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Enchante

Enchanté is a double-decker hotel-barge tastefully furnished in a contemporary style, creating a bright art-deco atmosphere. Thanks to the design on two levels, Enchanté boasts the most spacious cabins on the UNESCO listed Canal du Midi and provides luxurious accommodation for up to 8 guests.

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Trip Highlights

  • Winery tour and tasting of fine Minervois wines
  • Tour Narbonne’s Archbishop’s Palace and experience the colourful market
  • Visit beautiful Lagrasse and its 8th century abbey, with lunch in a stunning location
  • See the Cathar hilltop village of Minerve with its spectacular setting
  • Tour of the medieval city of Carcassonne
  • Excellent towpath for walking and cycling

Features

  • Capacity Accommodates up to 8
  • Rooms 4 double/single cabins and ensuites
  • Feature Spa pool on deck
  • Kitchen All meals included and prepared by your chef
  • Heating / Cooling Fully airconditioned
  • Bikes 8
  • WiFi Wi-fi Connection

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Itinerary

Sunday, Day 1 – Sallèles d’Aude

Guests are met in Narbonne and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Enchanté. A champagne welcome and an introduction to the Captain and crew, followed by dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 – Sallèles d’Aude to Ventenac

Morning cruise along the delightful Robine Canal, built after the Canal du Midi to link Narbonne and the Mediterranean, to the charming historical village of Le Ventenac. Time to explore the château which was converted into a winery, before an afternoon excursion to “L’Oulibo”, a local co-operative olive oil press where we will sample the famous Lucques olives. We continue on 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.

Tuesday, Day 3 – Ventenac to Bassanel

After breakfast, our 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 canalside town, where you will have time to shop or simply absorb the vibrant atmosphere. Afternoon cruise past vineyards and pine trees along the “grand bief,” another engineering prowess unique to the Canal du Midi, to Bassanel. This picturesque mooring under the trees presents a perfect opportunity to try your hand at a game of boules, followed by an alfresco dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 – Bassanel to Puichéric

This morning we visit a Benedictine Abbey founded in the 8th century. Nestled in Lagrasse, a village awarded the title of “Plus beaux villages de France” and 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. Then we sample some local cuisine with lunch ashore in a spectacular setting overlooking the Corbières vineyards, before returning to the barge to cruise to Puichéric, past “l’Epanchoir”, one of the bridges invented by Pierre Riquet for the Canal du Midi. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 – Puichéric to Marseillette

Today we cruise along the 330-year-old canal ascending its trademark locks as the relief becomes steeper. This is a great opportunity to walk from one lock to the next as Enchanté navigates the triple locking system. The afternoon excursion is a wine tour and a tasting at Château Saint Jacques d’Albas in Minervois, one of the few regions to receive the much-envied French mark of approval for wines known as A.O.C. (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée).This informative tour offers an opportunity to sample wine in situ and find out more about the Languedoc’s long-standing and continuing wine trade. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 – Marseillette to Trèbes

Fascinating 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. This afternoon we cruise through the dappled cathedral-like plane trees to Trèbes. Once a major ally to Carcassonne, this medieval town still retains unique paintings within its 14th century church. Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 – Trèbes

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. Enchanté is operated by SAS Enchanté Finesse Croisières.

Rate Includes

  • Transfer from the railway station or the nearest airport and return.
  • Accommodation in a cabin fitted with a queen size bed or two single beds.
  • All meals served both on board Enchante and in some outside restaurants. All the pre-drinks and beverages with the meals.
  • Open bar : all drinks offered on board.
  • Excursions as per the itinerary, including the guide and the entrance fees.
  • The use of bicycles.

Does not Include

  • Any insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
  • The gratuities to the crew (we recommend between 5 and 10% of the cruise rate depending on your level of satisfaction, payable in Euros to the Captain and then shared between all).
  • Your own dry laundry or ironing.
  • Telephone calls apart from the internet connections.
Enchante
AccommodationValueRegular
Suite per person€5,090€5,850
Single Supplement€1,900€2,100
Charter Max. 6 pax.€35,600€40,800
Charter Max. 7 pax.€36,900.00€42,200.00
Charter Max. 8 pax.€38,200.00€43,600.00
Departure Dates (Sunday)Rate
March 19, 26,Val
April 09, 16, 23,Val
April 30,Reg
May 07, 14, 21, 28,Reg
June 04, 11, 18, 25,Reg
July 02, 09, 16,Reg
July 23, 30,Val
August 06, 13, 20,Val
August 27,Reg
September 03, 10, 17, 24,Reg
October 01,Reg
October 08, 15, 22,Val

Terms

Payment terms

  • Deposit of 25% of the cost of the cruise for confirming the booking.
  • The balance of 75% has to be paid 90 days prior the departure date of the cruise.
  • The payment of the deposit means that these conditions have been accepted

Contact us for further information. We would love to use our experience to help you plan the Canal du Midi barge holiday to remember!

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