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Canal du Midi cruise               


With Captain / Crew


We live very close to the Canal du Midi. We only recommend barges where we know the owners.

Passionate about France, Committed to Quality, Independent & Honest.

We speak English and French fluently, and some other languages.

Contact me now for your Luxury South of France Canal or River Cruise!

Warm regards from the South of France,

Canal du Midi barge with a pool!
This Canal barge's lovely hot tub / jacuzzi on deck!

This is me, Sara Why not


"Barge T" - Menu
The Barge, Accommodation, Crew
Cruises & Routes
Gourmet Food, Wines


The Finest Cuisine and Wines du Terroir du Languedoc

your luxury barge's ChefCuisine served aboard your luxury barge 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 favoured by the Romans complete each meal.

Your chef, a graduate of the French National Cooking School in Beaune, oversees the preparation of your meals when aboard your luxury barge. 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 your luxury barge are made with garden market produce bought daily, the best quality meats and poultry from the farms of the Southwest of France, and fresh Mediterranean seafood and fish.

Petit Déjeuner - Each morning risers are greeted by a smiling hostess serving freshly squeezed orange juice, warm freshly baked baguettes and croissants from the boulangerie, locally homemade jams, cereals, fresh fruit, yogurts, café au lait, decaf or regular coffee, teas, hot chocolate and eggs for protein breakfasts.

Luncheon aboard your luxury bargeMidi - Wonderful salads, soufflés, quiches, charcuterie, soups, barge made fresh pasta, pizzas and tartes are prepared along with specialties from the farmer's markets such as the olive and cheese 'cakes'. The fish mongers of the 100 year old covered market of Narbonne provide seafood for paella, monk fish, mussel 'bourride' and seafood spaghetti. Cheese platters complete the mid day feast and of course the choice of chilled rosé, white and red wines.

Favourite lunch - Salade Niçoise, as colourful as delicious, nothing missing down to the just tender fresh green beans and capers. Flaky pastry tarte topped with caramalized onions, roasted figues, melted goat's cheese laced with honey and herbes de Provence.

Soir - Each evening an entrée featuring seasonal produce and local delicacies will be a light and delicious 'mise en appetit' to enhance your appetite. Hearty and flavoursome main courses dressed up and served in fine style either alfresco on deck or on candlelit tables making each evening a romantic slow food delight. Desserts are composed of the great French classics, rich and divine.

Le Vin - During your cruise you will have the occasion to visit some of the Chateau wine domaines of the vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see through which the Canal cruises. Each meal will introduce you to the region's fine red and white wines as you 'deguste' the excellent Corbieres and Minervois. A careful selection both from the sandy soils of the Mediterranean coast to the rich reds of the sundrenched inland valleys and foothills will be matched with the dishes prepared by the chef. There is also the 'champagne' of Limoux, which will be served as a chilled aperitif.

Sample Dinner Menus

Example Dinner 1

Petite salade de Mesclun, Asperges du Printemps
A gourmet salad of baby greens topped with fresh asparagus laced with olive oil and Jerez vinegar

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Gambas flambées au Pastis
Succulent shrimp flambee in Pastis

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Confit de Canard
Confit duck from Castelnaudary
Patates rotis au gras du Canard
Roast potatoes in duck fat
Tomates Provencales
Garlic, breadcrumb, parsley topping on sweet oven roasted tomatoes

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Plateau de Fromage
Cheese platter

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Fraises Tiramisu
Fresh strawberries folded into a delicious double cream and cognac laced tiramisu

Example Dinner 2

Terrine de coquilles St. Jacques aux herbes
Scallop and fresh garden herb terrine on bed of frisee salad with Roquefort dressing

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Ravioli farci au ricotta et épinards
Sauce au beurre de sauge

Freshly made ravioli filled with ricotta and spinach
with a sage butter sauce

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Your luxury barge filet de bœuf au foie gras
Succulent tender beef filet steak with seared foie gras
Ratatouille en pyramide
A pyramid of roasted eggplant, zucchini, bellpepper, sweet garden tomato sauce

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Plateau de fromage
Cheese platter

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Fondant au chocolat
Crème anglaise, coulis au fruits rouges

Rich and warm moist chocolate cake with red berry coulis and crème anglaise custard

Soft drinks and mineral waters, tea and coffee are available all day, wine offered at all meals. The Chef will choose wines to accompany each course at dinner.

"Barge T" - Menu
The Barge, Accommodation, Crew
Cruises & Routes
Gourmet Food, Wines


This is me, Sara Why not



"Just a note to thank you for arranging such a splendid trip for us. Everything could not have been more perfect.

This is a lovely boat, and Andree and I were privileged to have occupied the Captain's cabin.

The crew, of course, was fantastic, and with kids aboard they made every possible concession for them, including amazing kid-centered meals (before ours!), and excursions including swimming.

Many, many thanks."

- Phil Tilney


"I wanted to let you know what a fabulous, once in a a lifetime kind of trip we had. Our cruise was from Marseillan to Carcassonne and it couldn't have been better.

What a beautiful thing the Canal du Midi is and life onboard the barge was like living in a dream. The thought and planning that goes into the trip shows in everything the crew does.

The whole experience was top notch and we could not have enjoyed ourselves more. Many kudos to you and your crew. We hope to return some day"

- Faye Konyi


"The trip we have just completed with you was indeed amazing and both Nols and I could not at any stage fault the programme or the crew - just fabulous.

And as for your own performance you are truly king of the Canal du Midi and in the addition the most wonderful chef - the food was fabulous.

Chris and Angie were also amazing and Chris's history really was so important to myself and the other guests. His KNOWLEDGE is truly fantastic!!

See you in Australia soon?"

- Mike Pelly


"Thank you all so much for leading us on this great adventure through Languedoc. Your fine hospitality made this a vacation we will treasure always.

The food, wine, history, wonderful scenery, great weather, and bike rides will all be missed. The trip has gone by in a flash and we can't believe we really must leave.

Are you sure you don't need some more crew on board? Thank you again."

- Thomas and Julie Bozzell, Washington D.C.


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