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          This luxury South of France cruise takes you to some idyllic places  Our friends' beautifully-restored 100 year old luxury barge - just for you! 


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...on the Canal du Midi do not come cheap! We're here to help you make the right decision. We're independent, although we know the barge owner / operators personally.

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The Captain of Barge "O" has chosen to offer you what he feels is the most magnificent itinerary, which is the Canal du Midi between BEZIERS (specifically the port of Poilhes) and CARCASSONNE (village of Puichéric).

He will also consider any specific requests for a tailor-made cruise. For example these could involve Toulouse in the direction of Carcassonne, or south and eastwards to the Mediterranean and the Petite Camargue and Aigues-Mortes.

Some places we go on our hotel barge cruises
Generally this barge cruises between Carcassonne and Beziers, in alternate directions on alternate weeks. Please ask us for the proposed itinerary in the week you would like to come.

Please bear in mind that this barge – as with all the hotel barges on the Canal - will cruise at between 4 and 6 km/hour depending on the meanderings of the Canal and the traffic. The objective is that you spend between 3 and 4 hours a day cruising.

The day is split nicely between navigating the Canal and visiting some of the exceptional sites in the region. You can also run or cycle along the Canal: you will go faster than the barge!

While cruising ... just relax, enjoy the scenery, enjoy the locks, refresh yourself in the pool and enjoy the drinks offered by your hostess.

When you look at the itinerary below you might be surprised that no Wine Tasting or Cellar Tour is specifically mentioned. Don't worry! The Languedoc region offers many treasures of the local great wine makers. Depending on your taste and your willingness to discover some of them, your cruise can be personalized, including visits which will appeal to you - whether wine-based or otherwise. The Captain is happy to propose on request some cruises with a specific theme:

* THE WINE LOVERS CRUISE, which is directed and led by a Wine Master.
* The GOLF CRUISE, where you can play at some golf courses along the cruise.
We have the pleasure of welcoming you at the local airport or at the railway station (from 4pm) and transfering you to your barge hotel, moored in Poilhes.

After the crew is introduced to you and after you settle down, you are served a welcome Champagne drink while we start cruising slowly along the Canal.

After a u-turn we come back to the mooring of Poilhes. You can slowly stroll through this lovely village of less than 500 inhabitants before you are offered apéritifs… We serve your first dinner onboard and spend the night in Poilhes, our "home mooring".

On the Sunday morning our guide will suggest a “multi-site” excursion: the City of Béziers, the famous “staircase” of the Nine Locks of Fonsérane, the archeological (6th century BC) site of the Oppidum of Ensérune, and the Malpas Tunnel, the first tunnel built in the world for a canal.

After the lunch (or during lunch… depending on the weather conditions) you cruise to La Croisade and pass underneath the lowest bridge on the Canal: the famous bridge of Capestang. Mind your head! This 18km cruise is typical with its numerous meanderings. And yes the Canal actually looks like a river at this stage!

After this four-hour cruise the dinner is served onboard and you spend the night in a restful place, a stone's throw away from an old 17th century stone bridge.

In the morning we cruise slowly to Le Somail, one of the most charming villages along the Canal. Should you need a book for the week you can buy one from a unique book shop that has approximately 50,000 second-hand books in stock -in many different languages!

In the afternoon you may choose to relax on the barge, roam around, cycle, etc but we also suggest visiting a wine farm or an olive mill nearby, or any other site that might suit your wishes.

At the end of the day you are invited for the Captain's Dinner in a local auberge. It's the perfect opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of a French restaurant.

In the morning you go to one of the best markets in the region, in Olonzac. You can look around and buy anything you wish, from a Provençal table cloth to special olives locally grown. (We have some on board too!)

Then the guide takes you to Minerve, a fascinating site and a previously fortified village in a very special rocky environment. Minerve was attacked in 1210 by the terrible army led by Simon de Montfort: the right time for us to tell you everything about the Crusade of the Albigeois in the 13th Century, one of the harshest stories of our past.

The afternoon cruise takes you to the typical Minervois village of Roubia for the overnight mooring. The dinner is served onboard.

In the morning you visit a beautiful town, Narbonne. Narbonne is full of Roman history and includes the "Palace of the Archbishop". You will love its Mediterranean and Gothic style. You will be offered lunch there in a typical restaurant that has some fish specialities.

After lunch you are driven back to the barge for the afternoon cruise. You pass your first lock after Roubia and we cruise to the port of Homps, one of the busiest harbors in the old times of the Canal commercial era.

In the morning you visit the great City of Carcassonne, the biggest medieval City in Europe. You'll be just fascinated by the size of the walls and the narrow streets inside. You are right there in the middle of French history! There also many shops where you can buy typical souvenirs to bring back to friends or children.

After lunch you embark on the last leg of the cruise, from Homps to the area of Puichéric. You pass the last lock of the cruise and you can admire the wooden and iron sculptures made by the most famous lock-keeper on the Canal. The barge is moored just at the top of this most beautiful lock.

You spend your last night onboard your barge hotel after the Farewell Dinner prepared by our Chef.

After your breakfast, it is unfortunately time to conclude this unforgettable cruise. We transfer you back to the local airport or railway station, so that you can continue your adventure in Europe or wherever!!!
"Barge O" - Menu
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