louisa - canal du midi


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louisa - canal du midi

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louisa - canal du midi

Canal Barge in France






best holiday ever!

"Tomorrow is the last day of winter here, but we cannot ever forget the best holiday ever that we have experienced, rest assured we have shared your details with our friends in the hope they can experience 5 or 6 perfect days after whatever else they may do in Europe." Neil and Lesley.


unique and beautiful experience on the canal du midi

"We have had a fabulous time despite a few days of cool weather. David and Jenny have been the most generous hosts and have gone out of their way to ensure that we have been provided with gourmet meals, excellent wines and a lovely trip on the canal with the most magnificent scenery. David has chauffeured us around the places of interest while Jenny has worked hard in the kitchen to prepare delicious local produce. We will have no hesitation in recommending any of our friends to come on board the Louisa and enjoy the very unique and beautiful experience of cruising along the canal du midi. We are pretty sure we'll be back to cruise with them again in the not too distant future". Lorna and Donald.


will fondly remember our time on Louisa

"We have had an amazing holiday and will fondly remember our time on Louisa with you, the vegetarian food was wonderful, thank you". Melinda and Kevin.



4 day / 3 nights CARCASSONNE MAGIC CRUISE from US$ 1770 / person

The barge Louisa offers a peaceful and relaxing passage through the tranquil Canal du Midi, making the merest crease in the environment and yet still giving effortless access to ancient towns, villages and the sleepy river banks of the Languedoc region. A cruise on the Canal du Midi on Louisa is a luxurious slow indulgence. With fine dining and complementing wines, relaxing on her 20m deck watching the water break into ripples at the bow and visits to the rich lush vineyards, this is not just a vacation, it is a memory that will last forever.







THE 4 PASSENGER BARGE louisa

Louisa’s open plan saloon and dining area is bright and airy. Catering for only 4 guests, there’s lots of room to relax and enjoy the different parts of the day with comfortable seating to wind down and a dining area that allows for slow dining. The saloon also has full entertainment with TV music and games. Louisa’s deck is 20m long, providing comfortable seating for lunch. Sun loungers and a 4m sun shade make this deck the perfect place to watch the Canal move slowly past. Accommodation consists of two well-appointed air conditioned cabins located above the water line, with white Egyptian linen, luxury toiletries, soft white bath robes and full size beds and showers.




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  • 2017 cruise
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    charter

    the whole barge for 2 persons

    the whole barge for 3 persons

    the whole barge for 4 persons



  • season 2017
    3 or 4 night cruise

    Apr to Oct

    US$ 3540 / 4720 for the whole boat

    US$ 5310 / 7080 for the whole boat

    US$ 7080 / 9440 for the whole boat



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    all inclusive

    APRil to OCTober 2018
    US$ price on request

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Price for Louisa includes:

• Collection and return from pre-arranged rendezvous. • Accommodation for two, three or four persons. • Breakfast, lunch and four-course dinner. • A fine wine selection and open bar. • Two excursions. • Full use of the barges excellent hybrid mountain bikes.



These rates do not include:
• Insurance • Personal expenses • Gratuities to the crew (between 7 and 10%)



To avoid currency exchange fees,
• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.



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itinerary 1 - Lalande to Trébes on the Canal du Midi


(5 days / 4 nights)
SUNDAY - Lalande

You will be met by your skipper David in Carcassonne or Toulouse between 10am and 11am, or by arrangement. Travelling by luxury air conditioned estate car, you will arrive on board ‘Louisa’ beside the beautiful rural lock, Lalande. Jenny will be there to greet you and welcome you on board. After making yourselves comfortable in your cabins and the crew has stored any extra luggage in the bow, David will open the champagne and lunch will be served on deck. After lunch we will cruise for an hour toward Carcassonne, mooring Louisa in a pretty rural location for your first evening. Today David will take you to the local vineyard for wine tasting and a visit to the grounds of the Chateau. This vineyard is one of the best in the region and the wines presented on board are mostly from there. This is your first evening on board ‘Louisa’ and your dinner will be leisurely, with wines for each course presented by David.


MONDAY- Carcassonne

Breakfast is French style – Fresh bread, croissants, jams, ham and cheese, juice, fresh coffee and teas. Today, after breakfast we cruise to Carcassonne. You can relax on deck and enjoy the sunshine and scenery as we travel slowly through the lovely countryside towards Carcassonne. We will arrive in Carcassonne in time for lunch on deck. After lunch David will escort you to the city of Carcassonne which is a wonderful city, full of things to see and do. You can visit the fortified city, enjoy the live music, street theatre, churches and castles. or sit in a café in one of the lovely squares. This evening, dinner will be served on board in Carcassonne.


TUESDAY - Carcassonne toward Trèbes

This morning, after breakfast, we will cruise toward Trebes, a pretty port with an olive oil plant and factory, and a great triple lock. After lunch we will visit Castelnaudary, an amazing town, which is home to the largest basin on the canal and the world’s best Cassoulet! Dinner tonight will be on board.


WEDNESDAY - Trèbes

Leisurely breakfast on board. After breakfast we will cruise slowly into the port of Trebes. After lunch David will take you to visit the olive oil plant and wander in the old port. Dinner tonight will be on board.


THURSDAY- Trèbes

Leisurely breakfast on board. Transfer to drop off point in Toulouse or Carcassonne between 10am and 11am.


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



itinerary 2 - Lalande to Trébes on the Canal du Midi


(4 days / 3 nights)
SUNDAY - Lalande

You will be met by your skipper David in Carcassonne or Toulouse between 10am and 11am, or by arrangement. Travelling by luxury air conditioned estate car, you will arrive on board ‘Louisa’ beside the beautiful rural lock, Lalande. Jenny will be there to greet you and welcome you on board. After making yourselves comfortable in your cabins and the crew has stored any extra luggage in the bow, David will open the champagne and lunch will be served on deck. After lunch we will cruise for an hour toward Carcassonne, mooring Louisa in a pretty rural location for your first evening. Today David will take you to the local vineyard for wine tasting and a visit to the grounds of the Chateau. This vineyard is one of the best in the region and the wines presented on board are mostly from there. This is your first evening on board ‘Louisa’ and your dinner will be leisurely, with wines for each course presented by David.


MONDAY- Carcassonne

Breakfast is French style – Fresh bread, croissants, jams, ham and cheese, juice, fresh coffee and teas. Today, after breakfast we cruise to Carcassonne. You can relax on deck and enjoy the sunshine and scenery as we travel slowly through the lovely countryside towards Carcassonne. We will arrive in Carcassonne in time for lunch on deck. After lunch David will escort you to the city of Carcassonne which is a wonderful city, full of things to see and do. You can visit the fortified city, enjoy the live music, street theatre, churches and castles. or people-watch as you sit in a café in one of the lovely squares. This evening, dinner will be served on board in Carcassonne.


TUESDAY - Carcassonne toward Trèbes

This morning, after breakfast, we will cruise toward Trebes, a pretty port with an olive oil plant and factory, and a great triple lock. We will moor in another beautiful location for the evening. After lunch David will take you into Trebes to visit the olive oil plant and wander in the old port. Dinner tonight will be on board.


WEDNESDAY - Trèbes

Leisurely breakfast on board. Transfer to the drop off point in Toulouse or Carcassonne between 10am and 11am.


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




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