enchante - canal du midi
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Roger and Louisa combined their 25 years of experience to design and
build their own hotel-barges to reflect the best features of Deluxe barging.
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Enchante - canal du midiCanal Barge in France
"Our Enchante family charter exceeded our expectations. The unknown ahead
of time was how my grandchildren kids would get along and how welcome they
would be on the part of the barge crew. Everyone couldn't have been nicer
to them or more helpful" -
Enchante was refurbished by Roger and Louisa (captain/owners) specifically for the Canal du Midi, where the sun is hot and summer days last late. With 2 storeys, the contemporary design is very effective and the lay out is perfect. On the main deck, a very comfortable terrace with a large pool up-front; a giant, chic and full of light lounge with modern glass table for inside dinners and a superb open kitchen to entertain guests willing to watch the Chef at work. On the lower level, 4 spacious and similar size cabins, each with en-suite with full size shower. A remarkable canal du Midi floating hotel indeed!
THE 8 PASSENGER BARGE enchante
Enchante provides luxurious accommodation for up to 8 guests in 4 equal en-suite twin or double suites, (approx. 200sq ft including ensuite) each with superbly appointed bathrooms with showers and luxurious bath products. The barge is tastefully furnished in exotic hardwoods creating a bright and airy atmosphere. She has a large, spacious saloon where the attention to detail is exceptional. She has a demonstration galley for guests to view the chef, internet connection on board and a guest computer available, DVD/TV and air conditioning throughout. Spacious sun deck, with al fresco dining, gorgeous hot tub and luxurious sun loungers.
itinerary - Trebes to Sallèles d'Aude
SUNDAY - Trèbes
Guests are met at the **designated meeting point and escorted by minibus to Enchante, moored in Trebes. A champagne welcome and an introduction to Captain and crew, followed by dinner on board.
MONDAY- Trebes to Marseillette
A fascinating morning tour of Carcassonne. Dating back to the Gallo-Roman era, this is the most complete mediaeval fortified city in existence today with its 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defenses, which resisted the many armies that tried to storm this glorious Camelot setting. This afternoon, we cruise along the 330 year old Canal du Midi, and gently circle the contours of the land through the dappled Cathedral-like canopy of the plane trees, to Marseillette. Take the opportunity to explore this charming village, which manages to retain a flavour of rural France and its savoir-vivre. Dinner on board.
TUESDAY - Marseillette to Puichéric
This morning, our cruise descends the trademark locks of the Canal du Midi as the steep relief requires them to be more numerous and deeper. This is a great opportunity to walk from one lock to the next, as Enchanté cruises on, and witness your vessel navigate the triple locking system. An afternoon's excursion to a winery, Chateau Ollieux Romanis in Corbières, one of the few regions to receive the much envied French mark of approval for wines known as A.O.P. (Appellation d’Origine Protogée).This informative tour is not only an opportunity to sample wine in situ but also find out more about the Languedoc’s long-standing and continuing wine trade. Dinner on board.
WEDNESDAY - Puichéric to Bassanel
This morning we take the minibus to a Benedictine Abbey founded in the 8th century. Nestled in the village of Lagrasse and awarded the title of “Plus beaux villages de France” (most beautiful villages of France), it is now home to many artisan who have set up workshops in the medieval centre. The restored Abbey was once one of the most prosperous, thanks to Charlemagne’s chart. A chance to sample some local cuisine with lunch ashore in a spectacular setting overlooking the Corbières. This afternoon, while cruising under the shade of the plane trees which line the canal, we traverse the canal bridge “l’Epanchoir”, one of the many feats of engineering invented by Pierre Riquet for the Canal du Midi, to Bassanel. Dinner on board.
THURSDAY - Bassanel to Le Somail
A morning cruise through vineyards and pine trees to the charming and historical village of Le Somail, purpose built for the Canal du Midi. This bustling little village is situated on the “grand bief” another engineering prowess unique to the Canal du Midi. Take some time to explore the old bookstore of Le Somail. An afternoon excursion to “L'Oulibo”, meaning olive in the Occitan language, this cooperative olive oil press is a great opportunity to sample the famous Lucques. We continue by minibus to Minerve, the ancient capital of the Minervois, which boasts a 12th century Cathar fort surrounded by deep limestone gorges. Besieged by Simon de Montfort in 1210, its hilltop location affords spectacular views. Dinner on board.
FRIDAY - Le Somail to Sallèles d’Aude
This morning’s excursion is to Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. Enjoy a visit to the Archbishop's Palace and the indoor market at the hub of this bustling canal side town, where you will have time to shop or simply absorb the vibrant atmosphere. Afternoon cruise through the series of locks and narrow bridges of the Robine Canal, built after the Canal du Midi to link Narbonne and the Mediterranean. Cycle ahead and explore the village of Salleles d’Aude, our final mooring. Farewell Captains Dinner on board.
SATURDAY - Sallèles d’Aude.After breakfast depart Sallèles d’Aude and return to the designated drop off point.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
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2018 value season
6 nights all inclusive
18 Mar/22 Apr - 22 Jul/19 Aug - 7/21 Oct
5090 Euros per person
2018 reguar season
6 nights all inclusive
29 Apr - 15 Jul / 26 Aug - 30 Sep
5850 Euros per person
Price for Enchante includes:
Local transfer to and from the barge, a luxury 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, an 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, the services of 4 crew and use of barge facilities, which includes bicycles, mobile phones, a PC with internet access and a spa pool.