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Cruise In France On The Canal du Midi, Or On The Rhone River And Canal du Rhone a Sete In Provence And The Camargue On Request, Aboard The Ultra Deluxe Hotel-Barge ROI SOLEIL

The 6-passenger Roi Soleil has established herself as one of Europe's preeminent canal and river cruisers that offers the 5 star comfort and style of a luxury motor yacht. There are 3 spacious, bright and airy staterooms with skylights and en-suite bathrooms decorated in the provençal style. Each bathroom is equipped with thermostatically controlled showers, heated towel racks, hand-made Provencal tiles, lava in the bathrooms and the rich hues of stylish Pierre Frey fabrics.

Roi Soleil has more to do with luxury yachting than barging - hence the term 'River Yacht'. Her classic lines and mahogany and brass trim, are inspired by the classic motor yachts of the 1920's, while her interior brings you the best of contemporary design and comfort. The stylish salon with fireplace, elegant dining area, bar and panoramic views through her 20 windows, offer you a level of comfort equivalent to that of luxury motor yachts. The separate forward sun deck, the aft teak deck with Spa Pool and the outside dining area under the retractable canopy are all measures of pure luxury yachting at its best.

Your Chef will cater to your preferences while surprising you with imaginative and gourmet Mediterranean cuisine. The wines are carefully selected by the owner together with some of the best sommeliers of the region. They represent the quintessential flavor profiles of the Languedoc & Provence regions as well as the top appellations of the whole of France. In addition to the large selection of wines, the bar will always be stocked with your favorite drinks.

We have visited the Roi Soleil many times since it was launched in 1999 by its owners Guillaume and Tracey de Perthius and we have continued to be impressed with its high standards as an ultra deluxe barge, its unique two level yacht design, and its panoramic views from the saloon as well as its covered deck. On our most recent visit in April 2017 we spent time with Guillaume, who showed us the many recent upgrades to the barge, which include new enameled lava flooring in the bathrooms and comfortable new lounge chairs on deck.

The Roi Soleil cruises primarily on the historic Canal du Midi in the south of France -- between Beziers and Carcassone but also offers cruises in Provence on the Rhone River and the Camargue National Park in the fall upon request.


  • Number of Passengers: 6
  • Number of Cabins (all with private bath): 3
  • Crew: 4
  • Air Conditioning and Central Heating: Yes
  • Salon: Large open plan saloon on upper deck with comfortable seating, fireplace, bar, and elegant dining area. Panoramic views from its 20 windows, skylights. Spacious wheelhouse with banquette couch and panoramic views.
  • Bar: Open bar
  • Deck: Two sundecks: aft teak deck with spa pool, wrap-around seating under retractable canopy, teak table and seating for 12, with roll-down sides for protection from the elements.
  • Spa Tub: Yes
  • Cabin Features: Three cabins 160 sq ft each with Pierre Frey fabrics, opening skylights, twin beds or queen bed, and ensuite bathroom with oversized shower, heated towel rack, Provencal tiles, and enamelled lava stone floors.
  • Vehicle for Transfers/Excursions: Air-conditioned VW Eurovan Comfort, seating 8
  • Accessibility: Wide steel-framed gangplank; Steps to cabins and forward deck.
  • Bicycles: 6 Giant Boulder Breeze Hybrid bikes, 6 helmets.
  • Wi-Fi: Yes - limited in some areas

  • Roi Soleil Deck Plan

    Mar 25 thru Apr 21
    Jul 15 thru Aug 18
    Oct 14 thru Oct 27
    Apr 22 thru Jul 14
    Aug 19 thru Oct 13
    Charter for up to 4
    Charter for up to 6

    Mar 24 thru Apr 20
    Jul 14 thru Aug 17
    Oct 13 thru Oct 26
    Apr 21 thru Jul 13
    Aug 18 thru Oct 12
    Charter for up to 4
    Charter for up to 6

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    What's Included
    - 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in cabins with private baths
    - Transfers from Montpellier, Beziers, Carcassonne, Avignon (depending on cruise route) 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 additional cost)
    - Use of bicycles

    What's Not Included
    - Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
    - Transfers from Paris to Montpellier, Beziers, Carcassonne, or Avignon (depending on the cruise route) and return
    - Suggested 5-10% gratuity for the crew (to be paid in equivalent euros to the captain)

