Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • Three cabins with ensuite shower bath
  • All 100 square feet
  • Yellow – double bed
  • Green & Blue – two twin beds or queen bed
Public Area
  • Salon with handcrafted furniture & TV
  • WIFI with limited availability
Deck & Wheelhouse
  • 92 Feet Long
  • Spacious deck with canopy for lounging or dining
  • 6 bicycles
  • All have gears & are suitable for towpath
  • Mixture of men’s and women’s; helmets included

Itineraries

Travel from Trebes to Beziers on the Canal du Midi

Saturday
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Private Chauffeured Transfer to the Barge
Travel: Trebes
Meals: Dinner onboard.

In the afternoon, you will be met at the designated meeting point in Narbonne by Emma crew. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in lovely town of Trebes. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first of many gourmet dinners aboard.

Sunday
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Captivating Carcassonne
Travel: Trebes to countryside mooring
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, 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. Back onboard, this afternoon's cruise is the perfect time to laze on deck, or explore the tree-shaded towpath on bicycle or on foot. Or, visit Captain Rene in his wheelhouse and help him steer the barge. Cocktails and canapes precede another gourmet dinner.

Monday
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Choose Your Own Adventure!
Travel: Countryside mooring to Roubia
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's sightseeing is your pleasure! A visit to Lagrasse reveals a village in the heart of the Corbières where charming avenues house a multitude of specialty boutiques and craft shops. Or, discover the natural wonder of the giant underground cave at Cabrespine. Exploring the ruins of an old Cathar chateau is also on offer. After one of these excursions, your Tour Guide returns you to the Emma for an afternoon cruise. Laze on deck, or traverse the towpath by bicycle or on foot. Enjoy cocktails and dinner on board.

Tuesday
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Market Day and Marvelous Minerve
Travel: Roubia to countryside mooring
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A visit to a lively local market in Olonzac begins the day. Shop alongside the locals for seasonal fruits, colorful vegetables, artisan breads, and spice blends. Choose your own fare for lunch onboard today! Then a short drive to the hills reveals Minerve, a preserved Medieval city with fascinating social, historical, and military import. Your Tour Guide returns you to the Emma for an afternoon cruise. Relax on deck, or explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. Upon mooring, cocktails are prepared and a gourmet dinner awaits.

Wednesday
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A Capital of the Canal du Midi
Travel: Countryside mooring to Puicheric
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The morning begins with a visit to Narbonne, a regional capital established in 118 BCE as a Roman colony. A study of European history and local modernity thriving side by side, Roman ruins are reverentially presented in public spaces, while the lively Narbonne Market reflects the region’s gastronomic bounty. Your Tour Guide returns you to the Emma for a lazy afternoon cruise. Unwind on deck and watch the scenery slip by. Meanwhile, Chef Liz is crafting tonight's dinner using ingredients from this morning's market visit.

Thursday
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Explore Ashore and Even More
Travel: Puicheric to Beziers
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Today we continue our lazy cruise which takes us under the smallest bridge in France, if you can get under this, you can go anywhere on the canal system! A choice of visits awaits you. A wine tasting at Guery or at St Chinian, a visit to the Abbey at Fontcaud, a trip up to the prehistoric site of Enserune with its panoramic views, there is so much to see, you will be spoiled for choices! End the cruise in style at our final Gala Dinner, followed by an informal concert under the stars.

Friday
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A Sad Farewell!
Travel: Transfer from Beziers
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured back to a designated drop off point in Beziers.

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

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • Chicken Nougatine
  • Warm Salade of Sweet Potatoes, Rocket, Cherry Tomatoes
  • Green Saladewith Nuts and oranges
  • Cheeses: Cantal and Camembert
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas and Biscuits
Dinner
  • Warm Goats Cheese Salad on a bed of Rocket with Raspberry Vinagrette
  • Guinea Fowl, Porcini Mushroom Sauce, Roasted Onions Stuffed with Mushrooms, Peas and Bacon
  • Cheeses: Crotin de Chavignal and St. Nectaire Fermier
  • Pear Poached in Star Anise and Orange on a Dollop of Poire William Marscapone
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
Wine
  • Chateau Gleon La Clef 2011 AOP Corbières
  • Abbaye Sylva Plana La Closeraie AOP Faugères
  • Chateau Salitis Cabardes Cuvée Premium
  • Chateau Les Auzines AOC Corbières
  • Chateau la Voulte Gasparets AOP Corbières
  • Abbaye Sylva Plana AOP Faugères

Rates & Dates

Accomodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Charter (up to 4 guests)-$25,000
Private Charter for 5-$27,000
Private Charter for 6-$30,000
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)-$5,500
Single-Occupancy Supplement-$1,500
6 night Half Board Charter for 4-$22,500
6 night Half Board Charter for 5-$24,300
6 night Half Board Charter for 6-$27,000

2018 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season, Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season, Blue Bold Dates = High Season

Month
Days
April7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-2
May5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
June2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-5
July7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-2
August4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31
September1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-4
October6-12, 13-19, 20-26

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days (or 5 nights/6 days) in a cabin with a private bath
  • transfers to and from Narbonne/Beziers to the barge
  • all meals – from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning
  • all wines with lunch & dinner
  • open bar
  • daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from France
  • transportation to and from Narbonne/Beziers (we will assist you with this)
  • 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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