louisa - canal du midi


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louisa - canal du midi

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A cruise on the Canal du Midi on Louisa is a luxurious slow indulgence. With fine dining and
complementing wines, relaxing on 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.




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.







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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Choose between four, five or six day cruise on the canal du midi

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.



4 day - 3 night cruise from US$ 1740 person

Day 1

David will collect you from your hotel or agreed point at approx. 10.30am, and you should be stepping into Louisa in the port of Bram before midday. After settling into your cabins lunch will be served on deck. This afternoon we will cruise for 3 hours to the delightful village of Villesequelande where we moor for the night.

Day 2

This morning we cruise into the port of Carcassonne, the highlight of our cruise. Carcassonne is a hilltop town and is famous for its medieval citadel, La Cité, with numerous watchtowers and double-walled fortifications. The first walls were built in Gallo-Roman times, with major additions made in the 13th and 14th centuries. Château Comtal, a 12th-century castle within the Cité, offers archaeological exhibits and a tour of the inner ramparts. After lunch on deck there will be a visit to the medieval city, with lots of time to wonder and take in the sights.

Day 3

This morning after breakfast we take a leisurely cruise into the port of Trebes. This afternoon your visit is to the grounds of a beautiful chateau Pennautier, many of the wines enjoyed on Louisa are from this fine vineyard. Your wine tasting will be at the wine boutique in the grounds of the chateau. Tonight we dine in Trebes, and we will celebrate the regions famous dish ‘Cassoulet’, brought in from the award winning house in Castelnaudary.

Day 4

Relax enjoy your last croissant slowly, before we take you back to your point of departure.



5 day - 4 night cruise from US$ 2320 person

Day1

David will collect you from your hotel or agreed point at approx. 10.30am, and you should be stepping into Louisa in the port of Bram before midday. After settling into your cabins lunch will be served on deck. This afternoon we will cruise for 3 hours to the delightful village of Villesequelande where we moor for the night.

Day 2

This morning we cruise into the port of Carcassonne, the highlight of our cruise. Carcassonne is a hilltop town and is famous for its medieval citadel, La Cité, with numerous watchtowers and double-walled fortifications. The first walls were built in Gallo-Roman times, with major additions made in the 13th and 14th centuries. Château Comtal, a 12th-century castle within the Cité, offers archaeological exhibits and a tour of the inner ramparts. After lunch on deck there will be a visit to the medieval city, with lots of time to wonder and take in the sights.

Day 3

This morning after breakfast we take a leisurely cruise into the port of Trebes. This afternoon your visit is to the grounds and orangery of a beautiful chateau Pennautier, many of the wines enjoyed on Louisa are from this fine vineyard. Your wine tasting will be at the wine boutique in the grounds of the chateau and will five excellent wines.

Day 4

Our cruise today is to the pretty sleepy village of Marseillette. This is a good day to relax on deck or maybe cycle alone the path between locks. Our visit toady is to the village of Lagrasse. The village is famed for its Abbey, Medieval houses and streets, book and pottery fairs over the Summer months, and a lovely 12th century hump backed bridge. It is good place to explore anytime of the year. . Tonight we will celebrate the regions famous dish ‘Cassoulet’, brought in from the award winning house in Castelnaudary.

Day 5

Relax enjoy your last croissant slowly, before we take you back to your point of departure.



7 day - 6 night cruise from US$ 3482 person

Day1

David will collect you from your hotel or agreed point at approx. 2pm, and you should be stepping into Louisa early afternoon. Welcome reception and introductions to crew. Drinks will be served on deck after which there will be time to explore Trebes before we cruise to the village of Villedubert to moor for the night. This is your first evening and dinner will be a relaxed affair taken on deck or in the saloon.

Day 2

After breakfast we will cruise into the port of Carcassonne. Carcassonne is a hilltop town and is famous for its medieval citadel, La Cité, with numerous watchtowers and double-walled fortifications. The first walls were built in Gallo-Roman times, with major additions made in the 13th and 14th centuries. Château Comtal, a 12th-century castle within the Cité, offers archaeological exhibits and a tour of the inner ramparts. After lunch on deck there will be a visit to the medieval city, with lots of time to wonder and take in the sights. The tour inside the castle is done with an audio unit which will be arranged for you. There is also time to wander the cobbled streets and enjoy the music and ambience that is unique to this city.

Day 3

Our cruise this morning takes us to the picturesque village of Villesequelande (David’s favourite mooring) where we moor for the night. After lunch our visit today is to the grounds of a beautiful chateau Pennautier, many of the wines enjoyed on Louisa are from this fine vineyard. Today you will experience your first wine tasting at the wine boutique in the grounds of the chateau.

Day 4

The cruise time today will be longer and takes us through winding countryside to the port of Bram. Today after lunch your visit is to the ancient town of Montolieu, the town is famous for book shops and artisans of many talents. This is also the home of our wine merchant, and today he will introduce you to some wonderful new and old wines.

Day 5

Its market day in Bram today, so we will give you the opportunity to visit the local market after breakfast. Also our excursion today is in the morning to the medieval town of Miroprix, the town is truly magical with shops cafes and churches galore! Our Cruise this afternoon will be toward our destination of Castelnaudary we stop at a lovely rural village of Treboul.

Day 6

Today we arrive in the port of Castelnaudary. This lovely town has the largest basin on the Canal du Midi, a wonderful windmill, beautiful churches and local produce shops and cafes. This afternoon you will visit the beautiful medieval town of Revel, home the lake that feeds the canal, wonderful if you like walking. Tonight is the celebration of the cassoulet, which is brought in from the award winning house in Castelnaudary; the dish originated in this town and the war for the best is fought every year in grand style.

Day 7

Relax enjoy your last croissant slowly, before we take you back to your point of departure.





  • cruise
    description


    charter

    the whole barge for 2 persons

    the whole barge for 3 persons

    the whole barge for 4 persons



  • 2018 season
    3 / 4 night cruise
    all inclusive

    April to October

    US$ 4800 / 4800 for the whole boat

    US$ 5220 / 6960 for the whole boat

    US$ 6960 / 9280 for the whole boat



  • 2018 season
    6 night cruise
    all inclusive

    April to October

    US$ 7200 FOR THE WHOLE BOAT

    US$ 10440 FOR THE WHOLE BOAT

    US$ 13930 FOR THE WHOLE BOAT


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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