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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.

Anjodi Barge on the Canal Du Midi

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  • First Class Barge

  • 4 Cabins with 4 Crew

  • Price per person in a twin share cabin from: A$6,320

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Anjodi 1200x480 nacAnjodi is very much a hotel barge of the classic Dutch design and she has the honour of being the founding member of our fleet, embarking on her first cruises along the historic Canal du Midi 35 years ago.

Her well-planned interior makes the most of traditional materials such as African hardwoods and shining brass to create a warm onboard feel, reminiscent of a classic yacht.

The charming saloon is particularly welcoming, with its combination of richly-coloured wooden flooring, elegant French dining furniture and comfortable banquette seating, as well as a fully-stocked bar.

The four compact, cleverly-designed cabins, featuring hardwood panelling and brass portholes, have names evocative of the south of France such as Lavande and Basilic and offer a choice of twin or double-bedded accommodation, each with en suite facilities.

The spacious sundeck is shaded by an adjustable canopy and there are comfortable sun loungers and a spa pool to soak in with a glass of chilled white wine.

Anjodi is a very well-known hotel barge having achieved “film star” status some years ago following her many appearances in the television series Rick Stein’s French Odyssey, when she carried the renowned chef Rick Stein on a voyage of culinary discovery through Southern France. You too can follow in his footsteps with a cruise along the Canal du Midi, a 330-year-old canal with UNESCO World Heritage status.

Cruise Highlights

  •  Visit to Pezenas, a village associated with the playwright Molière
  • Private wine tasting at the 14th century Château de Perdiguier
  • Cruise through the world’s oldest canal tunnel at Malpas
  • See the spectacular hilltop village of Minerve
  • Narbonne’s Archbishop’s Palace and colourful market
  • View the Pyrenees mountains across the vineyards and discover Cathar history
  • Tour Carcassonne – the most complete medieval fortified city in existence
  • Excellent towpath for walking and cycling
  • “Biking Plus” option available

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Enchanté Barge on the Canal Du Midi

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  • Ultra Deluxe Barge

  • 4 Cabins with 5 Crew

  • Price per person in a twin share cabin from: A$ 8,610

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Enchante Cruising 2 kEnchanté is a spacious, double-decker hotel barge that has been built to the highest standard to offer a stylish on board ambience that is perfect for enjoying a cruise through this sun-drenched region.

The hotel barge is tastefully furnished in a contemporary style, creating a bright, art deco atmosphere. She has a large saloon with outstanding attention to detail, including an open-plan demonstration galley where guests can see their skilled chef at work. On the lower deck, there is also a computer with internet connection for guests’ use, as well as the requisite Wi-Fi onboard.

The luxurious air-conditioned accommodation is in four equally spacious twin or double-bedded suites, the largest of any hotel barge on the Canal du Midi and all with superbly appointed en suite shower rooms.

Outside, the spacious sun deck boasts an alfresco dining area, a gorgeous spa pool and comfortable loungers to relax in while the countryside drifts slowly by.

Enchanté is a hotel barge that offers an alluring blend of luxury and modernity. She is a vessel that will charm any discerning traveller on her sedate journey through the Midi countryside.

Cruise Highlights

  • Private winery tour and tasting of fine Minervois wines
  • Tour Narbonne’s Archbishop’s Palace and experience the colourful market
  • Visit an olive oil press to sample the famous Lucques olives
  • Visit beautiful Lagrasse and its 8th century abbey, with lunch in a stunning location
  • See the Cathar hilltop village of Minerve with its spectacular setting
  • Tour of the medieval city of Carcassonne
  • Excellent towpath for walking and cycling
  • “Biking Plus” option available

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Belmond Alouette

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  • Luxury Class Barge

  • 2 cabins with 4 Crews

  • Private Charter only from $33,200 for 2, $38,803 for 3 and $40,000 for 4 people in low season

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ALOUETTE BARGE

 

DRIFT ALONG THE SUN-DAPPLED CANAL DU MIDI, BETWEEN BÉZIERS AND CARCASSONNE, ABOARD OUR INTIMATE BARGE. WITH ROOM FOR UP TO FOUR GUESTS, IT’S PERFECT FOR A ROMANTIC BREAK OR A SMALL GROUP ADVENTURE.


