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Esperance: Luxury Canal Cruise in France on the Canal du Midi Cruise In The South Of France On The Canal du Midi Aboard The Deluxe Hotel-Barge ESPERANCE



BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
Special Places Travel Logo.  EMAIL: info@specialplacestravel.com or PHONE: 1-877-642-2743 (001.443.321.3614 outside US/Canada).The 6-passenger Esperance is a new addition to our barges for 2017. Built in 1968 to carry wines between Bordeaux and Sète, Esperance is now a deluxe contemporary barge that has been redesigned as a private yacht with three large cabins, two are 200 sq. ft, and the third is being reconfigured to be 200 sq ft, all with queen beds or twins and an ensuite bathroom with shower. The layout of the open plan salon and dining area is bright and spacious; the furniture is built of solid teak, with white wool carpets and beautiful art work. The covered wheelhouse with comfortable seating is a perfect place for viewing the scenery along the canal as is the large partially covered deck with a hot tub, dining table and lounge chairs. The captain and owner of Esperance, Mathias Gilles, and his crew, including your private chef and tour guide, will take good care of you during your cruise. We were on board on April 2017 and spent time with Mathias and were very impressed with the many upgrades he has made to the barge.

Esperance provides high-end private charter cruises exploring the inland waterways of southern France on the famous Canal du Midi. Your cruise will be organized on the basis of a half-day sailing and a half-day activities or excursions. With a schedule dedicated to your comfort and built around your interests, your cruise is guaranteed to be an outstanding holiday experience with your family or friends. Your daily excursions can include a visit to Narbonne, with its covered market and Roman ruins, the Benedictine Abbey of Frontfroide, the medieval village of Minerve and the walled city of Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or you can choose among the many other sites of interest in the area.


Features




Esperance's Deck Plan
Esperance's Deck Plan




Dining Aboard The Esperance:
SAMPLE MENU



A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard the Esperance BREAKFAST
On board the Esperance passengers can enjoy breakfast either in the dining/lounge area or outside on our spacious sun deck.

Start your day with fresh squeezed morning juices, a selection of robust coffees, teas, hot chocolate, our buffet with an assortment of local fresh pastries, fresh fruit, yoghurts, milk, cereals, hard cheeses, meats and eggs made to order.

LUNCHEON
Luncheon buffet on board Esperance features hot and cold dishes, meats, salads,cheeses, fruit, dessert.

DINNER
Each evening enjoy a 4-course meal using fresh local, seasonal ingredients.

WINES
Wines served on board consist of a beautiful selection of local wines carefully selected by your host.






SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Canal du Midi
Beziers to Carcassonne 2017

Sunday
A member of the crew will welcome you at Beziers railway station at 4pm and transfer you to your beautiful barge Esperance moored in the enchanting countryside of the famous Canal du Midi. A champagne reception will be served on deck as a nice premise to your week cruise. You will then have plenty of time to discover the barge, its environment and to settle into your cabin before dinner.

Monday
Today be prepared for a very relaxing day. You will be surprised by the peacefulness of the barge while gliding through this beautiful 16th century canal. We will stop in Colombiers where you will have time to go for a walk before lunch. This afternoon's cruise will take us to the pretty village of Capestang; through the exciting Malpas tunnel famous for its unique structure. Quite an experience! This is the perfect day to go for a bicycle ride or enjoy a hike while the barge is moving slowly.

Tuesday
This morning we will drive to Narbonne, a lively city full of art and history. The choice is yours, you can go shopping in the many walking streets around the old town center, visit the colorful covered market, the Archbishop's Palace, the archaeological museum, or spend your morning at the Mediterranean Sea. A beautiful cruise today with many turns and loops and a romantic night mooring in the middle of the wines and arched trees.

Wednesday
For the religious history fans, Fontfroide is quite a site! This Abbey was founded as a Benedictine abbey in 1093 and affiliated with the Cistercians in 1145. It is a beautiful collection of religious buildings and the gardens around it are stunning. Or, if you prefer, we can visit the Olive factory at L'Oulibo, a prize-winning olive oil mill and a great place for tasting and buying olive oil or tapenade. This afternoon let the world float by as your lunch will be served on deck while the barge is moving slowly on this peaceful tree-lined canal all the way to a romantic night mooring in Le Somail with its fascinating antique bookshops and local potters and artists.

Thursday
Today a very scenic drive into the Minervois hills and "les Gorges de la Cesse" to get to Minerve. This amazing medieval village is perched on a spectacular rocky outcrop formed by the rivers Cesse and Brian. Famous for its Cathar history and its wine countryside, this village is full of charm and history. On the way back, how about a little wine tasting to discover more about the excellent wines this region has to offer? Time to relax on deck, as your floating hotel is on the move and the cruise will take you to a quiet mooring close to Homps.

