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-France, Canal Du Midi on Barge Caroline-

Cruise Details:

  • 6 guests
  • 85 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Boutique Class
  • Charter Only
  • Hosts: Uli and Ute
  • English Speaking Crew of 2
  • 4 Bicycles
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visited 2014

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, transfers to and from the barge from the designated meeting points along the Canal du Midi route, all meals from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, except one lunch and two dinners which will taken off the barge at your expense(Captain Uli will make reservations and provide transportation), all wines with lunches & dinners served on board, wines/beers and soft drinks on board, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

Airfare to and from France, transportation to the cruise route (we will assist you with this), one lunch and two dinners off the barge at your expense, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


Caroline

In 2014, Caroline Sack Klein (Director of Operations) and Kelly Weiss (Creative Director) of The Barge Lady visited barge Caroline moored at Capestang on the Canal du Midi.

Upon stepping aboard Caroline, we were instantly greeted by Captain Uli, whose demeanor was playful and welcoming. He was eager to show off the barge, and described it as “homey and cozy”, which it certainly was! The deck was overflowing with colorful flowers and had an inviting ambiance. Guests can spend time in the wheelhouse with Uli and watch the world float by on the ancient canal. In the salon, the seating around the wood burning stove was the perfect spot to curl up with a glass of wine or cup of tea, and unwind with your barging companions. Although small, the cabins were quite charming and had excellent storage space.

Ute spends much of her time in the galley preparing the freshly made meals. In fact, she invites guests into the kitchen for informal cooking demonstrations! Pull up a bar stool and chat with her as she magically cooks your gourmet cuisine using regional ingredients. For meals eaten on shore, many of the bistros are within walking distance to the moorings, offering a very local experience to stroll into a tiny village and dine with the locals, like a local!

Originally from Germany, Uli and Ute have been in the boating industry for 30 years. In another life, Ute was a pediatric nurse, and still has a soothing character to her, while Uli is the spunkier one. Together they have created a casual and inviting setting for guests to enjoy an informal barging experience with a local flair.


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 3/4 Board Rates

3 meals consisting of a combination of lunches and dinners are off the barge at the guests expense. Captain Uli will arrange these meals and take you to the restaurants.

Whole Boat Charter of 3 or less: $11,970
Whole Boat Charter of 4: $15,960
Whole Boat Charter of 5: $19,950
Whole Boat Charter of 6: $23,940

2017 dates
April 2 - 8 May 28 - June 3 July 23 - 29 September 10 - 16
April 9 - 15 June 4 - 10 July 30 - August 5 September 17 - 23
April 16 - 22 June 11 - 17 August 6 - 12 September 24 - 30
April 23 - 29 June 18 - 24 August 13 - 19 October 1 - 7
April 30 - May 6 June 25 - July 1 August 20 - 26 October 8 - 14
May 7 - 13 July 2 - 8 August 27 - September 2 October 15 - 21
May 14 - 20 July 9 - 15 September 3 - 9 October 22 - 28
May 21 - 27 July 16 - 22  
Barge Cruise

Caroline Accommodations and Amenities

  • 85 Feet Long
  • Cabin 1 with ensuite shower bath
    132 square feet, one double bed
  • Cabin 2 with private bath across hall
    88 square feet, two twin beds
  • Cabin 3 with private bath across hall
    98 square feet, two twin beds
  • In the Public areas
  • Salon with wood burning stove
  • Carpeted sundeck with chairs and large umbrella
  • 4 bicycles
  • Comfortable touring bikes ideal riding the towpath
  • WiFi







 

 

Caroline Canal du Midi Barge Cruise Itinerary

Beziers to Carcassonne on the Canal du Midi

SUNDAY: Board in Beziers, take an evening cruise
Your Captain Uli will meet you at 4:00 pm (or later) at the pre-arranged meeting point in Beziers and immediate environs and chauffeur you by air conditioned minivan to the Caroline – moored nearby. Champagne welcome reception aboard by Ute, your Chef, and time to settle in while Caroline is starting her first little cruise to your evening mooring. Relax on deck and watch the picturesque French landscape glide past. On this first evening you will enjoy the first four course welcome gourmet dinner on board.

