Clair de Lune hotel barge

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 out of 5

  • 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 4617€ per person

Charters from 25,300€

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

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Testimonials for Clair de Lune

Shelly Ream, 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

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

Superior accommodation for up to 6 guests in three contemporary double or twin junior suites with ensuite facilities.

There is a comfortable, stylish dining area and a light and airy saloon with picture windows in which to relax.

To make the most of the sunny weather, there's a large sundeck with a spa pool from which to admire the passing countryside, together with bicycles for exploring the famous towpath.

  • 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 on the Canal du Midi

Beziers 
Sunday
Guests are met at either Beziers or Narbonne and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Clair de Lune.
The crew welcomes you on board with a glass of chilled Champagne and canapes, before we take a short cruise before your first dinner on board.

Colombiers to Capestang
Monday
We begin the day cruising along the Canal.  Enjoy the views from the sundeck or cycle or walk alongside Clair de Lune.
After lunch, a private wine-tasting awaits followed by a visit to the Oppidum d'Enserne.  This hilltop archeological site located close to our mooring, is 2000 years old!
Dinner on board.


Capestang to La Croisade 
Tuesday
After a leisurely breakfast, we cruise to La Croisade arriving in time for lunch on board.  Our excursion this afternoon takes us to Pezenas, a truly delightful village where the great French playwright Moliere is said to have written many of his plays.   Dinner on board

La Croisade to Le Somail
Wednesday
After breakfast, we drive you to the beautiful city of Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived.
Enjoy the Archbishops Palace and Horreum, and explore the indoor market, Les Halles, at the hub of this bustling town, where you will have time to shop or simply absorb the relaxed atmosphere.
Then we enjoy lunch in a typical French restaurant close to Les Halles.
In the afternoon, a relaxing cruise takes us to Le Somail, a small fishing port.
Dinner on board.

Le Somail  to Argens-Minervois
Thursday
Enjoy the views this morning as we cruise to Argens Minervois.  After lunch on board, we visit Minerve with it's 12 century Cathar fort surrounded by deep limestone gorges. Cameras at the ready for the spectacular views!
The Cathar history is a bloody one; the siege by Simon de Montford in 1210 and the Cathar rebellion is recreated in miniature and a small museum completes this intriguing visit. 
On our return toward Clair de Lune, we'll enjoy a second private wine-tasting at Domaine Massamier La Mignarde, producers of fine Minervois wines.
This evening, we will dine in a local restaurant.

Argens Minervois to Homps 
Friday
This morning we cruise to our final destination Homps, which was once a major commercial harbour.  
After lunch on board, your guide will accompany you to the most complete Medieval fortified city in existence today, dating back to the Roman Gallo era, Carcassonne.
With 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defences, it resisted many armies that tried to storm the Camelot setting.
You can walk the ramparts, visit the Chateau, and step back in time.
Captains Farewell Dinner on board.

Homps
Saturday
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private, chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Narbonne.
 
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.  On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.

Cruise rates


The Canal du Midi dates and rates

Accommodation Regular
Charter 6 passengers whole boat 27700
Charter 5 passengers whole boat 26500
Charter 4 passengers whole boat 25300
Prices in Euro

One rate throughout the season

Beziers to Le Somail: 4 nights

Sunday: Beziers
Guests are met at Beziers or Narbonne for a private chauffeured transfer by minibus to join Clair de Lune, moored at Colombiers.  Champagne and Canapés are the order of the day, as you are introduced to the crew and discover the barge. 
There will be time for a short cruise before your first delicious dinner on board.

Monday: Colombiers to Capestang
After a breakfast of fresh pastries, fruit and more, there's time to sit back and enjoy the views from the sundeck, or walk or cycle along the Canal du Midi as we cruise to Capestang.  After lunch, join us on an informative excursion to the impressive hilltop village of Minerve.  The 12th century Cathar Fort was besieged by Simon de Montford in 1210, and the bloody Cathar rebellion is recreated in miniature in the musem.   The views from this point are simply stunning.  On the way back to the barge, enjoy a private wine tasting at the Domaine Massamier La Mignarde, producer of fine Minervois wines.
Dinner on board.

Tuesday: Capestang to La Croisade
Today we will visit Narbonne, the Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived.  Explore the indoor market Les Halles de Narbonne, the Archibishop's Palace and the Roman Horreum. Narbonne is a city of contrast, a bustling town with a relaxed atmosphere.  There will be time for a traditional lunch in one of the restaurants close to Les Halles before we rejoin Clair de Lune for a relaxing afternoon cruise to La Croisade, for dinner on board.

Wednesday: La Croisade to Le Somail
No visit to the south of France would be complete without an excursion to Carcassonne.  This magnificent Camelot setting, perched high above the Canal, is the most complete fortified medieval city in existence.  Count the 52 turrets and marvel at the port cullis and other fortifications, which kept this city safe for many centuries.   Step back in time, enjoy the views and walk the ramparts to take some fantastic photos!
This evening, we enjoy our last dinner on board.

Thursday: Le Somail
After breakfast, it's time to say goodbye, as our chauffeur takes you to the location of your choice in Narbonne.

Cruise rates


Beziers to Le Somail dates and rates

2018
Whole boat charter for 6 14000
Whole boat charter for 5 12500
Whole boat charter for 4 11000

All prices are in euro

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