saraphina - canal du midi

canal cruising in france

saraphina - canal du midi

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We endeavour 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 - canal du midi

Canal Barge in France

"Drifting down the Canal du Midi on Saraphina is a life changing experience: cozy cabins and exquisite meals make river cruising with Finnegan and Emily perfection."

Owners Finnegan and Emily bring their extensive experience in hospitality and piloting from their years on luxury barges, to make your week cruising on Saraphina the perfect holiday. Saraphina is a Dutch barge, built in 1924. Finnegan converted the barge in 2007. She cruises between Portiragnes plage and the majestic medieval city of Carcassonne, the locks at Beziers, the winding "grand bief" (long stretch of water between 2 locks) with beautiful views and pretty villages. Finnegan and Emily select unique places for your lunches or dinners ashore.



Saraphina has 2 spacious cabins each about 20 square meters in size. The aft cabin, which is designed for a couple has many original features giving it a traditional "boaty" feel. The front cabin is more contemporary modern with queen size or twin beds. Both cabins have en-suite bathrooms. Lunches and dinners can be enjoyed outside, in our covered wheelhouse, or in Saraphina's spacious dining area. The open kitchen allows you to see your meals being prepared by your hosts.

on board

itinerary - Portiragnes plage to Homps


We pick you up from your hotel, train station, or local airport and bring you safely aboard Saraphina. After a short cruise through the "mini Camargue" and Champagne welcome, your first dinner will be served aboard. A beautiful mooring in the country side close to the village of Portiragnes.


After breakfast you will be taken to the historic streets of renaissance Pezenas with its arts, crafts and antique shops. After a typical bistro lunch in Béziers we cruise over the aquaduct and up the majestic flight of locks at fonserannes. This evenings mooring a stones through away from Béziers.


The morning visit brings you to the cistercien abbey of Fontfroide. After lunch at a quaint restaurant with a stunning view of the "pond of Montady" we cruise along the windiest part of the canal to our mooring in Capestang, a small village with a charming square where you can enjoy an aperitif with a view on the enormous 12th century collegial church .


Our tour guide takes you to Narbonne. known for the archbishops palace, the gothic cathedral, shopping, and the famous covered foodmarket, where you will choose a selection of sea food or charcuterie to enjoy back onboard. we then cruise to another stunning mooring next to the sleepy village of Le Somail. Take the opportunity to visit the world famous antique book shop and the ateliers. In the evening you can walk to a restaurant in the village to wine and dine.


Thursday's visit brings you to the medieval cathar village Minerve and the olive oil factory «Oulibo». You will then enjoy your lunch ashore returning to the barge for an afternoon cruise to Roubia. A wine tasting before dinner could be organised if you wish.


The medieval city of Carcassonne is a highlight of the week. After a guided tour around europe’s largest medieval fortified town and lunch there we set off for the final cruise to the village of Homps and farewell dinner aboard.


After breakfast you will be tranferred to train station, hotel or local airport for your onward journey.

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

    Private charter 6 nights

    private charter 5 nights

    private charter 4 nights

    private charter 3 nights

    we pilot the boat
    you do the rest!

  • 2018 season
    full boat / 4 passengers

    April to October

    us$ price on request

    full board / 1/2 board

    14650 / 13650 Euros

    12850 / 11850 Euros

    11050 / 10050 Euros

    9250 / 8250 Euros

    4995 Euros - Apr / Jul / Aug / Oct

    5995 Euros - May & June

  • 2018 season
    full boat / 2 passengers

    April to October

    us$ price on request

    full board / 1/2 board

    11720 / 10720 Euros

    10880 / 9280 Euros

    8840/ 7840 Euros

    7420 / 6420 Euros

    5995 Euros - Apr / Jul / Aug / Oct

    6995 Euros - May & June

    14650 / 13150 Euros<br>

Price for Saraphina includes:

7 days full board price includes: • Full Board includes: - All meals from Sunday dinner through to Saturday breakfast, including some meals ashore (with house wine) at restaurants selected by the owners. • 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 inlcudes: • 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.

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

Self catering inlcudes:

• 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.

These rates do not include:
• Tours • transport service • food • beverages

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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