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 the Le Somail, 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. Afternoon cruise to the port of Homps, which was once an important commandery for the Knights Hospitalier. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to Minerve, the ancient capital of the Minervois, which contains a 12th century fort surrounded by deep limestone gorges. Besieged by Simon de Montfort in 1215, its hilltop location offers excellent views. Afternoon cruise along the 330 year old Midi canal to visit the village of La Redorte, famous in the 11th century for its basket weaving. (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 Puichéric, past "l'Epanchoir", one of the canal bridges invented by Pierre Riquet for the Canal du Midi. (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.
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(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals