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Tango: 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 TANGO


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 8-passenger Tango, built in 1931, initially navigated the canals of North Eastern France as a working barge. In the 1950's she sailed south and was used to transport grain between the Atlantic and Mediterranean ports. During this time, the Tango was shortened to 100 feet. This change made her the perfect maximum length to navigate the Canal du Midi. When commercial barging ceased in the 1980's, Tango was retired to a small canal-side village. French-born Daniel Sak had seen the barge abandoned as a child, while navigating with his mother, and always said it was the only barge he wanted to own. In the year 2000 that dream came true, when Daniel purchased Tango and lovingly converted her into a deluxe charter barge for eight guests. Today Daniel continues the family tradition of excellence in barging. He oversees the culinary details onboard Tango, selecting the wines, and making certain the overall experience of your cruise more than meets your expectations. We have cruised on the Tango and visit it as often as we can -- it always provides outstanding cuisine and beautiful accommodations as well as a wonderful cruise on the Canal du Midi.

Tango's decor is a delight in all its details. Large brass portholes and opening skylights throughout the vessel provide fresh circulating air and light. French art deco fixtures, Provençal ivory linens, and rich teak wall paneling recreate the atmosphere of 1930's French passenger liners. Up on deck, two terraces provide space for al fresco dining and a sundeck with hot tub. Tango's large salon with soft yellow leather sofas, bar and dining room, provides the perfect space for congregating for after-dinner drinks and conversation. The Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Renoir cabins can be made up with queen or two twin begd configurations. Each cabin has its own ensuite bathrooms with beautiful handmade Provençal tiles designed by Alain Vagh, of Salernes. The Captain's cabin has its own entrance on the main deck, and is exquisitely fitted with the original mahogany paneling and cabinets. It features a separate bedroom with king-size bed, dressing room and ensuite bathroom.

Tango's knowledgeable, English-speaking crew will see to your every comfort during your cruise. Your friendly hostess makes sure cabins are tidy, beds made, and towels fresh each morning. Your chef prepares gourmet feasts using the finest local produce, seafood, artisanal cheeses, pates, and seasonal fresh fruits. Tango's tour guide escorts your group on daily excursions in our air-conditioned minivan, taking in local history, wine-tasting, shopping, and site-seeing. And of course your Captain is at the wheel as Tango cruises along the canal and navigates through the locks.

Cuisine served aboard Tango focuses on the rich culinary tradition of the cruising area, the Languedoc. A Mediterranean climate provides sun ripened fruits, vegetables, olive oil and herbs, while the robust traditional fare of the Southwest offers foie gras, duck and tender lamb from the Pyrenees. A fantastic choice of fine cheeses and increasingly prominent wines from vineyards once favored by the Romans complete each meal. Chef Daniel Sak, graduate of the French National Cooking School in Beaune, Burgundy, and oversees the preparation of your meals when aboard Tango. He welcomes guests with a strong interest in cooking and are happy to share recipes, techniques and philosophy on fine dining. All of the meals prepared on board Tango are made with garden fresh produce bought daily at the local markets along the route, the best quality meats and poultry from the farms of the Southwest of France, and fresh Mediterranean seafood and fish.

The Tango's week long cruises take place primarily on a beautiful stretch of the historic Canal du Midi. It stays close to the sunnier Mediterranean coast to enable the guests to enjoy more outdoor dining. This cruise takes you from the ancient Phoenician seaport town of Marseillan into the heart of the Minervois wine region, mooring in the picturesque canal village of Le Somail. Highlights include a visit to the historic walled city of Carcassonne, the medieval Cathar village of Minerve and the covered market in Narbonne. Every week will include an open air market, wine tasting and at least one lunch on shore to taste regional cuisine. Many destinations of interest from which to choose are within the cruise area. Your personal chef will prepare all of your lunches and dinners on board from fresh produce acquired locally. The sample itinerary will give you an idea of each day's perfect blend of touring and cruising. Any private charter itinerary can be tailored to the group's special interests in wine, food, history, art and anything else you may desire to do.


