Our Cruise Routes


W e have organized this interactive map to show where we are and where we cruise and also to help with your inward and onward travel planning. Excellent airports at Toulouse (Blagnac) and Bordeaux (Merignac) are available and there is also a private airfield at Agen. The region is well served by train with Agen having connections across the country.

Itineraries



Gascony Cruise (Route 1) : Lacourt St. Pierre to Boé Port

Special points of interest

The Lily Gardens that inspired Monet, 12th century hill top town of Lauzerte, Moissac Abbey and Cloisters, the local weekly market at Valence d’Agen.


Our pick-up point for this cruise is either Toulouse or Agen train station. Our departure point is either Toulouse, Bordeaux or Agen train station. Other points may be possible with prior agreement. A Saint Louis crew member will meet guests at the agreed point of arrival and all transfers and tours are in our fully air-conditioned Mercedes V Series people carrier.

Pick-up times

Toulouse or Agen: 4.00pm. The journey time is approximately 1 hour.

Departure times

Latest departure time off the barge is 10.00am.

Approximate transfer times

Toulouse: 1hr 45mins
Bordeaux: 1hr 30mins
Agen: 20mins

Saturday

Transfer to the barge to arrive around 5.00pm. Champagne reception upon arrival, then time to settle in, get to know your crew, a short safety briefing and a general talk through the itinerary for the week.

Sunday

Tour: After breakfast we enjoy our first cruise through to a flight of 5 locks where we disembark and drive to the 12th century town of Lauzerte. A hill top castle-nau with a bloody past but now a way point for pilgrims on the Saint Jaques trail to Santiago de Compostella. We enjoy lunch together before returning to the barge at St. Porquier and our cruise continues through to our mooring at Castelsarassin for the evening.

Monday

After breakfast there is time to explore the local village before we cruise along the tree lined canal to our wild mooring for lunch. Tour: Afterwards we cross the aquaduct and enter Moissac port and then descend onto the mighty river Tarn for an afternoon river cruise followed by a visit to the Monastery and Cloisters at Moissac Abbey, a renowned world heritage site. We then return to the barge for dinner.

Tuesday

Tour: After breakfast it’s off to Valence d’Agen and its bustling weekly market. See pictures. We enjoy a coffee in the local square and meander through the maze of stalls offering a staggering array of fresh local produce, fish, meats and cheeses amongst so much else! We return to the barge for lunch and our afternoon cruise through to our quiet evening mooring point at Pommevic.

Wednesday

Tour: This morning we explore visit the beautiful town of Auvillar, in the past a major trading town with a fascinating history. We see the grain exchange and learn about the mighty trading route along the river before the canal network opened up and overtook it. Afterwards we return to pick up the barge as cruise through to our wild mooring at La Magistere for the night.

Thursday

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then a beautiful drive through rich countryside to visit the Lily Gardens at Temple sur Lot that were founded in 1875 and inspired Monet. We arrive in time to enjoy a leisurely stroll around the ponds and gardens before lunch overlooking the lake. Afterwards we return to pick up the barge for the final cruise through to Boé port.

Friday

After breakfast depart the barge for transfer onwards.


Bordeaux Cruise (Route 2): Boé Port to Meilhan sur Garonne

Special points of interest

Saint Émilion, Sauternes and the Lily Gardens that inspired Monet.


A Saint Louis crew member will meet guests at the agreed point of arrival and all transfers and tours are in our fully air-conditioned Mercedes V Series people carrier.

Pick-up times

From Toulouse or Bordeaux; 3.30pm. Transfer time is about 1hr 30 mins
From Agen train station: 4.30pm. Agen is close to Boé and transfer time is around 20mins

Departure times

Latest departure time off the barge is 10.00am.

Approximate transfer times

Toulouse: 2hrs
Bordeaux: 1hr 30mins
Agen: 1hr

Saturday

Transfer to the barge at Boé Port to arrive around 5.00pm. Champagne reception upon arrival, then time to settle in, get to know your crew, a short safety briefing and a general talk through the itinerary for the week.

