clair de lune - canal du midi


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clair de lune - canal du midi

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Experience the calm and the magic of its landscapes, admire the sumptuous sunsets,
listen to birdsong, relax, let go, listen to your senses and let the Surrounding nature
envelop you. Everything is here for you to enjoy & experience an unforgettable Holiday
on the Hotel barge Clair de Lune with us.




Clair de Lune - canal du midi

Canal Barge in France






This past week could not have been more enjoyable or memorable!

Thanks for making this so special for our family.

Welcome aboard Clair de Lune, a well-designed barge featuring nicely decorated ensuite cabins, a cosy sitting corner, a spacious and convivial terrace and a spa at the front of the boat. Service and food received only praises in the guest book. Cruise from Le Somail to Carcassonne, an incomparable voyage on the Canal du Midi.



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THE 8 PASSENGER BARGE Clair de Lune

Clair de Lune offers luxury comfort for a unique holiday experience: a placid and perfectly paced cruise on an idyllic World Heritage site canal through the heart of France's oldest and largest wine region. Ideal for a holiday with family or friends, each cruise aboard Clair de Lune is tailored to the group's taste; no two trips are ever the same. Your cruise is just for you and we will make it a unique experience. Your cruise along this historic canal begins as you are welcomed aboard on Saturday afternoon; each day takes you to a different section of the canal until you disembark the following Friday morning, six days later.


on board


7 day / 6 night Classic cruise - beziers - Homps

March to October

SUNDAY - day 1 / Beziers

Guests are met at Beziers or Narbonne and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Clair de Lune. The crew welcomes you on board with a glass of chilled champagne and canapés. Time for a short cruise before your first dinner on board.


MONDAY - day 2 / Colombier to Capestang

The morning cruise you can enjoy the sundeck or perhaps cycle or walk at your leisure on banks of the Canal du midi, after lunch a private wine-tasting and visit to the Oppidum d’Enserune, a twothousand year old hilltop archeological city-site located near of the mooring.


TUESDAY - day 3 / Capestang to La croisade

After breakfast, we drive you to the beautiful city of Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. Enjoy the Archbishop’s Palace and Roman Horreum and explore the indoor market – les Halles de Narbonnes - at the hub of this bustling town where you will have time to shop or simply absorb the relaxed atmosphere. Then we enjoy lunch in a typical French restaurant close to Les Halles. After returning to Clair de Lune, a relaxing afternoon cruise to La Croisade Dinner on board.


WEDNESDAY - day 4 / La Croisade to Le Somail

This morning you embark for the last cruise to Le somail one of the main beautifull village of the Canal du Midi, After lunch on board, your guide will accompany you to the restored and most complete medieval fortified city of Carcassonne in existence today, dating back to the Gallo Roman era. With its 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defences, it resisted the many armies that tried to storm this Camelot setting. You can walk the ramparts and step back in time. Last dinner on board.


THURSDAY- day 5 / Le Somail to Argens-Minervois

In the morning we cruise to Argens- Minervois, After lunch, we take you to the impressive village of Minerve, boasting a 12th century Cathar fort surrounded by deep limestone gorges. Besieged by Simon de Montfort in 1210, its hilltop location affords spectacular views. A fascinating recreation in miniature of the bloodthirsty Cathar rebellion and a small museum complete this intriguing visit. On the way back to the hotel barge we visit a producer of fine Minervois wines, Domaine Massamier La Mignarde, for a private tasting. Dinner on local restaurant.


FRIDAY - day 6 / Argens-Minervois to Homps

This morning you embark for the last cruise to Homps one of the main commercial harbor in the old times, We will pass 4 Locks, Lunch ashore in the Homps restaurant on the banks of the Canal du Midi, After lunch on board, your guide will accompany you to the restored and most complete medieval fortified city in existence today, dating back to the Gallo Roman era. With its 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defences, it resisted the many armies that tried to storm this Camelot setting. You can walk the ramparts and step back in time. Last dinner on board.


SATURDAY - day 7
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Narbonne.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.


5 day / 4 night cruise

March to October
day 1 / Beziers

Guests are met at Beziers or Narbonne and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Clair de Lune. The crew welcomes you on board with a glass of chilled champagne.


day 2 / Capestang to La Croisade: visit of minerve

The morning cruise you can enjoy the sundeck or perhaps cycle or walk at your leisure on banks of the Canal du midi, after lunch, we take you to the impressive village of Minerve, boasting a 12th century Cathar fort surrounded by deep limestone gorges. Besieged by Simon de Montfort in 1210, its hilltop location affords spectacular views. A fascinating recreation in miniature of the bloodthirsty Cathar rebellion and a small museum complete this intriguing visit. On the way back to the hotel barge we visit a producer of fine Minervois wines, Domaine Massamier La Mignarde, for a private tasting. Dinner on board.


day 3 / La Croisade to Le Somail: visit of narbonne

After breakfast, we drive you to the beautiful city of Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. Enjoy the Archbishop’s Palace and Roman Horreum and explore the indoor market – les Halles de Narbonnes - at the hub of this bustling town where you will have time to shop or simply absorb the relaxed atmosphere. Then we enjoy lunch in a typical French restaurant close to Les Halles. After returning to Clair de Lune, a relaxing afternoon cruise to Le Somail.

Dinner on board.


day 4 / La Croisade to Le Somail: visit of carcassonne

This morning you embark for the last cruise to Le somail one of the main beautifull village of the Canal du Midi, After lunch on board, your guide will accompany you to the restored and most complete medieval fortified city of Carcassonne in existence today, dating back to the Gallo Roman era. With its 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defences, it resisted the many armies that tried to storm this Camelot setting. You can walk the ramparts and step back in time. Last dinner on board


day 5 / Le Somail

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Narbonne.


This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.




  • cruise
    description


    7 / 6 or 5 day charter

    us$ price on request


    4 person charter

    5 person charter

    6 person charter



  • 2018 season
    5 day / 4 night cruise


    all inclusive

    us$ price on request


    11000 Euros (2750 / person)

    12500 Euros (2500 / person)

    14000 Euros (2333 / person)


  • 2018 season
    7 day / 6 night cruise


    1/2 board / all inclusive

    US$ price on request


    17500 Euros / 25300 Euros

    18200 Euros / 26500 Euros

    19000 Euros / 27700 Euros


Price for Clair de Lune includes:

Transfer from Narbonne TGV station at 16:00 on Sunday (or 16.15 from the Hotel Residence in Narbonne, if you are staying their pre cruise) to the barge mooring, 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, use of barge facilities which includes bicycles and spa pool and then transfer back to the designated drop off point on the following Saturday morning by about 09.50. We recommend the following trains from and to Paris: Sunday 11:15hrs depart from PARIS Gare de Lyon arriving NARBONNE at 15:44hrs. End of cruise: Saturday: 11:27hrs depart from NARBONNE arriving PARIS Gare De Lyon at 15:53hrs.



These rates do not include:
• Insurance • Personal expenses • Gratuities to the crew (between 7 and 10%



To avoid currency exchange fees,
• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.



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