MONDAY: Explore roman ruins from 800 BC
Awaken to enjoy an extensive continental breakfast with freshly brewed coffee, tea, fruit juices, croissants and baguettes, jams, ham, cereals. Before we start the daily cruise, you might decide to have a morning visit to the pre-Roman site of Oppidum d'Enserunes, which is a historical site from around 800 BC and has been part of the Roman Via Domitia. This area also overlooks the famous Etang de Montady. We set off cruising, meandering through truly unbelievable and stunning scenery. While we pass by the petite village of Capestang, with its extremely small and narrow ancient bridge, the Caroline almost appears to not fit! Ute will serve the lunch on deck al fresco. This afternoon while relaxing on deck with a chilled drink enjoy yourself and watch the countryside pass by as we cruise to our mooring destination for the evening.

Each day the Canal du Midi offers walking and biking along the flat and well maintained towpath. Perhaps a stroll into a little village? Caroline can stop nearly everywhere along the Canal. And you might find that you are walking faster than Caroline can follow you.

TUESDAY: Join the Locals at a Farmer’s Market
After another rich breakfast, we will drive by car into the pretty village of Olonzac. Here we explore the local farmers market with their colourful display of fresh fruit and vegetables. Here, your Captain will introduce you - among other - to local cheeses and seafood. Maybe you like to have a "café crème" in one of the typical bars, watching the crowd passing by? Than we will return to the Caroline, where Ute is preparing your lunch, in which you will find lots of the local products, your Captain has bought with you on the market.

The afternoon cruise with the barge will guide you through the pleasant landscape of Languedoc-Roussillon, which is known as the biggest wine producing area worldwide. Probably we will moor at night in Le Somail, a very charming little Hameau. Here you have the chance sampling the local food in one of the restaurants nearby.

When, after having had your dinner ashore, you´re coming home, enjoy the evening sitting on deck with a glass of wine or digestive, talking, laughing ...

WEDNESDAY: Scenic Hilltop Village, Plus Winetasting
Today’s morning visit is the little scenic hilltop village of Minerve, one of the "Most Beautiful Villages of France". Still there are about 100 people living. Minerve´s history is old and connected to the Cathar Crusades which took place in the early 12th century. Visiting the little Museum of Hurepel, telling everything about the cruelties which have happened in this area 800 years ago, you´ll find out about their hard lives.

The cruise this afternoon will take us to the first look this week. But before getting there, we will make a stop-over in Ventenac. Here Caroline will moor in front of the local Chateau which sits directly on the banks of the canal. Chateau Ventenac invites you in for a wine tasting of their famous "AOC Minervois". The vines of the "Appellation Minervois" have been introduced by the romans.

When we have reached the mooring later on, maybe you like to take a walk or a short bike ride along the towpath before Ute gives you a call for starting the dinner tonight.

THURSDAY: Sightseeing, Shopping and Lunch in Narbonne
Having had another wonderful breakfast, we´re taking off by Multivan to see ancient Narbonne. We visit the Palace of the Archbishop, the Roman underground cave storages and the Cathedral St Just, with its impressive organ. From this vantage the ancient Via Domitia can be seen. Narbonne was founded 118 BC by the Romans along the Via Domitia. This is the more than 2000 years old trade route connecting ancient Rome with Spain. While enjoying the town you can chase for souvenirs before your Captain Uli invites you for Lunch at a typical bar in the covered food market in the centre of Narbonne.

Today's cruise will take us through the first locks. The first one has a single chamber while the next lock has a double chamber. A total of 4 locks with 6 chambers will bring us to our evening stop at Homps, a small vineyard village. We moor along a quay in the middle of this village where guests have a wide choice of restaurants for your dinner and a stroll tonight.

