'ROI SOLEIL'

Sample Itineraries
The Canal du Midi Cruise Route, between Beziers and Carcassonne (or reverse)

Cruise route map
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A charter on ROI SOLEIL is all about CHOICE. Here's the route - and suggestions on what is available each day to customize your cruise. According to local festivities your guide will offer more options.

Sunday
Béziers East- Cassafiere to Villeneuve
Transfer, welcome on-board, and cocktails
Navigation along the canal through a rural area with wetlands

Monday
Villeneuve to Fonseranne
Sailing through the great locks of Fonseranne
Excursion to historical city of Pézenas ( famed architecture, many artisans & antiques
or excursion to the impressive hill village of Roquebrun by the river Orb (possible to swim)
and / or - visit to the preroman Oppidum of Enserune, a major archaeological site with panoramic views of the surrounding valleys
and / or - visit Béziers historical centre and shops
and / or Wine tasting at cellar of a top French Sommelier and supplier to Michelin Starred Chefs

The Roi Soleil Barge - Cite of Carcassonne Carcassonne Medieval Citadel
Tuesday
Fonserranne to Capestang
Sailing into the heart of the historic village of Capestang
Private visit to the cistercian Abbey of Fontroide, one of the finest examples in France and private wine testing at a Corbieres Château
and / or a visit a Camargue bull and horse ranch with the opportunity to round up the bulls on horseback

Wednesday
Capestang to La Croisade or Somail
Morning excursion to the charming City of Narbonne that was the Roman Capital of the early Gaulles - its vibrant food market - the famed art and roman archeology museums within the Bishop Palace and shops - a highlight of the week.
Afternoon sailing to the peaceful country village of Somail with an impressive antique bookstore.
Sailing beneath the smallest canal bridge in France.

Thursday
Somail to Roubia
Morning visit to the hill village of Minerve, which is a beautiful natural site that has a dramatic history dating back to the time of the Crusades.
Visit to prized olive oil mill, Oulibo, and a historic Languedoc village.
An afternoon sail to Roubia from where we have the option to take a short flight over the Cathar Castles in the Pyrenees- the famous fortresses of Vertigo

Friday
Roubia to Homps
Visit to the fortified city of Carcassonne - Europe's largest Medieval Fortress - a great place to be transported into medieval history and a shopping opportunity. or visit medieval village of Lagrasse and its artisans.
Afternoon sailing to Homps with many locks.

Saturday 10 am
a leisurely breakfast onboard then transfer to departure point

Provence and Camargue Cruise Route, between Beziers and Avignon (or reverse)
Cruising on the Canal du Midi, Canal du Rhone a Sète and the River Rhone

Cruise route map
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A charter on ROI SOLEIL is all about CHOICE. Here's the route - and suggestions on what is available each day to customize your cruise. According to local festivities your guide will offer more options.

Monday
From Avignon or from Vallabregues:
The Pope’s Palace and Arts Museum
and /or Châteauneuf du Pape ( private tasting with the winemaker)
and/or Pont du Gard
and/or Uzès (similar to St. Remy but with much more elaborate architecture)
and/or St. Quentin la Pottery (A center for traditional and contemporary earthenware)

The Roi Soleil Barge - Traditional provencal wine press Traditional provencal wine press
Tuesday
From Arles:
Arles city with its Roman and Medieval history and architecture; van Gogh tour; shopping; cafes
and St. Remy de Provence
and/or Beaux de Provence
and/or Roman ruins
and/or Isle sur la Sorgue antique dealers
and/or Villages of Provence

Wednesday
From Aigues Mortes:
The battlement tower
Shops and art galleries
Bull ranches with Camargue "cowboys"
Bird watching

From Cabannes du Roc:
Montpellier historic center, shops, antiques
and/or Wine tasting in historic domains

The Roi Soleil Barge - Pont du Gard Roman aquaduct Pont du Gard Roman aquaduct
Thursday
From Sète, easterly approach:
Walk along the Mediterranean
Sète historic center; lively market
Panoramic view from Mont-St.-Clair

From Marseillan:
Wine tasting
and/or Valmagne Abbey
and/or Roman villa and museum

Friday
From Agde:
City of Agde
and /or Pézenas and shops
and /or Beziers and shops
Saturday 10 am
a leisurely breakfast onboard then transfer to departure point.
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FRANCE