    Roi Soleil
    2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Mar 25 Beziers-Carcassonne Value
    Apr 1 Carcassonne-Beziers Value
    Apr 8 Beziers-Carcassonne Value
    Apr 15 Carcassonne-Beziers Value
    Apr 22 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
    Apr 29 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
    May 6 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
    May 13 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
    May 20 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
    May 27 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
    Jun 3 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
    Jun 10 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
    Jun 17 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
    Jun 24 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
    Jul 1 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
    Jul 8 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
    Jul 15 Beziers-Carcassonne Value
    Jul 22 Carcassonne-Beziers Value
    Jul 29 Beziers-Carcassonne Value
    Aug 5 Carcassonne-Beziers Value
    Aug 12 Beziers-Carcassonne Value
    Aug 19 Beziers-Avignon Regular
    Aug 26 Avignon-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 Value
    Oct 21 Carcassonne-Beziers Value

    Roi Soleil
    2019 Season Cruise Schedule*
    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Mar 24 Carcassonne-Beziers Value
    Mar 31 Beziers-Carcassonne Value
    Apr 7 Carcassonne-Beziers Value
    Apr 14 Beziers-Carcassonne Value
    Apr 21 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
    Apr 28 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
    May 5 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
    May 12 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
    May 19 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
    May 26 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
    Jun 2 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
    Jun 9 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
    Jun 16 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
    Jun 23 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
    Jun 30 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
    Jul 7 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
    Jul 14 Carcassonne-Beziers Value
    Jul 21 Beziers-Carcassonne Value
    Jul 28 Carcassonne-Beziers Value
    Aug 4 Beziers-Carcassonne Value
    Aug 11 Carcassonne-Beziers Value
    Aug 18 Beziers-Avignon Regular
    Aug 25 Avignon-Beziers Regular
    Sep 1 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
    Sep 8 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
    Sep 15 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
    Sep 22 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
    Sep 29 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
    Oct 6 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
    Oct 13 Beziers-Carcassonne Value
    Oct 20 Carcassonne-Beziers Value

    *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.

    Canal du Midi
    Beziers to Carcassonne 2018

    As you drift along the magnificent Canal du Midi you will step back into the time of Louis XIV- the "Sun King" or "Roi Soleil" - who commissioned this prodigious engineering feet; thus finally achieving the dream of linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean.

    Deservedly, the Canal du Midi is now classed on the World Heritage List of Conservation. The region of Languedoc, interlaced with the Canal du Midi, unravels a rich history from prehistoric time, through the Roman occupation, succeeded by the turbulent Middle Ages.  The landscape and exceptional architecture captures the atmosphere of time revisited.  Whether your passion is for history, arts and crafts, adventure, village atmosphere, wine discovery or shopping ... your cruise on board "Roi Soleil" will be personally tailored to your specific interests.

    The Canal du Midi meanders through the vast diversity of scenic landscapes that changes dramatically from the rugged, rural Languedoc regions to the sun-drenched, azure blues of the Mediterranean. Within this vast region also lies a land of poetry, and of proud people devoted to the soil and of course the wine ... a passion they will share with you in private tastings of the local Minervois and Corbières wines. Be prepared for new sights, tastes and aromas that will take you on a voyage of aesthetic discovery.

    A charter on Roi Soleil is all about CHOICE.  Here is the route - and suggestions on what is available each day to customize your cruise. This sample includes wine-tastings, if you do not wish for this activity the excursions schedule may vary. We have not included the cycling, running or walking opportunities.

    The Locks of Fonserannes
    The Locks of Fonserannes

    Hilltop Village of Roquebrun
    Hilltop Village of Roquebrun

    Abbey of Fontfroide
    Abbey of Fontfroide


    Sunday - Béziers East-Cassafiere to Portiragnes
    - Transfer, welcome on-board, and cocktails
    - Navigation along the canal through a rural area with wetlands, a reserve for flamingos and horses.

    Monday - Portiragnes to Fonserannes

    - Sailing through the great locks of Fonserannes (9 locks staircase)
    - excursion to historical city of Pézenas (famed architecture, many artisans & antiques, option to add a wine tasting at a prized property)
    - or excursion to the impressive hill village of Roquebrun (possible to swim or kayak)
    - and /or visit to the pre-roman Oppidum of Enserune, a major archaeological site with panoramic views of the surrounding valleys
    - and /or visit Béziers historical centre and shops

    Tuesday - Fonserrannes to Capestang

    - sailing into the heart of the historic village of Capestang
    - private visit to the Cistercian Abbey of Fontfroide, one of the finest examples in France
    - or excursion to the impressive hilltop village of Roquebrun (possible to swim or kayak)
    - and / or a visit a Camargue bull and horse ranch with the opportunity to round up the bulls on horseback
    - and / or wine tasting at the cellar of a top sommelier who supplies Michelin starred chefs.

