Saint Louis

Saint Louis

The Saint Louis is an elegant and quality hotel barge.  With a major refit in 2007, her interior has stylish and generous accommodation, with the saloon having original etchings by renowned marine artist WL Wyllie.  "The Queen of the Garonne," as she is called, is head-turning thanks to the superb maintenance.

Saint Louis hotel barge

The 127 ton cruising hotel barge, the Saint Louis, was originally built in Holland, in 1923, as a bulk cargo carrier. In 1994 she was refurbished into floating hotel haven of comfort and style, including the creation of three guest state rooms.

This high quality foundation has been maintained and cared-for since then. In 2007, she underwent a complete refresh and restyle programme to keep her facilities thoroughly up-to-date. Saint Louis cruises the beautiful calm waterways of South West France, including the historic lands of Aquitaine and Gascony.

She does so in ‘casual luxury’ – providing the perfect accommodation for up to six guests in three stateroom suites. The ‘casual luxury’ reflects the style of the interior fittings and furnishings; and the outside lounge deck and its furniture.

On the sun deck, there are cushioned solid teak chairs and sun-loungers to provide the perfect elevated canal-side view of the villages and the countryside, the locks and the bridges, as we cruise slowly past. Relax, chat, read a book – or do absolutely nothing except day-dream to the sound of bird-song. Or enjoy an alfresco meal of fresh local ingredients, with a glass of superb local wine.

In the centre of the boat is a generously sized saloon, dining area and bar. Aft (towards the back of the ship) lies the well-equipped kitchen, then the wheelhouse and finally the crew’s quarters.

To experience a river cruise aboard Saint Louis is to experience peace and tranquillity as one passes through the lush countryside, pretty villages and memorable towns.

It also means enjoying delicious French cuisine, prepared with fresh local produce – and savouring local wines and aperitifs.

Your hosts, Alasdair and Barbara, together with their friendly and expert crew, will ensure that your holiday or vacation is the ultimate in relaxed pleasure.

Saint Louis terrace Saint Louis deck

At A Glance

  • Up to 6 passengers, Classic Traditional

  • From USD$5,500 per person

  • Region: South West France

  • Access: Toulouse or Bordeaux

  • Start City: Montauban / Agen / Meilhan

  • End City: Montauban / Agen / Meilhan

  • Cruise Highlights: St Emilion, its underground church and a private wine tasting; The world renowned lily gardens at Latour-Marliac that inspired Monet and where the first hybrid lilies were cultivated; Chateau Duras, rich in history and home of the Dukes of Duras; A visit to a 3rd generation barrel-makers;  An Armagnac distillery with tasting; The market at Marmande billed as the French Tomato capital

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