spacious staterooms with ensuite bathrooms; twin or queen beds
fabrics from Pierre Frey
made tiles in bathrooms
windows in the cabins
Stereo system, TV, DVD, & VCR
with lounge chairs
'Roi Soleil' has
more to do with luxury yachting than barging - hence the term 'River
lines and mahogany and brass trim are inspired by the classic motor
yachts of the 1920's while her interior brings you the best of contemporary
design and comfort. The stylish saloon with its fireplace, bar and
panoramic views through no less than 20 windows, and the elegant
dining area offer you a level of comfort equivalent to that of luxury
Spacious, air conditioned
staterooms (you can actually walk around your bed) and
en-suite bathrooms in provençal style, equiped with thermostatically
controlled showers and heated towel racks, hand-made Provençale
tiles, lava stone in the bathrooms, and the rich hues of stylish
Pierre Frey fabrics decorate the interior.
The highly accclaimed recent addition to the staff of the Roi Soleil
is chef Jeremy Horner. He not only receives kudos from "Terre de
Vins" magazine as well as recent guests, but his interactive, fun-loving
personality adds even more sparkle to a cruise on the Roi Soleil.
Canal du Midi
Cruise Itinerary :
Béziers - Carcassonne
The magnificent Canal
du Midi has remained virtually unchanged in over 300 years
with its breathtaking flights of locks and stone bridges.
This prodigious engineering feat, commissioned by Louis XIV (the
'Sun King'), finally achieved the dream of linking the Mediterranean
with the Atlantic Ocean. Now classed on the World Heritage
List of Conservation, the Canal du Midi encompasses untainted regions
of history and beauty that reflect the vast influences of all major
Mediterranean civilizations. From prehistory, through the Roman
occupation, followed by the turbulent Middle Ages, the exceptional
architecture captures the atmosphere of time revisited.
On the tree lined route between Béziers
and Carcassonne, 'Roi
Soleil' will glide through the scenic landscape that changes dramatically
from the rugged, rural Languedoc regions to the
sun-drenched, azure blues of the Mediterranean.
To experience this kaleidoscope of colour and history we
will take you back into the time of the Romans in the city of Narbonne
- the first Roman colony outside of Italy. You will
follow the Crusades of the Cathares in the fortified medieval villages
of Minervois and the majestic walled city of Carcassonne
and witness at Fontfroide one of the best preserved Cistercian
abbeys. And you can even go back a few centuries BC by visiting
the Greco-Iberian Oppidum of Ensérune.
vast region also lies a land of poetry, and of proud people devoted
to the soil and of course the vine - and whose passion they will
share with you in private tastings of the local Minervois
and Corbières wines. At the end
of the afternoon, you will experience the warmth and aroma of the
earth as it shimmers in the setting sun.
you sail down the Rhone River, you enter a region
that reflects the diversity of culture, history and natural riches
brought to the Mediterranean since ancient Greek times. From
celebrated Provence to the wilderness of Camargue
and on to the shores of the Mediterranean.
Avignon, what better way to appreciate the rich,
golden glow of the ancient ramparts of the 14th Century Palace of
the Popes, set against the renowned blue sky of Provence, than at
sunset on the deck of 'Roi Soleil'. while sipping the tantalizing
wines of Chateauneuf du Pape straight from the vineyard.
15th Century castles of Tarascon and Beaucaire
tower majestically over the Rhone River as we approach
the city of Arles - founded by the Greeks in VI BC - a bastion of
Provençale culture and tradition. Arles
was also the home of Van Gogh, who, like scores of artists and bon-vivants,
was drawn by the extraordinary light and golden pastel hues of Provence.
the Gard and Vaucluse you follow the threads of your choice - from
shopping for a treasure in the Antique Houses of Isle sur
Sorgues to the inspiration of redecoration from the local
arts and crafts of St.Quentin de la Potterie, Uzès
and St.Remy. Or, simply taking
in the beauty and tranquillity midst the refreshing Fontaines
de Vaucluse and the sweeping views of ancient Beaux
de Provence - not to mention a leisurely stroll across
the 40 AD Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard.
the Rhone River you enter the heart of the Camargue,
a region of sand dunes and salted marshland, where you
will encounter magnificent flocks of pink flamingos amongst the
numerous species of birds; wild white horses that drink idly from
the banks of the canal; and the prized black bulls which are watched
vigilantly by the famous Cowboy Guardians. In the fortified
village of Aigues-Mortes, where
the Crusaders of King St Louis embarked in the 13th Century, you
will enjoy the lively ambience of outdoor cafés and terraces where
the Gypsy Kings continue to inspire the local musicians.
restaurants flank the quays of Sète. Pastel
coloured houses with wrought iron balconies face the lively canals
on which the fishermen dry out their coloured nets after distributing
their catch of fish and seafood. And to taste the best local
oysters and mussels, you will cruise through quaint little fishing
villages on the large lagoon of the Bassin de Thau.
Cruising along the Canal du Midi,
you reach Agde, founded by the
Phoenicians in VII BC and later named by Marco Polo ' The black
pearl of the Mediterranean ', impressive for its black lava
the Roman architecture, ancient abbeys, magnificent castles, and art
museums you will encounter a spirited people, proud of their local
traditions, their gastronomy, and their wines. Thus this route,
which portrays the very essence of the South of France, is sure to
seduce you by tantalizing your senses.
Frequent flights to Montpelier,
Beziers/Agde and Toulouse operate from Paris. TGV (express)
trains operate from Paris to Montpelier (4h, 30m); Toulouse (5hr);
and Perpignan (6hr).
Included in price
- Round trip transfers in air conditioned vehicle from pre-arranged
meeting point to the boat.
- Accommodation for up to 6 passengers for 6 nights in 3 double
staterooms with en-suite bathrooms.
- All meals including wine with meals and drinks from the bar,
other than vintage wines, Champagnes and fine liqueurs.
- Excursions in the private air conditioned vehicle and admittance
fees as stipulated.
- Use of on-board bicycles.
- Champagne welcome aboard.
- Morning coffee and afternoon tea.
Not included in
and cancellation insurance (strongly recommended); ballooning
and other activities not stipulated; gratuities for the crew; and
personal expenses such as use of the cellular telephone.