Hotel barge Savannah, which cruises the world famous Canal du Midi, has crafted a unique and exclusive luxury hotel barge cruise for cycling enthusiasts keen to follow the 2016 Tour de France. There’s just one cruise, for one week on offer. Highlights include:
- Grandstand seat at the finish line on Tuesday 12 July
- Exclusive race tour and meet the technical teams
- Cycle the same Tuesday route, with full back-up support
- Bastille Day celebrations on 14th July
- Visits to Chateau de Pennautier, the Medieval Cite of Carcassonne and Roman city of Narbonne
Depart from Bram towards Homps with opportunities to visit vineyards and chateau as well as the renowned Cite of Carcassonne for the 14th July Bastille fireworks festivities. One or two of the first cruising days will be completely devoted to the Tour de France followed by an exclusive VIP welcome in the small town of Revel for the grandstand finish of the 12 July leg. From there a visit to the spectacular Chateau Pennautier and a driving tour in an original Citroen 2 CV. Bastille Day will be spent in Carcassonne for guests to immerse themselves in this most patriotic of celebrations. The final day is dedicated to exploring historic Narbonne, helping the chef select local ingredients for the evening’s supper and meandering through unique ovoid locks to the mooring in Puicheric.
Hotel Barge Savannah can accommodate up to seven passionate Tour de France fans in its cabin configuration: one double, two doubles/twins and one single cabin.
If you are fit and experienced then you’ll be able to ride with a professional cyclist, full technical support team and Mercedes back-up mini-van. Or, if you’d prefer something a little less challenging that can be arranged too. All professional bicycles and BMC clothing will be provided.
Day two of the cruise is a rest day for the professional cyclists, so guests can choose between a cruise day towards Villesequelande and excursion to Mirepoix or an organized cycling day over the exact itinerary of the race.
Or, to make the most of this unique cruise, you can actually cycle the mountain range and long stretches through the sunflower filled Lauragais valley. Start with a visit to the Tour’s teams in the morning, see the tour bus, and chat to the technical teams or even some of the competitors. For the less ambitious, a shorter cycling route can be organized for just one section of this stage.
This opportunity is absolutely limited – unique, one-off and exclusive. First come, first served.
Email Ruth (boats©french-waterways,com) for more details