Sunday

Tour: The Lily Gardens at Temple sur Lot that were founded in 1875 and inspired Monet. We depart Boé Port at 9.00am and enjoy our first cruise through Agen and across the magnificent aquaduct. Leaving the barge we drive to the gardens in time for lunch overlooking the lake. After lunch, enjoy a leisurely stroll around the ponds and gardens before returning to the barge which will have moved on to our evening mooring at Serignac.

Monday

Tour: This morning’s tour is to an Armagnac producer situated in a 12th century Monastry where we learn about the history of Armagnac, the production process and enjoy a tasting. On our way back to the barge we stop in Nearac, an 11th century town with its castle, Chateau Henry IV, the Royal Residence of the Lords of Albret. Alain d’Albret was the Great Grandfather of Henry IV. If time permits we can explore this beautiful town and enjoy a coffee together. Return to the barge for lunch and beautiful cruise through to Buzet our evening mooring.

Tuesday

Tour: Today’s visit is to a 3rd generation barrelmaker to see at first hand how the barrels, such an important part of the wine making process, are made. You will learn about the complexities and manufacturing methods of this traditional craft and how the barrel affects the development of the wine. Afterwards, we visit the bastide town of Vianne and learn about the history of bastides and their part in the early social development of the area.

Return to barge for lunch on board prior to a delightful cruise along the unspoilt, tree lined canal to our mooring at La Falotte. A privately owned museum of semi-precious gems, fossils and minerals from around the world. The owner will take you through and discuss his lifetime’s work gathering his collection from around the world. A fascinating visit with a world authority as your guide.

Wednesday

Tour: After breakfast we drive to Sauternes for a visit to this world renowned region famous for its sweet wines. We visit the Premier Grand Crus Chateau d’Arche where we will be guided through a short history of the development of Sauternes, its micro-climate and terroir. We see at first hand the production methods and enjoy a private tasting before departing back for lunch at Le Chope et le Pichet, a beautiful lock-side restaurant owned by our good friend Thierry.

As you finish lunchtime, the barge will arrive at the lock for your onward cruise to Le Mas d’Agenais where we will explore the village and its famous 12th century church with original Rembrandt painting before continuing our cruise to our evening mooring at Forques.

Thursday

Tour: After breakfast it’s off to the beautiful town of St. Émilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You may choose to visit the underground church or meander through the ancient cobbled streets soaking up the history and atmosphere before enjoying a leisurely lunch together in one of the local restaurants. Afterwards we go for a private wine tasting with our wine merchant, one of the most respected distributors of fine wines in St. Émilion. We learn about the history of the region, how to taste wine, about terroir and how it effects wine and about the great St. Émilion vinyards.

We return to the barge for a final cruise along the tree lined canal into Meilhan Port.

Friday

After breakfast depart the barge for transfer onwards.


Bordeaux Cruise (Route 3): Meilhan sur Garonne to Boé Port

Special points of interest

Saint Émilion, Sauternes and the Lily Gardens that inspired Monet.


Our pick-up point for this cruise is either Bordeaux or Agen train station. Our departure point is either Toulouse, Bordeaux or Agen train station. Other points may be possible with prior agreement. A Saint Louis crew member will meet guests at the agreed point of arrival and all transfers and tours are in our fully air-conditioned Mercedes V Series people carrier.

Pick-up times

Bordeaux airport or town: 3.30pm. The journey time is approximately 1hr 15mins.
Agen train station: 4.00pm. Transfer time is around 1hr.

Departure times

Latest departure time off the barge is 10.00am.

Approximate transfer times

Toulouse: 1hr 45mins
Bordeaux: 1hr 30mins
Agen: 20mins

Saturday

Transfer to the barge to arrive around 5.00pm. Champagne reception upon arrival, then time to settle in, get to know your crew, a short safety briefing and a general talk through the itinerary for the week.

