The Canal du Midi aboard Anjodi
On April 10, 2014
  • Total Passengers :8
  • No of Cabins : 4

Anjodi: “film star” in Rick Stein’s French Odyssey, the world-renowned chef, on a 400-mile voyage of culinary discovery through Southern France. Ref.: BSANEW Anjodi is of classic Dutch design, specifically rebuilt to negotiate the 330-year-old Canal du Midi.


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Summary:

Length: 100 feet (30 meters)

Crew: 4

Total passengers: 8

Size of cabins: 87 - 98 sq ft incl. en suite

8 bikes free to use

Wi-FI


Exterior:

The shaded sun deck is unusually spacious, with a heated sunken spa pool and comfortable sun loungers.


Saloon:

Anjodi has a library, games and a CD player/iPod dock and a spa pool on the sun deck, TV/DVD, or computer with WiFi.
There is also, of course, an open bar stocked with a wide range of alcoholic and soft drinks.


Cabins:

The well planned accommodation offers a choice of 4 air-conditioned twin/double staterooms, each with full en suite facilities and Wi-Fi access
You can select a specific cabin, particularly if you  book early.


Gastronomy:

The classic traditions of French and International cuisine are an unforgettable highlight of your cruise. The onboard chef is experienced, highly-trained culinary artist, whose gastronomic creations are often rated higher by our discerning clients. As well as creating the finest of dishes, the master chef is invariably something of a culinary historian and a mine of information when it comes to regional recipes, cheeses and, of course, wine. Your highly professional crews take their roles very seriously, keeping in the background, but always finding time to share with you some aspect of local knowledge which just adds to the intrigue and fascination during your gentle cruise along one of Europe’s delightful waterways.


Cruise:

For those seeking an early or late season cruise when the temperatures are mild, the historic, UNESCO World Heritage status Canal du Midi is perfect, with it's medieval stoneworks, ever present towpath and little canalside villages.

Families or groups of friends can charter any of the hotel barges. You will have the whole vessel to yourselves and she becomes a home from home, except that the crew takes care of all the hard work! Whether you are young or old or a combination of all ages, whether there’s cause for celebration, or just a chance to enjoy each other’s company…a family or friends’ charter cruise really does take some beating.
Wine appreciation cruises are available in this region in France. On our wine charters you will be taken directly to the vineyards for private tastings where our wine expert will explain the grapes, cultivation methods and history at some of the “off the beaten track” vineyards.


Itinerary:

Sunday, Day 1 MARSEILLAN

You will be met at the designated meeting point in Montpellier 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 Pratt Vermouth. Champagne Welcome followed by time for a relaxing stroll around this lovely fishing village before dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 MARSEILLAN TO PORTIRAGNES

This morning we visit Pezenas, a delightful town, mostly known for its associations with the French playwright Molière, who is said to have written many plays while staying there. In the afternoon we cruise from Marseillan to Portiragnes through the nature reserve of Bagnas with potential sightings of flamingoes and other wildfowl. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 PORTIRAGNES TO BEZIERS

Today we continue our cruise along the 330-year-old Canal du Midi, with plenty of opportunity to walk or cycle along the towpath, before mooring at Beziers. After lunch we enjoy an informative winery tour and tasting at the 14th century Chateau de Perdiguier, famed for its 15th century frescoes and Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 BEZIERS TO POILHES

A morning visit to Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. We tour the Archbishop’s Palace and Horreum 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. After lunch at a local auberge in Narbonne, we return to the hotel barge and cross the aqueduct over the River Orb, then ascend the 7-lock flight of Fonserannes before reaching the world’s oldest canal tunnel at Malpas. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 POILHES TO PIGASSE

After breakfast, we cruise along the shaded canal to Capestang, again with perfect cycling and walking opportunities. 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 hill-top location affords spectacular views. A fascinating recreation in miniature of the bloodthirsty Cathar rebellion and small museum complete the intriguing picture.  We then return to Anjodi for an evening cruise to Pigasse. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 PIGASSE 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, Day 7 LE SOMAIL

After breakfast, disembark Anjodi and transfer to the designated drop off point in Montpellier.



Dates: (subject to availability)

On a weekly basis (6 nights)

July 20 - 2 cabins left

Aug 3 - all 4 cabins left

Aug 10 - all 4 cabins left

Aug 17 - 3 cabins left

Oct 19 - all 4 cabins left

Oct 26 - 2 cabins left


The cruise cost includes:

6 nights accommodation in an air-conditioned, en-suite cabin

All gourmet meals, wines, all-day open bar, soft drinks etc

Daily excursions by chauffeured, air-conditioned mini-bus

Use of all barge facilities  e.g. bicycles, spa pool

Local transfers e.g. to and from Paris

Services of a professional, experienced crew