FRIDAY: Europe’s Most Beautiful Medieval City – Carcassonne
Today’s excursion will be another highlight of your week! Le Cité! Tour of the famous walled city of Carcassonne, a fascinating fortified medieval fortress, situated on top of Carcassonne overlooking the city.

Caroline takes off after breakfast, leaving Homps, cruising again through locks, transporting us 'uphill' to the next level of the Canal. Our evening mooring tonight is away from the villages and somewhere in the countryside.

The dinner tonight will be - sad enough - the Farewell dinner. Again Ute will serve a spectacular 4 course gourmet meal. Once more you can enjoy her cuisine, corresponding wines followed by cheeses and desert with matching wines, coffee and liquors.

SATURDAY: A Sad Farewell
After a relaxing breakfast, we will say goodbye and take our guests to their next destination, leaving at approximately 10 a.m. Drop-off may be coordinated at your hotel, the rail station, or depending on our cruise direction, the Carcassonne Airport.

Caroline Sample Menuscuisine aboard barge Caroline

Dinner

Goat Cheese Wrapped in Filo
On a Bed of Red, Yellow and Green Sweet Peppers
Corbières “Gris de Gris”
* * *
Mousse of Two Salmons “Surprise”
Noilly Prat Sauce
Le Blanc - Chateau Villerambert-JulienRosé
* * *
"Bleu Cheese Tasting"
Selection of Four Cheeses served with Ute’s Lemon Curd

Sauternes Chateau Guiraud
* * *
Almond Cake with Summer Fruit Flambe
Liquors
* * * * *

Dinner

Clear Tomato Soup with Thyme, Prawns and Lemon Creme
Muscat Sec - Fontcalieu
* * *
Roasted Breast of Duck with Millefeuille of Ratatouille and Champagne Risotto
Mas du Soleilla - Les Chailles
* * *
Cheese platter
Brilliat Savarin, Chaource, Brie de Meaux and Camembert de Normandie
Cartagene - Chateau D´Encairo
* * *
Crème Brûlée with flavor of Mediterranean Lavender
Liquors
* * * * *

Picture a Barge Cruise on Caroline

"A tremendous way to spend a week in the beautiful south of France. Gorgeous scenery, fantastic food and wine, and time spent with our family. Uli and Ute were fantastic, catering to our every need and anticipating all possible requests. Uli really knows the history of Langedoc and freely shared stories regarding the local sights and sounds. The meals were truly a highlight! Every meal was delicious. Ute served a great variety of fresh and unique food. The wines were great and Uli did an excellent job sharing his extensive knowledge of French spirits and vintages. Cabin was very nice. Cute, clean, everything in its place and all the home comfort features provided. All services from the Barge Lady were excellent. Thanks again to Lori, the Barge Lady's Sales Manager, for her masterful customer service."

- Larry Dennis, cruised, May, 2015

"Our experience on the barge was perfect in every way. The best part of the experience was Uti and Uli Weber, our hosts. The service they provided was outstanding, working in perfect harmony at all times. Ute is a gourmet cook and we immensely enjoyed her cuisine. Udi took to local markets, chateau, abbeys, churches and unique locations -– anything we would want to see. The both made sure we were perfectly comfortable at all times. Our cabin was much nicer than expected -– clean and bright. Bathroom very nice and clean with a shower that operated well. Anyone lucky enough to travel with Udi and Uli Weber is fortunate indeed."

- Sally Patten, cruised July, 2014

Caroline Blog Posts, Recipes, Articles and Videos

Ask any Barge Lady, and she’ll tell you: when it comes to travel, more is better! Explore below for more of everything we love – videos, articles, blog posts, recipes and MORE!

5 Cruises for Francophile Foodies
Feast your eyes on five of our favorite barge cruises for foodies. Experience the best of both worlds with meals on board and ashore in local bistros as The Barge Ladies talk half-board barging.   