Sunday

Tour: After breakfast we enjoy a short cruise to the first lock where we disembark the barge and drive to the beautiful town of St. Émilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We visit the underground church, meander through the ancient cobbled streets soaking up the history and atmosphere and then enjoy a leisurely lunch in one of the local restaurants. Afterwards we go for a private wine tasting with our wine merchant, one of the most respected distributors of fine wines in the region. We learn about the history of the region, how to taste wine, about terroir and how it effects wine and about the great St. Émilion vinyards.

We return to the barge which has moved on to our evening mooring at Forques for dinner.

Monday

After breakfast we cruise along the tree lined canal to the picturesque village of Le Mas d’Agenais where we moor for lunch and a visit to the village and its famous 12th century church with its very own original Rembrandt!

Tour: After lunch we set off to the world famous region of Sauternes for a visit and tasting at a Premier Grand Crus Chateau d’Arche. We will learn about the making of this famous wine variety, why Sauternes has developed as it has, its micro-climate and terroir and the processes that make Sauternes so highly prized before returning to the barge for dinner. The barge will have moved on to La Falotte, a private mooring with beautiful gardens and a semi-precious gem museum that gusts may visit whilst dinner is being prepared.

Tuesday

Tour: This morning’s tour is to an Armagnac producer situated in a 12th century Monastry where we learn about the history of Armagnac, the production process and enjoy a tasting. On our way back to the barge we stop in Nearac, an 11th century town with its castle, Chateau Henry IV, the Royal Residence of the Lords of Albret. Alain d’Albret was the Great Grandfather of Henry IV. If time permits we can explore this beautiful town and enjoy a coffee together.

In the afternoon we cruise to Buzet Port and moor for the evening.

Wednesday

Tour: Today’s visit is to a 3rd generation barrelmakers to see at first hand how the barrels, such an important part of the wine making process, are made. You will learn about the complexities and manufacturing methods of this traditional craft and how the barrel affects the development of the wine. Afterwards, if time permits we visit the bastide town of Vianne and learn about the history of bastides and their part in the early social development of the area.

Lunch on board is followed by our afternoon cruise to Serignac.

Thursday

Tour: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then a beautiful drive through rich countryside brings us to the world renowned Lily Gardens at Temple sur Lot that were founded in 1875 by Latour Marliac and both inspired and provided Monet with his lilys. We arrive in time to enjoy a leisurely stroll around the ponds and gardens before lunch overlooking the lake. Afterwards we return to pick up the barge for the final cruise across the magnificent aquaduct, on through Agen and into Boé Port, our final mooring.

Friday

After breakfast depart the barge for transfer onwards.


Gascony Cruise (Route 4): Boé Port to Lacourt St. Pierre

Special points of interest

The Lily Gardens that inspired Monet, 12th century hill top town of Lauzerte, Moissac Abbey and Cloisters, the local weekly market at Valence d’Agen.


Our pick-up point for this cruise is either Toulouse, Bordeaux or Agen train station. Our departure point is either Toulouse or Agen train station. Other points may be possible with prior agreement. A Saint Louis crew member will meet guests at the agreed point of arrival and all transfers and tours are in our fully air-conditioned Mercedes V Series people carrier.

Pick-up times

Toulouse or Bordeaux: 3.30pm. Transfer time is approximately 1hr 30mins
Agen: 4.30pm. Agen is close to Boé and the journey time is around 20mins.

Departure times

Latest departure time off the barge is 10.00am.

Approximate transfer times

Toulouse or Agen: Approximately 1hr

Saturday

Transfer to the barge to arrive around 5.00pm. Champagne reception upon arrival, then time to settle in, get to know your crew, a short safety briefing and a general talk through the itinerary for the week.

Sunday

Tour: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then a beautiful drive through rich countryside to visit the Lily Gardens at Temple sur Lot that were founded in 1875 and inspired Monet. We arrive in time to enjoy a leisurely stroll around the ponds and gardens before lunch overlooking the lake.

Afterwards we return to pick up the barge for our cruise through to our wild evening mooring at La Magistere, one of the most glorious, tree lined settings along our route.

Monday

After breakfast we explore the local village and the hill top town of Claremont Subiran and Auvillar. This town was in the past a major trading port and has a fascinating history. We see the grain exchange and learn about the mighty trading route along the river before the canal network opened up and overtook it.

