River Yacht - Roi Soleil
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Guest Reviews

This has been an exceptional experience, the crew took care of our every need with a seamless dance of expertise and hospitality.

Damian, our chef, was outstanding! … serving spectacular food in the most beautiful settings.

The wine and cheese was fabulous and presented with a telling of its history and provenance by our guide, Rex and our exceptional hostess, Emily. We learned as we dined and imbibed. All our wishes and expectations were fulfilled … from blueberry pancakes to a sumptuous seafood feast. This trip has been like having Alain Ducasse at each meal!

Our superb guide, Rex, was completely knowledgeable and passed his passion on to us all. 

Through the locks and on through this peaceful canal, our fantastic captain, Finn, took us on unforgettable voyage of beauty.

G. party,Toronto, Ont. October 2015

What has made it indelible for us has been, above all, the wonderful people who have created this perfect hiatus- unpretentious, unassuming, kind and responsive (and anticipating) to every need or want...

R. party, Boston, June 2015

Had a great time- The food was better than any other food we ever had on a barge trip

J. party, USA, June 2014

It was just as enjoyable as our last trip on Roi Soleil ten years agao!

The crew, the food and wines plus the excursions were excellent!

Very nice accomodation. The barge has been well maintained...

We will take another trip.

H. party, Cal. August 2013

The crew and service were A+. They went out of their way to see our every want and need and did so willingly with great pride in their work. They were fantastic.

The chef is amazing. He not only produced amazing meals but invited us to watch, take notes, gave out recipies...

The accomodation was very nice.

The high points were the food and wines and general ambiance. Add to that the fun excursions.

It was a wonderful overall time and experience!

H& Mc W party, USA, June 2013

What a delightful week out of our busy lives, to have a holliday in France supported by such lovely and attentive people as the crew of Roi Soleil. It has been a perfect slice of time. We could not have written it better had we been writing a favourite novel!


Experiencing navigating the locks, learning the local history from our guide, coming back after a hard afternoon's explorations to the comforting sight of our hostess with cocktails and snacks as she welcomes us home.

And the food! What can we say? We were thrilled over and over again each meal that our chef presented. He delighted all of our different tastes, every single time with beautiful creativity. We have been well pleased, thankyou for a wonderful holiday!

W. family, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. June 2012

What a fantastic trip we had! Our expectations were high but you exceeded even those! The food was fabulous...our tour guide could not have been more fun or informative! The beautiful tables our hostess set and the wonderfull 40th anniversary celebration, made the trip so special!

You were all so eager to please and so helpful at everything we needed.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

G. party, Houston, TX. May 2012

You achieved a sense of warmth, of service, of professionalism and quality that met and surpassed the highest standards!

Thank you for making our week on the Roi Soleil one of the most memorable weeks in our lives.

S. family, Norwalk, CT. Sept 2011



To quote the maitre de l' ecluse "We had the best crew, the best boat" and the best food!

To add to "the best of everything" we also had the best weather. Thank you for making our 50th so special!

T.S, Norwalk, CT. Sept. 2011


- a wonderfully creative chef

- a charming hostess

- an eloquent guide and wine specialist

- a calm, cool hand on the tiller

& all a pleasure to have met!

This was a voyage of many firsts...and may it not be the last!!!

Our deepest thanks for a wonderful time!

B. family, CT. Sept. 2011


As true veterans of barging on the waterways of France, we have no hesitancy in declaring this journey as the finest of them all!

Yes, the food, the wines and the beds were excellent, but what we really appreciated is the caring extended to each one of us.

You were superb in responding to our every request and we thank you most sincerely while hoping that we will be with each and every one of you in the near future again. That’s a real hope for happy travels in France!

B&W McM. party- Illinois - September, 2010

We had heard that “Roi Soleil” was an excellent boat with a very, very, good crew!

But we were wrong:

It was much better than we expected! Of course the scenery was beautiful but the human touch is always the most important and the crew were marvelous.

We will be back!

