The South of France and especially the Provence region have attracted visitors over the centuries. Travelling on the canal network, which connects the region to the small picturesque villages and towns, this 7 day cruising tour offers an excellent glimpse into the wonders of Provence. Enchante is a state of the art, double-decker hotel barge that has been built to the highest standard. She provides luxurious accommodation for up to 8 guests in four equal twin or double-bedded suites.
Transfer from Narbonne train station to the village of Sallèles d'Aude. Embark on the Enchante for 6 nights. (D).
Morning 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, to historical village of Le Ventenac, purpose built for the Canal du Midi. Afternoon visit to a wine tasting in Saint Chinian, the first village of the region to receive the much envied French mark of approval for wines known as A.O.C. (Appellation d'Origine Controlée), coupled with an excursion to "Oulibo", Occitan for olive. This cooperative olive oil press is a great opportunity to sample the famous Lucques olive. (B, L, D)
Morning tour of Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. Visit the Archbishop's Palace and the indoor market. Afternoon cruise, through vineyards and pine trees along the "grand bief," to Roubia, (B, L, D)
Morning visit to the Benedictine Abbey which was founded in the 8th century in the village of Lagrasse. Awarded the title of "Plus beaux villages de France" (most beautiful villages of France), it is now home to many artisans who have set up workshops in the medieval centre, the restored Abbey was once one of the most prosperous thanks to Charlemagne's charter. Lunch ashore overlooking the spectacular Corbieres vineyards before cruising to the Puicheric. (B, L, D)
Today cruise along the 330-year old canal ascending its trademark locks. Afternoon wine tour and a tasting at Chateau Saint Jacques d'Albas in Minevois, one of few regions to receive the enviable French mark of approval for wines. (B, L, D)
Morning tour of Carcassonne. Dating back to the Gallo-Roman era, this is the most complete medieval fortified city in existence today with its 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defences, which resisted the many armies that tried to storm this glorious Camelot setting. Afternoon cruise to Trebes, a medieval town that still retains unique paintings within its 14th century church. (B, L, D)
Morning transfer to Montpellier station. (B)
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
Cox & Kings is acting as an agent on behalf of European Waterways, and their booking terms and conditions will apply. Please contact Cox & Kings for details
(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
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