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Saraphina

Saraphina

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€7,650 Per Charter

Premier Class

 

Saraphina is a traditional Dutch barge built in 1924 and has been delightfully converted to a lovely hotel barge cruise in 2007. 

  • Country / Region
    France / Canal du Midi
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    BTSAR0816
  • Itinerary
    Portiragnes Plage to Homps
  • Cabins
    2
  • Max Passengers
    4
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From
€7,650 Per Charter

Premier Class

 

Saraphina is a traditional Dutch barge built in 1924 and has been delightfully converted to a lovely hotel barge cruise in 2007. 

  • Country / Region
    France / Canal du Midi
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    BTSAR0816
  • Itinerary
    Portiragnes Plage to Homps
  • Cabins
    2
  • Max Passengers
    4
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Up to €1,465 per charter*
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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 deckTransportation Transportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions ActivityActivity Use of bicyclesItinerary Itinerary Cruise between Portiragnes and Carcassonne.CruiseCruise Self-catering option available from 4,995 Euros per charter of 4 people

Summary

Saraphina is a lovely, old fashioned boat with a contemporary, bright and welcoming interior. This cruise ship travels along the Southern France and cruises the Canal du Midi between Portiragnes plage and the majestic medieval city of Carcassonne, the locks at Beziers and cruising through the winding canal with views of the stunning villages.


Self-catered cruise option is also available for 6 nights. Price is 4,995 Euros for 4 people.


Cruise Highlights

  • All-inclusive 6-night/7-day cruise
  • Daily excursions and entry fees to:
    • Carcassonne, Europe’s largest fortified medieval town
    • Narbonne, a Roman city including its Archbishop’s Palace and indoor market
    • Pézenas, a beautiful town dating back to 16th century
    • Abbey de Fontfroide, an 11th century Cistercian monastery with one of the largest rose gardens in France
    • Minerve, an ancient village on the edge of a limestone cliff, classed as one of the ‘most beautiful villages of France’, for wine tasting
  • This barge offers a self-catering option for guests to cook at their leisure whilst the crew takes care of navigation.
  • Breakfast and gourmet dinners on board/lunches offshore
  • Open-bar 24/7
  • Attentive service from 2-3 crew members
  • Transfers between Beziers, Narbonne or Carcassonne and Saraphina
  • Cruise from April to October/Sunday departures
  • Short cruises available from 3 nights
  • Bookings available by the cabin. Alternatively, this barge may be fully chartered for the exclusive use of your group (minimum 2 passengers).

 

Exclusions

  • Drinks ashore and gratuities are on clients own expense

Cruise Cuisine

Sample Menu:

 

  • Salmon Gravlax, with pickled cucumber and wasabi dressing, Slow Roasted rack of lamb with Sauteed potatoes and mange tout, Rocamadour & Camembert served with apples and dried fruits, Home made Crème Brulée
  • Local Goats cheese, honey and thyme parcels on bed of rocket, Sole served with new potatoes, green beans, lemon butter and fried capers, Brie de Meaux & Roquefort served with pear and toffee walnuts, Home made Mousse au Chocolat
  • Traditional Pissalidière from Nice, with beetroot and feta salad, Confit leg of duck with sweet braised red cabbage and Madeira gravy, Epoisses de Bourgogne & Brillat Savarin served with blueberry confiture & Home made baked lemon tart with crème fraiche from Normandy

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Itinerary 

Portiragnes Plage - Homps

Day 1, Sunday
We pick you up from your hotel, train station, or local airport and bring you safely aboard Saraphina. After a short cruise through the "mini Camargue" and Champagne welcome, your first dinner will be served aboard. A beautiful mooring in the countryside close to the village of Portiragnes.

Day 2, Monday
After breakfast, you will be taken to the historic streets of renaissance Pezenas with its arts, crafts and antique shops. After a typical bistro lunch in Béziers, we cruise over the aqueduct and up the majestic flight of locks at fonserannes. This evenings mooring a stones through away from Béziers.

Day 3, Tuesday
The morning visit brings you to the Cistercian abbey of Fontfroide. After lunch at a quaint restaurant with a stunning view of the "pond of Montady" we cruise along the windiest part of the canal to our mooring in Capestang, a small village with a charming square where you can enjoy an aperitif with a view on the enormous 12th century collegial church.

