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Canal du Midi

The Midi - A land with rich heritage - diverse Mediterranean landscapes, sun-drenched vineyards and Cathar fortresses

Our Barge Cruises

This 330-year-old waterway skirts the sun-drenched shores of the Mediterranean before meandering inland through ancient villages, Roman fortifications and famed vineyards. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this canal is defined by its beauty, lined with shady plane trees which often touch to form an arc of green above the water from bank to bank, and crossed by pretty arched bridges. The warm Mediterranean weather and relaxed pace of life is sure to lull you into unwinding as your luxury Canal du Midi barge meanders gently downstream.

This is the perfect place for cycling or walking along scenic tow paths, or simply watching the scenery pass by as you relax on the deck of your Canal du Midi barge with a cool drink. In the distance you can see the Pyrenees, whereas closer to hand are the vineyards that stretch for thousands of square miles. Enjoy private wine tastings at one of the various chateaux en route.

You will discover a marvellous blend of ancient Gallo-Roman and traditional influences reflected throughout this very historic region. Explore this further with your tour guide when you visit the medieval walled city of Carcassonne, the cathar stronghold of Minerve or the underground Roman market in Narbonne.

Our classic Canal du Midi cruise takes place aboard our pretty 8 passenger vessel Anjodi, which has been cruising in the region for more than 25 years. Anjodi has never been more popular since Rick Stein brought her to the attention of the world in his very successful BBC TV series ‘French Odyssey’.

Enchanté is the only double-decker Canal du Midi barge, providing the space for large cabins and additional facilities whilst still able to squeeze through the waterway’s old locks. Clair de Lune provides superior accommodation for up to 6 guests in three contemporary double or twin junior suites. We also offer the 10 passenger Athos for larger groups.

Midi cuisine is a delicious combination of Provençale and Mediterranean flavours. Fresh seafood and regional specialities, paired with the excellent local Corbières and Minervois wines, produce an unforgettable repertoire of gastronomic experiences.

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Our Hotel Barges on the Canal du Midi

Anjodi

Anjodi is a first-class, 8 passenger hotel barge that cruises the Canal du Midi in southwest France between Marseillan and Le Somail from April to October

Enchante---Cruising-(2-x-1

Enchanté is an ultra-deluxe, 8 passenger hotel barge that cruises the Canal du Midi in southwest France between Salèlles d’Aude and Trèbes from April to October

Athos

Athos is a first class, 10 passenger hotel barge that cruises the Canal du Midi in southwest France between Argeliers and Marseillan from April to October

FROM THE LOCK-KEEPER BLOG

Cruise Through the World’s Oldest Canal Tunnel at Malpas

Engineering enthusiasts, get excited! Guests experience the impressive Malpas tunnel from the deck of Anjodi on our Canal du Midi cruises. Read More

Carcassonne: A Captivating City

Guests often wait with bated breath for the final destination on their cruise in this southwestern region: the impressive medieval citadel of Carcassonne. Read More

Top 6 Places to Visit While Cruising in the South of France

Intrigued by Béziers or enthralled by Narbonne? You can visit these atmospheric towns among others on our South of France cruises. Read More

Taste the Delicious Olives of l’Oulibo on a French Barge Cruise

The L’Oulibo olive co-operative is a must-see stop off on our hotel barge cruises of the south of France. Read More

A Historic and Iconic French Waterway

This famous waterway is an incredible feat of seventeenth-century engineering, with a fascinating history stretching back four centuries. Read More

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