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We live very close to the Canal du Midi. We only recommend barges where we know the owners.

Passionate about France, Committed to Quality, Independent & Honest.

We speak English and French fluently, and some other languages.

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Canal du Midi barge with a pool!
This Canal barge's lovely hot tub / jacuzzi on deck!

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About the Canal du Midi

The magnificent tree-lined Canal du Midi is Paul Riquet's engineering wonder, completed in 1681 to link the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Ocean, bypassing the long passage around Spain. To preserve the beauty of this masterpiece, UNESCO designated it a World Heritage Site in 1996. From the sun deck you can appreciate the graceful olive-shaped locks, unique to this canal, which enable us to climb up and down the hilly terrain of the Languedoc-Roussillon. All along the canal, impressive stone bridges and aqueducts reflect the handsome Versailles architectural style of Louis XIV, the Sun King.

Our week long cruises take place on two beautiful stretches of this historic canal. In the early Spring and Fall we have chosen to stay close to the sunnier Mediterranean coast to enable the guests to enjoy more outdoor dining. This cruise takes you from the ancient Phoenician seaport town of Marseillan into the heart of the Minervois wine region, mooring in the picturesque canal village of Le Somail.

In summer, we have chosen the Lauragais, for uncrowded peaceful cruising under the shaded avenues of the famous sycamore trees. Colorful vistas of sunflower fields in full bloom, and quiet back-road visits to farmers' markets, as well as Carcassonne in mid week make this an exceptional cruise.

In both areas, an ever-changing scenery of vineyards, spectacular views to the Pyreneess, and pretty villages are on each day's cruise route. Tranquil moorings are the setting for each evening's enjoyment. Our sample itineraries will give you an idea of each day's perfect blend of touring and cruising. Any private charter itinerary can be tailored to the group's special interests in wine, food, history, art, and more. Please note that the route reverses on alternate weeks.


Canal du Midi luxury hotel-barge cruise

Beziers to Carcassonne

August 24 to November 1
Pick up/Drop off: Beziers
Closest city: Montpellier

On alternate weeks the cruise will run from Carcassonne to Beziers. Every week will include an open air market, wine tasting and at least one lunch on shore to taste regional cuisine. Many destinations of interest from which to choose are within the cruise area. Your personal chef will prepare all of your lunches and dinners on board from fresh produce acquired locally.

Sunday - Marseillan
Your tour guide picks you up and brings you to the barge moored on the edge of the Mediterranean in Marseillan port, the St. Tropez of the Languedoc. This romantic setting welcomes you to enjoy a champagne reception and your first wonderful dinner on board.

Monday - Cruise to Portiragnes
First a visit to the renowned Noilly Prat vermouth cellars, then we stock up with fresh oysters from the growers, and the barge sets off to cruise across the Etang de Thau to enter the Canal du Midi. The canal cuts through the Camargue protected wildlife park where pink flamingos, black bulls and white horses are at home. A variety of wild birds provide a backdrop to your evening meal on deck.

Tuesday - Cruise to Fonserannes Locks
Excellent biking and walking opportunities during this morning's cruise towards the aqueduct and seven staircase locks of Beziers, the most exciting of Paul Riquet's engineering feats. After ascending the locks, a picturesque drive through the Picpoul vineyards to visit the medieval town of Pezenas. Private 'hotels de ville' of magnificent architecture, tales of kings, counts and ladies, and Moliere's legacy make this a favorite visit.

Wednesday - Cruise to Regismont le Haut
Narbonne, once Roman capital of the region, now a bustling and attractive town, has something for all visitors. Some will want to visit the Cathedral and cloisters, some the designer boutiques, but all will want lunch at the 100 year old covered Les Halles market. Chilled white wine, a fresh seafood platter, and whatever you want grilled along with homemade 'frites' and salad will make an unforgettable lunch. A relaxing afternoon cruise completes a perfect day.

Thursday - Cruise to Pigasse
Today's excursion is a drive up to the ancient village of Minerve, offering panoramic views and a chance to learn the history of the Cathars. On the way back a visit to L'Oulibo, our local gold medal-winning olive mill. Your afternoon cruise features the smallest arched stone bridge on the Canal at Capestang. At sunset, we go to a nearby chateau vineyard for roasted mussels and private wine tasting with the owner.

Friday - Cruise to Le Somail
Today you visit Carcassonne to discover Europe's largest medieval fortress city. Guests enjoy the historical tour as well as browsing the many interesting shops. You are invited out to lunch for a succulent cassoulet of duck confit and white beans, at the Auberge des Lices before heading back to the barge. An afternoon cruise takes you to the most picturesque canal village of Le Somail with art galleries and an antique bookshop. The chef and crew will host your farewell dinner.

Saturday, Day 7
After breakfast your tour guide will take you to the departure point for the continuation of your journey.

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"Just a note to thank you for arranging such a splendid trip for us. Everything could not have been more perfect.

This is a lovely boat, and Andree and I were privileged to have occupied the Captain's cabin.

The crew, of course, was fantastic, and with kids aboard they made every possible concession for them, including amazing kid-centered meals (before ours!), and excursions including swimming.

Many, many thanks."

- Phil Tilney


"I wanted to let you know what a fabulous, once in a a lifetime kind of trip we had. Our cruise was from Marseillan to Carcassonne and it couldn't have been better.

What a beautiful thing the Canal du Midi is and life onboard the barge was like living in a dream. The thought and planning that goes into the trip shows in everything the crew does.

The whole experience was top notch and we could not have enjoyed ourselves more. Many kudos to you and your crew. We hope to return some day"

- Faye Konyi


"The trip we have just completed with you was indeed amazing and both Nols and I could not at any stage fault the programme or the crew - just fabulous.

And as for your own performance you are truly king of the Canal du Midi and in the addition the most wonderful chef - the food was fabulous.

Chris and Angie were also amazing and Chris's history really was so important to myself and the other guests. His KNOWLEDGE is truly fantastic!!

See you in Australia soon?"

- Mike Pelly


"Thank you all so much for leading us on this great adventure through Languedoc. Your fine hospitality made this a vacation we will treasure always.

The food, wine, history, wonderful scenery, great weather, and bike rides will all be missed. The trip has gone by in a flash and we can't believe we really must leave.

Are you sure you don't need some more crew on board? Thank you again."

- Thomas and Julie Bozzell, Washington D.C.


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