Luxury Cruise aboard L'Espérance - Canal du Midi
On April 14, 2014
  • Total Passengers :6
  • No of Cabins : 3

Available on a weekly basis - Ref.: BSESPL
On board our 100 ft luxury Canal Boat ESPERANCE you will discover the world famous Canal du Midi and the impressive city of Carcassonne.


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Summary:

Length: 100 ft

Total passengers: 6

Size of cabins: 25 m²

Spa pool

Wi-Fi

Bikes free use

The Barge:
The boat is fully air-conditioned , there is a hot tub on the half covered sun deck , TVs in the living room and bedroom to watch dvds, internet access and bicycles to enjoy the countryside. The Outside area is also design with your safety and comfort in mind with the deck being surrounded by a safety railing.

Accomodation:
The interior has been redesigned as a private yacht with a master bedroom of 25 m², offering an incomparable level of quality and comfort. The interior is bright and spacious; the furniture is built of solid teak, with white wool carpets and handmade tiles.

Cruise:
From Béziers to Carcassonne on the Canal du Midi.

This majestic waterway, classed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, offers a peaceful, romantic and timeless universe within which you will relish every moment.

By choosing to travel on the Esperance you experience the authenticity of the region, its heritage and its cultural diversity.
Chateaux, local markets, Mediterranean beaches, cycling, shopping, wine tasting, everything is there to enjoy a perfect holiday.

Your stay will be organized on the basis of a half-day of sailing and a half-day on a guided tour with our private Mercedes minivan. The availability and the discretion of the professional and experienced crew will more than satisfy you, as they make every effort to ensure you have a memorable trip.

Itinerary:

Day 1 Sunday:

A member of the crew will welcome you at Beziers railway station at 4 PM and transfer you to your beautiful barge Esperance moored in the enchanting countryside of the famous Canal du Midi. A champagne reception will be served on deck as a nice premise to your week cruise. You will then have plenty of time to discover the barge, its environment and to settle in your bedroom before dinner.

Day 2 Monday:

Today be prepared for a very relaxing day. You will be surprised by the peacefulness of the barge while gliding through this beautiful 16 th century canal. We will stop in Colombiers where you will have time to go for a walk before lunch. This afternoon cruise will take us to the pretty village of Capestang; through the exciting tunnel de Malpa famous for its unique structure. Quite an experience! This is the perfect day to go for a bicycle ride or enjoy a hike while the barge is moving slowly.

Day 3 Tuesday:

This morning we will drive to Narbonne, a lively city full of art and history. The choice is yours, you can go shopping in the many walking streets around the old town center, visit the colorful covered market, the Archbishop’s Palace, the archaeological museum, or spend your morning at the Mediterranean Sea. A beautiful cruise today with many turns and loops and a romantic night mooring in the middle of the wines and arched trees.

Day 4 Wednesday:

For the religious history fans, Fontfroide is quite a site! This Abbey was founded as a Benedictine abbey in 1093 and affiliated with the Cistercians in 1145. It is a beautiful collection of religious buildings and the gardens around it are stunning. Or, if you prefer, we can visit the Olive factory at L’Oulibo, a prize winning olive oil mill and a great place for tasting and buying olive oil or tapenade .This afternoon let the world float by as your lunch will be served on deck while the barge is moving slowly on this peaceful tree lined canal all the way to a romantic night mooring in Le Somail with its fascinating antique bookshops and local potters and artists.

Day 5 Thursday:

Today a very scenic drive into the Minervois hills and les gorges de la Cesse to get to Minerve. This amazing medieval village is perched on a spectacular rocky outcrop formed by the rivers Cesse and Brian. Famous for its Cathar history and its wine countryside, this village is full of charm and history. On the way back, how about a little wine tasting to discover more about the excellent wines this region has to offer? Time to relax on deck, as your floating hotel is on the move and the cruise will take you to a quiet mooring close to Homps.

Day 6 Friday:

Going thru a couple of traditional locks the barge will cruise to our last mooring for the week, close to Carcassonne. After lunch you will have plenty of time to discover the world famous walled medieval town la Cité de Carcassonne. This extraordinary place is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is said to be the most visited site in France. If you have already visited ” the Cité,” we will visit Lagrasse, an attractive village now home to numerous pottery workers and artists attracted by the place itself and the renowned natural light of the region. The two ‘highlights’ of the village are perhaps the Abbey and the bridges, although the narrow medieval streets of the village itself are also very attractive, and remains of the town walls can still be seen.

Day 7 Saturday:

After a wonderful breakfast your guide will take you to your hotel in Carcassonne or to the railway station to get to your next destination.

The cruise cost includes:
- pick up and drop off from nearby hotel / airport / train station
- guided tours in private minivan
- open bar with regional wines
- use of barge facilities and bicycles