A gentle voyage through mellow landscapes

Hotel Barge Rosa

Rosa is an old Dutch “Clipper” barge that was built in 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
  • Cruise across the 1,000 foot long Pont Canal du Cacor
  • Visit to Château de Goudourville
  • Tour the medieval town and castle of Nérac
  • Guided tour and private tasting at a renowned local Armagnac producer
  • Visit Moissac and its UNESCO-classified abbey


Bordeaux (Summer & Autumn)

  • Tour of the famous Saint Emilion
  • Visit the impressive Château de Duras
  • Visit to the Bastide village of Vianne and ancient Barbaste
  • Cruise across the 1,900 foot long Pont Canal d’Agen
  • Wine, cheese and Armagnac tastings
  • Visits to the village of Le Mas d’Agenais and the colourful market of Marmande

Typical Cuisine & Wine


Regional Specialities

Entrecôte de Bazas à la Bordelaise; Confit de Canard et Son Jus au Thym; Foie Gras Poélé Déglacé au Vin de Figues
Wine Cellar

Wine Cellar

Château Roquetaillade Le Bernet, Graves; Château D'Arcins, Haut-Médoc Cru bourgeois; Château Cheval Noir, Saint Emilion Grand Cru
Cheese Board

Cheese Board

Le Bleu de Quercy; Templais Sec; Tomme de Lomagne; Cabécou; Roquefort; Laguiole


I confirm that I have read and agree to European Waterways Privacy Policy.

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

Related Articles

The Best Things to do in Bordeaux

Bordeaux - The very essence of elegance, exquisite food, life affirming art and architecture... need we even mention the wine? Read More

Golf Cruises in Full Swing as France Prepares for The Ryder Cup

Bright mornings on the course and lazy afternoons with a glass of wine on deck - what could be better? Read More

6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Can Visit on Our Cruises

If you’re looking for culture, nature and history, look no further – here are six of our favourite UNESCO World Heritage sites in France and Italy. Read More

The Best Things to do in Beaune

Beaune is overflowing with history, art and wine. Here are the best sites for culture lovers, including parks, museums and of course, tastings. Read More