CANAL DU MIDI
The 300 year old Canal du Midi skirts the sun-drenched shores of the Mediterranean before meandering inland through ancient villages, Roman fortifications and famed vineyards. This canal is defined by its beauty, lined with plane trees and crossed by pretty arched bridges. The Mediterranean weather and pace of life is relaxed and lulls you into unwinding as your luxury Canal du Midi barge meanders gently downstream.
This is the perfect place for cycling or walking along scenic tow paths, or simply watching the scenery pass by as you relax on the deck of a Canal du Midi barge with a cool drink. In the distance you can see the Pyrenees, whereas closer to hand are the vineyards that stretch for thousands of square miles. Enjoy private wine tastings at chateaux en route, the locations of which vary depending on your choice of Canal du Midi cruise.
You will discover a marvellous blend of ancient Gallo-Roman and traditional influences reflected throughout this region of historical importance. Explore this further with your tour guide when you visit the walled city of Carcassonne, the most complete medieval fortified city in existence.
Winding along the tranquil Canal du Midi you can explore the Languedoc wine region and uncover the history of medieval fortresses – or simply enjoy the beautiful views, framed by our expansive picture windows. The Belmond Alouette offers two exquisite cabins, each with an en-suite shower and double or twin beds. Relax in reclining chairs on the sun deck beneath the hydraulic canopy or unwind in the spacious lounge and dining area, making use of the writing desk, stereo system and games. Available for private hire only.
Anjodi is of classic Dutch design, specifically rebuilt to negotiate the 330-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.
The 10 passenger Athos was built in 1964 as a commercial sand, grain and wine barge and was converted into a luxury hotel barge in 1982. Her association with wine continues today as she gracefully meanders through the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. She is air conditioned throughout, has bikes available for passenger use a spacious sundeck to enjoy the passing scenery. Her five en-suite staterooms can be in either twin or queen-size double bed configuration and offer all modern comforts. The spacious, traditionally decorated saloon, dining area and bar are perfect places to relax.
An English-speaking crew of five efficiently attends to your comfort and entertainment and ensures an unforgettable experience. Your captain has piloted Athos on the Canal du Midi for more than 20 years and his experience shows though his leadership of the master chef, tour guide and housekeeper.
CLAIR DE LUNE
Clair de Lune is a deluxe hotel barge tastefully furnished with Cherrywood and African hardwoods that provide a sophisticated, modern interior. She provides superior accommodation for up to 6 guests in three contemporary double or twin junior suites with en suite facilities, which make her ideal for family charters.
There is a comfortable, stylish dining area and saloon with picture windows and a large sundeck with a spa pool from which to admire the passing countryside, together with bicycles for exploring the towpath alongside this famous waterway.
A warm welcome awaits you aboard the beautiful Emma from Liz and René Jacquot the Irish/French owners for your cruise in the biggest wine region in the world – The Languedoc Roussillon along the tree lined 16th Century marvel “The Canal du Midi”
Aboard the inviting 6 passenger Emma
- You will glide through some of the most beautiful countryside in France.
- You will feast on local delicacies lovingly prepared by your own personal chef
- You will sample the wonderful wines and cheeses, French style
- You will be spoiled and pampered by your 4, dedicated English/French speaking crew members
- You will have the comfort of luxury accommodation in your beautiful air conditioned cabin with its en suite bathroom
Emma is privately owned and operated by Liz & René Jacquot which means that if fully chartered the cruise can be tailor made to suit your needs and interests.
Enchanté is a state of the art, double-decker hotel barge that has been built to the highest standard. She provides luxurious accommodation for up to 8 guests in four equally spacious twin or double-bedded suites, the largest of any hotel barge on the Canal du Midi (approx. 165sq ft each including en suite) and with superbly appointed bathrooms.
The hotel barge is tastefully furnished in a contemporary style, creating a bright, art deco atmosphere. She has a large, spacious saloon where the attention to detail is exceptional. She also has a demonstration galley allowing guests to see the skilled chef at work, CD/iPod sound system, a computer with internet connection for guests’ use, and heating and air conditioning throughout. There is a spacious sun deck, with alfresco dining area and gorgeous spa pool.
The Deluxe 6 passenger Esperance is designed for spaciousness and privacy at the same time.
The open seating area, with its skylight, picture windows and water level portholes, is very conducive to conversation, or quiet contemplation.
Guests also delight in sitting at the circular bar overlooking the cooking area of the barge. It is very enjoyable to observe your personal Chef in action while sipping a glass of wine. Guests are welcome in the huge wheel house to learn how to pilot this massive boat.
Outside a lot of attention has been placed on the very spacious upper deck layout. Half covered with an elegant awning it offers a very comfortable sitting area around a marble table for a la fresco dining, 6 lounge chairs to relax or sunbath and a hot-tub for extra fun.
The Saraphina is a Dutch barge built in 1924. During her early life she was used to transport freight throughout Holland.
She has now been lovingly converted into a Hotel Barge, carefully and tastefully designed to ensure all guests enjoy a relaxed and comfortable stay. Saraphina is a charismatic, old fashioned boat with a contemporary, bright and welcoming interior. During a stay on-board you’ll not only enjoy full hotel services and personal service from owners and hosts Finnegan and Emily, but the opportunity to wine, dine and relax whilst taking in some of the most beautiful and historic places along the Canal du Midi.
In addition to a lovely sun deck, there are two en-suite cabins to sleep 4 passengers (One cabin 183 sq ft with twin beds or queen and one cabin 140 sq ft with double bed) both of which are equipped with everything you could need. There are also Dutch bikes for use; another delightful way to discover the Canal du Midi.