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Tango's Deck Plan
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Dining Aboard The Tango:
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A sample of the regional cuisine served aboard the Tango BREAKFAST:
Continental breakfast every morning will include assorted fresh breads, croissants and pastries, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereals, sliced cured meats, fruit juice and freshly brewed coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

LUNCH:
Lunch will include an assortment of different salads, including salad Nicoise, savory souffles, quiche and other savory tarts, an assortment of charcuterie (sliced meats), soups, homemade fresh pastas, pizzas, fresh seafood like monkfish, mussels and an assorted cheese platter with roasted figs. A choice of chilled rose, white and red wines will also be available.

DINNER:


SAMPLE WINE LIST
Red Wines: Chateau Gourgazaud-La Livinière, Mas du Soleilla-La Clape, Massamier la Mignarde-La Livinière, Les Deux Cochons-St. Chinian red (From Barge Owners vineyard!)
White Wines: Picpoul de Pinet-Languedoc, Domaine de l'Hortus-Pic Saint Loup, Château de Luc-Corbières
Rose: Château la Negly-La Clape, Domaine de Météore-Faugères, Domaine du Jougla-St. Chinian


Passenger Comments:


Simply great. Best vacation ever. It could not have been better. The high points were the Tango....Carcassonne ....the visit to the winery and lunch there that day.
B.G. DE, USA, August 2016

The barge was beautiful and very well maintained. The crew were terrific and were always ready to help and be of service. The canal is amazing, beautiful scenery. Fun side trips. We had the best cabin on the Tango. It was the Van Gogh. I highly recommend it. All the excursions were fun and interesting. We especially liked the walled cities (Carcassonne) and the wine tasting where we fired the mussels.
B.& D.M. NM, USA, May 2016

Fantastic. The barge itself is unique, historically preserved with care by the owner/captain who takes prides in his craft. His crew of three plus additional support staff at some moorings were friendly, helpful and clearly long-time friends of the captain. The experience was homey with staff going out of their way to please. Daytrips were fun, historical, tailored tour interests. The day in the country at the old wine cellar with lunch in the garden was a highlight. After many trips to France, we have more of an understanding and appreciation for the country, people and values after this experience. the excursions were fun. Enthusiastic, charming guide who was fantastic at caring for us, especially some of our infirmities. More history next time. Carcasonne, Narbonne, etc. were fascinating. Hogh points were the time cruising on the water itself. Excursions, the historic villages, the day at the winery. Overall ambience, the crew. The wine. Getting to know the staff on more than a superficial level. We all say it is the trip of a lifetime. Great way to explore a small region of France, the Languedoc. Leisurely pace.
C.K. MA, USA, May 2014

Exceeded our already high expectations. Did not want to leave the barge to continue our trip:) We will barge again in the future but the standard set by Daniel on the Tango will be hard to meet. Daniel had made great wine selections for the season, our chef Steve was passionate, creative and outstanding. Seamlessly accommodated Dianne's vegetarian needs. Service was personal and delightful. Let us make ourselves at home.... outstanding. High points were the wine tasting with Xavier, visiting Daniel's new vineyard and spending one day on the barge by ourselves as the others went on an excursion... what a blissful day!
M.B. & D.C, GA, USA, May 2014

It exceeded our expectations. The barge itself was absolutely beautiful in every detail, and very comfortable. The captain (Daniel) was experienced and capable, and the chef (Tony) was excellent. Chris was an exceptionally knowledgeable and interesting tour guide, and kept things running smoothly. Angie and Helen were very professional, competent, warm, and lovely, and provided fabulous service in every respect. The excursions were fun, and were just enough to provide an interesting experience each day, while leaving plenty of time for relaxing. We also enjoyed biking along the canal, and sitting on board watching the scenery. We received very accurate and detailed information about the trip from Special Places Travel as well as reliable recommendations.
M.D.& J.F., MD, USA, June 2013

SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Canal du Midi
Marseillan to Le Somail
April 2-June 17, Sept. 3-Oct. 28, 2017

A cruise on Tango offers an ever-changing scenery of vineyards, picturesque villages, ancient ruins, and spectacular views to the Pyrenees, with tranquil moorings for each evening.