Day 4, Wednesday
Our tour guide takes you to Narbonne, known for the Archbishop's palace, the Gothic cathedral, shopping, and the famous covered food market, where you will choose a selection of seafood or charcuterie to enjoy back onboard. we then cruise to another stunning mooring next to the sleepy village of Le Somail. Take the opportunity to visit the world famous antique book shop and the ateliers. In the evening, you can walk to a restaurant in the village to wine and dine.

Day 5, Thursday
Thursday's visit brings you to the medieval cathar village Minerve and the olive oil factory «Oulibo». You will then enjoy your lunch ashore returning to the barge for an afternoon cruise to Roubia. A wine tasting before dinner could be organised if you wish.

Day 6, Friday
The medieval city of Carcassonne is a highlight of the week. After a guided tour around Europe’s largest medieval fortified town and lunch, we set off for the final cruise to the village of Homps and farewell dinner aboard. 

Day 7, Saturday
After breakfast you will be transferred to train station, hotel or local airport for your onward journey.



Self-Catered Cruise

Enjoy the freedom of a self-catered holiday without the responsibility of navigating the boat.

Inclusions

  • Saraphina can accommodate four passengers between 2 en-suite cabins, perfect for 2 couples or a family.
  • The itinerary is the same (or almost) as normal weeks, they just make sure we are moored in a place with restaurant for the evenings.
  • Transfers, local pick-ups are included. When the Saraphina barge is moored in Portiragnes, a Carcassonne pick-up is not included.
  • You are welcome to use our fully equipped kitchen and there is a BBQ which travels with you.
  • The captain and hostess, takes care of the piloting the boat (although you are welcome to assist), and services your cabins each day.
  • Full concierge services are included, i.e reserving restaurants, organising guided day tours to Carcassonne, Pezenas or Narbonne and many more.
  • Two shopping runs with the captain’s car
  • Use all facilities aboard, bikes, games wifi etc.

Exclusions

  • Food & Beverage
  • Tours
  • Transport
  • Other services not mentioned above

Optional

  • Daily breakfast - 450 Euros.
  • Transport to the surrounding areas for 50 Euros per hour.
  • Excursions - 200 Euros each for 1 to 4 people.
  • We are even happy to do some basic shopping for you for your arrival.
Barge Details 

Saraphina Deck Plan

Saraphina deck plan

  • 2-3 crew
  • 25 metres long
  • 2 twin/double en-suite cabins (13-17 sqm)
  • Air-conditioned
  • Centrally heated
  • Sundeck
  • Bicycles available on board
  • HiFi System, books, TV and games
  • Wi-Fi (subject to local reception)
  • Air-conditioned car
Dates & Prices 

Rates for 2017

Charter 4 passengers

Special Offer: 10% Off for 6-night charter on October 1, 8, 15, & 22

  6 nights 5 nights 4 nights 3 nights
Full Board 14,650 Euros 12,850 Euros 11,050 Euros 9,250 Euros
Half Board 13,150 Euros 11,250 Euros 9,450 Euros 7,650 Euros

Charter 2 passengers

Special Offer: 10% Off for 6-night charter on  October 1, 8, 15, & 22

  6 nights 5 nights 4 nights 3 nights
Full Board 11,720 Euros 10,820 Euros 8,840 Euros 7,400 Euros
Half Board 10,520 Euros 9,000 Euros 7,560 Euros 6,120 Euros

Bed and breakfast service is also available. No minimum stay required. Contact our team for more information.

Departure Dates

July 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27
September 3, 10, 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22

Rates for 2018

Charter 4 passengers

  6 nights 5 nights 4 nights 3 nights
Full Board 14,650 Euros 12,850 Euros 11,050 Euros 9,250 Euros
Half Board 13,650 Euros 11,850 Euros 10,050 Euros 8,250  Euros

Charter 2 passengers

  6 nights 5 nights 4 nights 3 nights
Full Board 11,720 Euros 10,820 Euros 8,840 Euros 7,400 Euros
Half Board 10,720 Euros 9,280 Euros 7,840 Euros 6,420 Euros

Bed and breakfast service is also available. Kids go free (age 15 years old and under). This applies to 6-night full board and half board cruises.

Self-catered 6-night cruise is also available. Price is 4,995 Euros for 4 people. Contact our team for more information.

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 35% of the total cruise fare for cabin or charter is payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 100 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.

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