Canal du Midi cruise between Le Somail and Marseillan (or reverse)
Sunday, Day 1 Le Somail
Cruise route map
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Guests are met in Montpellier and escorted by minibus to Anjodi, moored in the port of Le Somail. Champagne welcome followed by time to walk around the charming and historical village, before dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2Le Somail to Pigasse
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. Afternoon cruise along the 330 year old Midi canal to Pigasse through vineyards and pine trees. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3Pigasse to Poilhes
This morning’s excursion is 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. A fascinating recreation in miniature of the bloodthirsty Cathar rebellion and small museum complete this intriguing picture. Cruise to Poilhes with magnificent views of the Pyrenees. Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4Poilhes to Beziers
This morning we visit Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. Enjoy a visit to the Archbishop's Palace and Horreum. Explore the indoor market at the hub of this bustling canal side town, where you will have time to shop or simply absorb the vibrant atmosphere. Lunch in a local auberge in Narbonne and then return to the hotel barge for a cruise to Beziers via the world’s oldest canal tunnel at Malpas, mooring at the top of the flight of 7 locks at Fonserannes followed by the descent of the lock flight to Beziers, crossing the aqueduct over the River Orb. Dinner on board.
Thursday, Day 5Beziers to Portiragnes
Narbonne canal port
After breakfast we cruise to Portiragnes where the Canal du Midi is at its closest to the Mediterranean. This afternoon we have an informative visit to Perdiguier, a local chateau, famous for its 15th century frescoes, where the production of wine is explained and the end product can be tasted. Maybe tonight you will enjoy an evening swim in the Med! Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6 Portiragnes to Marseillan
This morning, Anjodi sets off through the famous round lock and then the nature reserve of Bagnas, with potential sightings of flamingos and other wild fowl before heading out onto the inland saltwater lake of Thau, past the oyster beds. After mooring in the fishing village of Marseillan, we take an excursion out to Pezenas, a delightful village, mostly famous for its associations with the famous French playwright Moliere, who is said to have written many plays while staying here. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7Marseillan
After breakfast depart Marseillan by minibus and return to Montpellier.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.