Returning to the barge for lunch we then enjoy our cruise along the tree lined canal to our mooring at Pommevic.

Tuesday

Tour: After breakfast it’s off to Valence d’Agen and its bustling weekly market. We enjoy a coffee in the local square and meander through the maze of stalls offering a staggering array of fresh local produce, fish, meats and cheeses amongst so much else!

We return to the barge for lunch and our afternoon cruise through to Moissac port and then descend onto the mighty river Tarn where we moor for the evening on the river.

Before dinner there will be time to visit to the Monastery and Cloisters at Moissac Abbey, a renowned world heritage site and if lucky enough enjoy listening to the nuns chanting at Vespers. We then return to the barge for dinner.

Wednesday

Tour: Moissac is a busy town and guests often enjoy an hour or so to discover its delights before we cruise on the river where we stop mid-stream for lunch. A truly magnificent setting for lunch as the barge holds position overlooking a frothing river weir.

We return to the canal network after lunch and proceed with our afternoon cruise to Castelsarassin where we moor for the night.

Thursday

Tour: We disembark and drive to the 12th century town of Lauzerte. A hill top castle-nau with a bloody past but now a way point for pilgrims on the Saint Jaques trail to Santiago de Compostella. We enjoy lunch together and a magnificent view from the view point there before returning to the barge at a flight of five locks that will lead us into our final cruise through to our home base at Lacourt st Pierre

Friday

After breakfast depart the barge for transfer onwards.

Pricing


S aint Louis Luxury Hotel Barge is primarily a charter barge ideally suited to small groups of family and friends wishing to relax, enjoy each other’s company and experience this beautiful, unspoilt corner of South West France.


Full Boat Charter Price USD Each
*Single cabin bookings for one or two people at 13,000 USD per cabin may become available later in the booking season and usually within 90 days of the cruise date – please contact us for such availability.
Six Person 31,500 5,250
Five Person 31,500 6,300
Four Person 27,000 6,750
Three Person 27,000 9,000
Two Person* 23,000 11,500

What’s included:

  • Four full time crew members: Pilot, Chef and Hostess. More about the crew.
  • Transfers to and from the barge from an agreed point of arrival/departure in our fully air-conditioned Mercedes V Series people carrier. Please see our detailed 2017 schedule for recommended arrival/departure points and suggested itineraries.
  • All meals, wines, spirits & other drinks during your cruise whether on-board or ashore during tours.
  • All tours including any entrance costs.
  • Use of on-board bicycles.
  • On-board Wi-Fi, 10G per week. Our Wi-Fi is the best that can be provided but please note signal strength may vary as we cruise along the canal.

What’s not included:

  • Flights or other transportation costs to or from your arrival/departure point.
  • Holiday/Cancellation insurance or personal health insurance. See our terms and conditions.
  • Discretionary crew gratuities.


Terms & Conditions



2017 Schedule


O ur 2017 schedule below will help you to decide on your cruise week and provide useful information regarding pick-up or drop-off points to assist in the planning of your trip. Please contact us directly for further information and our current availability.


