Clair de Lune barge cruise

Cruising between Beziers and Homps on the Midi canal
The barge Clair de Lune

Accommodating up to 6 passengers

View of the Clair de Lune

Clair de Lune is rated 4 star

  • Private Minervois wine tasting at the Domaine Massamier la Mignarde
  • See the spectacular hilltop village of Minerve
  • Narbonnes Archbishop Palace and colourful market
  • Tour Oppidum d'Enserune, a 2000 year old site
  • 2nd private wine tasting 
  • Tour Carcassonne - the most complete medieval fortified city in existence
  • Visit Pezenas where Moliere wrote many of his plays
  • Excellent towpath for cycling and walking

Cruise file for Clair de Lune

From 3167€ per person

Charter price from 17,500€

Specifications

Crew members : 4

Boat size
Length 98′5″ ft (30 metres)
Width 16′5″ ft (5 metres)

Number of bicycles : 6

Accommodation

Up to 6 guests

Junior suites : 3

Also...

Central heating

Air-conditioning

Spa or pool

Wifi

CD player / iPod Dock

Clair de Lune photos and videos

Click on any photo to begin the slide show, with photos of the barge and cruise program

Testimonials for Clair de Lune

Shelly Reams, USA ; September 2018

Emma,

I just wanted to thank you, again, for saving our vacation!
The barge cruise on the Clare Du Lune was fantastic!  We loved the family!
Thanks again for everything!!!

About the barge "Clair de Lune"

Clair de Lune barge cruises

Join the Clair de Lune, a beautiful & deluxe hotel barge tastefully furnished with cherry wood and African hardwood which provide a sophisticated, modern interior.

Claire de Lune offers superior accommodation for up to 6 guests in three contemporary  junior suites, which can be configured as double or twins.

For great views, there is a light and airy saloon with picture windows in which to relax, and a comfortable dining area.

Enjoy the sunny weather on the large sundeck  complete with spa pool from which to admire the passing countryside with a glass of wine, or cup of tea!
If you're feeling sporty, why not take a bike ride?

  • Full central heating and air conditioning
  • 4 crew
  • Cd player/iPod Dock
  • Wifi (Subject to local reception) 6 touring bikes
  • Air-conditioned minibus

Plan of Clair de Lune

Plan of the hotel barge Clair de Lune

Clair de Lune cruise routes & itineraries

Beziers to Homps: 6 nights

Sunday: Beziers
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 of walk along at a gentle pace as we cruise through the morning.  After lunch on board, we invite you to a private wine tastnig and visit to the Oppidum d'Enserune, a 2000 year old hilltop archeological 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 cillage from which Miliere, 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 eara in the beautiful city of Narbonne, where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. We'll visit the old: the Archbishops 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.

Saturday: Homps
After a hearty breakfast to help you on your way, guests are transferred by private minibus to the location of their choice in Narbonne.

Cruise rates


Beziers to Homps dates and rates

2019 6 days
Whole boat charter for 6 19000
Whole boat charter for 5 18200
Whole boat charter for 4 17500

All prices are per charter in Euros
Meals ashore are at guests' expense

Capestang to Homps: 5 nights

Sunday: Capestang
Our guests are met at Narbonne for a private, chauffeured transfer by minibus to Clair de Lune.  A traditional Champagne and canapé welcome awaits, before your first dinner on board.

Monday: Capestang to La Croisade
After a healthy and hearty breakfast, we take an excursion to Pezenas, a beautiful village where the French playwright Moliere took inspiration to write a number of his plays.  After lunch on board, we will cruise to La Croisade, where you can dine this evening at the restaurant overlooking the Canal du Midi.

Tuesday: La Croisade to Le Somail
Our morning cruise takes us along the Canal to the delightful fishing port of Le Somail, one of the most charming villages on the Canal.  After lunch, we will venture to Minerve to view the 12th century Cathar Fort surrounded by deep limestone gorges, and discover the bloody history of the region.  Besieged by Simon de Montfort in 1210, this hilltop location offers breath-taking views. A small museum and miniature recreate this terrible time. On our journey back to the barge, we'll make a stop at the Domaine Massamier La Mignarde, for a private wine tasting.
Dinner in a local restaurant.

Wednesday: Le Somail to Argens-Minervois
In contrast to the village of Minerve, today we venture to Narbonne to explore the Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoths once lived.  There is plenty to explore including the Archbishop's Palace, the Roman Horreum, and the indoor market  'Les Halles de Narbonne' at the heart of this bustling town.   We can enjoy lunch in a typical French restaurant by Les Halles, before we return to Clair de Lune for our relaxing afternoon cruise to Argens Minervois.
Dinner on board.

Thursday: Argens-Minervois to Homps
Sit back and relax this morning as we take our last cruise passing through 4 locks towards Homps, which was once one of the major commercial harbours on the Canal du Midi.  Enjoy lunch in a restaurant overlooking the Canal.  Our final excursion takes us to the most complete fortified city in existence today, Carcassonne, which dates back to the Gallo Roman era.  Admire and count the 52 watchtowers, portcullis and a range of defences that enabled this Camelot setting to resist many armies.   Step back in time and walk the ramparts for an unforgettable view.
This evening,  our last dinner on board is the perfect moment to look back over our voyage.

Friday: Homps
After breakfast, guests will be transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Narbonne.  Au revoir!

Cruise rates


Capestang to Homps dates and rates

2018 5 nights
Whole boat charter for 6 18000
Whole boat charter for 5 17500
Whole boat charter for 4 17000

All prices are per charter, in euro.
Meals ashore are at guests' expense

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