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Rosa

Rosa

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€3,790 Per Person

Premier Class

 

Rosa is an old Dutch “Clipper” barge that was renovated in 2010.

  • Country / Region
    France / Gascony & Aquitaine
  • Cabins
    4
  • Max Passengers
    8
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€3,790 Per Person

Premier Class

 

Rosa is an old Dutch “Clipper” barge that was renovated in 2010.

  • Country / Region
    France / Gascony & Aquitaine
  • Cabins
    4
  • Max Passengers
    8
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Description 
  • Cruise Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomActivityActivity Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary MealsMeals All meals included - authentic French cuisine and regional specialities plus a selection of fine winesDrinksDrinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksInclusionInclusion Sun deck with spa poolTransportation Transportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions ActivityActivity Use of bicyclesItineraryItinerary Bordeaux - Cruise between Castet-en-Dorthe and Boé.Itinerary Itinerary Gascony - Cruise between Agen and MontaubanInclusionInclusion WiFi on boardActivityActivity Wine tasting sessions

Summary

Rosa features a dining room, saloon bar, sun deck and 4 staterooms with full en-suite facilities. The crew includes the captain, tour guide, master chef and a housekeeper. There are bikes available for guests.

 

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available on board for guests bringing their own appliances. Connectivity can be limited in remote locations.

 

Cruise Highlights

Gascony (Spring & Summer)

  • Tour of the old town of Montauban and Valence d’Agen
  • Winery tour and private tasting at Château Bellevue la Fôret
  • Guided tour of the remarkable inclined Water Plane 
  • Visit Abbaye de Belleperche and Château de Goudourville
  • Guided tour and private tasting at a renowned local Armagnac producer
  • Visit UNESCO-classified Abbaye St-Pierre de Moissac
  • Optional activities: swimming and canoeing in St. Livrade
  • Food tasting at ‘Le Florentin’
  • Guided tour and tastings at Domaine de Lapeyrade 
  • Tour of the medieval town of Nérac


Bordeaux (Summer and Autumn)

  • Tour and wine tasting in the famous UNESCO-listed Saint Émilion
  • Visit the impressive Château de Duras
  • Cruise across the 1,900 foot Agen aqueduct
  • Visit the medieval town of Nerac and the colourful market of Aiguillon 
  • Armagnac tasting at the Lapeyrade Estate 
  • Tour of bastide village of Vianne and cork museum at Mezin
  • Dinner at ‘Le Moulin des Saveurs’, a local auberge in Barbaste
  • Cheese workshop and tasting in Le Mas d’Agenais
  • Tour and tasting at Château Beau-Sejour-Becot

Inclusions

  • Local transfers to and from the hotel barge
  • Luxury 6 night cruise
  • All meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef
  • 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
  • Services of 4 crew
  • Use of barge facilities which includes bicycles
  • Small library of books and maps
  • Collection of board games
  • Hi-Fi system with CD player and selection of CDs
  • iPod docking station
  • Binoculars

 

Cuisine

Regional Specialities
Entrecôte de Bazas à la Bordelaise; Confit de Canard et Son Jus au Thym; Foie Gras Poélé Déglacé au Vin de Figues; Filet de Truite au Beurre Blanc; Gâteau Basque; Pruneaux à l’Armagnac


Wine Cellar

Buzet, Cotes de Marmandais, Sauternes Bordeaux AOC Superieur, Haut Medoc, Cotes du Frontonnais


Cheese Board

Le Bleu de Quercy; Templais Sec; Tomme de Lomagne; Cabécou; Roquefort; Laguiole

 

Pick-up & Drop-off Point

Approximate transfer duration for Rosa = 1 or 1.5 hours, depending on the cruise route.

 

Gascony

 

For cabin bookings

  • Pick-up point: Hotel Pullman in Toulouse centre at 4:00 pm
  • Drop-off point: Choice of location in Toulouse at 10:30 am


For charter bookings: One location of the group's choice in Toulouse or Bordeaux for pick-up at 4:00 pm and drop-off by 10:30 am.

 

Bordeaux & Gascony

 

For cabin bookings:

  • Pick-up point: Bordeaux: The Intercontinental Bordeaux – Le Grand hotel (if clients stay the night prior) at 4:00 pm or Bordeaux Train Station at 4:20 pm
  • Drop-off point: Choice of location in Bordeaux at 11:00 am

 

For charter bookings: One location of the group's choice in Bordeaux or Toulouse for pick-up at 4:00 pm and drop-off by 11:00 am.

