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The Bastides and Villages of Southwestern France


 new program for 2016


DAYS: 7 Days
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 treasure with us.  Highlights of this unique itinerary travel on the aqueducts in Cacor and Agen, visits to Auvillar (a beautiful French village), the UNESCO world heritage listed cloister of Moissac and the 'pink city' of Agen.  Enjoy the French way of life in a warm and friendly atmosphere

Transfer by coach from Toulouse to Castelsarrasin, followed by boarding at 6 pm.  Settle into your cabin before crew introduction and dinner.  Remain in port overnight.
Leave by coach on a guided 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. 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, 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. Overnight in port.
DAY 3  


    Departure by coach for a 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 splendour. 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 specialties, including products made from chasselas grapes. Before returning to the ship, we'll have a quick stop at the look-out point over the city for a magnificent view of Moissac and the Tarn and Garonne rivers. Afternoon spent cruising towards Valence d'Agen 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.
    Depart by coach for an excursion to Auvillar, 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. Remain in port overnight.
Start the day with a guided tour of Agen's historical center and discover the richness and exceptional diversity of its cultural heritage. Admire the half-timbered houses and St. Caprais Cathedral, founded in the 11th century. What else to do when in the "prune capital"  -  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, passing through the second-longest navigable aqueduct in France (1,902 feet), built entirely from stone between 1839 and 1843. Take time to travel by the "Green Way" of the Garonne Canal. Arrive at the end of the afternoon in Serignac-sur-Garonne. The evening is free to do as you please. Remain in port overnight.
Day 6
Depart by coach on a visit to NĂ©rac. 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.  Stop and have a look at the fortified mill and the 13th-century bastide in Vianne. Next visit a wine cellar and have a tasting of the local AOC wine: the Buzet. Return on board. Afternoon spent cruising. Perhaps take time to stroll along the canal, on foot or by bike, at your own pace. Tonight is our festive gala evening. Remain in port overnight.
Day 7
  DAMAZAN - Toulouse
One last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9 am.  Coach transfer from Damazan to Toulouse.  End of Services



This offer includes: Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day - drinks included in this price are water, wine, beer, fruit juices during the meal and coffee after both lunch and dinner for meals eaten on the boat - drinks from the bar, except for champagne or wines from our special list - twin-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom - assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess - welcome cocktail - gala dinner - all port fees -  all excursions mentioned in itinerary.   Coach transfers Toulouse-Castelsarrasin (day 1) and Damazan - Toulouse (day 7)



This offer does not include:  insurance, personal expenses, Drinks - wine selected from the premium drinks list and those purchased on shore excursions


  CroisiEurope and the ship's Captain reserve the right to modify the cruising itinerary to ensure the safe navigation of the vessel.  The programme may be subject to modification depending on availability at ports of call or passing through the locks.

  CroisiEurope will honour the 2016 rates shown without a fuel surcharge unless the price of oil reaches US$120 per barrel.  We reserve the right to charge a fuel supplement if the price of oil is over this amount. Any surcharge will also affect the coach transfer costs.
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