Blue skies, blue sea…

& a canal du Midi itinerary

7 nights cruise

Trèbes to Narbonne
109.5km / 34 locks / 24.5hrs of cruising
Combine the iconic, tree-lined Canal du Midi, including legendary Carcassonne, with the splendour of the Canal de la Robine.
This lesser-known canal meanders lazily through vast lakes and nature reserves towards the Mediterranean coast.

leboat-1604-3Day 1: Arrive in Trèbes
0km / 0 locks / 0hrs of cruising
After your arrival in pretty Trèbes and, after settling into your boat, discover the beautiful oak beams and sculpted figures of the 13th century church nearby.


Day 2: Trèbes to Puichéric
17,5km / 11 locks / 5hrs of cruising
Buy fresh bread and croissants and enjoy breakfast on board, before
beginning your Midi adventure. Take a short taxi ride to the ancient Cathar stronghold of Carcassonne for a tour of the city walls and 12th Century Chateau. Enjoy lunch among the bustling cobbled streets within the city walls and then head back to your boat and begin your peaceful cruise eastwards.

leboat-1604-5Day 3: Puichéric to Ventenac 25km / 8 locks / 5hrs of cruising
Explore the leafy trails of Le Redorte before lunch at the elegant Chateau. Then it’s time for a spot of wine-tasting at the Ventenac Minervois Cave Cooperative…and a chance to stock up for the rest of your journey, of course!


leboat-1604-15Day 4: Ventenac to Le Somail 5km / 0 locks / 1hr of cruising
In Le Somail, wander among the crammed bookshelves of Madam Gourgue’s Antiquarian Bookshop where you’ll find everything from cheap paperbacks to very rare editions. After lunch, head into the countryside for a tour around the Olive Groves of L’Oulibo.

leboat-1604-17Day 5: Le Somail to Narbonne 18km / 10 locks / 5.5hrs of cruising
Visit the fascinating Amphoralis gallo-roman potters’ Museum, the site of a 1st – 3rd century Roman Potter factory that has recently been uncovered. Spend the afternoon cruising along the pretty Canal de la Robine towards Narbonne.

leboat-1604-11Day 6: Narbonne to Port-la-Nouvelle 22km / 3 locks / 4hrs of cruising
A walk around Narbonne takes you through 2500 years of history, including the very grand Archbishop’s Palace and cloisters and the remarkable Gothic cathedral. In the afternoon, as you head south towards the Mediterranean coast, the scenery changes and the canal leads you among a vast network of lakes.

leboat-1604-13Day 7: Port-la-Nouvelle to Narbonne 22km / 3 locks / 4hrs of cruising
Take a morning stroll around the bustling fishing port of Port-la-Nouvelle or along the vast sandy beaches nearby, before heading back to Narbonne. On the way, stop for a walk around the Isle of Sainte-Lucie, a nature reserve of exceptional beauty. The day finishes back in Narbonne for a final farewell dinner – bon appétit!

Note: This itinerary can also be taken in the opposite direction

This itinerary is a suggestion only. All cruising distances and times are approximations and are subject to local navigation restrictions at the time you
cruise, planned or otherwise. Please check advertised opening times of sights and attractions to avoid disappointment. Various tours or attractions may
need to be booked in advance. All meals, entry fees and tour tariffs are payable at your own expense.

Book a Midi cruise now and save!

April & May: 15% discount
June & August: 10%
PLUS an additional 100€ in August, September & October
on all Midi & Camargue cruises, ONLY with Hotels Afloat

*Horizon boat excluded 

Barge holiday sale

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Enjoy a week cruising in Burgundy on the Burgundy canal, Nivernais canal or river Yonne, or  in the south of  France on the Midi canal  in April, May or June* aboard these fine vessels and save 15%!

The Euro Classics can accommodate from 2 to 8 guests.
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Each authentic barge has both internal and external steering positions and a huge sundeck for those long, sunny days.
Inside you’ll find warm, cosy cabins with comfortable beds, ensuite bathrooms with electric-flush toilets, a family-sized saloon and a well-equipped galley including an oven, hob, microwave and spacious fridge.


If you prefer a yacht style, the Linssens are perfect!

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Designed for easy cruising, the boats suit from 2 to 6 guests,
and with the cabins situated at either end, privacy is excellent.
Enjoy the spacious saloon and galley for family fun.

In addition to the 15% offer, if you book your cruise within 3 days of your initial request, we will reward you with an additional 5% discount!

For availability and further information, email
for a prompt reply.
or call Hotels Afloat on +33 614 250 200

A bientôt!

* Bank holiday dates excluded from this offer: 18th-21st April, 1st, 8th and 29th May,
6th to 9th June 2014

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Remember I’m always happy to help you find the perfect cruise.

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I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards,

PS Enjoy Thanksgiving!