ON BOARD

Winding along the tranquil Canal du Midi you can explore the Languedoc wine region and uncover the history of medieval fortresses – or simply enjoy the beautiful views, framed by our expansive picture windows. Alouette offers two exquisite cabins, each with an en-suite shower and double or twin beds. Relax in reclining chairs on the sun deck beneath the hydraulic canopy or unwind in the spacious lounge and dining area, making use of the writing desk, stereo system and games.

THE CABINS

Decorated in soft pastels, our two cabins feature large windows to bring the romance of the Canal du Midi in.

Facilities include:

  • - King-size bed (configured as twins if desired)
  • - En-suite bathroom with walk-in shower
  • - Bedside tables
  • - Safe and hairdryer
  • - Dressing/desk table, chair, armchairs
  • - Spacious wardrobe/storage space (including drawers)
  • - Sockets suitable for two-pin 220-volt plugs
  • - Bose iPod docking station
  • - Individually controlled air-conditioning and heating unit so you can adjust the temperature
  • - Wall-mounted screen for watching DVDs.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Vehicle transfer or train transfer from Paris to the Barge (if applicable). Private hire transfers are also available from Lyon and Geneva
  • Table d’hôte meals – each week’s menu includes regional specialities and seasonal delicacies unique to the area you’re cruising through
  • Complimentary beverages
  • Accommodation
  • Excursions stated in the itinerary, fully escorted by the experienced onboard guide
EXCURSIONS
The essence of travel with Belmond Afloat in France is that your time is relaxed and any excursions will be tailored to your personal tastes and requirements. Our itineraries include visits to local attractions, such as stately châteaux and bustling markets, with add-on activities such as hot-air ballooning. During the cruise, your barge is accompanied by an air-conditioned vehicle ready to take you and your private guide on
your chosen tours.

Athos Canal Du Midi

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  • First Class Barge 

  • 5 Cabins and 5 crew

  • Price per person in a twin share cabin from: A$ 6,550

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Athos Cruising nasAthos was originally built as a commercial sand, grain and wine barge and converted into a luxury hotel barge in 1982. Her association with wine continues today as she gracefully meanders through the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France.

Her intimate saloon is the perfect place to relax on a comfortable sofa with a good book, or to sip an aperitif before enjoying another gourmet meal at the elegant dining table. The barge is air-conditioned throughout and the five bright staterooms, each with a modern en suite shower room, offer all modern comforts and can be in either twin or queen-size double bed configuration.

Outside, her spacious sundeck has a large, adjustable canopy to offer shade during a long, lazy lunch. There are comfortable hardwood deckchairs in which to relax and admire the slowly-passing Midi countryside and, of course, bicycles for the more energetic to venture along the towpath to the next lock or two.

Athos is one of the most traditional hotel barges cruising the Canal du Midi and her welcoming onboard ambience will make your gentle voyage through the Languedoc landscape truly memorable.

Cruise Highlights

  •  Tour Carcassonne, the most complete medieval fortified city in existence
  • Wine tasting at a local château, such as Château Cabezac
  • Visit Pezenas, an architectural gem
  • Passage through Fonserannes locks
  • Visit Narbonne with its Archbishop’s Palace and lively covered market
  • Cross the 18th century Orb canal bridge
  • Excellent towpath for walking and cycling

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La Belle Epoque Barge in Burgundy

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  • Deluxe Class Barge 

  • 6 Cabins with 6 Crew

  • Price per person in a twin share cabin from: A$7,360

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La Belle Epoque in her first life carried logs from Burgundy to Paris, but today she is transformed into a deluxe hotel barge carrying a very different cargo along the very same canal.

She has been designed with both elegance and passenger comfort in mind and her welcoming features include a wood-panelled saloon/dining room with bespoke, hand-built seating and a spacious sun deck with spa pool. The comfortable cabin accommodation comprises two junior suites and four staterooms and a choice of twin or double beds, all with marble en suite facilities.

La Belle Epoque is the perfect vessel to take you on a gentle voyage of discovery through a region studded with traditions and history that go back centuries. As she meanders along the Burgundy Canal with its undulating countryside, you fill find that the towpath is always there for spot of walking or cycling.

Cruise Highlights

  •  Visit the Abbaye de Fontenay
  • Private wine tasting of Chablis wines in the cellars of a renowned Domaine
  • Private Champagne tasting at the boutique Maison Alexandre Bonnet
  • Visit to famous battle site of Alesia
  • Optional hot air ballooning
  • Excellent towpath for walking and cycling
  • “Biking Plus” option available

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