T& L P. Lisbon – Portugal – September 2010

What a wonderful experience. The perfect balance of fun excursions and utter relaxation.

The food was exquisite and the wine and cheese presentations were as informative as they were delicious.

The crew could not have been nicer or more adept at their jobs. They made us all feel well cared for and totally pampered.

We loved the trip and we thank you!

E&C M. party, USA, June 2010

A sampling from the reviews of Guests who chose to return to experience a different route on their favourite "River Yacht" . . . with our appreciation.

We had an absolutely perfect trip!

The crew could not have been better.

They were attentive to every whim, and went out of their way to find the best choices for us, even when it meant more work . . . Our guests have their own yachts.

Both yachts have always been run with a sense of perfection . . . they were both impressed with the extraordinary level of service and care offered by your team . . .

R.M. New York City, May 2009 (Their 7th week on Roi Soleil since 2003, on different routes)

We are always hesitant to 'revisit' a perfect vacation, but this was wonderful! The food was outstanding - as usual. ...The chef was especially kind to do a few cooking demos for us - we learned valuable tips to employ at home. . .

All in all a wonderful repeat experience. The first time out we didn't know what to expect, it was a 'Wow.' The repeat was 'Wow Wow!'

C.L. party, Kansas City, Sept 2006

We've slept on silk sheets at the Four Seasons in New York. Paid a king's ransom for dinner at Phillip Starke's ultra-trendy restaurant in Hong Kong's Peninsula Hotel. Sailed the Virgin Islands aboard a luxury sailboat. And generally eaten and drunk our way around the world via a series of four and five star interludes that have left our waistlines bulging and our wallets depleted.

But nothing in our past experience adequately prepared my wife and I, and two other equally-well-traveled couples, for the six idyllic days we recently spent aboard the River Yacht, Roi Soleil.

The food was sublime.
The service was flawless.
The accommodations were awesome.
The scenery was breathtaking.
And the memories we carried back to our land-locked homes in Kansas City were the stuff to last a lifetime.

C.L. party, Kansas City, Sept 2003

Every day a new experience, each better than the last. Thank you for your care and kindness…great food, wonderful wine, beautiful scenery . . .  You are each extraordinary and we look forward to our third voyage on the Roi Soleil!Fondly,

H & S party, California, Sept. 2006

It is always a treat to watch a crew with leadership, great standards, effective working relationships and concern for their "customers". The six of us have benefited in many ways and you created an experience we will always remember. . .

H & S party, California, May 2004

Cruising is "lovelier the second time around" ! We love Provence and especially the whole crew . . . Thank you all for the great tour and we'll see you again soon !

D. & L. S., Illinois, May 2002

We truly had a fabulous time ! There would be nothing we would change during our entire voyage ! You all are really great ! To show how much we loved the trip, we will see you next year in Provence !

D. & L. S., Illinois, Sept 2001

It’s said to be better the second time around . . . and you have proved it this year! Again . . .

Great Food. Great Sites. Great Company. . . We look forward to seeing some of you in the U.S. in the near future so we can return some of what we received. Thanks again . . . until we meet again.

H & P party, Connecticut, Sept. 2002

What a treat . . . great captain and crew. Wonderful boat . . . good weather . . . great scenery and great guiding to share it all with us . . . very special. If ever in the States, remember to call so we can show you our special place

Thanks again.

H. party, Connecticut, Oct. 2001

Photo credits

With special thanks to Philippe CALAS, Finegan & Pijke CAMPFENS, Chris GULKER, Jack HILL, Craig LIGIBEL, Roger LEAN-VERCOE, Elsa PAYEN, Denys TURRIER, Damian McARTHUR, Gilles MARTIN-RAGET, MAS de PEINT - MANADE BON, Dean SINCOCK, John VALENTINE, Lena WILLOCH.


Our barge cruise on 'Roi Soleil' Overview -Canal du Midi by Craig Ligibel

6 short little videos about our barge trip aboard the River Yacht Roi Soleil. . . 

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