Canal du Midi Cruise Itinerary
(Portiragnes Plage to Carcassonne, or reverse)
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.
Cruise route map
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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!
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.
Sunday, Day 1
Exploring the streets of Pezenas
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
Tuesday, Day 3
Minerve hilltop village
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.
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
Friday, Day 6
Lively and colourful local markets
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
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.