    Wednesday - Capestang to La Croisade or Somail

    - morning excursion to the charming City of Narbonne that was the Roman Capital of the early Gaulle with its vibrant food market and the famed art and roman archeology museums within the Bishop Palace and many shops and cafès along cobbled streets and plazas, a highlight of the week
    - afternoon sailing to the peaceful country village of Somail with an impressive antique bookstore
    - sailing beneath the smallest canal bridge in France

    Thursday - Somail to Paraza

    - morning visit to the hilltop village of Minerve, which is a beautiful natural site that has a dramatic history dating back to the Crusades.
    - visit to prized olive oil mill, Oulibo, and a historic Languedoc village
    - an afternoon sail to Paraza and mooring by an ancient canal bridge with views across the valley
    - private wine tasting at a renowned Minervois domain with up to 15 varietals

    Friday - Paraza to Homps

    - visit to the fortified city of Carcassonne - Europe's largest Medieval Fortress, a great place to be transported into medieval history and a shopping opportunity.
    - or visit the medieval village of Lagrasse and its artisans.
    - afternoon sailing to Homps with many locks

    Saturday - Homps

    - a leisurely breakfast on board then transfer to the departure point at 10 am

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

    Provence, Camargue & Canal du Midi:
    Avignon to Beziers 2018

    The Provence route enters a region of diverse culture, history and nature. Cruising along the rivers of the Rhone through Provence, Roi Soleil glides along a tributary of the Rhone through wild nature, then onto the Lagoon of Thau dotted with sailing boats and oyster beds and eventually along the Canal du Midi - which opens the doors to the wilderness of the Camargue and takes you to the shores of the Mediterranean.

    In Avignon, what better way to appreciate the rich golden hues of Provence whilst cruising on a luxury barge past the ancient ramparts of the 14th Century Palace of the Popes, a glass of Châteauneuf du Pape in hand! Roi Soleil glides before the majestic 15th Century castles of Tarascon and Beaucaire that tower over the Rhone River!

    For art lovers, entering the city of Arles evokes images depicted by Van Gogh, Cezanne and scores of artists, drawn here by the extraordinary light and golden pastel hues of Provence. Meandering the cobbled streets by foot, your guide can direct you through this bastion of Provençale culture and history that was founded by the Greeks in VI BC.  You can even have a drink in the Van Gogh Café, where art meets reality!

    Let your personal English/French speaking guide help you follow your quest in the heart of the Gard and Vaucluse - be it in the antique houses of Isle sur Sorgues, local arts and crafts in picturesque villages of St. Quentin la Potterie, Uzès and St. Remy or tranquility at the Fontaines de Vaucluse.  Take in the sweeping views of the ancient town of Baux de Provence, or a leisurely stroll across the 40AD Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard or for the adventurous, see it all from a Hot-air-balloon or an airplane.

    The Provence Route continues to surprise with its incredible diversity. Leaving the Rhone River, Roi Soleil barge cruise enters a region of sand dunes and salt marshes. Flocks of pink flamingos plunge their heads in the marshland, wild white horses drink idly from the banks of the canal, black bulls graze in the pastures.  To discover the stunning beauty of the Camargue region, you can take a 4 wheel drive or mount the Camargue horses on a Bull ranch and be amongst the "Guardians" rounding up their herd in rodeo style.

    The lines are cast, "Roi Soleil" pulls in for the evening and we step off the boat to find ourselves in a fortified village - Aigues Mortes. Before the Gypsy Kings sang their ballades in the local cafés and restaurants of this quaint village, the crusaders of King St Louis embarked from the banks of the city in the 13th Century.

    Whenever the urge takes you, there is, of course, the wine - let yourself be guided through some of the best vineyards in the South West of France - Roi Soleil has special privileges that open doors for private tastings with the winemakers themselves. Why not let yourself be swept into the atmosphere of one of the many cultural events of the season...festivals with bulls and horses, parades in the streets of chariots and the local men and women dressed in traditional silks and lace...

    The canal barge meanders into the fishing port of Sète where pastel coloured houses with wrought iron balconies overlook the canal. Colourful fishing boats line the canals, their nets drying on the docks by the seafood terrace restaurants.

    Roi Soleil crosses the large lagoon of Thau, dodging the oyster beds and the little sailing yachts to rejoin the Canal du Midi by Agde, named by Marco Polo as "the black pearl of the Mediterranean" due to its black lava architecture. As the sun sets once again on the changing landscape, cocktails are served on deck, appetizing aromas drift from the galley and we coast into the closing of another day full of unexpected pleasures ...

    A charter on ROI SOLEIL is all about CHOICE.  Here's the route - and suggestions on what is available each day to customize your cruise. According to local festivities your guide will offer more options. We have not included the cycling, running or walking opportunities.

    Transfer to the barge in Avignon, welcome on board, and cocktails before your first dinner on board.

