Sample Itinerary
Canal du Midi Cruise Itinerary
(Portiragnes Plage to Carcassonne, or reverse)

Cruise route map
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Saraphina cruises the Canal du Midi between Portiragnes plage and the majestic medieval city of Carcassonne, the locks at Beziers, the winding grand bief (big pound) with beautiful views and pretty villages.
To ensure that you make the most of your stay on-board, the days are split between exploring the surrounding area and cruising. While cruising, you are free to unwind as you wish: watch the lovely landscape float by from the deck, relax in the lounge with its views of the passing canal and its inhabitants or walk, jog and cycle along the tow path. Should you wish, you can even try your hand at steering the barge from the wheelhouse!
The SARAPHINA Barge - Renaissance Pezanas
Renaissance Pezenas
Following a delicious breakfast, your personal tour guide will pick you up to explore the local area and to enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. All itineraries can be tailored to accommodate specific sites of interest – such as wineries and museums – and include visits to: the historic streets of Pezenas and the Cistercian Abbey of Fontroide; the towns of Beziers and Narbonne; the medieval Cathar village of Minerve and the city of Carcassonne.

The SARAPHINA Barge - Renaissance Pezanas
Exploring the streets of Pezenas
Sunday, Day 1
You are picked up from your hotel, train station, or local airport and brought safely aboard Saraphina. After a short cruise and Champagne welcome your first dinner will be served aboard.

Monday, Day 2
After breakfast you will be taken to the historic streets of renaissance Pezenas with its arts, crafts and antique shops. After a typical bistro lunch in Beziers we cruise over the aquaduct and up the majestic flight of locks at Fonserannes.

The SARAPHINA Barge - Minerve hilltop village
Minerve hilltop village
Tuesday, Day 3
The morning visit brings you to the medieval cathar village of Minerve and the olive oil factory of ‘Oulibo’. After lunch at a restaurant with a stunning view we cruise along the windiest part of the canal to our mooring for the night and dinner aboard.

Wednesday, Day 4
Our tour guide takes you to Narbonne known for the archbishops palace, the gothic cathedral, shopping, and the famous covered food market where you will enjoy your lunch. Back aboard we cruise to another stunning mooring.

The SARAPHINA Barge - Fontfroide Abbey
Fontfroide Abbey
Thursday, Day 5
After visiting the Cistercian Abbey of Fontfroide we serve lunch aboard while cruising to Homps where you will have your evening meal ashore. A wine tasting before dinner could be organised if you wish.

The SARAPHINA Barge - Lively and colourful local markets
Lively and colourful local markets
Friday, Day 6
The medieval city of Carcassonne is a highlight of the week. After a guided tour around Europe's largest medieval fortified town and lunch there we set of for the final cruise and farewell dinner aboard.

Saturday, Day 7
After breakfast you will be transferred to the train station, hotel or local airport for your onward journey.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.

SARAPHINA Barge - Wine tasting
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