HOTEL BARGES / BEATRICE
Full board Cruise, 6days & 5nights
Portiragnes - Homps (or reverse)
Day 1: Monday - Portiragnes
We will be waiting to meet you at Portiragnes lock. Our cruise will begin at 2pm ... enjoy an informal introduction to barging as we cruise towards Ariage where we moor for the night. You may like to watch the DVD on the history of the canal, built from 1667 to 1681 by Pierre-Paul Riquet . Dinner will begin at 8, after which you may enjoy a walk along the canal before turning in to your cabin for a peaceful night.
Day 2: Tuesday - Colombiers
Breakfast at 9:00 then cruise to Colombiers and visit the ancient wine cellar of the chateau. Then continue to Enserune hill. After lunch on board there's an excursion to Enserune archaeological site and museum. This type of hilltop village is characteristic of the celtic world of Iron Age southern Gaul. The site was discovered in 1860 by Abbot Giniès . The museum is housed in a villa built in 1915 and redesigned in the 1940s by Jules Formigé . We will continue to Regiment Le Haut , a very beautiful hamlet in the countryside. All meals on board and moor for the night.
Day 3: Wednesday – Capestang - Minerve
Cruise to Capestang and visit the local market and the 13th century cathedral of St Etienne. After lunch on board in Capestang , there's a guided tour to Minerve and local vineyard with our guide. Minerve was a powerful small town in the middles ages. The residence of the viscounts of Minerve dominated the Minervois Region. The natural site of Minerve is one of the most astonishing in the departement of Herault, and is part of the upper Languedoc Regional Nature Park. Then return to Beatrice, dinner on board and moor for the night.
Day 4: Thursday – Le Somail
Cruise to La Croisade where we moor for the lunch. Then we cruise to Le Somail and visit this lovely hamlet. Of note is the librairie ancienne which houses thousands of rare books, prints and posters. Dine on board in Le Somail and moor for the night.
Day 5: Friday – Carcassonne - Argens
After breakfast there's a guided tour in Carcassonne the medieval city, Unesco World Heritage Site, a town, a "Cité"...an history. You will discover one of the most accomplished fortified towns in Europe. Then return to Beatrice for lunch on board. Continue and Argens in Minervois where we dine on board and moor for the night.
Day 6: Saturday - Homps
Cruise to Homps for lunch on board. Disembark at 15:00 Time to say goodbye and 'au revoir'.