Saraphina barge cruise

The barge Saraphina

Accommodating up to 4 passengers

View of the Saraphina

Saraphina is rated 3 star

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.

Cruise information file for Saraphina


Crew members : 3

Boat size
Length 82′0″ ft (25 metres)
Width 13′1″ ft (4 metres)


Up to 4 guests

Double cabins : 2


Saraphina photos and videos

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About the barge "Saraphina"

Saraphina barge cruises

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, built in 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 on board... 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.

Plan of Saraphina

Plan of the hotel barge Saraphina

Saraphina cruise routes & itineraries

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 aquaduct and up the majestic flight of locks at Fonserannes.

Tuesday: Regiment le Haut - Croisade
Fancy a trip out? 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 archbishops 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 Cistercien abbey of Fontfroide. In the afternoon we will cruise to Homps.

Friday: Homps - Puicheric
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: Puicheric
After breakfast, it will be time to say Au Revoir.

Cruise rates

Portiragnes to Carcassonne dates and rates

Private charter for 2-4 guests April, July, August & October 5550

All prices are in euro, and are per private charter for cruises in April, July, August or October 2020

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


Enquiry & availability for Saraphina

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After you've submitted your enquiry form, if you do not receive a reply within the next 24 hours
then please call Emma +33 614 250 200 or email