Saraphina barge cruise


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4 passengers
★★★★ 4 star rating

Imagine the freedom when you charter the Saraphina for a Home & Away cruise! Skipper Finnegan will be your Captain, while you sit back and relax, enjoy the view or prepare a meal using fresh local ingredients.

Saraphina cruise route & itinerary

Portiragnes to Homps
Canal du Midi

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  • Charters from 6450€

Boat size

  • Length 82′0″ ft (25.00 metres)
  • Width 13′1″ ft (4.00 metres)


  • Crew members : 4
  • Up to 4 guests
  • Double cabins : 2


  • Central heating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Demonstration galley

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Guests comments

Hi Emma

Just to let you know we finished our week on board the Saraphina this morning - and what a wonderful week it was! The boat is lovely, very characterful and comfortable too, and Finn is the most knowledgeable and accommodating host imaginable. He really went out of his way to make our stay special. The boys loved it, so many happy memories were made!
Is there somewhere we can publicly review our stay to encourage others? 
Kate K Summer 2020

About Saraphina barge cruises

Home & Away barge Saraphina

Whether you decide to self-cater on board, making use of the ship's galley, or to eat ashore, you are sure to enjoy a cruise where you decide what to do each day.  

Owners Finnegan and Emily bring their extensive experience in hospitality and piloting from their years on luxury barges, to make your stay cruising on Saraphina the perfect holiday.

Saraphina is a dutch barge, dating from 1924 and converted in 2007.
She is 25 meters (82 feet) long and 4 meters wide (12 feet).

The barge cruises between Portiragnes plage and the majestic medieval city of Carcassonne, and includes the locks at Beziers, the winding grand bief (big pound) with beautiful views and numerous pretty villages.
Finnegan and Emily will be able to recommend local eateries, or simply follow your eyes and nose!  Food is always so delightfully presented in the Midi. 

Saraphina has 2 spacious cabins each about 20 square meters in size.
The aft cabin, which is designed for a couple, has many original features giving it a traditional boaty feel.
The front cabin is more contemporary modern with queen-size or twin beds.
Both cabins have en-suite bathrooms, central heating and air-conditioning, with individual controls.
Access from the top deck to the inside of the barge is via a short flight of fairly steep steps, which are not ideal for anyone with mobility issues.

Wifi is available but reception can vary along the canal
An iPod/Phone connection to the ships music system is available onboard... enjoy your favourites in the saloon or on deck
For sunny weather, there is a comfortable deck to lounge on, or take the traditional dutch bicycles and cycle along the towpath.
Every day a guided tour can be organized to discover the surrounding towns, wineries and markets. 
Such tours are an optional extra and to be booked in advance.

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Saraphina cruise route & itinerary

Portiragnes to Homps map

Portiragnes to Homps

Canal du Midi


Sunday: Portiragnes

Join the Saraphina in the afternoon and enjoy a short cruise and welcome from the crew before you enjoy your first dinner ashore.

Monday: Portiragnes - Regiment le Haut

Today's optional excursion: Visit the historic streets of Renaissance Pezenas with its arts, crafts and antique shops.
In the afternoon we will cruise over the aqueduct and up the majestic flight of locks at Fonserannes.

Tuesday: Regiment le Haut - Croisade

Fancy a trip out? In the morning you can visit the Medieval Cathar village Minerve and the olive oil factory Oulibo.
After lunch, we cruise along the windiest part of the canal to our mooring for the night.

Wednesday: Croisade - La Repudre

Again, you decide... relax on board or take a tour to Narbonne. Known for the Archbishop's palace, the Gothic cathedral, shopping, and the famous covered food market.
Back aboard we cruise to another stunning mooring.

Thursday: La Repudre - Homps

The optional excursion to take is to the Cistercian Abbey of Fontfroide. In the afternoon the barge will cruise to Homps.

Friday: Homps 

For many of our guests, relaxing is the aim of the game!  But you may well wish to visit the medieval city of Carcassonne, towering above the Canal.
Our final cruise this afternoon is time to enjoy the views once again.

Saturday: Homps

After breakfast, it will be time to say Au Revoir.

This is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change

Portiragnes to Homps rates

2024 Euro rates
Private charter for 2-4 guests, 6 nights 7450 €

All prices are in euros and are per private charter for cruises in 2023

Included: Rental of the boat with 2 air-conditioned cabins, use of the kitchen and BBQ, 2 crew (Pilot and Hostess), bicycles, towels, bathrobes, hairdryers, 3-5 hours of cruising each day

Not included: Tours, transport service, food, beverages

These are sample itineraries, on alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.

Availability for Saraphina

Saraphina operates on a private charter basis only

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