+ - Overview

Cruise Details:

  • 6 guests
  • 85 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Boutique Class
  • Charter Only
  • Hosts: Uli and Ute
  • English Speaking Crew of 2
  • 4 Bicycles
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visited 2014

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, transfers to and from the barge from the designated meeting points along the Canal du Midi route, all meals from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, except one lunch and two dinners which will taken off the barge at your expense(Captain Uli will make reservations and provide transportation), all wines with lunches & dinners served on board, wines/beers and soft drinks on board, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

Airfare to and from France, transportation to the cruise route (we will assist you with this), one lunch and two dinners off the barge at your expense, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


Caroline

In 2014, Caroline Sack Klein (Director of Operations) and Kelly Weiss (Creative Director) of The Barge Lady visited barge Caroline moored at Capestang on the Canal du Midi.

Upon stepping aboard Caroline, we were instantly greeted by Captain Uli, whose demeanor was playful and welcoming. He was eager to show off the barge, and described it as “homey and cozy”, which it certainly was! The deck was overflowing with colorful flowers and had an inviting ambiance. Guests can spend time in the wheelhouse with Uli and watch the world float by on the ancient canal. In the salon, the seating around the wood burning stove was the perfect spot to curl up with a glass of wine or cup of tea, and unwind with your barging companions. Although small, the cabins were quite charming and had excellent storage space.

Ute spends much of her time in the galley preparing the freshly made meals. In fact, she invites guests into the kitchen for informal cooking demonstrations! Pull up a bar stool and chat with her as she magically cooks your gourmet cuisine using regional ingredients. For meals eaten on shore, many of the bistros are within walking distance to the moorings, offering a very local experience to stroll into a tiny village and dine with the locals, like a local!

Originally from Germany, Uli and Ute have been in the boating industry for 30 years. In another life, Ute was a pediatric nurse, and still has a soothing character to her, while Uli is the spunkier one. Together they have created a casual and inviting setting for guests to enjoy an informal barging experience with a local flair.


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 3/4 Board Rates

3 meals consisting of a combination of lunches and dinners are off the barge at the guests expense. Captain Uli will arrange these meals and take you to the restaurants.

Whole Boat Charter of 3 or less: $11,970
Whole Boat Charter of 4: $15,960
Whole Boat Charter of 5: $19,950
Whole Boat Charter of 6: $23,940

2017 dates
April 2 - 8 May 28 - June 3 July 23 - 29 September 10 - 16
April 9 - 15 June 4 - 10 July 30 - August 5 September 17 - 23
April 16 - 22 June 11 - 17 August 6 - 12 September 24 - 30
April 23 - 29 June 18 - 24 August 13 - 19 October 1 - 7
April 30 - May 6 June 25 - July 1 August 20 - 26 October 8 - 14
May 7 - 13 July 2 - 8 August 27 - September 2 October 15 - 21
May 14 - 20 July 9 - 15 September 3 - 9 October 22 - 28
May 21 - 27 July 16 - 22  

Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise

Caroline Accommodations and Amenities

  • 85 Feet Long
  • Cabin 1 with ensuite shower bath
    132 square feet, one double bed
  • Cabin 2 with private bath across hall
    88 square feet, two twin beds
  • Cabin 3 with private bath across hall
    98 square feet, two twin beds
  • In the Public areas
  • Salon with wood burning stove
  • Carpeted sundeck with chairs and large umbrella
  • 4 bicycles
  • Comfortable touring bikes ideal riding the towpath
  • WiFi







 

 

Caroline Canal du Midi Barge Cruise Itinerary

Beziers to Carcassonne on the Canal du Midi

SUNDAY: Board in Beziers, take an evening cruise
Your Captain Uli will meet you at 4:00 pm (or later) at the pre-arranged meeting point in Beziers and immediate environs and chauffeur you by air conditioned minivan to the Caroline – moored nearby. Champagne welcome reception aboard by Ute, your Chef, and time to settle in while Caroline is starting her first little cruise to your evening mooring. Relax on deck and watch the picturesque French landscape glide past. On this first evening you will enjoy the first four course welcome gourmet dinner on board.

