona which retains its 1924 charm with original features. We have tried to keep this cabin as traditional as possible which gives you the idea of how the original crew lived onboard in 1924.

Cabin Ysee is contemporary, modern, light and airy. For your comfort, this cabin can be made up as a twin or queen size bed. Both cabins include bath towels, bathrobes, hairdryers and complimentary toiletries. The entire boat benefits from air conditioning.

Both cabins have private en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning and hanging space and shelves for your belongings. As you slowly wake up in the morning, your hosts will be preparing coffee and breakfast for you. Open your curtains to a new place and another day of discovery.

Details

  • Type: Canal Boat
  • Capacity: 4 People
  • Make Model: Dutch Barge
  • Year: 1924
  • Rental Minimum: 1 day

Rental Requirements

For full board the cruise includes accommodation for 6 nights with breakfast, lunch or dinner each day whilst on board. The remaining meals are to be taken ashore at our expense. For half board lunches are to be taken on shore at passengers' expense.Specially selected wines are provided with meals aboard and there is a well appointed bar. The cruise also includes chauffeured and guided excursions, use of bicycles, and transfers between the barge and the nominated meeting place.

Not included are airfares and transport to the nominated meeting place, personal holiday/travel insurance, special excursions and activities not discussed at time of booking.

You may cancel the charter at any time. Notice of cancellation must be received in writing (by mail fax or post) and is valid upon receipt. If cancellation is received more than 90 days prior to the charter, then the deposit will be retained. Cancellations received within 90 days of the start of the cruise are subject to forfeiture of the entire cost. There will be no refunds made for days missed on the cruise.

Changes in the cruising route may occur due to unexpected circumstances, such as weather, lock closures and repairs, unusually high or low water levels and other circumstances beyond our control. We reserve the right to alter the cruise route and excursions accordingly. Any such changes cannot be accepted as a reason for cruise cancellation. Alternative and equally agreeable routes / excursions will be chosen. Should our barge not be available for the dates reserved, or if the owners for circumstances beyond their control cancel the cruise, all sums received will be returned in full, and guest shall have no claim against the owners or barge. Sums will be prorated should only a portion of the trip be cancelled.

On board, we provide a safe and comfortable cruise. By booking a cruise aboard our barge, guests recognise and accept the existence of hazards inherent in traveling aboard the barge, it's vehicles and related excursions. These include, but are not limited to, slipping, tripping and falling or injuries resulting from collision. The barge and its owners assume no responsibility or liability for a guest's illness, injury, death or loss or damage of personal items whilst aboard the barge, its vehicles (including bicycles) however caused, except that we do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury which arises as a result of our negligence.

Insurance against personal accident, injury or illness, loss or damage to personal effects is not included in the cruise price and no responsibility can be accepted for such accidents and losses. We strongly recommend that guests insure themselves and their belongings. For the comfort and safety of all aboard Saraphina, smoking is not allowed inside the barge or its vehicles.

Specs

  • Life jackets/required safety gear
  • 2 Cabins
  • Toilet
  • Wheel steering
  • Outboard Engine
  • CD Player
  • Dinghy
  • Single Engine
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Head

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Meet Emily and Finnegan

Emily and Finnegan

Member Since Apr 2018

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