Esperance is a one-of-a-kind luxury barge.  Available for charter, she includes a staff dedicated to providing guests with the highest standards of service. Because of her uniqueness, only a limited number of agencies are authorized to market it. France Cruises is proud to be one of the few companies to represent Esperance cruises.

The Esperance Barge Cruise
by Kimberly Button
The Esperance South of France
"Could I possibly adjust to the slow paced nature of a canal barge cruise? That was the big question as we embarked on the Esperance, a hotel barge that sails through the Midi Canal in the south of France. After several months of fast-paced travel where other people and companies were always dictating my itinerary, arranging a six night stay on the Esperance was a breath of fresh air, if not just a little bit unnerving."

France Cruises had the pleasure to welcome Kimberly Button to the famed South of France aboard the hotel barge, Esperance. This is her story...

Barging on the Esperance Part 1:  Arriving in Beziers

Barging on the Esperance Part 2:  Journey to Capestang

Barging on the Esperance Part 3:  Excursion to Narbonne

Barging on the Esperance Part 4:  Off to Le Somail

Barging on the Esperance Part 5:  Exploring Minerve

Barging on the Esperance Part 6:  On The Way to Carcassone

Kimberly Button is an award winning journalist, author, nationally syndicated TV correspondent and editor in Orlando, Florida. Her work has appeared in publications such as American Way, The Miami Herald, and Whole Living. She is the author The Everything Guide to a Healthy Home and The Disney Queue Line Survival Guidebook, as well as two Orlando-area travel apps. Visit for more information.

Kimberly Button
At A Glance

South of France
  • 4/6 Guests, Luxury & Signature

  • From USD$4,335 per person (Private Charter Only)

  • Region: South of France, Canal Du Midi

  • Access:
    Béziers, Narbonne or Carcassonne

  • Start City:   
    Béziers or Carcassonne 

  • End City:   
    Carcassonne or Beziers

  • Cruise Highlights: Narbonne, a lively city full of art and history, Visit the medieval village of Minerve, famous for its Cathar history and wine country, The UNESCO World Heritage site Cité de Carcassonne & Explore the charming village of Le Somail

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