HOTEL BARGES / CLAIR DE LUNE
Sunday, Day 1 Beziers
Guests are met at Beziers or Narbonne and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Clair de Lune. The crew welcomes you on board with a glass of chilled champagne and canapés. Time for a short cruise before your first dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2 Colombier to Capestang
The morning cruise you can enjoy the sundeck or perhaps cycle or walk at your leisure on banks of the Canal du midi, after lunch a private wine-tasting and visit to the Oppidum d’Enserune, a twothousand year old hilltop archeological city-site located near of the mooring.
Tuesday, Day 3 Capestang to La Croisade
After breakfast you cruise to La Croisade, lunch will be on board, on the afternoon visit, we take an excursion out to Pezenas, a delightful village, mostly known for its associations with the famous French playwright Molière, who is said to have written many plays while staying there. You will take the dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 La Croisade to Le Somail
After breakfast, we drive you to the beautiful city of Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. Enjoy the Archbishop’s Palace and Roman Horreum and explore the indoor market – les Halles de Narbonnes – at the hub of this bustling town where you will have time to shop or simply absorb the relaxed atmosphere. Then we enjoy lunch in a typical French restaurant close to Les Halles. After returning to Clair de Lune, a relaxing afternoon cruise to Le Somail. Dinner on board.
Thursday, Day 5 Le Somail to Argens-Minervois
In the morning we cruise to Argens- Minervois, After lunch, we take you to the impressive village of Minerve, boasting 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 a small museum complete this intriguing visit. On the way back to the hotel barge we visit a producer of fine Minervois wines, Domaine Massamier La Mignarde, for a private tasting. Dinner on local restaurant.
Friday, Day 5 Argens-Minervois to Homps
This morning you embark for the last cruise to Homps one of the main commercial harbor in the old times, We will pass 4 Locks, Lunch ashore in the Homps restaurant on the banks of the Canal du Midi, After lunch on board, your guide will accompany you to the restored and most complete medieval fortified city in existence today, dating back to the Gallo Roman era. With its 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defences, it resisted the many armies that tried to storm this Camelot setting. You can walk the ramparts and step back in time. Last dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 6 Homps
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 will be in the reverse direction.