clair de lune - canal du midi


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clair de lune - canal du midi

canal cruising in france


hotel barge in france

Experience the quiet and serene environment and fall under the spell of the Canal du Midi.
Enjoy & experience an unforgettable Holiday on board the Hotel barge Clair de Lune with us.





Clair de Lune - canal du midi


Canal Barge in France



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THE 6 PASSENGER BARGE Clair de Lune

Welcome aboard the 5-passenger Clair de Lune, a tastily decorated hotel barge. On board, you’ll find a light and airy salon with a dining area, 3 comfortable ensuite cabins with large panorama windows overlooking the canal. Outside, a spacious terrace and a spa at the front of the boat allow guests to laze in deck chairs or sip aperitif as the scenery drifts by. The Cruise takes you between Beziers and Homps, one of the most popular section of the Canal du Midi. Bicycles are available for exploring the towpath.




Classic & family cruise

The Classic cruise on board Clair de Lune offers top service, gourmet wine & food and interesting visits to local markets and vineyards daily. To carter for families, the crew of Clair de Lune has imagined an alternative program to keep the youngest entertained. Here is a sample of activities: At Cavayèrelake, adults and children alike can enjoy games, water sports, sandy beaches, fishing, tree climbing and mini golf. In famous Medieval city of Carcassonne, you can walk along the ramparts & visit part of the Château. For the more adventurous, you can choose to visit the Haunted House as well. In Narbonne, beside the 12th Century cathedral well worth a visit, kids can enjoy giant water slides . There are also beaches nearby. The equestrian centre in Argeliers is the ideal spot for horse or pony riding. Combebelle goat Farm is another attraction where to taste different cheeses, play with goats and discover the milking process. Beziers tree climbing Park welcomes children from 10 years old to climb high in the trees; from the top, you’ll get breathtaking views of the animals of the farm. The farm is additional attraction of the Park with deer and their fawns, the emus, zebu cattle, lamas, donkeys, horses, sheep, peacocks, pigs and more. Another section of the Park is dedicated to paintball open to children from 8 years old. An opportunity for kids to have great fun!




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 you cruise to La Croisade, lunch will be on board, on the afternoon visit, we take an excursion out to Pezenas, a delightful village, mostly known for its associations with the famous French playwright Molière, who is said to have written many plays while staying there. You will take the dinner on board.


WEDNESDAY - day 4 / La Croisade to Le Somail

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.


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 board.


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
    2019


    charter

    us$ price on request


    4 person charter
    20% discount

    5 person charter
    20% discount

    6 person charter
    20% discount



  • classic cruise
    7 day / 6 night


    all inclusive

    us$ price on request


    21000 Euros
    16800 Euros

    22500 Euros
    18000 Euros

    23000 Euros
    18400 Euros


  • short cruise
    5 day / 4 night


    all inclusive

    us$ price on request


    14000 Euros


    14750 Euros


    15500 Euros



  • 1/2 board cruise
    7 day / 6 night


    1/2 board

    US$ price on request


    17500 Euros


    18200 Euros


    19000 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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Bon voyage!