Dates Cruise From/To Pick-up Drop-off
6-12 May Gascony Route 1 Lacourt St Pierre - Boé Port Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen
13-19 May Bordeaux Route 2 Boé Port - Meilhan Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
20-26 May Bordeaux Route 3 Meilhan - Boé port Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
27 May - 2 June Gascony Route 4 Boé Port - Lacourt St Pierre Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen
3-9 June Gascony Route 1 Lacourt St Pierre - Boé Port Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen
10-16 June Bordeaux Route 2 Boé Port - Meilhan Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
17-23 June Bordeaux Route 3 Meilhan - Boé port Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
24-30 June Bordeaux Route 2 Boé Port - Meilhan Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
1-7 July Bordeaux Route 3 Meilhan - Boé port Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
8-14 July Bordeaux Route 2 Boé Port- Meilhan Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
15-21 July Bordeaux Route 3 Meilhan - Boé port Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
22-28 July Bordeaux Route 2 Boé Port- Meilhan Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
29 July - 4 August Bordeaux Route 3 Meilhan - Boé port Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
5-11 August Bordeaux Route 2 Boé Port- Meilhan Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
12-18 August Bordeaux Route 3 Meilhan - Boé port Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
19-25 August Gascony Route 4 Boé Port - Lacourt St Pierre Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen
26 Aug - 1 Sept Gascony Route 1 Lacourt St Pierre - Boé Port Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen
2-8 Sept Bordeaux Route 2 Boé Port- Meilhan Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
9-15 Sept Bordeaux Route 3 Meilhan - Boé port Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
16-22 Sept Bordeaux Route 2 Boé Port- Meilhan Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
23-29 Sept Bordeaux Route 3 Meilhan - Boé port Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
30 Sept-6 Oct Gascony Route 4 Boé Port - Lacourt St Pierre Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen
7-13 Oct Gascony Route 1 Lacourt St Pierre - Boé Port Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen
14-20 Oct Gascony Route 4 Boé Port - Lacourt St Pierre Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen

2018 Schedule


Dates Cruise From/To Pick-up Drop-off
5-11 May Gascony Route 1 Lacourt St Pierre - Boé Port Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen
12-18 May Bordeaux Route 2 Boé Port - Meilhan Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
19-25 May Bordeaux Route 3 Meilhan - Boé port Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
26 May - 1 June Gascony Route 4 Boé Port - Lacourt St Pierre Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen
2-8 June Gascony Route 1 Lacourt St Pierre - Boé Port Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen
9-15 June Bordeaux Route 2 Boé Port - Meilhan Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
16-22 June Bordeaux Route 3 Meilhan - Boé port Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
23-29 June Bordeaux Route 2 Boé Port - Meilhan Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
30 June - 6 July Bordeaux Route 3 Meilhan - Boé port Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
7-13 July Bordeaux Route 2 Boé Port- Meilhan Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
14-20 July Bordeaux Route 3 Meilhan - Boé port Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
21-27 July Bordeaux Route 2 Boé Port- Meilhan Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
28 July - 3 August Bordeaux Route 3 Meilhan - Boé port Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
4-10 August Bordeaux Route 2 Boé Port- Meilhan Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
9-17 August Bordeaux Route 3 Meilhan - Boé port Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
18-24 August Gascony Route 4 Boé Port - Lacourt St Pierre Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen
25-31 Augustt Gascony Route 1 Lacourt St Pierre - Boé Port Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen
1-7 Sept Bordeaux Route 2 Boé Port- Meilhan Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
8-14 Sept Bordeaux Route 3 Meilhan - Boé port Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
15-21 Sept Bordeaux Route 2 Boé Port- Meilhan Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
22-28 Sept Bordeaux Route 3 Meilhan - Boé port Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen Bordeaux (City or Merignac Airport) or Agen
29 Sept - 5 Oct Gascony Route 4 Boé Port - Lacourt St Pierre Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen
6-12 Oct Gascony Route 1 Lacourt St Pierre - Boé Port Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen
13-19 Oct Gascony Route 4 Boé Port - Lacourt St Pierre Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen Toulouse (City or Blagnac Airport) or Agen

Customise Your Cruise


W hilst the barge must, of course, follow the canal, our tours and excursions are not so restricted! Beyond our suggested itineraries and within minor constraints we can cater for a wide range of alternative activities and interests for individual groups.

Where there is an extra cost we will advise you of this well in advance and this extra may be paid when making the final balance payment ahead of the cruise date - except for Spa treatments which should be paid directly to the provider. Booking these activities must be planned in advance and agreed upon at the time of booking wherever possible to assure availability.

Summary of Options


W e are happy to work with you to create your ideal cruise experience, we will make all reservations and manage transfers to and from the different venues as required. For other activities not covered here, e.g. golf then please contact us to discuss.

Activity All Routes Routes 1 & 4 Routes 2 & 3
Horseriding
Dordogne Tour
Cookery Class
Spa Visit
Painting Days
Specialist Bikes
Kayaking
St. Émilion Wine