Sunday, Day 1 Marseillan
Guests are met at the Clarion Suites Hotel in Narbonne and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Anjodi, moored in the lake side fishing village of Marseillan, enjoying a view over the oyster beds and home of Noilly Pratt Vermouth. A ‘Champagne Welcome’ followed by time for a relaxing stroll around this lovely fishing village. Prior to dinner your wine guide will give you a brief introduction to the vineyards of the region before presenting your first wines. Dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2 Marseillan to Portiragnes
This morning we visit Pezenas, a delightful village, mostly known for its associations with the French playwright Moliere, who is said to have written many plays while staying there. Later we visit the acclaimed Pomerol wine co-operative, Gold Medal winners and leading lights in the Languedoc. This afternoon we cruise from Marseillan to Portiragnes through the nature reserve of Bagnas with potential sightings of flamingos, white egrets and other migrating birds, under bridges built from the local black volcanic stone. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3 Portiragnes to Beziers
This morning we cruise further along the Canal du Midi to our mooring at Beziers, with plenty of opportunity to walk or cycle along the towpath. After lunch enjoy an informative wine tasting in the 14th Century Chateau de Perdiguier, famed for its 15th century frescoes and Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines. Dinner at a local auberge.
Wednesday, Day 4 Beziers to Malpas
This morning we cross the aqueduct over the River Orb, before ascending the 7-lock flight of Fonserannes through the unique oval locks and on to our mooring for the evening near the world’s oldest canal tunnel at Malpas .This afternoon visit to the Chateau de Pech Redon to taste the wonderfully complex velvety wines produced from the nearby Montagne de la Clape. Dinner ashore tonight is at L’Ambassade, a Michelin-rated gastronomic restaurant in Beziers.
Thursday, Day 5 Malpas to Capestang
A morning visit to Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. Enjoy the Archbishop’s Palace and Horreum. Explore the indoor market at the hub of this bustling town, where you will have time to shop or simply absorb the relaxed atmosphere. Return to the barge for a cruise along the shaded canal to Capestang, stopping off en route at Chateau de Guery, a 500 year old canal side vineyard, for a pre-dinner wine tasting of the full-bodied Corbieres or a visit to the state of the art winery at Mas de Chevaliere, created by the Burgundian winemaker Michel Laroche, we taste a selection of their delicious wines. Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6 Capestang to Le Somail
Fascinating morning tour of Carcassonne, the most complete mediaeval fortified city in existence today with its 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defences, which resisted the many armies that tried to storm this glorious Camelot setting. In the nearby village of Boutenac, we sample Patrick Reverdy’s internationally renowned Corbieres wine at the 17th Century Chateau LaVoulte Gasparets. Afternoon cruise along the 330 year old Midi Canal to Le Somail through vineyards and pine trees. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7 Le Somail
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Narbonne.
*On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.