Tango, built in 1931, navigated the canals of northeastern France until the 1950's. She was then used to transport grain between the Atlantic and Mediterranean ports on the Canal du Midi. Tango was shortened to 100 feet in order to fit the locks on the canal.
A barge cruise on Tango means relaxed luxury plus a chance for personal contact with a stimulating local culture. Each day will be a flowing experience of cruising for a few hours and sightseeing excursions in our air-conditioned mini-van, visiting historic sites, shopping at open air markets, and enjoying wine tasting. At the beginning of your voyage, our tour guide will discuss your interests and tailor activities to feature those local highlights you will find most enjoyable.
While the barge cruises at a leisurely pace you can walk alongside, ride a bicycle into the countryside or simply put your feet up on our provencal tiled decks, sip on a glass of locally produced wine, and relax while the chef prepares your next delicious meal. An English-speaking crew of four pampers you the week long.
Tango, built in 1931, initially navigated on the canals of northeastern France. In the 1950's she sailed south and was used to transport grain between the Atlantic and Mediterranean ports. At this time Tango was shortened to 100 feet, the maximum length barge that can navigate the Canal du Midi. When commercial barging ceased in the 1980's, Tango was retired in a small canal-side village. French born Tango Captain, Daniel Sak, had seen the barge abandoned as a child, when navigating with his mother. He always said it was the only barge he wanted to own. In the year 2000 that dream came true, when Daniel purchased Tango and lovingly converted her into a deluxe charter barge for up to eight guests.
Daniel continues the family tradition of excellence in barging. He oversees the culinary details onboard Tango, selecting the wines, and making certain the overall experience of your cruise more than meets your expectations.
Tango's décor is a delight in all its details. Large brass portholes and opening skylights throughout the vessel provide fresh circulating air and light. French art deco fixtures, Provençal ivory linens, and rich teak wall panelling recreate the atmosphere of 1930's French passenger liners. Up on deck, two terraces provide space for al fresco dining, and a sundeck with hot tub. Tango's large salon with soft leather sofas, fully-stocked bar, and dining room, provides the perfect space for congregating for after-dinner drinks and conversation.
Tango's knowledgeable, English-speaking crew see to your every comfort during your cruise. Your friendly hostess makes sure cabins are tidy, beds made, and towels fresh each morning. Chef Daniel prepares gourmet feasts using the finest local produce, seafood, artisanal cheeses, pates, and seasonal fresh fruits. Tango's tour guide escorts your group on daily excursions in our air-conditioned minivan, taking in local history, wine-tasting, shopping, and site-seeing. And of course your pilot is at the wheel as Tango cruises along the canal and navigates through the locks.