MONDAY: Explore roman ruins from 800 BC
Awaken to enjoy an extensive continental breakfast with freshly brewed coffee, tea, fruit juices, croissants and baguettes, jams, ham, cereals. Before we start the daily cruise, you might decide to have a morning visit to the pre-Roman site of Oppidum d'Enserunes, which is a historical site from around 800 BC and has been part of the Roman Via Domitia. This area also overlooks the famous Etang de Montady. We set off cruising, meandering through truly unbelievable and stunning scenery. While we pass by the petite village of Capestang, with its extremely small and narrow ancient bridge, the Caroline almost appears to not fit! Ute will serve the lunch on deck al fresco. This afternoon while relaxing on deck with a chilled drink enjoy yourself and watch the countryside pass by as we cruise to our mooring destination for the evening.

Each day the Canal du Midi offers walking and biking along the flat and well maintained towpath. Perhaps a stroll into a little village? Caroline can stop nearly everywhere along the Canal. And you might find that you are walking faster than Caroline can follow you.

TUESDAY: Join the Locals at a Farmer’s Market
After another rich breakfast, we will drive by car into the pretty village of Olonzac. Here we explore the local farmers market with their colourful display of fresh fruit and vegetables. Here, your Captain will introduce you - among other - to local cheeses and seafood. Maybe you like to have a "café crème" in one of the typical bars, watching the crowd passing by? Than we will return to the Caroline, where Ute is preparing your lunch, in which you will find lots of the local products, your Captain has bought with you on the market.

The afternoon cruise with the barge will guide you through the pleasant landscape of Languedoc-Roussillon, which is known as the biggest wine producing area worldwide. Probably we will moor at night in Le Somail, a very charming little Hameau. Here you have the chance sampling the local food in one of the restaurants nearby.

When, after having had your dinner ashore, you´re coming home, enjoy the evening sitting on deck with a glass of wine or digestive, talking, laughing ...

WEDNESDAY: Scenic Hilltop Village, Plus Winetasting
Today’s morning visit is the little scenic hilltop village of Minerve, one of the "Most Beautiful Villages of France". Still there are about 100 people living. Minerve´s history is old and connected to the Cathar Crusades which took place in the early 12th century. Visiting the little Museum of Hurepel, telling everything about the cruelties which have happened in this area 800 years ago, you´ll find out about their hard lives.

The cruise this afternoon will take us to the first look this week. But before getting there, we will make a stop-over in Ventenac. Here Caroline will moor in front of the local Chateau which sits directly on the banks of the canal. Chateau Ventenac invites you in for a wine tasting of their famous "AOC Minervois". The vines of the "Appellation Minervois" have been introduced by the romans.

When we have reached the mooring later on, maybe you like to take a walk or a short bike ride along the towpath before Ute gives you a call for starting the dinner tonight.

THURSDAY: Sightseeing, Shopping and Lunch in Narbonne
Having had another wonderful breakfast, we´re taking off by Multivan to see ancient Narbonne. We visit the Palace of the Archbishop, the Roman underground cave storages and the Cathedral St Just, with its impressive organ. From this vantage the ancient Via Domitia can be seen. Narbonne was founded 118 BC by the Romans along the Via Domitia. This is the more than 2000 years old trade route connecting ancient Rome with Spain. While enjoying the town you can chase for souvenirs before your Captain Uli invites you for Lunch at a typical bar in the covered food market in the centre of Narbonne.

Today's cruise will take us through the first locks. The first one has a single chamber while the next lock has a double chamber. A total of 4 locks with 6 chambers will bring us to our evening stop at Homps, a small vineyard village. We moor along a quay in the middle of this village where guests have a wide choice of restaurants for your dinner and a stroll tonight.

