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.

Esperance Life Onboard


Guests traveling on board Esperance especially enjoy the bright and spacious Salon, Bar, and Dining Area, all with large panoramic windows and decorated in elegant contemporary style.

The Salon seats eight people comfortably, more than enough for all guests on board, in cushioned, wrap-around bench seating whose focal point is a lustrous coffee table with wonderful floral arrangements. Windows, portholes, and mirrors all around create the sense of an enlarged, infinite area.

The Dining Area is more like a piece of art than a public gathering room. Intricately beautiful table settings, fine linen, and a welcoming atmosphere make the dining experience unforgettable; and all before dinner is even served! D
elicious local cuisine, prepared by Esperance's amazing chef, is the highlight of any meal taken aboard, and the view through the windows courtesy of the raised dining table and chairs only augments time spent here.

Guests curious to see how the chef prepares her tantalizing dishes are encouraged to sit at the carefully-crafted wooden Bar with a delicious cocktail or aromatic glass of savory wine and witness the preparation of each dish. When the chef is not preparing food, guests may still wish to enjoy the Bar for scintillating conversation or glimpses of the drifting countryside.

Esperance Dining Table & Salon

Esperance Salon

Esperance Dining

Esperance Salon View

Esperance Life Onboard


Esperance has a lovely large wheelhouse with windows and skylight allowing a panorama of the beautiful countryside. Guests are invited to sit here and watch the Captain maneuver this graceful vessel. It offers plenty of comfortable seating and, of course, a 360-degree view. Passengers may access the Wheelhouse directly from the Salon.

On the Canal du Midi cruise route only, the wheel house is disassembled due to low bridges, adding an extra open area to the sun deck.


Esperance's expansive Sun Deck measures at a staggering 540 sq. ft. and features shade and seating enough for all passengers on board. On the partially covered Sun Deck, guests can enjoy sunbathing or a hearty "al fresco" meal when the weather matches the glorious surroundings. A good book or, perhaps, a dip in the rejuvenating jacuzzi also help ease the passage of time while carving through picturesque and tranquil historical sites.

The deck furniture includes:

  • "Al fresco" table with seating for six (6) people
  • 2 Sun mats
  • 4 Lounge chairs
  • Canopy


Passengers are welcome to walk or cycle using the onboard bicycles as often as they like.  Most People choose to disembark the barge at a lock to visit local villages, then return to the canal and meet the barge further along (the barge travels slowly; therefore, this is not a problem).

Esperance is also equipped with a 2-person recreational buggy which is perfect for expediting trips farther inland. With plenty of cargo space, the spoils of shopping may be easily carted back to the barge in no time.

Other excursions may require a quick trip by speedboat. Along with the recreational buggy, the speedboat is a unique feature to Esperance, the only ship cruising Provence & Camargue with such vehicles.

An air-conditioned minibus is also available for transfers and shore excursions.

Esperance salonEsperance deck


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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