About The Canal du Midi
The magnificent tree-lined Canal du Midi is Paul Riquet's engineering wonder, completed in 1681 to link the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Ocean, bypassing the long passage around Spain. To preserve the beauty of this masterpiece, UNESCO designated it a World Heritage Site in 1996.  From the sun deck you can appreciate the graceful olive-shaped locks, unique to this canal, which enable us to climb up and down the hilly terrain of the Languedoc-Roussillon. All along the canal, impressive stone bridges and aqueducts reflect the handsome Versailles architectural style of Louis XIV, the Sun King.

Our week long cruises take place on two beautiful stretches of this historic canal. In the early Spring and Fall we have chosen to stay close to the sunnier Mediterranean coast to enable the guests to enjoy more outdoor dining. This cruise takes you from the ancient Phoenician seaport town of Marseillan into the heart of the Minervois wine region, mooring in the picturesque canal village of Le Somail.
In summer, we have chosen the Lauragais, for uncrowded peaceful cruising under the shaded avenues of the famous sycamore trees. Colorful vistas of sunflower fields in full bloom, and quiet back-road visits to farmers' markets, as well as Carcassonne in mid week make this an exceptional cruise.

In both areas, an ever-changing scenery of vineyards, spectacular views to the Pyreneess, and pretty villages are on each day's cruise route. Tranquil moorings are the setting for each evening's enjoyment. Our sample itineraries will give you an idea of each day's perfect blend of touring and cruising. Any private charter itinerary can be tailored to the group's special interests in wine, food, history, art, and more. Please note that the route reverses on alternate weeks.

Every week will include an open air market, wine tasting, one lunch at the Narbonne les halles market and one delicious cassoulet in order to taste regional cuisine. All of the other lunches and dinners will be prepared by your personal chef on board from fresh produce acquired locally. There are many destinations of interest, not all of which are included on the sample itinerary below but which are within the cruise area. Guests may participate in the choice for tailor made daily excursions, escorted by our tour guide.

Sunday - Marseillan
Your tour guide picks you up in Beziers and brings you to the barge moored on the edge of the Mediterranean in Marseillan port, the St. Tropez of the Languedoc. This romantic setting welcomes you to enjoy a champagne reception and your first wonderful dinner on board.

Monday - Marseillan to Portiragnes
First a visit to the renowned Noilly Prat vermouth cellars, then we stock up with fresh oysters from the growers, and the barge sets off to cruise across the Etang de Thau to enter the Canal du Midi. The canal cuts through the Camargue protected wildlife park where pink flamingos, black bulls and white horses are at home. A variety of wild birds provide a backdrop to your evening meal on deck.

Tuesday - Portiragnes to Fonserannes Locks
Excellent biking and walking opportunities during this morning's cruise towards the aqueduct and seven staircase locks of Beziers, the most exciting of Paul Riquet's engineering feats. After ascending the locks, a picturesque drive through the Picpoul vineyards to visit the medieval town of Pezenas. Private hotels de ville of magnificent architecture, tales of kings, counts and ladies, and Moliere's legacy make this a favorite visit.

Wednesday - Fonseranne to Regismont le Haut
This morning's visit is to Narbonne, once Roman capital of the region, now a bustling and attractive town, has something for all visitors. Some will want to visit the Cathedral and cloisters, some the designer boutiques, but all will want lunch at the 100 year old covered Les Halles market. Chilled white wine, a fresh seafood platter, and whatever fish or meat you want grilled along with homemade frites and salad will make an unforgettable lunch. A relaxing afternoon cruise completes a perfect day.

Thursday - Regismont le Haut to Pigasse

The morning begins with a drive up to the ancient village of Minerve, offering panoramic views and a chance to learn the history of the Cathars. This is followed by a visit to L'Oulibo, our local gold medal-winning olive mill. After nibbling bread dipped in different oils and tasting olives, everyone will be ready for a glass of wine or two. Xavier awaits at his nearby chateau vineyard for roasted mussels and a private wine tasting. The smallest arched bridge on the canal is just barely big enough for Tango to squeeze through to enjoy a few hours of cruising.