    Palace of the Popes
    Palace of the Popes

    Arles Roman Colosseum
    Arles Roman Colosseum

    The Camargue
    The Camargue

    The medieval walled town of Aigues-Mortes
    The medieval walled town of Aigues-Mortes

    Sète, The Venice of the
    Sète, The Venice of the Languadoc

    Cruise from Avignon or Vallabregues - possible excursions:
    -- the Pope's Palace and Arts Museum,
    -- and /or Châteauneuf du Pape (private tasting with the winemaker)
    -- and/or Pont du Gard
    -- and/or Uzès (similar to St. Remy but with much more elaborate architecture)
    -- and/or St. Quentin la Pottery (a center for traditional and contemporary earthenware).

    Cruise from Arles - possible excursions:
    -- Arles city with its Roman and Medieval history and architecture; van Gogh tour; shopping; and cafes
    -- and St. Remy de Provence,
    -- and/or Baux de Provence
    -- and/or Roman ruins,
    -- and/or Isle sur la Sorgue antique dealers,
    -- and/or the Villages of Provence

    Cruise from Aigues Mortes - possible excursions:
    -- the battlement tower, shops and art galleries,
    -- bull ranches with Camargue "cowboys"
    -- and/or bird watching

    Cruise from Cabannes du Roc - possible excursions
    -- the Montpellier historic center, shops, and antiques
    -- and/or wine tasting in historic domains


    Cruise from Sète, easterly approach - possible excursions:
    -- walk along the Mediterranean
    -- visit the Sète historic center and lively market,
    -- see the panoramic view from Mont-St.-Clair

    Cruise from Marseillan - possible excursions:
    -- wine tasting
    -- and/or the Valmagne Abbey
    -- and/or a Roman villa and museum

    Cruise from Agde - possible excursions:
    -- the city of Agde
    -- and/or Pézenas and its shops
    -- and/or Beziers and its shops,

    Saturday - departure at 10 am.
    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board then transfer to the departure point.

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

    Dining Aboard The Roi Soleil:

    A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard the Roi Soleil BREAKFAST
    Our Continental breakfast includes fresh breads, pastries, cereals, fresh fruits, yogurt, freshly brewed coffee and tea.

    NOTE: The galley on the Roi Soleil was specifically designed with an open plan to accomodate passengers who may be interested in participating in our Chef cooking demonstrations to learn new techniques or pick up a few tricks.

    The wines are selected by the owner with the best sommeliers of the region. They represent the quintessence of Languedoc and Provence as well as the appellations of the whole of France.

    Passenger Comments:

    Absolutely Fabulous!!! The boat itself was lovely. Damian, the chef prepared the most incredible food we've ever had anywhere. Finn and Emily were wonderful, delightful hosts and Barry chose really interesting day trips for us and was incredibly knowledgeable and nice. Couldn't have asked for more! We will never forget our trip on Le Roi Soleil! Never having taken a barge before, I have nothing to compare. Pretty scenery, some cute towns where we stopped. The locks were most interesting!
    B&L. E., PA, USA, September 2017

    Our barge trip on the Roi Soleil was superb. The excursions were excellent and varied. We liked the cruise route on the Canal du Midi very much. Dinners where the food and wine were superb were high points.
    A&R M. NY USA September 2015

    The barge was wonderful. The bedrooms were roomy and it was wonderful to have our own bathroom. The staff kept the barge very clean. It had all the amenities needed. The service was excellent, and the meals and wines outstanding. Daniel did an exceptional job. We loved him. The cruise route was lovely and the historical excursions very informative. The service was very good. All questions were answered in a timely manner and when additional help was needed in France we received it.
    M & B G. NC, USA, June 2014

    The crew and service were A+. The crew Finnegan, Rex, Damian and Emily were wonderful. They went out of their way to see to our every want and need and did so willingly and with great pride in their work. Loved the Narbonne market and shopping area, Carcassone was amazing and really enjoyed the olive oil and wine tastings. Highlights were the food, wine and general ambiance! Damian is an amazing chef. He not only produced incredible meals but invited us to watch, take notes, gave out recipes, etc. as we are all avid cooks so it was a real treat for the 3 ladies on board. Wines and cheese selections were terrific.
    J & G H., ND, USA, May 2013

    The staff made the trip memorable. They added excursions and activities to offset the poor weather. The barge is in great shape and had all the conveniences available for our trip. We have recomended this trip to friends and cannot say enough about the staff. They were a joy to travel with on the Canal Midi. Nothing was a problem, they were eager to make our vacation a memorable one and they did just that. The meals were the best we had in France and Chef Damian served some of the best food we have ever experienced.
    J & C M., GA, USA, May 2013

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