The Savannah Barge, the 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, savour 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. Fabulous and enchanting.
The Savannah is a luxury hotel barge, with 4 cabins, able to accommodate up to 7 passengers in luxuriously fitted cabins with both an inside salon, 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’s.
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.
Food and wine
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 feasible.
Our regular suppliers are
- Local producers in the markets of Narbonne, Carcassonne and Mirepoix
- Boucherie Bareil, Beef, Lamb and Porc www.bareil.com
- Ferme de Las Cases, Porc and Charcuterie www.lascases.fr
- Boucherie Cargoles Emmanuel : Beef, Lamb, Porc
- Poissonnerie Moderne, Fishmonger www.poissonnerie-moderne-trebes.fr
- Ferme de Cabriole,cheese www.ferme-de-cabriole.com
- Les Jardins de Riquet, Fruits and Vegetables
- Artisan Boulangeries : Artisan bakery in local villages
- Damman Frères Carcassonne, Tea www.dammann.fr
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.
Adrien Bramoullé is the owner and captain of the Savannah.
“I have spent life travelling between Africa and Europe and having dedicated much time to animal health and conservation programs. I now solely and thoroughly enjoy my second passion hosting guests on exclusive trips cruising the canal du midi or during adventurous safaris in a luxurious private lodge in Southern Africa.”
Together with your Tour Guide Marie Hélène, Hostess Andréa and Chef Valérie, your 2018 cruise will be a unique moment of relaxation, discovery and culinary delight. All whilst ensuring a discrete and high standard of service.
Savannah’s crew of 4 offer their service to ensure your trip becomes a dream journey along the canal du midi.
Being privately owned and operated, we can tailor your cruise to your specific needs. Please inform us whilst booking on specific sites you wish to visit, activities you enjoy most or special dishes and wines you would like to discover…we will happily adapt our cruise and programme for you!
Your transfers and excursions will all be on board our luxurious air conditioned vehicle.
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