Friday - Pigasse to Le Somail
Today you visit Carcassonne to discover Europe's largest medieval fortress city. Guests enjoy the historical tour as well as browsing the many interesting shops. You are invited out to lunch for a succulent cassoulet of duck confit and white beans, at the Auberge des Lices before heading back to the barge. An afternoon cruise takes you to the most picturesque canal side village of Le Somail with art galleries and France's most famous second hand bookshop. The chef and crew will host your farewell dinner.

Saturday - Le Somail
After breakfast your tour guide will take you to the pre-arranged departure point for the continuation of your journey.

On alternate weeks the cruise will run from Carcassonne to Beziers.  Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Canal du Midi
Le Somail to Carcassonne
June 18 - September 2, 2017

A cruise on Tango offers an ever-changing scenery of vineyards, picturesque villages, ancient ruins, and spectacular views of the Pyrenees, with tranquil moorings for each evening.

About The Canal du Midi
The magnificent tree-lined Canal du Midi is Paul Riquet's engineering wonder, completed in 1681 to link the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Ocean, bypassing the long passage around Spain. To preserve the beauty of this masterpiece, UNESCO designated it a World Heritage Site in 1996.  From the sun deck you can appreciate the graceful olive-shaped locks, unique to this canal, which enable us to climb up and down the hilly terrain of the Languedoc-Roussillon. All along the canal, impressive stone bridges and aqueducts reflect the handsome Versailles architectural style of Louis XIV, the Sun King.

Our week long cruises take place on two beautiful stretches of this historic canal. In the early Spring and Fall we have chosen to stay close to the sunnier Mediterranean coast to enable the guests to enjoy more outdoor dining. This cruise takes you from the ancient Phoenician seaport town of Marseillan into the heart of the Minervois wine region, mooring in the picturesque canal village of Le Somail.
In summer, we have chosen the Lauragais, for uncrowded peaceful cruising under the shaded avenues of the famous sycamore trees. Colorful vistas of sunflower fields in full bloom, and quiet back-road visits to farmers' markets, as well as Carcassonne in mid week make this an exceptional cruise.

In both areas, an ever-changing scenery of vineyards, spectacular views to the Pyreneess, and pretty villages are on each day's cruise route. Tranquil moorings are the setting for each evening's enjoyment. Our sample itineraries will give you an idea of each day's perfect blend of touring and cruising. Any private charter itinerary can be tailored to the group's special interests in wine, food, history, art, and more. Please note that the route reverses on alternate weeks.

Every week will include an open air market, wine tasting, one lunch at the Narbonne les Halles market and one delicious cassoulet in order to taste regional cuisine. All of the other lunches and dinners will be prepared by your personal chef on board from fresh produce acquired locally. There are many destinations of interest, not all of which are included on the sample itinerary below but which are within the cruise area. Guests may participate in the choice for tailor made daily excursions, escorted by our tour guide.

Sunday - Le Somail
Your tour guide picks you up in Beziers and brings you to the barge moored in the most picturesque village of Le Somail. After a champagne welcome cruise, you will enjoy your first wonderful dinner on board.

Monday - Le Somail to Pech Laurier Lock
To start the day, a five minute drive to the local olive oil mill of L'Oulibo. Established in the 1930's, this is now a thriving and dynamic producer of gold medal winning varieties of olives and their oil. Learn about olive cultivation, olive oil production, and taste several varieties that you can enjoy on board. A very memorable visit to Xavier's chateau for a private wine tasting and aperitif of charcuterie and roast mussels over an open fire. The afternoon offers hours of peaceful cruising with panoramic views of the Pyrenees.

Tuesday - Pech Laurier Lock to Jouarrez Lock
Today begins with the open air morning street market of Olonzac, vibrant and full of local organically grown produce; fresh strawberries, peaches, asparagus, salads, and delicious local cheeses, all for you to choose from with the chef. He'll take the goods back to the barge and start making lunch while you head up to the historical Cathar village of Minerve. Exciting cruising, with double and triple staircase locks, enable passengers to easily disembark to walk or bike alongside the barge. The evening's mooring, in the midst of vineyards with views to the distant 'black mountains' to the North, is a perfect setting to enjoy dining on deck.

