' CAROLINE '

 
Cruising in the South of France
The Canal du Midi (between Beziers and Carcassonne)

Cruise route map
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CAROLINE Barge
  • 85 FEET LONG (26.5 METRES)
  • 6 GUESTS
  • 2 CREW
  • 1 DOUBLE AND 2 TWIN CABINS (EACH WITH PRIVATE BATHROOM)
  • BICYCLES
  • AIR CONDITIONING AND CENTRAL HEATING
  • AIR CONDITIONED PRIVATE MINIBUS (VOLKSWAGEN) FOR EXCURSIONS
  • FISHING EQUIPMENT
  • WIFI INTERNET ACCESS
  • CD PLAYER, LIBRARY, TV, STEREO, DVD PLAYER
Caroline´s traditional beauty draws admiring looks wherever she goes. Originally built in Holland in 1928 as a cargo carrying sailing Tjalk she is now totally transformed into a beautiful floating home for up to 6 guests with three spacious cabins (one double and two twins) each with private shower and toilet. Each cabin is different, but all are very prettily arranged with homely touches and pleasant colour co-ordination. Bathrooms are small but fresh and modern, with fittings of a high standard.
In 2017 the Caroline will offer her guests idyllic cruises along the scenic Canal du Midi in southern France, between the salt lake lagoon of the Etang du Thau (known for its famous oysters), and the cultural cities of Beziers and Carcassonne. Close to the Mediterranean Sea and the historic sites of the Cathar country of Languedoc-Roussillon, the Canal du Midi has been the link between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Seas since 1681 and is a fascinating waterway to explore. The canal has also been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.
What better way to enjoy it than aboard the Caroline where your hosts— Ute and Uli Weber— will make you feel instantly at home with their warm welcome and friendly, warm natures? On board the atmosphere is very relaxed, with a comfortable lounge and dining area and a well equipped galley (kitchen) where your cook prepares delicious meals featuring local specialities.
You are always free to relax on deck and watch the picturesque French landscape glide past at a serene 3-4 miles per hour. The huge flowered sun deck is laid with a carpet and is also the best place to admire the famous oval locks as you pass through. Excursions of cultural interest are offered to you each day and it is your choice how much you wish to do during your week on board. Travel to and from places of interest are taken in the luxury barge minibus which follows the barge as you wend you way through the sunny French countryside.

2017 PRICES (USD) 4 NIGHT
1/2 BOARD
6 NIGHT
3/4 BOARD
Charter for 2 guests $10640 $11970
Charter for 3 guests   $11970
Charter for 4 guests $10640 $15960
Charter for 5 guests   $19950
Charter for 6 guests $15960 $23940

1/2 BOARD: Sunday evening ‘Welcome Dinner’ on board, breakfasts and 4-course lunches. Evening meals are taken ashore in typical Auberge or Restaurants at guests expense. All on-board wines, beers, soft drinks and Bar drinks are included. Note that lunches can be taken off the barge instead of evening meals.

3/4 BOARD: Caroline's unique 3/4 board (full breakfasts plus eight to nine lunches/dinners per week) gives you the flexibility to also sample the local cuisine ashore on two or three occasions.

Cruise Highlights may include

The cité of Carcassonne— a medieval ‘must see’!
The hilltop village of Minerve
The bustling and vibrant Roman city of Narbonne
Amphoralis (the Museum of Potiers)
Private winery visits with wine-tasting
Ancient Roman settlement—L’Oppidum d’Enserune
Optional Extra— A flight over Carcassonne and a Cathar Castle!


PICK-UP: 4pm, Beziers, Carcassonne or other agreed local location.
DROP-OFF: a local train station, airport or hotel, after breakfast on the last day

CRUISES START ON A SUNDAY AND END THE FOLLOWING SATURDAY


TO CONTACT US
Phone: +33 561 59 20 07, Fax: +33 561 59 23 54
Phone (Toll-Free from USA + Canada): 1-800-688-0245
Email: info@bargecompany.com
Web: www.bargecompany.com

The Barge Cruise Company Ltd, 2 Allée de Castelnouvel, 31490 Léguevin
FRANCE