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.


Get comfortable, relax, and imagine yourself traveling through time in a search of something uniquely different, something you can only dream about, something that will make a lasting impression. Let us take you on this wonderful journey on board of Esperance.

When you wake up and gaze out the windows of your deluxe stateroom, you might see a cloudless blue sky. Within a few moments, a crew member will bicycle up the path, bringing you fresh baked breakfast pastries and bread from the local boulangerie. Hot coffee or tea if you wish, homemade jams and an assortment of fresh fruit complete the morning meal. After breakfast, sightseeing is arranged especially for you or choose to stay on board and enjoy sunbathing, relaxing, or reading in one of the many comfortable deck lounges. 

Back on board, a wonderful lunch awaits you on the upper deck, all prepared by your personal chef with local fresh products. Slowly, your floating hotel starts to move; you realize you are on a boat, but everything is so smooth, so quiet that your only worry is deciding if you should nap or enjoy the afternoon cruise. Enjoy the beautiful scenery, read your favorite book or let our Deluxe Mercedes SUV whisk you away to a winery, a village market, the local sights.

At night, Esperance is docked and a candlelight meal is served at the dining table. Enjoy the sunset view through the picture windows. An after dinner moment on the terrace is a real pleasure while enjoying a clear, starry night with a drink and some chocolates.

 Esperance Itineraries

The Esperance operates on the very scenic, UNESCO World Heritage  Canal du Midi.
It primarily cruises between Beziers and Carcassonne.

Esperance also offers an extended 2-week journey between Beziers and Toulouse, via Carcassonne,  which may be booked depending on the weeks available.

Cruise Itineraries (click on the cruise of your choice for detailed itinerary):


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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