Wednesday - Jouarrez to Les Aiguilles Lock
This morning the visit is to the historical village of Lagrasse, nestled in the Corbieres hills. A spectacular 10th century Benedictine monastery provides a backdrop to this charming circular village, where you will enjoy an antiques shop, art and pottery galleries and a wine tasting of the Corbieres fruity wines.  Back to the barge for 'feet up' relaxing while cruising to the evening mooring by our favorite lock keeper, Joel the sculptor, best to discover his mischievous and fun work yourselves

Thursday - Aiguilles to Millepetit

Today's visit is to Narbonne, once the Roman capital of the region. Discover the contrast between old and new, from the impressive cathedral to vibrant pedestrian shopping streets, on what was once the Via Dometia. Everyone's favorite part is the les Halles covered market. Here you will lunch on local delicacies, such as an oyster and seafood platter or grilled duck and french fries, accompanied by local wines. Back to the barge to enjoy another great afternoon's cruising.

Friday - Millepetit to Carcassonne

In the morning, the tour guide will whisk you up to the cité, the largest Medieval fortress town in Europe. As well as being steeped in the fascinating history of this unique historic site, walking the cobbled streets will give you the appetite to enjoy the famous cassoulet. An afternoon cruise with pretty locks will bring you into the port of 'modern' three hundred year old Carcassonne in time for some downtown shopping before your farewell dinner on board.

Saturday - Carcassonne
After breakfast your tour guide will take you to the pre-arranged departure point in Beziers for the continuation of your journey.  On alternate weeks the cruise will run from Carcassonne to Le Somail.  Note:  This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. 



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

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

2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 23 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
Apr 30 Marseillan-Le Somail Regular
May 7 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
May 14 Marseillan-Le Somail Regular
May 21 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
May 28 Marseillan-Le Somail Regular
Jun 4 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
Jun 11 Marseillan-Le Somail Regular
Jun 18 Le Somail-Carcassonne Regular
Jun 25 Carcassonne-Le Somail Regular
Jul 2 Le Somail-Carcassonne Regular
Jul 9 Carcassonne-Le Somail Regular
Jul 16 Le Somail-Carcassonne Regular
Jul 23 Carcassonne-Le Somail Regular
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 30 Le Somail-Carcassonne Regular
Aug 6 Carcassonne-Le Somail Regular
Aug 13 Le Somail-Carcassonne Regular
Aug 20 Carcassonne-Le Somail Regular
Aug 27 Le Somail-Carcassonne Regular
Sep 3 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
Sep 10 Marseillan-Le Somail Regular
Sep 17 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
Sep 24 Le Somail-Carcassonne Regular
Oct 1 Carcassonne-Le Somail Regular
Oct 8 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
Oct 15 Marseillan-Le Somail Regular
Oct 22 Le Somail-Marseillan 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 Tango's route through the south of France, from Le Somail to Marseillan on the Canal du Midi.
The Tango's route through the south of France, from Le Somail to Marseillan on the Canal du Midi. For a more detailed look at the cruise route, view our map of the Canal du Midi.



TANGO
2017 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE REGULAR
Apr 2 thru Oct 28
Cezanne cabin, per person, double occupancy
$5,200
Renoir cabin, per person, double occupancy
$5,200
Van Gogh cabin, per person, double occupancy
$5,500
Captain's Suite, per person, double occupancy
$5,500
Single Occupancy Supplement
$1,500
Charter for 4
$22,000
Charter for 6
$33,000
Charter for 8
$42,400


What's Included
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in cabins with private baths
- Transfers from Beziers to the barge and return
- All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday, through breakfast on Saturday, including two meals at a local restaurant chosen by the captain (alcoholic beverages not included at the restaurant)
- All wines on board with lunches and dinners
- Open bar on board
- All escorted side-excursions
- Use of bicycles

What's Not Included
- Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
- Air or train transfers from Paris to the cruise area and return
- Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be paid to the captain in equivalent euros

- Trip cancellation insurance


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