FRIDAY: Europe’s Most Beautiful Medieval City – Carcassonne
Today’s excursion will be another highlight of your week! Le Cité! Tour of the famous walled city of Carcassonne, a fascinating fortified medieval fortress, situated on top of Carcassonne overlooking the city.

Caroline takes off after breakfast, leaving Homps, cruising again through locks, transporting us 'uphill' to the next level of the Canal. Our evening mooring tonight is away from the villages and somewhere in the countryside.

The dinner tonight will be - sad enough - the Farewell dinner. Again Ute will serve a spectacular 4 course gourmet meal. Once more you can enjoy her cuisine, corresponding wines followed by cheeses and desert with matching wines, coffee and liquors.

SATURDAY: A Sad Farewell
After a relaxing breakfast, we will say goodbye and take our guests to their next destination, leaving at approximately 10 a.m. Drop-off may be coordinated at your hotel, the rail station, or depending on our cruise direction, the Carcassonne Airport.

+ - Menu

Caroline Sample Menuscuisine aboard barge Caroline

Dinner

Goat Cheese Wrapped in Filo
On a Bed of Red, Yellow and Green Sweet Peppers
Corbières “Gris de Gris”
* * *
Mousse of Two Salmons “Surprise”
Noilly Prat Sauce
Le Blanc - Chateau Villerambert-JulienRosé
* * *
"Bleu Cheese Tasting"
Selection of Four Cheeses served with Ute’s Lemon Curd

Sauternes Chateau Guiraud
* * *
Almond Cake with Summer Fruit Flambe
Liquors
* * * * *

Dinner

Clear Tomato Soup with Thyme, Prawns and Lemon Creme
Muscat Sec - Fontcalieu
* * *
Roasted Breast of Duck with Millefeuille of Ratatouille and Champagne Risotto
Mas du Soleilla - Les Chailles
* * *
Cheese platter
Brilliat Savarin, Chaource, Brie de Meaux and Camembert de Normandie
Cartagene - Chateau D´Encairo
* * *
Crème Brûlée with flavor of Mediterranean Lavender
Liquors
* * * * *

Picture a Barge Cruise on Caroline

"A tremendous way to spend a week in the beautiful south of France. Gorgeous scenery, fantastic food and wine, and time spent with our family. Uli and Ute were fantastic, catering to our every need and anticipating all possible requests. Uli really knows the history of Langedoc and freely shared stories regarding the local sights and sounds. The meals were truly a highlight! Every meal was delicious. Ute served a great variety of fresh and unique food. The wines were great and Uli did an excellent job sharing his extensive knowledge of French spirits and vintages. Cabin was very nice. Cute, clean, everything in its place and all the home comfort features provided. All services from the Barge Lady were excellent. Thanks again to Lori, the Barge Lady's Sales Manager, for her masterful customer service."

- Larry Dennis, cruised, May, 2015

"Our experience on the barge was perfect in every way. The best part of the experience was Uti and Uli Weber, our hosts. The service they provided was outstanding, working in perfect harmony at all times. Ute is a gourmet cook and we immensely enjoyed her cuisine. Udi took to local markets, chateau, abbeys, churches and unique locations -– anything we would want to see. The both made sure we were perfectly comfortable at all times. Our cabin was much nicer than expected -– clean and bright. Bathroom very nice and clean with a shower that operated well. Anyone lucky enough to travel with Udi and Uli Weber is fortunate indeed."

- Sally Patten, cruised July, 2014

+ - More!

Caroline Blog Posts, Recipes, Articles and Videos

Ask any Barge Lady, and she’ll tell you: when it comes to travel, more is better! Explore below for more of everything we love – videos, articles, blog posts, recipes and MORE!

5 Cruises for Francophile Foodies
Feast your eyes on five of our favorite barge cruises for foodies. Experience the best of both worlds with meals on board and ashore in local bistros as The Barge Ladies talk half-board barging.   


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