Tour Narbonne’s Archbishop’s Palace and experience the colourful market
Visit beautiful Lagrasse and its 8th century abbey, with lunch in a stunning location
Tour of the medieval city of Carcassonne
Visit an olive oil press to sample the famous Lucques olives
Excellent opportunities for walking and biking. Biking plus option available.
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.
2020 Departure Dates
- 22 & 29 March
- 5, 12, 19 & 26 April
- 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 May
- 7, 14, 21 & 28 June
- 5, 12, 19 & 26 July
- 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 August
- 6, 13, 20 & 27 Septemeber
- 4, 11, 18 & 25 October
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.
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 you will sample the famous Lucques olives. 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.
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.
This morning, 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, 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.
Today, 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.
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, 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.
After breakfast, you are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to your choice of location in Narbonne.
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This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks, the cruise is in the reverse direction.
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