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Enchanté - Canal du Midi Cruise

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Enchante is an elegant, two-level luxury hotel barge that cruises along the Canal du Midi from Trebes to Salleles d'Aude. She was built in 1958 as a trading barge and converted as a hotel barge in 2009.
France / Barge
Cultural
Luxury
Barge

Highlights

Private winery tour and tasting of fine Minervois wines

Tour Narbonne’s Archbishop’s Palace and experience the colourful market

Visit an olive oil press to sample the famous Lucques olives

Visit beautiful Lagrasse and its 8th century abbey, with lunch in a stunning location

Tour of the medieval city of Carcassonne

Excellent opportunities for walking and biking

The beautiful, two-decker Enchante offers luxurious accommodation to its passengers with four, spacious suites with en-suite facilities. She also features a saloon, dining area and sun deck with spa pool and a demonstration kitchen. You can enjoy al fresco dining on board or bike along the canal's scenic towpath.

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Included

6 nights onboard at Hotel Barge Enchante in a Suite
Crew of 5 (Captain, tour guide, chef and 2 hostesses)
Transfers by an air-conditioned minivan
Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily prepared by your chef
Captains farewell dinner on your last night
Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Excursions as per itinerary
Use of barge facilities

Itinerary

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Day 1
Narbonne → Sallèles d’Aude

You are met in Narbonne** and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Enchanté. A champagne welcome and an introduction to the Captain and crew, followed by dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Enchante in a Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Dinner
Narbonne → Sallèles d’Aude
Delicious food onboard Hotel Barge Enchante
Day 2
Sallèles d’Aude → Roubia

Morning cruise along the Grand Bief, a technological achievement unique to the Canal du Midi to link Narbonne to the Mediterranean, to the charming historical village of Roubia. Afternoon excursion to “L’Oulibo”, a local co-operative olive oil press where we will sample the famous Lucques olives. We continue on to Minerve, the ancient capital of the Minervois, which boasts a 12th century Cathar fort surrounded by deep limestone gorges. Besieged by Simon de Montfort in 1210, its hilltop location affords spectacular views. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Enchante in a Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sallèles d’Aude → Roubia
Cruising along Canal du Midi
Day 3
Roubia → Homps

After breakfast, your excursion is to Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. Enjoy a visit to the Archbishop’s Palace, Roman Horreum and the indoor market at the hub of this bustling canalside town, where you will have time to shop or simply absorb the vibrant atmosphere. Afternoon cruise past vineyards and pine trees to Homps. This picturesque mooring in the heart of a French village presents a perfect opportunity to try your hand at a game of boules, followed by an alfresco dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Enchante in a Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Roubia → Homps
Vineyard in Narbonne
Day 4
Homps → Puichéric

This morning we visit a Benedictine Abbey founded in the 8th century. Nestled in Lagrasse, a village awarded the title of “Plus beaux villages de France” and home to many artisans who have set up workshops in the medieval centre, the restored Abbey was once one of the most prosperous thanks to Charlemagne’s charter. Then we sample some local cuisine with lunch ashore in a spectacular setting overlooking the Corbieres vineyards, before returning to the barge to cruise to Puicheric, past “l’Epanchoir”, one of the bridges invented by Pierre Paul Riquet for the Canal du Midi. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Enchante in a Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Homps → Puichéric
Enjoy delicious food onboard Hotel Barge Enchante
Day 5
Puichéric → Marseillette

Today we cruise along the 330-year-old canal ascending its trademark locks as the relief becomes steeper. This is a great opportunity to walk or cycle from one lock to the next as Enchanté cruises on, navigating the triple locking system. The afternoon excursion is a wine tour and tasting at Château Saint Jacques d’Albas in Minervois, one of the few regions to receive the much-envied French mark of approval for wines known as A.O.C. (Appellation d’Origine Controlée). This informative tour offers an opportunity to sample wine in situ and find out more about the Languedoc’s long-standing and continuing wine trade. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Enchante in a Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Puichéric → Marseillette
Relax onboard Hotel Barge Enchante and take in the incredible views
Day 6
Marseillette → Trèbes

Fascinating morning tour of Carcassonne. Dating back to the Gallo-Roman era, this is the most complete medieval fortified city in existence today with its 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defences, which resisted the many armies that tried to storm this glorious Camelot setting. This afternoon we squeeze through tight bridges and glide past picturesque vineyards and hamlets to Trèbes. Once a major ally to Carcassonne, this medieval town still retains unique paintings within its 13th century church. Farewell Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Enchante in a Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Marseillette → Trèbes
Carcassonne
Day 7
Trèbes → Narbonne

After breakfast, you are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to your choice of location in Narbonne.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
French
Currency
EUR
Book now for 2021 and 2022

Book your 2021 and 2022 barge today!

6 nights
from AUD9,237
per person, twin share
France
Narbonne
Narbonne
Cultural, Luxury
21 March 2021 – 24 October 2021 | 27 March 2022 – 23 October 2022

Optional Extras

  • Special meals for any preferences (e.g. vegetarian, no fish, or vegan) or allergies must be arranged at least 8 weeks prior to your departure date
  • Children’s bikes, helmets & child bike seats can be arranged at least 8 weeks prior to your departure
  • Wine Appreciation, Tennis, Golf & Family cruise itineraries are available for charter groups. Supplements apply.

Departure dates and pricing:

2021 dates:

  • 21,28 March - $9,237pp
  • 4,11,18 April - $9,397pp
  • 25 April - $10,845pp
  • 2,9,16,23,30 May - $10,845pp
  • 6,13,20,27 June - $11,035pp
  • 4,11 July - $11,035pp
  • 18,25 July - $9,561pp
  • 1,8,15,22 August - $9,732pp
  • 29 August - $11,232pp
  • 5,12,19,26 September - $11,232pp
  • 3,10,17,24 October - $9,909pp

2022 dates:

  • 27 March - $9,909pp
  • 3,10,17,24 April  - $9,909pp
  • 1,8,15,22,29 May - $11,436pp
  • 5,12,19,26 June - $11,436pp
  • 3,10 July - $11,436pp
  • 17,24,31 July - $9,909pp
  • 7,14,21 August - $9,909pp
  • 28 August - $11,436pp
  • 4,11,18,25 September - $11,436pp
  • 2 October - $11,436pp
  • 9,16,23 October - $9,909pp

Important notes

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks, the cruise is in the reverse direction.

All transfers for Enchanté are less than 1 hour (cabin bookings only).

Pick-up Point

  • Cabin bookings - Narbonne TGV train station at 3.30 pm or Ile du Gua Suites (previously Clarion Suites) Narbonne 3:45 pm
  • Charter bookings - Guests' choice of one location in Narbonne, Beziers, Carcassonne, Montpellier, Nimes, Perpignan or Toulouse between 3:30 pm & 4:00 pm

Drop-off Point

  • Cabin bookings - Guests' choice of location in Narbonne centre by 10:30 am
  • Charter bookings - Guests' choice of one location in Narbonne, Beziers, Carcassonne, Montpellier, Nimes, Perpignan or Toulouse by 10:30 am

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