HOTEL BARGES / ANJODI
Marseillan to Le Somail
Sunday - Marseillan
Guests are met at the designated meeting point and escorted by air-conditioned minibus to Anjodi , moored in the lakeside fishing village of Marseillan , enjoying a view over the oyster beds and home of Noilly Prat vermouth. Champagne welcome, followed perhaps by a relaxing stroll around this lovely village before dinner on board.
Monday - Marseillan
This morning we cruise from Marseillan to Portiragnes through the nature reserve of Bagnas with potential sightings of flamingoes and other wildfowl. After lunch on board, we visit Pezenas , the delightful 14th century capital of Languedoc, mostly known for its associations with the French playwright Molière , who is said to have written many plays while staying there. Dinner on board.
Tuesday - Portiragnes
After breakfast, we cruise further along the Canal du Midi to our mooring near Beziers, with plenty of opportunity to walk or cycle along the towpath. After lunch, we enjoy an informative winery tour and tasting at the 14th century Château de Perdiguier , famed for its frescoes and Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. Dinner on board.
Wednesday - Beziers to Fonserannes
This morning’s excursion is to Narbonne , a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. We tour the Archbishop’s Palace, Cathedral and Via Domitia and explore the indoor market at the hub of this bustling town, where you will have time to shop or simply absorb the vibrant atmosphere. We return to the hotel barge for lunch and cross the aqueduct over the River Orb, before ascending the 7-lock flight of Fonserannes to moor above it for the evening. Dinner ashore tonight at a local restaurant in Beziers.
Thursday - Fonserannes
This morning we continue our cruise, passing through the world’s oldest canal tunnel at Malpas , to Capestang , again with perfect cycling and walking opportunities along the way. Following lunch, we take an excursion to Minerve , the ancient capital of 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. A fascinating recreation in miniature of the bloodthirsty Cathar rebellion and small museum complete the intriguing picture. Dinner on board.
Friday - Capestang to Le Somail
In the morning we embark on our final cruise along the historic Canal du Midi to the delightful village of Le Somail. After lunch we visit 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 defenses, it resisted the many armies that tried to storm this Camelot setting. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.Saturday - Le Somail
After breakfast, disembark Anjodi and transfer to the designated drop off point in Montpellier.
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.