'EMMA'

Sample Itinerary
Cruising on the Canal du Midi, between Beziers and Carcassonne (or reverse)

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Saturday, Day 1:
We join “Emma” at Trebes. A little cruise to the 17th century aqueduct while enjoying a champagne reception is the best way of welcoming you aboard. Our mooring for the evening overlooks the village and is ideal for a stroll before your first gourmet dinner.

Sunday, Day 2:
We go off to explore the biggest and best fortified city in Europe, Carcassonne. Although dating from the time of Charlemagne, it has been extensively restored. You can walk along the ramparts, visit the Chateau Comptal, shop in the boutiques along the cobbled streets, visit galleries and museums and get the feel of life in the middle ages. In the afternoon we cruise to the little village of Puicheric which overlooks the Alaric Mountains; Enjoy a walk around the lock-keepers garden filed with rather unusual wooden sculptures and back to “Emma” for another gastronomic treat.

Monday, Day 3:
A trip up into the Black Mountains to Caunes Minervois and the quarry of red marble which Louis xiv liked so much he decorated the palace of Versailles with it. The giant underground cave at Cabresprine which is so big the Eiffel Tower fits in with room to spare is another stop on today’s visit. In the afternoon we visit Homps, with its replica of the Basilica of Lourdes, is our mooring for tonight. We have the Jouarres Lake beside us, so if you fancy a swim, bring your costume.
The Emma Barge - Canal du Midi Lock
Canal du Midi Lock


Tuesday, Day 4:
Olonzac with its open air market full of local produce from the surrounding countryside, cheeses, olives, home made jams, pottery and colourful fabrics is our first stop. Then we head up into the hills to Minerve, a mediaeval village perched on a spectacular rocky outcrop formed by the rivers Cesse and Brian. Famous for its Cathar history and sweet wine. After lunch we cruise through a particularly beautiful section of canal, with a series of double and single locks, lined with plane trees and surrounded by vineyards.

Wednesday, Day 5:
Narbonne is our destination today. Once the capital of Roman Gaul, their influence is still visible in the old road dating back to 118 BC and the underground stores called the Horreum. It is now a bustling town with chic boutiques, street cafés and pride of place goes to the covered market which overflows with the smells and colours of all the local produce for which the Midi is renowned. Narbonne is dominated by the 12th century cathedral and Arch Bishop’s Palace. If you fancy a swim, the sea is not far. In the afternoon we cruise to the charming little village of Le Somail for the evening. You may visit the antique bookshop, admire the old ice house and church on either side of the hump back bridge over the canal, or have a stroll through the vineyards before dinner.

Thursday, Day 6:
We visit the olive factory of Oulibo this morning. Sample the different types of olive oil, olives and all the other by products such as soap and hand cream and not forgetting the beautiful bowls and implements made from the wood. We cruise on to Capestang for lunch passing under the smallest bridge in France. (If you can get under this you can go anywhere on the French canal system). Our afternoon cruise takes us to Poilhes from where we shall visit the Oppidum d’Enserune. This hilltop settlement which dates from pre-christian times overlooks the magnificent Etang de Montady and gives us a 360° view of the area. The museum houses many artefacts dating from this time and the remains of the dwelling houses gives us an insight into this early civilization.

Friday, Day 7:
After breakfast, we must say our farewells and you shall be taken to your departure point for your onward journey.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS SAMPLE ITINERARY AND MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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