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Roi Soleil

Class: Deluxe
Location: Canal Du Midi
Guests: 6
Roi Soleil is perfect for Families, Groups of friends, Excellent Cycling/Walking, Exceptional historic interest, Beautiful scenery.

Roi Soleil is different from any other barge on the Canal du Midi in that it is based on classic American yacht design from the 1920s and elegantly appointed with French fabrics, beautiful polished woods, spacious tiled bathrooms and leather seating. Charming owner Guillaume de Perthuis oversees a faultless operation with 4 dedicated crew who spend each week pampering guests in exceptional style.

As you drift along the magnificent Canal du Midi you will step back into the time of Louis XIV- the “Sun King” or “Roi Soleil” – who commissioned this prodigious engineering feet; thus finally achieving the dream of linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. Guests are transported on excursions throughout this stunning region in an exceptionally comfortable minivan and accompanied by a tour guide of exceptional knowledge to ensure they soak up the very best highlights.

Innovative gourmet cuisine, with cooking demonstrations in the open plan bar/ kitchen, is complemented by carefully chosen premium local wines to delight the palate. This open plan kitchen and ability to watch the culinary magic unfold, along with the facility for year round Al Fresco dining on the heated aft deck, are just two features that make Roi Soleil stand out as one of the most exceptional vessels on the Canal du Midi. The whole upper deck is entirely open from front to back, so that guests can enjoy all of the activity on board as well as the passing scenery. And excursions & sightseeing are customised for each group – wine tastings, antique shopping or anything you might wish for can be organised by the crew. And the beautiful white leather semi-circular booth on deck next to the spa completes your feeling of cruising like a celebrity!

Finally, the warmth and dedication of your crew completes your enjoyment of an exceptional and totally idyllic week in the most luxurious surroundings, in one of the most magnificent regions of France – what more could any guest wish for?!

Roi Soleil is available for charter only.

Features At-A-Glance

5 STAR COMFORT OF A LUXURY MOTOR YACHT, 30 METRES LONG

6 GUESTS – CHARTER ONLY

3 SPACIOUS STATEROOMS WITH OPENING SKYLIGHTS OF 15 SQUARE METRES (160 SQ FEET).

COVERED AFT TEAK DECK WITH INBUILT SEATING, DINING AND SPA (SHADED ALL ROUND OR HEATED FOR AL FRESCO DINING THROUGHOUT THE SEASON)

FORWARD SUN DECK WITH MATTRESSES AND DECK CHAIRS

BEAUTIFULLY APPOINTED OPEN PLAN SALON, BAR AND INSIDE DINING WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS

4 CREW

BOSE SOUND SYSTEM & IPOD DOCK

3G WIRELESS INTERNET

DVD LIBRARY

FIREPLACE

6 BICYCLES

SPA POOL

AIR CONDITIONING THROUGHOUT

AIR CONDITIONED LUXURY MINIBUS FOR EXCURSIONS WITH SPLIT AIR CONDITIONING, LEATHER SEATS

Sunday - Béziers East- Cassafiere to Portiragnes

Transfer, welcome on-board, and cocktails.
Navigation along the canal through a rural area with wetlands, a reserve for flamingoes & horses.

Monday - Portiragnes to Fonseranne

Sailing through the great locks of Fonseranne
Excursion to historical city of Pézenas ( famed architecture, many artisans & antiques)
OR excursion to the impressive hill village of Roquebrun by the river Orb (possible to swim)
AND/OR visit to the preroman Oppidum of Enserune, a major archaeological site with panoramic views of the surrounding valleys
AND?OR visit Béziers historical centre and shops

Tuesday - Fonserranne to Capestang

Sailing into the heart of the historic village of Capestang
Private visit to the cistercian Abbey of Fontroide, one of the finest examples in France
OR excursion to the impressive hill village of Roquebrun by the river Orb (possible to swim)
AND/OR a visit a Camargue bull and horse ranch with the opportunity to round up the bulls on horseback
AND/OR wine tasting at cellar of a top French Sommelier and supplier to Michelin Starred Chefs

Wednesday - Capestang to La Croisade or Le Somail

Morning excursion to the charming City of Narbonne, that was the Roman Capital of the early Gaulles – its vibrant food market – the famed art and roman archeology museums within the Bishop Palace and shops
A highlight of the week is afternoon sailing to the peaceful country village of Le Somail with an impressive antique bookstore & sailing beneath the smallest canal bridge in France

Thursday - Le Somail to Paraza

Morning visit to the hill village of Minerve, which is a beautiful natural site that has a dramatic history dating back to the time of the Crusades.
Visit to prized olive oil mill, Oulibo, and a historic Languedoc village
An afternoon sail to Paraza and mooring by an ancient canal bridge with views across the valley
Private wine tasting in a renowned Minervois domaine with up to 15 varietals

Friday - Paraza to Homps

Visit to the fortified city of Carcassonne – Europe’s largest Medieval Fortress –  a great place to be transported into medieval history and a shopping opportunity.
OR visit medieval village of Lagrasse and its artisans.
Afternoon sailing to Homps with many locks.

Saturday

A leisurely breakfast onboard then transfer to departure point.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

2023 Prices

Value Season
Regular Season

Charter price for 6 passengers

Value Season: €27,400
High Season: €31,500

Charter price for up to 4 passengers

Value Season: €24,700
High Season: €28,400

Note all our prices are in euros. We convert to Australian dollars at current exchange rates on the day of payment of deposit/full payment.

Roi Soleil offers the Canal du Midi itinerary (on this page) all season in 2023, apart from April 3rd & 10th, and May 1st & 8th, when she operates a special itinerary in Provence. Please ask us for th itinerary!

Departure Dates 2023

Value Season

March 20. 27; April 03, 10

High Season

April 17, 24; May 01, 07, 15, 22, 29; June 05, 12, 19, 26; July 03

Value Season

July 10,17, 24, 31; August 07

High Season

August 14, 21, 28; September 04, 11, 18, 25; October 02, 09

Value Season

October 16, 23

Price is all-inclusive - inclusions are:

  • Price includes accommodation in ensuite cabins
  • Gourmet cuisine provided by your private on-board chef
  • All beverages including premium local wines and mixed drinks
  • All excursions, entries and transport in air-conditioned mini-vans

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