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Barge Saraphina

A cruise aboard Saraphina promises to be an unforgettable and enchanting experience,filled with relaxation, exploration, and beautiful memories. As you embark on this journey, you’ll have the opportunity to discover the wonders of the Canal du Midi, a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage site with a history dating back 350 years.

From the moment you step onboard, the focus will be on pampering you and ensuring your every need is taken care of. With a dedicated crew of four, you can fully immerse yourself in the experience and leave behind any worries or responsibilities. The goal is for you to unwind and create lasting memories while enjoying the breathtaking French countryside adorned with picturesque vineyards, passing through tiny bridges and unique oval locks.

Saraphina, a charming Dutch barge with a rich history, was originally used for transporting freight in Holland before being lovingly transformed into a hotel barge. The meticulous design ensures that all guests experience a relaxed and comfortable stay.

The interior boasts a contemporary, bright, and welcoming atmosphere. The personal touch from owners and hosts, Finnegan and Emily, guarantees a warm and friendly environment throughout your stay.

Onboard, you will enjoy full hotel services, making your experience truly special. The two en-suite cabins, accommodating up to four guests, are equipped with everything needed for your comfort. Whether you prefer twin beds or a queen in one cabin or a cozy queen size bed in the other, rest assured that your accommodations will be delightful.

Throughout the journey, you will have the chance to wine, dine, and savour the delights of the region while visiting some of the most beautiful and historically significant places along the Canal du Midi.

All in all, a cruise aboard the Saraphina is an invitation to step into a world of relaxation, discovery, and indulgence, leaving you with cherished memories of this captivating voyage.

Saraphina Croisade

    Dearest Emily and Finn WOW!!! I can’t thank you enough for the most wonderful trip of a lifetime. Your hospitality was truly “out of this world amazing”. With delicious incredible meals, beautifully presented on the unique, cosy, & classy wonderful Saraphina. Experiencing the lovely French countryside and drifting down the canal du midi was exciting, peaceful, fun and absolutely amazing in so many ways!

    Patty (2016)

    Oh my heavens, what a wonderful adventure, along with over the top food and service. – Thank you! We travel extensively and truly this is top shelf. We will be back! Love you both! Can’t wait to see you again!

    Pam and Hayden (10 September 2016)

    A fabulous trip due to the talents and personalities of the extraordinary crew.! Finn guides this craft though the canal with ease and skill. Emily is the perfect hostess and seems to be able to fill any part on the boat – at the wheel, cooking and describing our cheese selections each night.

    Pat and Jim (28 September 2013)

    Emily who was always there when needed and had the most amazing knowledge of cheeses, and to our captain Finn, who looked after all of our interests in a private way and ensured a wonderful experience for all of us.

    David and Barbara (18 May 2013)

    Emily, thank you for making our stay so comfortable. The table was always set so beautifully. Our anniversary was very special with all of your touches. We always felt taken care of. We loved being in your company. Finn you are the “Captain Extraordinaire”, you made us feel so welcome and always with a smile.

    Jack and Germaine (31 May 2013)

    Thank you Emily, our wonderful lady in waiting who served us and prepared our table each evening. For keeping our rooms in such order and being there with a smile whether breakfast, lunch or dinner. To our captain Finn, where would we be without your guidance throughout this fabulous cruise, allowing us to see everything along the way.

    Reena and Mike (13 October 2012)

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