The Bastides and Villages of Southwestern France

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TOULOUSE - CASTELSARRASIN - MOISSAC - VALENCE-D'AGEN - AGEN - SERIGNAC-SUR-GARONNE - DAMAZAN -Toulouse

NEW IN 2016

Sit back, relax and discover what the Canal de Garonne has to offer. It’s a hidden secret waiting to be revealed. Come share this treasures with us.


DAY 1: Toulouse - CASTELSARRASIN

Transfer by coach from Toulouse to Castelsarrasin. Passengers are welcome to board at 6:00 p.m. After you’ve settled comfortably in your cabin, we’ll introduce our crew to you before having dinner. We’ll remain in port overnight.

DAY 2: CASTELSARRASIN – TOULOUSE – MOISSAC

All meals served on board. We'll leave by coach for a tour of Toulouse. Discover the “Pink City” and its rich architectural heritage, including the Capitole and its square, the Basilica of Saint Sernin and the imposing Church of the Jacobins. We'll visit the “Maison de Violette” to discover the delicious products made from violets - candies, chocolate, jams, sugar, liquors, teas, etc. Return to Castelsarrasin. Cruising towards Moissac. Take advantage of this time to bike along the “Green Road” that follows the canal. Before arriving in Moissac, we’ll cross over the navigable aqueduct in Cacor, with 15 arches made of bricks from Toulouse and stone from Quercy. Arriving at the end of the afternoon in Moissac. We’ll remain in port overnight.

DAY 3: MOISSAC – VALENCE D’AGEN

All meals served on board. Departure by coach for the guided tour of the St. Pierre and the cloister of Moissac. The cloister of St. Pierre Abbey, finished in 1100, is a unique and perfectly preserved treasure of Romanesque art. The portal of the abbey church shelters a sculptural ensemble from the beginning of the 12th century of rare splendor. This finely sculpted tympanum was featured in the film The Name of the Rose, based on the novel by Umberto Eco. At the end of our tour, we’ll taste some regional specialities, including products made from chasselas grapes. Before returning to our ship, we'll have a quick stop at the look-out point over the city, where you'll have a magnificent view of Moissac and the Tarn and Garonne rivers. Afternoon spent cruising towards Valence d’Agen. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising along the Garonne Canal. Connecting Toulouse to the Atlantic Ocean, it was created in the 19th century as an extension of the Canal du Midi. These two waterways form one remarkable result: the Canal des Deux Mers. The evening is free to do as you please. We’ll remain in port overnight.

DAY 4: VALENCE-D’AGEN - AGEN

All meals served on board. Departure by coach for the excursion to Auvillar, lovely little city voted one of the most beautiful villages in France. Auvillar has a history dating back to the Romans, with its importance arising from its high location and access to the Garonne River. The city center is based around the Place de la Halle, an attractive square lined with three rows of houses dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. Other highlights in the town include the clock-tower, the church of Saint-Peter, and the chapel of Saint Catherine. A little museum marks its history, in which pottery and quills (feather pens for writing) also played a significant role. At the end of our visit, we'll enjoy a tasting of some local products. Return on board. Afternoon spent cruising. The evening is free to do as you please. We’ll remain in port overnight.

DAY 5: AGEN – SERIGNAC-SUR-GARONNE

All meals served on board. Guided tour of Agen's historical center and discover the richness and exceptional diversity of its cultural heritage. We’ll be able to admire the half-timbered houses and St. Caprais Cathedral, founded in the 11th century. What else to do when in the “prune capital” than have a try? Let’s visit a prune boutique and learn about this delicious regional specialty. Afterwards, enjoy some free time on your own to visit the center of town. Afternoon spent cruising towards Agen. We'll pass through the second-longest navigable aqueduct in France (1,902 feet), built entirely from stone between 1839 and 1843. Take advantage to go by the “Green Way” of the Garonne Canal. Arriving at the end of the afternoon in Serignac-sur-Garonne. The evening is free to do as you please. We’ll remain in port overnight.


DAY 6: SERIGNAC-SUR-GARONNE - DAMAZAN

All meals served on board. Departure by coach for a visit to Nérac. Lying on both sides of the Baise River, this quaint city has all the charm and ambiance of the French Southwest. The area has been inhabited since the Bronze Age and flourished during the Gallo-Roman occupation; mosaics from that era that can still be seen at the entrance of the city park and at the town hall. Wandering around the center, you’ll be able to see many attractive buildings dating from the 15th to 17th centuries. The ruins of the chateau still have a very impressive wing of the original castle, with a round tower and an arcaded balcony with decorative columns. Our visit will then continue on to Barbaste. We’ll stop and have a look at the fortified mill and the 13th-century bastide in Vianne. We’ll then visit a wine cellar and have a tasting of the local AOC wine: the Buzet. Return on board. Afternoon spent cruising. Take advantage of this afternoon spent cruising to stroll along the canal, on foot or by bike, at your own pace. Tonight is our festive gala evening. We’ll remain in port overnight.

DAY 7: DAMAZAN - Toulouse

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. Transfer by coach from Damazan to Toulouse. End of our services.

 

2015 PRE-CRUISE PROGRAM, subject to changes. Ask for detailed itinerary of the opposite-direction cruise, Ref. ATL. Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.
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