Beziers to Homps: 6 nights
Our guests are met at either Beziers or Narbonne for a transfer by private chauffeured minibus to the Clair de Lune. Meet the crew over a glass of chilled Champagne and canapés before settling into your cabin. There's no need to rush as we have time for a short cruise before your first dinner on board.
Monday: Colombiers to Capestang
After a good night's sleep, enjoy the views from the sundeck or perhaps cycle or walk along at a gentle pace as we cruise through the morning. After lunch on board, we invite you to a private wine tasting and visit the Oppidum d'Enserune, a 2000-year-old hilltop archaeological site located near to our mooring. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Tuesday: Capestang to La Croissade
This morning we'll take an excursion to Pezenas, a delightful village from which Moliere, the French playwright, took inspiration while staying here. Enjoy lunch on board before we cruise to la Croisade, where dinner will be in the restaurant on the banks of the Canal.
Wednesday: La Croisade to Le Somail
This morning we step back to the Roman era in the beautiful city of Narbonne, where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. We'll visit the old: the Archbishop's Palace and Roman Horreum, as well as the new: the market place is thriving! in the Halles de Narbonne. Take time to try and buy local products, or simply abord the relaxed atmosphere. A tasty lunch in a typical French restaurant close the Les Halles provides a welcome break before we return to the Clair de Lune for our afternoon cruise to the lovely port of Le Somail.
Dinner on board.
Thursday: Le Somail to Argens-Minervois
Today we explore the bloody Cathar rebellion! After breakfast, we visit Minever, with 12th-century Cathar fort surrounded by deep, limestone gorges. Enjoy spectacular views from this hilltop location besieged by Simon de Montford in 1210. View the fascinating reconstruction in miniature and the small museum to complete this intriguing visit. On our journey back to Clair de Lune, we'll stop to visit the Domaine Massamier La Mignarde for a private wine tasting, followed by lunch in a local restaurant at Le Somail. Then it's time to relax on our afternoon cruise to Argens Minervois before dinner on board.
Friday: Argens-Minervois to Homps
Our last full day we'll begin by cruising through 4 locks before reaching Homps, which was once a main commercial harbour. Lunch will be ashore overlooking the Canal, after which we'll hop on the bus for the short journey to Carcassonne, the jewel of the Canal du Midi. Dating back to Gallo Roman times, the 52 watchtowers, portcullis and defences take us back in time. This is a truly magical Camelot setting! Stroll through the streets, enjoy the views and relax. We return to Clair de Lune for our last dinner on board.
After a hearty breakfast to help you on your way, guests are transferred by private minibus to the location of their choice in Narbonne.
Beziers to Homps rates and dates
|2020 EURO RATES||6 days|
|Whole boat charter for 6||19950|
|Whole boat charter for 5||19110|
|Whole boat charter for 4||18375|
All prices are per charter in Euros
Meals ashore are at guests' expense