A gentle voyage through mellow landscapes

Hotel Barge Rosa

Rosa is an old Dutch “Klipper” barge that was built early in the last century to carry different cargoes on the offshore waterways of Holland. Now, as a charming hotel barge, she navigates the calmer canals of southwest France.

The prettily decorated saloon is particularly welcoming and features attractive wood panelling, comfortable seating, dining area and a cosy bar. The four cosy staterooms accommodating 8 passengers have individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, and full en suite facilities. Two staterooms have double beds, the other two staterooms have twin beds.

Outside there is a spacious sun deck with a dining area and parasols for enjoying an alfresco prepared by your chef. Comfortable loungers are also there to relax in as you take in the passing countryside on your sedate cruise along the Canal de Garonne.

Eight bikes are available for your use if you wish to perhaps venture into the next village along the towpath.

Rosa also featured with Anjodi in the successful television series, Rick Stein’s French Odyssey and you are sure to enjoy your own personal ‘odyssey’ through this colourful, captivating part of southwest France.

Cruise Highlights

Gascony (Spring & Summer)

  • Visit the renowned Château Bellevue la Fôret for a winery tour and private tasting
  • Visit to Château de Goudourville
  • Guided tour and private tasting at a renowned local Armagnac producer
  • Visit Moissac and its UNESCOclassified abbey

Bordeaux (Summer & Autumn)

  • Tour of the famous Saint Émilion
  • Visit the impressive Château de Duras
  • Cruise across the 1,900 foot Agen aqueduct
  • Wine, cheese and Armagnac tastings


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Food was fantastic. Staff was professional and enjoyable. Day tour were informative and enjoyable.

Mr Craig Korthase , Cascais, PT

The bedroom and ensuit did not come up to our idea of luxurious

Mr John Wright

Well worth the expense for this wonderful experience

Mr William Rothenberg

Great value. Smooth process.

Mr Richard Gunderson , San Diego

Better than average field excursions but the guide made that happen for us. She had an extensive knowledge of the history for the part...

Mr Donald Hild

For us, Rosa was the perfect size. We travelled with just 3 others and we got on famously. The crew met our every need...

Heather , Melbourne Australia

Would have been 5 star but for the accessability

Mr Michael Tickner , Los Angeles

Crew were delightful, meals were excellent and excursions interesting to small towns away from the crowds. Pleasant to walk along the canal path. Highly...

Mrs Helen Leckie

Excellent foor & tours. Cupboard space needs improvement.

Mr Peter Gerard

The Rosa is a clean and well-managed barge. The staff worked well together to get things done. Our cabin was small but...

Mrs Connie Hopper , Colorado USA

I felt the service, accommodations, the food, the wine was worth much more than the price we paid.

Mrs Brenda Warshaw , Boston

The staff was excellent, the food, wine tours and pace was perfect.

Mr Ronald Barhorst

The most wonderfully relaxing, interesting cruise. Rosa is beautifully and tastefully fitted out, we cruised through beautiful countryside, and the captain doubled as a...

Dr Marjorie Collins , Perth

Great service, friendly staff. Some of the best food we have had. Different excursions with a very helpful and knowledgeable guide. A very relaxing holiday

Tony Loader , Uckfield England

Our family had a most wonderful holiday aboard the Rosa. It was a very relaxing holiday, with excellent food and well matched wines. All...

Christopher , UKI

Even though the rooms were smaller then hotel rooms, everything worked well and they were comfy and well laid out. There was even a...

Mrs Wendy Richards

Deck Plan

First Class 8 Passengers 4 Crew More Details

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