welcome on board
- Idyllic canal cruising in South West France
- Choose Bordeaux or Gascony regions
- Weekly cruise six nights
- Full time crew
- Arrival Saturday PM — depart following Friday AM
- Charter for up to 6 guests
- Three double or twin en-suite cabins
- Gourmet dining
- Extensive cellar on board
- All inclusive rates
T he Saint Louis is one of the most luxurious and best appointed barges on the canal network in France today. The team at Saint Louis spare no effort in bringing you the ultimate in luxury cruising,
In the Salon
A tastefully decorated space with a soft seating area, dining for six, open bar, music system, and library.
Fully stock open bar
Nespresso coffee maker
10GBs Wi-Fi per week*
Dining space for six
Soft seating area
Small library and board games
Selection of CDs
In the Cabins
Three double or twin cabins with modern, luxurious en-suite facilities.
En-suite shower facilities
Retractable clothes lines
Heated towel rails
Ample 220V power points
Full length mirrors
Good wardrobe space
On the Sundeck
Saint Louis has the largest open sundeck of any barge of comparable size where you will be able to relax and dine whilst enjoying the peace and tranquility of this wonderful, secluded canal. The sundeck is easily accessed via wide stairs directly from the salon.
Four full length reclining sun-loungers
Dining area for six
Ample sun umbrellas
the saint louis team 2019
W endy and Peter came to France in early 2014 from Ireland and have overseen the transformation of the barge into an oasis of calm and tranquillity that is so enjoyed by guests today. On board we have 3 full-time crew members looking after your every comfort and safety as well as two part-time tour guides.
Wendy is our pilot and safety officer and also works closely with our hostess, June, to ensure that all things front of house are maintained to the highest of standards.
“Piloting is such a pleasure along this tranquil tree lined canal. I particularly enjoy sharing time with guests in the wheelhouse as we cruise the route. The occasional kingfisher flitting along the water or a heron wading by the canal edge while ducks with their ducklings paddle quickly out of our path add to the deep feeling of peace and serenity!”
Peter is our chef and loves the gastronomy of the region that is central to the Saint Louis experience.
“We have developed strong local supplier relationships over the past 4 years to ensure that only produce of the highest quality, the very best this fabulous region has to offer, whether, food, wine or cheese is selected for your table.”
June is an experienced hostess who loves barging and is primarily responsible for your comfort on board. She looks after all the guest areas, and prides herself in her attention to detail, terrific energy and commitment to your on-board wellbeing.
“Saint Louis is such a beautiful barge and my role is central to our guests’ relaxation and enjoyment and I’m looking forward to bringing my enthusiasm to the mix!”
Depending on the route we have two experienced tour guides on call
Sandy specialises in the region on routes 1 & 4 that includes Moissac and its Abbey and the hill top town of Lauzerte.
Tim (who incidentally is also a pilot and trained Wendy!) has in depth knowledge along our routes 2 & 3 towards Bordeaux taking in St Emillion, Sauternes and Armagnac.
S aint Louis cruises in the gloriously abundant South West France where the finest fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses and wines of great note are all produced. The Atlantic is nearby and the vibrant local markets here are bursting with varieties of fish, oysters and fruit de mer to tempt every palate.
W e have developed strong and lasting relationships with the best of the best local producers to ensure that we bring to your table outstanding locally sourced produce of the highest quality that truly represent this region, it’s culture and heritage.
Because of the outstanding quality of our ingredients and their freshness, our ethos in the kitchen is: cook it simply, cook it lightly, embrace seasonality and avoid heavy use of sugar, salt and fat, let the flavour and texture of the food be the focus – and our guests love this approach!
P airing wine with food is an art and we work closely with our wine distributor in St Émilion, himself an executive chef, to bring you a wide variety of wines of great quality from across this region that are specifically selected to complement our food. We have an excellent cellar and carry approximately 600 bottles on board.
say cheese !
F rance is renowned for its superlative cheeses and no dinner or indeed lunch if preferred, would be complete without an offering of examples of the cheese makers’ art. We select three new cheeses each day to create imaginative cheese boards that may include dried fruits, nuts and honey for you to share and enjoy.
T he enjoyment of food is central to what we do; it is not only a taste experience it is also a visual one. Each evening our guests sit down to a different table setting, we carry a wide selection of table cloths, jacquard linen napkins, candles and other decorative finishings that Wendy uses to great effect to create a variety of themed table settings throughout the week – she’s even been known to hold napkin folding classes with inquisitive guests!