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Dates & Prices 

Rates for 2019

Departure Dates Stateroom per person Single Supplement
September 22, 29 4,390 Euros 1,600 Euros
October 6, 13, 20 3,790 Euros 1,400 Euros

Charter (Whole Barge)

Departure Dates Charter 6 ppl Charter 7 ppl Charter 8 ppl
September 22, 29 30,400 Euros 31,400 Euros 32,400 Euros
October 6, 13, 20 26,800 Euros 27,600 Euros 28,400 Euros

Theme Cruise Supplement

Theme Available for Supplement
Family Charter 8 ppl None
Golf Charter 8 ppl 500 Euros per golfer
Wine Appreciation Charter 8 ppl 4,000 Euros per charter

Rates for 2020

Departure Dates Stateroom per person Single Supplement
April 12, 19 3,890 Euros 1,450 Euros
April 26 4,590 Euros 1,650 Euros
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 4,590 Euros 1,650 Euros
June 7 4,590 Euros 1,650 Euros
June 14, 21, 28 4,590 Euros 1,650 Euros
July 5, 12 4,590 Euros 1,650 Euros
July 19, 26 3,890 Euros 1,450 Euros
August 2, 9, 16, 23 3,890 Euros 1,450 Euros
August 30 4,590 Euros 1,650 Euros
September 6, 13, 20, 27 4,590 Euros 1,650 Euros
October 4, 11, 18, 25 3,890 Euros 1,450 Euros

Charter (Whole Barge)

10% off per charter on April 12 & 26; August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30. Book until January 6, 2020.

Departure Dates Charter 6 ppl Charter 7 ppl Charter 8 ppl
April 12, 19 27,200 Euros 28,000 Euros 28,800 Euros
April 26 31,800 Euros 32,800 Euros 33,800 Euros
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 31,800 Euros 32,800 Euros 33,800 Euros
June 7 31,800 Euros 32,800 Euros 33,800 Euros
June 14, 21, 28 31,800 Euros 32,800 Euros 33,800 Euros
July 5, 12 31,800 Euros 32,800 Euros 33,800 Euros
July 19, 26 27,200 Euros 28,000 Euros 28,800 Euros
August 2, 9, 16, 23 27,200 Euros 28,000 Euros 28,800 Euros
August 30 31,800 Euros 32,800 Euros 33,800 Euros
September 6, 13, 20, 27 31,800 Euros 32,800 Euros 33,800 Euros
October 4, 11, 18, 25 27,200 Euros 28,000 Euros 28,800 Euros

Theme Cruise Supplement

Theme Available for Supplement
Family Charter 8 ppl None
Golf Charter 8 ppl 525 Euros per golfer
Wine Appreciation Charter 8 ppl 4,500 Euros per charter

*Cannot be combined with any other special offers.

Golf cruises include four pre-booked and paid tee times and transfers to and from the golf clubs. Hire of clubs, caddy or buggy not included. Only those golfing pay the supplement. A minimum of 4 passengers on a golf charter are required to play golf.

Wine appreciation cruises for charter groups include a comprehensive wine itinerary with additional winery visits, private tastings and the services of a professional wine guide. Also includes an upgrade of the wine list to include additional premier and grand cru wines.

Terms & Conditions

Prices shown in Euros and will be converted in Australian Dollar (AUD) at time of payment using a daily ROE. An initial deposit of €800 is payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 90 days as per our terms and conditions and as specified in our confirmation invoice, which will be despatched when the booking form has been processed. Cancellation policy applies to all bookings.

Itinerary 

Classic Cruise – Bordeaux

Day 1, Sunday
You are met in Bordeaux and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Rosa. Following a champagne welcome, there is time for a stroll before returning for your first dinner on board.

Day 2, Monday
Morning cruise to Serignac-sur-Garonne, where we cross the Plan Canal d’Agen, one of the longest aqueducts in France which spans the River Garonne. After lunch we visit the medieval town of Nerac and tread in the footsteps of King of France Henry IV and Queen Margot. The château was built in the 15th century, but much was destroyed during the French Revolution and today only the impressive north wing remains. Finally, we stop at the Lapeyrade Estate for a cellar tasting of Armagnac, the oldest alcohol in France. Dinner on board.

Day 3, Tuesday
This morning, depart early to enjoy breakfast at the colourful market of Aiguillon and then cruise to your mooring at Buzet-sur-Baise, a pretty fortified village with pastel-coloured houses. Lunch on board is followed by an informative guided tour of the sustainable wine co-operative of Buzet, with a tasting of course! Next, visit the cork museum at Mezin to learn about the history of cork-making, before heading to the 13th century bastide village of Vianne. In the evening, go to Barbaste with its fortified mill, protected by four square towers, and the nearby 12th century bridge with its 12 curved arches. Dinner tonight is a gourmet affair at the “Auberge du Goujon qui frétille”, a delightful local restaurant with a highly inventive menu.

