Barging – South of France

The South of France includes the waterways of the Languedoc and the Camargue regions and is renowned for Mediterranean beaches, wild horses, bulls and flamingos, its bloody Cathar history, hilltop castles, Gallo-Roman remains, Carcassonne, seafood, petanque, and sunshine that can last well into October.

The Canal du Midi flows from Toulouse to the Mediterranean and is France’s oldest canal with some unique oval locks.  As Rick Stein discovered, its cuisine extends far beyond cassoulet and is complemented by the Minervois vineyards to the north and those of Corbieres to the south.  After the oyster beds of the Etang de Thau, the waterway becomes the Canal du Rhone à Sete and it cuts through a series of salt water lakes, then through the reed beds of the Rhone delta, making it a haven for wildlife – and seafood lovers.
 

 The Barges  

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  • Anjodi is a 30m, 8 passenger barge with a crew of 4, and it was carefully re-built to fit the small locks and low bridges of the Canal du Midi.  It cruises between Marseillan on the Etang de Thau, and Le Somail.   Transfers are from Narbonne.  Highlights include a private wine tasting at Chateau de Perdiguier, the beautiful villages of Pezanas and Minerve, Narbonne’s famous market and Archbishop’s Palace, and the walled town of Carcassonne.   Individual cabin bookings are welcome and the all-inclusive 6 night cruise is priced from 3,850 Euros per person.   Contact us for a brochure & more information, or view a video HERE.
 
 
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  • Emma is a 28m owner-operated charter barge with a crew of 4, accommodating up to 6 guests.  Liz and René offer three routes in the Midi, between Aigues Mortes and Toulouse and the choice of 5 or 6 night itineraries.  Flexibility is a feature of the cruises and Liz and René will do their utmost to incorporate any special requests.  Beziers to Carcassonne is their most popular cruise and highlights include the Minervois and St Chinian vineyards, Fontcaude Abbey, Narbonne’s famous market and Archbishop’s Palace, the fishing village of Gruissan and the walled town of Carcassonne.   Although the Emma mainly accepts whole barge charter bookings, some weeks are available for individual cabin bookings, so please enquire.   Prices are in US dollars and the all-inclusive, 6 night, 6 person, whole barge charter is US$30,000 and individual bookings are US$5,500 per person.    Contact us for more information.
 
Athos
  • Athos is a 31m owner-operated barge with a crew of 5, accommodating 10 guests in 5 modern, cosy cabins.  It cruises the Canal du Midi between Marseillan on the Etang de Thau, and Argeliers.  Transfers are from Beziers.  Highlights include the Noilly Prat vermouth distillery, the beautiful villages of Pezanas and Minerve, an olive oil co-operative, Narbonne and Carcassonne.   Individual cabin bookings are welcome and the all-inclusive 6 night cruise is priced from 3,860 Euros per person.   Contact us for a brochure & more information, or view a video HERE.
 
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  • Clair de Lune is a deluxe 30m barge with a crew of 4, accommodating up to 6 guests in 3 contemporary suites.  It cruises the Canal du Midi between Le Somail and Carcassonne and transfers are from Narbonne.  It’s available for whole barge charters for parties of 4-6 people.  Half board from 17,800 euros, full board from 25,300 eurosContact us for a brochure & more information, or view a video HERE.
 
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  • Enchanté is a new ‘state of the art’ 30m barge with a crew of 5 to look after 8 guests; accommodated in four spacious suites.  It cruises the Canal du Midi between Sallèles d’Aude, on a branch canal near Narbonne, and Trebes, near Carcassonne. Transfers are from Narbonne.  Highlights include a Minervois vineyard visit and wine tasting, an olive oil co-operative, Narbonne, Lagrasse Abbey and Carcassonne.  Individual cabin bookings are welcome and the all-inclusive 6 night cruise is priced from 5090 Euros per person.   Contact us for a brochure & more information, or view a video HERE.

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