Luxury Barge Clair de Lune - Canal du Midi
On April 10, 2014
  • Total Passengers :6
  • No of Cabins : 3

Clair de Lune is a deluxe hotel barge tastefully furnished with cherrywood and African hardwoods that provide a sophisticated, modern interior. Ref.: BSCLEW

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Length: 100 feet (30 meters)

Crew: 4

Total passengers: 6

Size of cabins: 135 sq ft incl. en suite

6 bikes free to use



A large and spacious teak sundeck (11m x 5m) is at your disposal for sitting and admiring the landscape, reclining on a sun lounger, enjoying the jacuzzi or partaking in a session of stretching.


This luminous space is 32m2 with large panoramic windows that lets you enjoy and discover the Canal du Midi from a very comfortable space. With its solid wood furniture (cherry wood and other fine woods), and Mediterranean decors, it has designed in mind for your comfortand well-being.


Three spacious and comfortable double Cabins have been given their own personality and charm offering you a relaxing and calm space for you to enjoy your stay with us. Each cabin is set up for double or twin share occupancy with a beautiful en-suite bathroom. Each cabin contains lovely large panoramic  Windows so you can relax and watch the local Countryside and wildlife slip by in air-conditioned comfort.


In the spacious and well-equipped kitchen, your chef will prepare delicious local menus for you. Please feel free to come  and chat with the chef to learn some of the culinary secrets and the art of French cooking, or just relax with a glass of wine and talk to the chef about the culture. The essence of this space is to awaken your senses and share moments of conviviality.


A moment of escape into nature, to get the most out of your time. Forget the stress of daily life, let your heart beat to the natural rhythm of the water slapping gently against the boat. The gentle pace of the barge during the whole journey allows you to commune with nature and the environment.
Listen to the rustling of the leaves in the trees and the song of the cicadas, enjoy the sight of majestic wild ducks and horses along the canal banks, feel the sun caress your skin, breathe in the perfume of wild flowers and mint, enjoy a stroll along the towpaths on the water’s edge either on foot or on a bicycle whilst admiring the spectacle of the setting sun in all its sublime colors.


Sunday, Day 1 LE SOMAIL

Guests are met at the designated meeting point in Beziers and transferred to Clair de Lune moored at the village of Le Somail.  The crew welcomes you on board with a glass of chilled champagne and canapés. Time for a walk or bicycle ride around this pretty canalside village before your first dinner on board.


After breakfast, we cruise to Argens-Minervois through beautiful, far reaching scenery as far as the foothills of the Pyrenees, which you can admire from the sundeck. After lunch, your guide takes 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 board.


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. Explore the indoor market at the hub of this bustling town, where you will have time to shop or simply absorb the vibrant atmosphere. On your return to the hotel barge, we serve an aperitif and al fresco lunch under the trees, before a relaxing afternoon cruise through five locks to Puichéric.  Dinner on board.


Morning cruise to Millegrand, a perfect opportunity for walking or cycling, or just lying back in the spa pool and enjoying the day. Lunch is prepared by your chef, before you leave with your guide to visit the medieval village of Lagrasse. It is one of the most beautiful villages in France, with an 8th century Benedictine abbey and many skilled artisans’ workshops located amongst the narrow, winding streets. Then enjoy a wine tasting at Château Villemagne, an established family-run domaine producing distinctive Corbières wines. Dinner ashore at an excellent local auberge.


Morning cruise to our mooring at the lock near the village of Villedubert. After lunch, we leave the hotel barge and drive to the picturesque hilltop village of Montolieu, known as the ‘Village of Books’, with its many antiquarian bookshops and art exhibitions. You can visit the museum and be charmed by this medieval town, then return to the hotel barge, visiting the 12th century Cistercian Abbaye de Villelongue on the way.  Dinner on board.


This morning we cruise to our final destination and one of the highlights of the week, Carcassonne. After lunch on board, your guide will accompany you to the most complete medieval fortified city in existence today, dating back to the Gallo Roman era. With its 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defenses, it resisted the many armies that tried to storm this Camelot setting.  You can walk the ramparts, visit the Château and step back in time. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 CARCASSONNE

After breakfast, disembark Clair de Lune and transfer to the designated drop off point in Beziers.

*This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.  On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.

Dates: (subject to availability)

On a weekly basis (6 nights)

June 29 - 2 Jr Suites left

July 20 - all 3 Jr Suites left

July 27 - all 3 Jr Suites left

Aug 3 - all 3 Jr Suites left

Aug 10 - all 3 Jr Suites left

Aug 17 - all 3 Jr Suites left

Aug 24 - all 3 Jr Suites left

Aug 31 - 1 Jr Suite left

Oct 26 - all 3 Jr Suites left

Nov 2 - all 3 Jr Suites 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