Day 4, Wednesday
Start the day with a relaxing cruise to the lovely little village of Lagruère, with time to walk or cycle the towpath through stunning countryside. Following lunch on board, cruise along the Garonne river aboard a traditional flat-bottomed boat, after which you will visit the beautiful village of Le Mas d’Agenais, its 11th century church playing host to an ornate Romanesque doorway and an original masterpiece by Rembrandt. After this, take a short drive to an artisanal dairy farm at Ramier where you will experience the entire cheese making process, culminating in a delicious tasting. Dinner, if the weather permits, is a gourmet barbecue beside the barge, overlooking the River Garonne.

Day 5, Thursday
Your morning cruise takes you to the village of Meilhan-sur-Garonne, with an expansive view over the valley of the Garonne. In the afternoon, visit the 14th century Château de Duras, an architectural wonder, which has been both a fortress and a stately home over its 900-year history. Wander through its 35 rooms and museum before returning to the hotel barge. Dinner on board.

Day 6, Friday
Today, your final cruise is to Castet-en-Dorthe, where the canal ends and drops into the River Garonne. After lunch on board, 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-Sejour-Becot, producer of premier and grand crus wines, where we discover the secrets of the vine and, of course, enjoy a tasting. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7, Departure
After breakfast, you are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Bordeaux.



Classic Cruise - Gascony

Day 1, Sunday
You are met in Toulouse and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Rosa. Following a champagne welcome, there is time for a tour of the beautiful old town of Montauban, set on the River Tarn, before returning for your first dinner on board.

Day 2, Monday
This morning, take a short drive to an artisanal dairy farm at Ramier, where you will experience the entire cheese making process, culminating in a delicious tasting with the opportunity to purchase a few slices to take home! Next, head to old Montauban for a stroll around this charming redbrick town on the banks of the River Tarn. Following lunch on board, Rosa meanders up the flight of nine locks on the beautiful, recently restored branch canal skirting the Forest of Agre and moors in the heart of the little town of Montech. Dinner on board.

Day 3, Tuesday
After breakfast, head into the Côtes du Frontonnais wine region in the minibus for a wine tasting at the renowned Château Bellevue la Fôret. The introduction to the outstanding cuvée ‘Optimum’ is in the skilled hands of Diane Germain, the Boston-educated daughter of the house. Lunch back on board is followed by a guided tour of the remarkable inclined Water Plane, an amazing feat of engineering that by-passes five locks and allows our hotel barge to descend the 43 feet all in one go, a unique experience! In the afternoon, you will cruise to Castelsarrasin, where there may even be time for a game or two of boules before dinner on board.

Day 4, Wednesday
This morning, cross the River Tarn via the 1,000-foot-long aqueduct, the Pont Canal du Cacor, then descend towards Moissac through a staircase of delightful locks and moor for lunch on the River Tarn below the old watermill. Then, cruise downstream to St. Livrade for an optional afternoon’s swimming or canoeing and visit the UNESCO-classified 7th century Abbaye St-Pierre de Moissac with its wonderfully preserved cloisters and chapel. This evening, perhaps after a game of boules, stroll ashore to savour regional specialties at the excellent restaurant ‘Le Florentin’, in front of the spectacular entrance portal of the abbey.

Day 5, Thursday
Visit Castelsarrasin’s morning market this morning before starting your cruise, when Rosa rises up from the Tarn and turns west on the brick-lined canal through Moissac. After negotiating the swing bridge, cruise between the placidly-flowing waters of the Garonne and the foothills of the Quercy massif, before mooring at Pommevic. After lunch, visit the 18th century Château de la Motte where you are given a private guided tour by the resident Countess. At the end of the tour, you are even invited to take tea with her in the private apartments, as she explains to us her family’s famous association with the Kings of France. Before returning to Rosa, you will see the 15th century hillside village of Auvillar, as well as touring the old “Bastide” town of Valence d’Agen, with its Palladian canal-side public wash-house and arcaded market place. Dinner on board.

Day 6, Friday
A leisurely morning cruise through the bucolic countryside to your final mooring at Boé. After lunch, you visit Domaine de Lapeyrade for a guided tour and private tastings of their esteemed Armagnac and Floc du Gascogne wines in delightful surroundings, before visiting the medieval town of Nérac and its castle, once home to Henry IV of France. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7, Saturday
After breakfast, you are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to your choice of location in Toulouse.

Cruise Details 

Rosa Deck Plan

Rosa deck plan

  • 100 feet long
  • 8 passengers
  • 4 crew
  • 2 double state rooms (104 to 110 sq ft including en-suite)
  • 2 twin state rooms (92 to 107 sq ft includign en-suite)
  • Air-conditioned
  • Centrally Heated
  • CD player/iPod dock
  • Sun deck with table, loungers & 4 parasols
  • Spa pool
  • 8 touring bikes
  • Air-conditioned minibus
  • WiFi (Subject to reception)

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