Accommodations & Amenities View Deck Plan

Accommodations
  • 95 ft long with 6’6” ceiling heights throughout
  • Riquet Suite – Upper deck, 150 sq ft, choice of one King or two twin beds
  • Vauban Suite – Lower deck, 140 sq ft, choice of one Queen or two twin beds
  • Each cabin with ensuite bathroom and walk-in shower
  • Adequate storage space
  • Combined skylit salon and dining area
  • 2 decks – one with shaded area and dining table; the other with hot tub and loungers
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
Bathrobe
Bathrobe
Safe
Safe
Hot Tub on Deck
Hot Tub on Deck
Sound System
Sound System
220 volt outlets
220 volt outlets

Itineraries

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

Bicycling Opportunities:
Adequate 
 (Bicycling is completely optional.)
Sunday
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Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Le Somail, cruise to Porte Minervoise
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a member of Johanna crew and transferred to the barge, moored in the adorable village of Le Somail. After the traditional Champagne welcome and introduction of crew, there’s time for a stroll around Le Somail, with its famous bridge, small boutiques and fascinating antique bookshop. Then enjoy a petite evening cruise to Porte Minervoise, mooring under the majestic Mediterranean pine trees. Your first dinner features the best of local produce and wines, enhanced by views of the sunset over the Pyrenees.

Monday
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Captivating Carcassonne
Travel: Porte Minervoise to Capestang
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning your Tour Guide introduces Carcassonne, the largest extant Medieval fortress town in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover the ramparts and the château of the Counts of Carcassonne, then shop for souvenirs in the cobblestoned pedestrian streets. Cruise this afternoon along a picturesque stretch of the canal; relax on deck or explore by bicycle. Johanna will pass under one of the lowest bridges on the Midi, with only a few inches to spare! Dine onboard tonight while enjoying the lively atmosphere of Capestang.

Tuesday
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History in the Village of Minerve
Travel: Capestang to the Malpas Tunnel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning your Tour Guide presents the fortified hilltop village of Minerve, named one of the ‘plus beaux villages de France,’ and known for its dramatic history as center of the Cathar religious rebellions against the Catholic church. Cruise this afternoon to the Malpas Tunnel. This canal tunnel was dug from the rock in 1679 to allow the Canal du Midi to pass under the hill of Ensérune and was an engineering miracle for its time. Relive the day’s adventures over cocktails and dinner onboard.

Wednesday
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Day in Narbonne
Travel: Malpas Tunnel to Beziers
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

This morning your Tour Guide introduces Narbonne, established as a Roman colony in 118 B.C.E, and where today ancient history and contemporary lifestyle exist side by side. Take in the enticing sights and smells of Les Halles, one of the most famous covered food markets in France; then enjoy lunch in one of the counter restaurants or tapas bars. Cruise this afternoon down the famous Fonserannes flight of seven locks and over the Orb river on the way to Beziers. Dinner onboard ends this eventful day.

Thursday
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Sip, Shop, and Stroll in Pezenas
Travel: Beziers to Portiragnes
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Enjoy a peaceful morning cruise to the Mediterranean village of Portiragnes. See protected fauna and flora, and many varieties of migratory birds. This afternoon, your Tour Guide introduces Pezenas, known for its Medieval architecture and royal history. The center has become a bohemian haven of craft shops, lively cafes, and specialty boutiques. Once back onboard cycle or walk to Portiragnes beach where you can swim in the clear blue Mediterranean sea. Dinner is onboard, appreciating the salty sea air and tranquil atmosphere.

Friday
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Vermouth VIP
Travel: Portiragnes to Marseillan
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

After breakfast, cruise through the famous round lock of Agde and onward to the end of the Canal du Midi. Time seems to have stood still in the Étang du Thau, showing oyster beds and working fishing boats as they have been for hundreds of years. Experience the colorful atmosphere of the fishing port of Marseillan, and then tour and taste at Noilly Prat, an historic vermouth producer. Back onboard, Chef is creating a Farewell Feast for your last night on Johanna, featuring seafood and shellfish from producers just on the doorstep and wonderful wine from local vignerons.

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Departure from Marseillan
Meals: Breakfast onboard

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

Please note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
On alternate weeks, the cruise will be in the reverse direction.

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • Nicoise Salad
  • Cassoulet, a local specialty
  • Coconut Panna Cotta with Passion Fruit
  • Selection of Coffees, Teas and Biscuits
  • 1 Lunch Ashore, Inclusive of the Cruise Price
Dinner
  • Salmon Gravlax with Rosemary Focaccia French Toast and Whipped Crème Fraiche
  • Filet of Sea Bass with Onion Compote and Baby Potatoes
  • Cheeses: Roquefort, Tomme de Savoie, and Comte
  • Crème Brulee
  • A Selection of After-Dinner Drinks
Wine
  • Borie de Maurel, Esprit d’automne Rouge
  • Olieux Romanis Blanc, BIO
  • Clairette de Bellegarde Blanc
  • Château La Negly, Brise Marine, Rouge
  • Château de Fauzan, Vin d’altitude, Rosé BIO

Rates & Dates

Accommodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise for 4 guests-$32,000
Private Cruise for 3 guests -$26,000
Private Cruise for 2 guests -$24,000

2024 Dates

Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
AprilApr 7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-4
May5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
June2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-6
July7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-3
August4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31
September1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-5
October6-12, 13-19, 20-26

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • Round trip chauffeured transfers to and from Beziers
  • A dedicated onboard crew consisting of a Captain, Chef, Tour
  • All meals onboard and ashore from dinner the first evening to breakfast the final morning
  • All wines served with lunches and dinners both onboard and ashore
  • Open bar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Daily escorted excursions including admittance fees
  • Unlimited use of onboard amenities such as bicycles and a hot tub
Not included in the rate
  • International airfare
  • Cancellation insurance – A Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) policy is recommended
  • Transport to and from the cruise region
  • Suggested crew gratuity of 5-10% of the cruise price
  • International airfare
  • Cancellation insurance – A Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) policy is recommended
  • Transport to and from the cruise region
  • Suggested crew gratuity of 5-10% of the cruise price

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

Accommodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise for 4 guests-$32,000
Private Cruise for 3 guests-$26,000
Private Cruise for 2 guests-$24,000

2025 Dates

Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
March30-5
April6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-3
May4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31
June1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-5
July6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-2
August3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30, 31-6
September7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-4
October5-11, 12-18, 19-25

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • Round trip chauffeured transfers to and from Beziers
  • A dedicated onboard crew consisting of a Captain, Chef, Tour
  • All meals onboard and ashore from dinner the first evening to breakfast the final morning
  • All wines served with lunches and dinners both onboard and ashore
  • Open bar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Daily escorted excursions including admittance fees
  • Unlimited use of onboard amenities such as bicycles and a hot tub
Not included in the rate
  • International airfare
  • Cancellation insurance – A Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) policy is recommended
  • Transport to and from the cruise region
  • Suggested crew gratuity of 5-10% of the cruise price
  • International airfare
  • Cancellation insurance – A Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) policy is recommended
  • Transport to and from the cruise region
  • Suggested crew gratuity of 5-10% of the cruise price

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

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