Cruises holidays in Pyrenees and Languedoc

Canal du Midi Cruise Cruises Holiday

All-inclusive luxury barging

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A delightful cruise along sections of the historic Canal du Midi between Carcassonne and Marseillan on the inland sea of Bassin de Thau. Join the 10 berth Athos, the 8 berth Anjodi, which featured in Rick Stein's French Odyssey, or choose the new addition the lovely 6 berth Clair de Lune. Each barge follows a different daily cruise schedule. Each barge has its own crew on board to ensure your enjoyment of the trip plus of course an excellent chef who will introduce you to locally delicases and well as superb wines.

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Canal du Midi Cruise Cruises Holiday


Pyrenees and Languedoc

Optional Extras

Rail inclusive is 7 night holiday and price includes 1 night B&B in Montpellier at the start of the holiday.

Rail Travel (1st Class)

Outward: Depart St Pancras International station, change stations in Paris, arrive Montpellier later afternoon. Overnight stop in Montpellier. Next day transfer to barge included.

Return: Transfer to Montpellier included. Change stations in Paris arrive St Pancras International station early evening.

  • Day 1 Embarkation
    • Whichever barge itinerary you have booked you will be met in central Montpellier at 4.00pm for transfer to your barge, a Welcome Aperitif and dinner on board.
  • Day 2 Marseillan to Portiragnes
    • Excursion to visit the delightfull village of Pézenes and a cruise past the flamingoes in the Bagnas nature reserve before entering the canal and negotiating the unique circular lock at Agde. Dinner on board.
  • Day 3 Portiragnes to Béziers
    • Negotiate the seven-lock flight at Fonserannes and possible wine-tasting in the 14th century Château de Perdiguier which boasts medieval frescoes. Dinner at a restaurant in Béziers.
  • Day 4 Béziers to Capestang
    • Possibly visit the Oppidum d'Enserune archaeological site, pre-Roman settlement and remains of a once thriving Roman township. Possible excursion to Narbonne, an important regional city with charming shaded boulevards, municipal, military and religious architecture. Lunch at a city bistro and dinner on board. Dinner on board.
  • Day 5 Capestang to Le Somail
    • Visit to the 11th century Cistercian Abbaye de Fontfroide. Wine-tasting at Château d'Auris. Le Somail is a delightful little village port on the canal. Optional excursions might include a visit to Minervois with its 12th century Cathar Castle beseiged by Simon de Montfort in 1215. Dinner on board.
  • Day 6 Le Somail to Homps
    • All itineraries include an excursion to Carcassonne, the fascinating medieval walled city and fortress. Explore the alleys, shops and cafés. Possible visit to Oulibo, the local olive press for an olive tasting. Captain's Farewell dinner on board.
  • Day 7 Departure
    • After breakfast disembark for transfer to Montpellier or a TGV station by about 10.00am. Note that on alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction and the daily itinerary is a sample subject to change and dependant upon the particular barge chosen.
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Canal du Midi Cruise Location & Route

Hotels you will be staying at:

Canal du Midi Cruise View Barges & Cuisine

  • BargeAnjodi
    • Anjodi is of classic Dutch design, specifically rebuilt to negotiate the 300-year-old Canal du Midi. She has been completely refurbished in the tasteful tradition of African hardwoods, hand-crafted panelling and shining brass, to create a comfortable and charming ambience reminiscent of a classic yacht. The well planned accommodation offers a choice of four air-conditioned twin/double staterooms, each with full en-suite facilities. The shaded sun deck is unusually spacious, with a heated sunken spa pool and comfortable sun loungers.

      Anjodi has also achieved "film star" status following her many appearances during the television series Rick Stein’s French Odyssey, when she carried the world-renowned chef, Rick Stein, on a 400-mile voyage of culinary discovery through Southern France.

      Hotel Facilities

      • 100 Feet Long
      • 8 Passengers
      • 4 Crew
      • 4 Twin/Double Staterooms
      • Air-Conditioned
      • Centrally Heated
      • Spa Pool
      • 8 Touring Bikes
      • Air-Conditioned Minibus
  • BargeAlouette
    • Alouette is a 98ft Luxemotor hotel barge owned by Orient Express. She accommodates four passengers in two well- appointed air-conditioned cabins. Her sundeck provides the perfect place to relax and enjoy the passing scenery while cruising on the Canal du Midi in the South of France. Wining and dining is a highlight of the cruise and the table d'hôte menus on board the barge are of the very highest quality, featuring many regional specialities and fine wines.

      Hotel Facilities

      • 98 Feet Long
      • Charters for 2-4 Passengers Only
      • 4 Crew
      • 2 Twin/Double Suites
      • Air-Conditoined
      • Centrally Heated
      • Internet Access
      • 4 Touring Bikes
      • Air-Conditioned Minibus
  • BargeAthos
    • Athos is a 103ft hotel barge, accommodating 10 passengers in five comfortable, air-conditioned cabins. Built in 1964, she started life transporting sand, grain and wine, and her association with wine continues today as she gracefully meanders through the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. Her spacious accommodation and public areas create the perfect ambience for a restful holiday.

      Hotel Facilities

      • 103 Feet Long
      • 10 Passengers
      • 4 Crew
      • 5 Twin/Double Staterooms
      • Air-Conditioned
      • Centrally Heated
      • 8/10 Touring Bikes
      • Air-Conditioned Minibus

Canal du Midi Cruise Prices & Book

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These are guide prices. Prices are per person in a shared 2 person cabin. Please contact us for a precise quotation. Rail inclusive prices includes Saturday night stay B&B in 4 star hotel in Montpellier at start of holiday..

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