Accommodations & Amenities View Deck Plan

Accommodations
  • 85 ft long, with 6’5” – 7’ ceiling height throughout
  • 3 cabins
  • Cabin 1, 132 sq ft, 6’5” ceiling height, fixed double bed
  • Ensuite bathroom with shower
  • Cabin 2, 88 sq ft, 7’ ceiling height, fixed twin beds
  • Cabin 3, 98 sq ft, 7’ ceiling height, fixed twin beds
  • Private bathrooms with shower across hall
  • Limited storage space in cabins
  • Combined salon and dining area
  • Demonstration kitchen
  • Deck with canopy
  • Outdoor dining space and seating
Amenities
Chauffeured Guided Sightseeing
Chauffeured Guided Sightseeing
Daily Housekeeping
Daily Housekeeping
WiFi (service fluctuates)
WiFi (service fluctuates)
Private Chef
Private Chef
Open Bar
Open Bar
Bicycles and Helmets
Bicycles and Helmets
Air Conditioning/Heating
Air Conditioning/Heating
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Iron and Ironing Board (on request)
Iron and Ironing Board (on request)
Sound System
Sound System
220 volt outlets
220 volt outlets

Itineraries

Travel from Beziers to Carcassone on the Canal du Midi
*Your cruise could operate in the opposite direction. Please consult with us before making any arrival or departure plans.

Sunday
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Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Beziers
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Caroline at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored nearby. A traditional champagne welcome awaits you, before a short cocktail cruise and your first gourmet dinner onboard.

Monday
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Archeological Explorations
Travel: Beziers to countryside mooring
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

The day begins with a visit to Oppidum d'Enserune, a pre-Roman hilltop settlement and one of the most important archaeological sites in the region. Enjoy lunch ashore at your own expense, after which your Tour Guide returns to the barge for an afternoon cruise. Relax on deck and admire the passing scenery, or explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. The gastronomic journey is furthered this evening as Chef Ute presents dinner onboard.

Tuesday
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Market Day
Travel: Countryside mooring to Le Somail
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

This morning your Tour Guide takes you to visit to a lively local market in Olonzac. Shop right alongside the locals for seasonal fruits, colorful vegetables, artisan breads, and spice blends. Enjoy a coffee in one of the cafes, or browse the pedestrian area. After exploring the village, your Tour Guide returns you to the Caroline for an unhurried afternoon cruise. Laze on deck with a glass of wine, or explore the towpath’s flora and fauna by bicycle on foot. Tonight's dinner is at your own expense, enjoyed ashore at a charming bistro.

Wednesday
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A Grape Time Was Had By All
Travel: Le Somail to Ventenac
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

The morning begins with a visit to Narbonne, a regional capital established in 118 B.C.E. as a Roman colony. After Captain Uli treats you to lunch ashore, return to the barge for a leisurely afternoon cruise. The Caroline docks right next to the esteemed Chateau Ventenac for a winetasting of their famous AOC Minervois, made from grapes first introduced to France by the Romans. Upon reaching tonight's final mooring, visit Chef Ute in the galley for an informal cooking demonstration before drinks and dinner are served onboard.

Thursday
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A Capital of the Canal du Midi
Travel: Ventenac to Homps
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

Your Tour Guide escorts you to this morning to Minerve, a preserved Medieval city with fascinating social, historical, and military import. Explore the evocative remnants of what was once a Cathar stronghold. After a lunch ashore at your own expense, return to the Caroline for a lazy afternoon cruise. Now is the perfect opportunity to lounge on deck and admire the countryside, or explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. Relax over cocktails and canapes before another gourmet dinner is served onboard.

Friday
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Captivating Carcassonne
Travel: Homps to countryside mooring
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A morning cruise presents the perfect opportunity to relax on deck with a cup of coffee or tea. This afternoon, your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to Carcassonne, a fortified Medieval fortress with a walled city. Explore the ancient castle and preserved ramparts to admire the mighty 53 Roman towers. Stroll the cobblestone boulevards into local cafes and specialty boutiques. Return to the Caroline and feel free to join Chef Ute in the galley while she finishes preparing the Farewell Feast onboard.

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from countryside mooring
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • Spanish Bread Soup  with beet root and salmon
  • Giant prawns in thyme butter with home made black noodles
  • Cheeses: Brilliat Savarin, Bethmale Cow/Sheep milk, Brie des Meaux
  • White Chocolate Mousse with Glazed Ginger
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas and Biscuits
Dinner
  • Clear Tomato Soup with Thyme, Prawns and Lemon Creme
  • Roasted Breast of Duck with Millefeuille of Ratatouille and Champagne Risotto
  • Cheeses: Brilliat Savarin, Chaource, Brie de Meaux and Camembert de Normandie
  • Crème Brûlée with flavor of Mediterranean Lavender
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • Crème Brûlée with flavor of Mediterranean Lavender
Wine
  • Domaine Moulin Gimié – Cuvée Les Fossiles Rouge 2013
  • Mas de Capitelles – Vieilles Vignes 2014
  • Domaine Serres Mazard – Cuvée Henri Serres 2013
  • Chateau Cabezac – Le Prince Arthur 2007
  • Domaine Moulin Gimié – Cuvée Chardonnay 2012
  • Chateau Cabezac – Les Capitelles 2015

Rates & Dates

Accommodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise for 6 guests-$23,940
Private Cruise for 5 guests-$19,950
Private Cruise for 4 guests-$15,960
Private Cruise for 3 guests-$11,970
Private Cruise for 2 guests-$11,970

2019 Dates

Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
April7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-4
May5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
June2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-6
August 25-31
September1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-5
October6-14, 13-19, 20-26

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 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 three meals ashore (a combination of lunch and dinner).
  • all wines with lunches & dinners served on board
  • wines/beers and soft drinks on board
  • daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from France
  • transportation to the cruise route (we will assist you with this)
  • three meals off the barge at your expense
  • cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

*All rates are quoted in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise noted.

Accommodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise for 6 guests-$23,940
Private Cruise for 5 guests-$19,950
Private Cruise for 4 guests-$15,960
Private Cruise for 3 guests-$11,970
Private Cruise for 2 guests-$11,970

2020 Dates

Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
April5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-2
May3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30, 31-6
June7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-4
August30-5
September6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-3
October4-10, 11-17, 18-24

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 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 three meals ashore (a combination of lunch and dinner).
  • all wines with lunches & dinners served on board
  • wines/beers and soft drinks on board
  • daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from France
  • transportation to the cruise route (we will assist you with this)
  • three meals off the barge at your expense
  • cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

*All rates are quoted in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise noted.

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