Location: South East of Bordeaux
Capacity: 6 Guests
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The beautiful 6-passenger Saint Louis cruises a unique route on southern France’s Canal de Garonne. Keen to pioneer a very special corner of France not classically known as a hotel barge destination, Saint Louis’s innovative owners have chosen a waterway that remains virtually unexplored by other luxury barge operations. Guests on the Saint Louis are greeted with a genuine warm welcome from the Scottish owners, Alasdair and Barbara, for their voyage of discovery in this enchanting southwestern corner of France. The Saint Louis—a favorite of Frontiers travelers since 1995—has been beautifully updated with quality furnishings throughout and is the perfect floating base from which to explore the numerous bastide towns and rich heritage of the valleys of Lot, Tarn, Baise, and Garonne. Three equal cabins boast delicious beds that can be made up as two separate or one large (78-inch-wide) bed. Each cabin has sliding windows (and window screens, which are unique on barges), good lighting (great for in-bed page turning) and individual controlled heating and air conditioning. Two distinguishing hallmarks of a week on Saint Louis: Barbara’s brilliant cooking, and exploring an amazing sector of France with a wealth of hidden gem visits. The barge cruises one of two routes (Montauban to Agen or Agen to Castets) on a beautiful canal with one of the smoothest towpaths in France. Unlike most other waterways in the country, you will see few other boats, and there are no other quality charter barges able to moor right in the center of several wonderful little towns. Positively a delight for Francophiles and one of our favorites!
Booked as: Either a hotel basis for 1-2 guests (occasionally) or charter for up to 6.
Meeting Point: Saturday afternoon in Toulouse, Montauban, or Agen.