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PEZENAS, LANGUEDOC, CANAL DU MIDI, BURGUNDY TRAVEL INFORMATION

Canal du Midi Hotel Barge Cruise My cookery course Pezenas Languedoc This is the life! (Some of my guests last year.)
We speak English, French, and some other languages.

Contact me now to discuss the availability of my rental villas and gites or other local accommodation, or the Canal du Midi or Burgundy boat hire, or the luxury barge cruise options.

- Warm regards, Sara

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BEACHES, LAKES, AND RIVERS:

The accommodation at the villas, hotels, gites, and chateaux, and the Canal du Midi boats and luxury hotel barges, are only about 20 minutes from Languedoc's sandy mediterranean beaches to the south, and the fabulous lakes and rivers to the north.

Wonderful for those of you who love swimming in warm waters!



PEZENAS, THE CANAL DU MIDI, AND THE WHOLE OF THE LANGUEDOC REGION IS VERY WELL-SERVED FOR TRANSPORT LINKS

OUR EUROPEAN LOCATION IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE
We're based in the beautiful Languedoc region of the South of France, where the weather is warm and the life is good. And it's very quick and easy to get here!

I specialise in offering accommodation, canal boat holiday rentals on the Canal du Midi, Burgundy and the South-West canals and rivers in France, and luxury barge cruises on the Canal du Midi.
European map showing where we are in the South of France
PEZENAS, THE LANGUEDOC REGION, BURGUNDY, AND SOUTH-WEST FRANCE
My rental villas are actually IN the glorious mediaeval town of Pezenas, in the Herault Valley. (Not miles from anywhere!)

The other villas, gites, hotels and chateaux are either in Pezenas or within 15 minutes of it.
South of France map showing where we are in the Languedoc region
The Canal du Midi hire boats, lunch cruises, and the luxury cruising hotel barges are on the Canal, just to the east and west of us.
The maps for the French canal boat holidays can be seen here.
All my day-trips, events and activities take place within one hour of Pezenas.

PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES
(HOW TO GET HERE!)

I have split this information into two parts:

European   1 - IF YOU LIVE IN EUROPE   European

For Holidays in Languedoc and on the Canal Du Midi, South of France

This is general travel advice - if you make a booking I will send you detailed directions to the villas or gites, hotels, chateaux), before your arrival. If you are hiring a boat then the operator will have sent you detailed instructions.


Pezenas, the Languedoc, the Canal du Midi, and the Local Area
One of the many beaches south of here Pezenas dates back to the 1300s A local chateau belonging to friends
The Canal du Midi The walled city of Carcassonne by night The town of Sete, just south of us Pezenas is surrounded by vineyards Pezenas town centre

COMING TO THE LANGUEDOC BY PLANE

Below is a list of our nearest airports with cheap inter-European flights to Languedoc and the Canal du Midi area. I will soon be adding airports appropriate for canal boat rental in the Burgundy Region and for South-West France.

These links below go to the airports' websites. They show where you can fly from, and which airlines you can use.

Helpful Advice If Clicking on the French Airport Links Below:

Don't try to use the 'Search for flights' systems on French airport websites - most of them don't work! You should go to an airline's own website if you want to search for flights on a particular date.

JANUARY 2016 UPDATE : I just looked at Ryanair's website. If you're flying to this area from the UK, the following might be useful :-

  • London Stansted to Carcassonne : everyday
  • London Luton to Beziers : Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
  • Bristol to Beziers : Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat
  • Edinburgh to Beziers : Wed, Thur, Sun
  • Manchester to Beziers : Tues, Fri, Sat
  • Manchester to Carcassonne : Mon, Fri
  • Leeds to Montpellier : Mon, Thur
  • East Midlands to Carcassonne : Mon, Wed, Fri
  • Glasgow to Carcassonne : Wed, Sat

I will look up Easyjet's website when I get time.


COMING TO PEZENAS

Coming by car to Pezenas:
The nearest motorways are A9 and A75 (5 mins away). Please see my Pezenas maps page for details.

Coming by train to Pezenas:
The nearest train station is at Beziers (25 mins away), served by the TGV fast trains from Paris which only take 4 hours, as well as trains from places along the coast like Monaco.
Here is the link to the French Train Service website.

COMING TO THE CANAL DU MIDI

Coming by car to the Canal du Midi:
The nearest motorways are the A9 and A61 which run broadly east-west, just south of the Canal du Midi. The north-south motorway is called the A75 and it joins the A9 at Beziers.

Coming by train to the Canal du Midi:
The nearest train station will depend on where you are starting/ending your cruise. Typically this might be Beziers, Carcassonne, Narbonne, or Montpellier. These stations are served by the TGV fast trains from Paris which only take 4 hours, as well as trains from places along the coast like Nice and Monaco.

Here is the link to the French Train Service website.

Please Note:

If you need more travel advice or assistance than what is shown above, I can offer my Languedoc Travel & Support Service. This is a paid service for those who prefer to have detailed help in making travel and other arrangements for their visit here.

2 - IF YOU'RE COMING FROM A LONG DISTANCE

UK - British USA - American Canadian Australians New Zealanders Irish German Swedish Norwegian Finnish South African Russian Swiss Chinese Arabian Czech Hong Kong

Please use the local travel information above, but the following will be useful to you if you're coming from another continent.

Most international travel agents are very good, however a few think that the South of France is a small place, and it doesn't matter which airport you end up at. This is not the case!

If you are coming a long distance, you will normally be flying into one of the French major international airports, such as:
Paris Charles de Gaulle
Paris Orly
Bordeaux
Toulouse
Lyon Saint-Exupery
Marseille

From the main airports, you then have a choice of internal transfer flights to the nearest regional airport, or you could take advantage of France's excellent TGV high-speed train network to get closer to your destination.
 
An alternative is to fly to London Heathrow or Gatwick, and transfer to one of the London airports serving low-cost flights to French regional airports.

The French regional airports are shown on the clickable map to the right.

France airports map

You will probably be flying into Paris Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG). From there you have 2 main options :

1. Catch the connecting flight from CDG to Montpellier (1.5 hours) or
2. Take the TGV express train from CDG to Montpellier or Beziers (4 hours).

If you are taking one of my luxury options, you'll be picked up from the local train station or airport. If you're taking a standard option, then you can take a taxi from the local airport or train station to your eventual destination. I can organise that for you if you wish.

Most clients prefer the train option over the connecting flight option. These are very comfortable trains which race you down through lovely countryside, and of course there aren't the delays associated with changing flights, checking in, waiting for bags, etc.

DON'T FORGET: I can also help you with a choice of hotels in our local area, and/or a week at your own private rental villa in mediaeval Pezenas, if you want to extend your vacation.

If your needs are regarding travel within France, rather than being about the local area, and you want special help, then I have a 'Concierge' paid service just for you.

DAY-TRIPS ON THE CANAL DU MIDI

Canal du Midi Cruises: 1-hr trips, 3-hr lunch or dinner cruises, 6-hour day-trip cruises with lunch, and more

GENERAL LOCATION INFO:

Carcassonne, Montpellier, Beziers, Nimes, Narbonne, Marseille, and Perpignan are all within easy reach.

The nearest Mediterranean beaches start from about 20 minutes to the South. To the North there are lakes, mountains, and rivers - also starting from about 20 minutes away. The Canal du Midi is about 30 minutes away.

You will find a clickable Google map, and you can read a lot more about the location of my villas, and Canal du Midi French barge cruise and rental boats, and the venues for activities and tours.



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