Canal du Midi
Welcome on board "Savannah" for an enchanting discovery cruise along the Canal du Midi.
Enjoy the barge with its large terrace and luxurious air conditioned cabins to relax, savor the chef’s exquisite cuisine and discover picturesque villages, fortified cities, cathar castles, remarkable countryside, local markets and unique vineyards. Cruise the royal Canal du Midi, conceived and financed by Pierre Paul Riquet to the glory of Louis XIV and the commercial development of the Midi Pyrénées and Languedoc Roussillon regions in southern France.
Savannah is a luxury hotel barge able to accommodate up to 7 passengers in luxuriously fitted cabins with both inside salon and dining rooms and a large deck to enjoy throughout the cruising season.
Initially built in 1938 as a cargo tanker specifically to the dimensions of the Royal Canal du Midi (30m x 5m) and navigating between Bordeaux and Sète, this barge was transformed into a luxurious showroom for the prestigious cosmetic group l’Occitane de Provence in the 80’. The mahogany woodwork and ceramic tiles date from this period and have naturally remained as the signature of this unique canal hotel barge. Savannah was completely refurbished and decorated with luxurious contemporary furniture in 2014.
Three large and clear cabins, all air-conditioned and centrally heated, with European king size beds (or twin beds if preferred) and en-suite ceramic tiled bathrooms.
Cabins have original brass portholes and mahogany skylights. Beds are fitted with luxurious linen, and bathrooms with bathrobes and hairdryers. Guests all receive a welcome set of L’Occitane de Provence cosmetics and shower crèmes.
An additional cabin for single occupancy is available too. This cabin also is en-suite and air-conditioned.
The diversity and quality of produces in our region Midi-Pyrénées, Languedoc and Roussillon enables our chef to elaborate refined and fresh menus.
During your excursions the chef will join you at the markets to choose local seasonal ingredients. Our fish, meat, fruits, vegetables and cheese are supplied by renowned local farmers and artisans. We choose in priority organic produces when feasable.
Wines are permanently sourced from regional vineyards and œnologues so as to offer exceptional products from our wine producing region: Minervois, Corbières, Saint Chinian, Cabardès, Fitou and other local regions.
Wines and Champagnes from your preferred regions are also held on board.
At least two wine tastings are organized in prestigious vineyards allowing you to meet the wine maker, visit their domains and discover their acclaimed creations.