Friday
Going through a couple of traditional locks the barge will cruise to our last mooring for the week, close to Carcassonne. After lunch you will have plenty of time to discover the world famous walled medieval town "la Cité de Carcassonne". This extraordinary place is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is said to be the most visited site in France. If you have already visited the Cité, we will visit Lagrasse, an attractive village now home to numerous pottery workers and artists attracted by the place itself and the renowned natural light of the region. The two highlights of the village are perhaps the Abbey and the bridges, although the narrow medieval streets of the village itself are also very attractive, and remains of the town walls can still be seen.

Saturday
After a wonderful breakfast your guide will take you to your hotel in Carcassonne or to the railway station to get to your next destination.

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. It runs in reverse on alternate weeks.






Esperance
2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 2 Beziers-Carcassonne
Apr 9 Carcassonne-Beziers
Apr 16 Beziers-Carcassonne
Apr 23 Carcassonne-Beziers
Apr 30 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
May 7 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
May 14 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
May 21 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
May 28 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jun 4 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jun 11 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jun 18 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jun 25 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jul 2 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jul 9 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 16 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jul 23 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jul 30 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Aug 6 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Aug 13 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Aug 20 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Aug 27 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Sep 3 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Sep 10 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Sep 17 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Sep 24 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Oct 1 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Oct 8 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Oct 15 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Oct 22 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular

2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 2 Beziers-Carcassonne
Apr 9 Carcassonne-Beziers
Apr 16 Beziers-Carcassonne
Apr 23 Carcassonne-Beziers
Apr 30 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
May 7 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
May 14 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
May 21 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
May 28 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jun 4 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jun 11 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jun 18 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jun 25 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jul 2 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jul 9 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 16 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jul 23 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jul 30 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Aug 6 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Aug 13 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Aug 20 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Aug 27 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Sep 3 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Sep 10 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Sep 17 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Sep 24 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Oct 1 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Oct 8 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Oct 15 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Oct 22 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular


Esperance
2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Mar 18 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Mar 25 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Apr 1 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Apr 8 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Apr 15 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Apr 22 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Apr 29 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
May 6 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
May 13 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
May 20 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
May 27 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jun 3 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jun 10 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jun 17 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jun 24 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jul 1 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jul 8 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 15 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jul 22 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jul 29 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Aug 5 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Aug 12 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Aug 19 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Aug 26 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Sep 2 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Sep 9 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Sep 16 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Sep 23 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Sep 30 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Oct 7 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Oct 14 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Oct 21 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Oct 28 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular

2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Mar 18 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Mar 25 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Apr 1 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Apr 8 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Apr 15 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Apr 22 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Apr 29 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
May 6 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
May 13 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
May 20 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
May 27 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jun 3 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jun 10 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jun 17 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jun 24 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jul 1 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jul 8 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 15 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jul 22 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jul 29 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Aug 5 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Aug 12 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Aug 19 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Aug 26 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Sep 2 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Sep 9 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Sep 16 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Sep 23 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Sep 30 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Oct 7 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Oct 14 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Oct 21 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Oct 28 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular



*Note: Cruise directions and sample itineraries may be in reverse and are subject to change and may depend on bookings and local navigation conditions. Alternate excursions of equal appeal are substituted when needed. For charter cruises special itineraries can be arranged.


The Esperance's route through the south of France, from Carcassonne to Beziers on the Canal du Midi.
The Esperance's route through the south of France, from Carcassonne to Beziers on the Canal du Midi. For a more detailed look at the cruise route, view our map of the Canal du Midi.



ESPERANCE
2017 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE REGULAR
Apr 30 thru Oct 28
Charter for 2
$17,500
Charter for 4
$23,000
Charter for 6
$29,000
Half Board Charter for 2
$15,500
Half Board Charter for 4
$21,000
Half Board Charter for 6
$26,000


ESPERANCE
2018 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE REGULAR
Mar 18 thru Nov 3
Charter for 2
$17,500
Charter for 4
$23,000
Charter for 6
$29,000
Half Board Charter for 2
$15,500
Half Board Charter for 4
$21,000
Half Board Charter for 6
$26,000


What's Included

Full Board Cruise:
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in a cabin with ensuite bathroom
- Transfers from Narbonne, or Carcassonne or Beziers depending on cruise direction, to the barge and return
- All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday
- All wines with lunches and dinners
- Open bar
- All escorted side-excursions (golf, etc at extra cost)
- Use of bicycles


Half Board Cruise:
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in a cabin with ensuite bathroom
- Transfers from Narbonne, or Carcassonne or Beziers depending on cruise direction, to the barge and return
- All breakfasts, lunches and 4 dinners, beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday
- All wines with lunches and dinners on board
- Open bar
- All escorted side-excursions (golf, etc at extra cost)
- Use of bicycles

What's Not Included

Full Board Cruise:
- Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
- Transfers from Paris to the barge pickup point and return
- Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be given to the captain in equivalent Euros
- Trip cancellation insurance


Half Board Cruise:
- Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
- 2 dinners on shore at passenger's expense
- Transfers from Paris to the barge pickup point and return
- Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be given to the captain in equivalent euros
- Trip cancellation insurance






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