Canal du Midi - Languedoc Barge Cruises
Barge cruises on the Canal du Midi sail through rolling countryside and canal-side vineyards - all under the dappled shade of plane trees lining the canal. The Canal du Midi, which connected the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, was completed in 1681. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this may be the most beautiful waterway in all of France.
This is the southernmost region of France and lies in the Mediterranean climate zone. The canal stretches from Toulouse at the far western end to the Mediterranean ports at the eastern end. It is easily reached from the eastern end through Montpellier – several TGV trains daily can you from Paris in four hours, as well as flights from Charles de Gaulle and Orly. The smaller towns of Beziers and Narbonne have excellent TGV service as well. Many guests combine a Canal du Midi barge cruise with several days in Provence.
The Canal du Midi, broken up into smaller sections for your six night cruise. Most of the itineraries take in the region between Beziers and Carcassonne, although some vessels extend to the Mediterranean.
Lined with trees and at times surrounded by small vineyards in this up and coming wine region, the canal and surrounding area have a real “holiday” feeling! Relax on deck and enjoy the sheer beauty around every turn - or walk into town for the local market. Bring the family on your barge cruise, and we’ll take you and the kids to the beach! This is an extremely historic area, with many influences from the Romans, the Crusaders, and life of French royalty.
Carcassonne, largest walled Medieval fortress city extant in all of Europe. Narbonne, the farthermost outpost of the Roman empire and where you can view the Via Dominta, a road which linked this city to the rest of the territories. Taste wine in small, family-run vineyards from the up-and-coming wine region. The charming artisan village of Lagrasse. Olive oil factory and tasting.
The Canal du Midi is home to many small, family-run barges, where you will be welcomed warmly! We adore the Canal du Midi and have visited it many times, never failing to be charmed by this ancient and fascinating area. Tour the French Languedoc while cruising the Canal du Midi!