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Rosa - gascony - Bordeaux

Canal Barge in France

"Rosa its spirited and enthusiastic crew made for an unforgettable adventure.
The crew is all simply the very best of people."

We have launched a new itinerary on selected departure dates for our hotel barge ‘Rosa’ which features more of the renowned Bordeaux wine region. The itinerary includes a visit to Saint Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and tastings of premier cru and grand cru wines - perfect for wine enthusiasts!




Rosa is an old Dutch “Clipper” barge that is being completely refitted in 2010 to a high specification. Her saloon is particularly welcoming and features attractive wood paneling, comfortable seating and a cozy bar. There are four air-conditioned staterooms, each with full en-suite facilities and offering comfortable accommodation for 8 passengers. Outside there is a spacious sundeck with comfortable furniture. Rosa also featured in the hugely successful television series, Rick Stein’s French Odyssey.

on board

itinerary - Agen to Montauban


Guests are met at the designated meeting point and escorted in the air-conditioned minibus to Rosa, moored in the Port of Boe in the town of Agen. Following a Champagne Welcome, there is time for a stroll around the port, before returning for your first dinner on board..


This morning we visit Domaine Lapeyrade, near Nerac, for private tastings of their esteemed Armagnac and Floc du Gascogne and Buzet wines in delightful surroundings. After lunch aboard we enjoy a short cruise through the bucolic countryside to Lamagistère. From here we can travel the ten minutes by cycle or by minibus to Donzac and its Conservatoire of traditional trades. One can step back into the past in this extensive exhibition of rural life and after admiring the superb display. Return to Rosa and cruise to Valence d'Agen, an 18th C "Bastide" town with its Palladian canal side public wash-house and its arcaded market place. Dinner on board.


After breakfast we drive to Auvillar, a 15th century village renowned for its pottery and circular 17thC covered market perched high on the side of a gorge above the River Garonne. Return to the barge for lunch, and our cruise this afternoon sees the Rosa rising up from the Tarn and turning west on the brick-lined canal through Moissac. This evening we stroll ashore, to taste regional specialties at the acclaimed restaurant ‘Le Pont Napoleon ‘, where celebrated TV Chef Rick Stein cooked Tarn-caught Pike for the BBC TV series portraying his cruise aboard the Rosa between Bordeaux and Toulouse.


An hour’s cruise on the Tarn takes us to the nautical base of St. Nicolas de la Grave for a morning swimming or canoeing. Alternatively, we may visit Moissac's ancient Abbey, one of the architectural highlights of the region, founded in the 7th century with its wonderfully preserved cloisters and chapel. After lunch we continue our cruise towards Castelsarrasin crossing the River Tarn via a 1000 foot long, red brick aqueduct. Dinner on board.


A leisurely cruise this morning allows us to enjoy the barge’s sundeck, or walk and cycle along the towpath. Before arriving in Montech, we negotiate the remarkable inclined Water Plane. This amazing feat of engineering by passes five locks and raises the barge 43 feet all in one go! After lunch aboard, a short drive takes us to the Ferme des Jauberts at Angeville where we can tour and taste the foie gras of Eric Couderc. Return to the barge and try your hand at a game of Boules on the quay this evening before dinner on board.


This morning Rosa meanders down the flight of ten locks on the beautiful and recently restored branch canal skirting the Forest of Agre, and moors in the port of the historical town of Montauban. In the afternoon we head into the Côtes du Frontonnais wine region in the minibus, for a tasting at the renowned Chateau Bellevue la Foret. Our introduction to the outstanding cuvee ‘Optimum’ is in the skilled hands of Diane Germain, the Boston educated daughter of the house. Captains Farewell Dinner on board.

After breakfast, guests disembark the barge and transfer to the designated drop off point.

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

itinerary - Castet-en-Dorthe

(August to October)
SUNDAY - Castet-en-Dorthe

Guests are met at the **designated meeting point and escorted in the air-conditioned minibus to Rosa, moored in Castet-en-Dorthe. Following a champagne welcome, there is time for a stroll before returning for your first dinner aboard.

MONDAY - Castet-en-Dorthe to Mielhan-sur-Garonne

Morning departure to visit the medieval town of Saint Emilion, a Unesco World Heritage site and centre of the most famous of the Bordeaux appellations. Later, we stop at Château Beau-Séjour Bécot, producer of premier grand crus classes, where we discover the secrets of the vine and the wine, aided by a tasting! Our afternoon is spent cruising the picturesque canal, sometimes following the River Garonne, to the port of Meilhan-sur- Garonne. Dinner on board.

TUESDAY - Mielhan-sur-Garonne to Le Mas d’Agenais

This morning we cruise to the charming little village of Le Mas d'Agenais. During the cruise you can cycle or walk the tow path and enjoy the stunning countryside. In the afternoon, we visit the 14thC Château de Duras which has been both a fortress and a stately home over its 900 year history. We wander through its 35 rooms and museum before returning to the barge. Dinner ashore at a local "auberge".

WEDNESDAY - Le Mas d’Agenais to Damazan

This morning we visit a goat farm and the owner explains the job of a goat herder and the different goat breeds. We then visit the workshop to see the different stages of manufacture, ending with a tasting of different goats cheeses, including some flavoured with ash and chili. Before returning to the barge we visit the village of Mas d’Agens. Its 11th century church has a beautiful Romanesque doorway and an original masterpiece by Rembrandt (1631). In the afternoon we cruise to Damazan, a pretty fortified village with pastel coloured houses. Dinner on board.

THURSDAY - Damazan to Serignac-sur-Garonne

In the morning we visit the traditional cooperage of St. Martin, where we discover the secrets of making the barrels that enhance the great wines of Bordeaux. We then head to the 13th C bastide (fortified village) of Vianne, and on to Barbaste with its fortified mill, protected by four square towers, and the nearby 12th century bridge with its 12 curved arches. The afternoon is devoted to relaxation and cruising. Dinner on board.

FRIDAY - Serignac-sur-Garonne to Boe

In the morning we visit the medieval town of Nerac and tread in the footsteps of King Henry IV and Queen Margot. The Castle was built in the 15th century but much was destroyed during the Revolution and, today, only the impressive North Wing remains. We then stop at the Lapeyrade estate for a cellar tasting of Armagnac, the oldest alcohol in France. In the afternoon, we cruise towards Boé and cross one of the longest masonry aqueducts in France, which spans the River Garonne. Captains Farewell Dinner on board.

After breakfast, guests disembark the barge and transfer to the designated drop off point

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

  • cruise

    individual or charter

    us$ price on request


    single supplement

    6 person charter

    7 person charter

    8 person charter

  • value season
    6 nights all inclusive

    14 - 21 Apr / 21 Jul - 18 Aug / 6 - 20 Oct

    3790 Euros per person

    1400 Euros

    26800 Euros

    27600 Euros

    28400 Euros

  • regular season
    6 nights all inclusive

    28 Apr - 14 Jul / 25 Aug - 29 Sep Sep

    4390 Euros per person

    1600 Euros

    30400 Euros

    31400 Euros

    32400 Euros

Price for Rosa includes:

Local transfer to and from the barge, a luxury 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, an open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of 4 crew and use of barge facilities, which includes bicycles.

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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Bon voyage!