Your cruise actually starts at pick-up with a privately-chauffeured journey to Amour. A champagne reception welcomes you aboard and after you’ve settled in you’ll set off on your first short voyage to the evening’s blissful countryside mooring at La Croisade before your first delicious dinner on board.
Discover Minerve, considered one of the prettiest villages in France, perched on a heart-shaped rocky spur. This village is also one of the emblematic sites of the Cathars and was besieged by Simon de Montfort during the Albigensian crusade. The surrounding Minervois wines have been appreciated since Roman times. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon cruise through the Canal’s unique ovoid-shaped locks, over aqueducts, and under low stone bridges to the night’s countryside mooring.
Delve into France’s historic past today as we discover the ancient Abbey at Fontfroide, nestling in the foothills of the Corbières, a former Cistercian monastery and a treasure from the Middle Ages. Wander through the cool stone cloisters and the formal gardens in this haven of history. Your cruise today meanders through the delightful countryside towards the charming town of Homps.
A morning visit to historic Narbonne, the regional capital, to discover the Via Domitia and Saint-Just Cathedral and take an exclusive private tour of French perfumery. Join chef in the renowned market to choose the fresh ingredients for dinner followed by lunch at a local restaurant. We cruise to the outskirts of Carcassonne later, towards the palm-tree-lined lock of Villedubert, where local musicians will entertain you over dinner on board.
After breakfast on board, today offers a fascinating visit to the Château de Pennautier. Dating from 1620 the château is set in French-style gardens amidst the vineyards of the Lorgeril family. Fans of wine appreciation adore a delicious private wine tasting hosted in the domain. Today is an ideal opportunity to experience a 2CV outing. Take to the country roads and explore Languedoc at the wheel of France’s most iconic, best-loved car – the Citroen 2CV.
Breakfast will be served whilst your hotel barge cruises slowly towards the port of Carcassonne. The fortified city of Carcassonne is not to be missed; ascend the ramparts, discover the central medieval town, its fort, and cathedral. Or, simply pamper yourselves at a superb spa for complete relaxation. At the end of a perfect day, toast your week with an evening of fine dining at a top local restaurant.
After breakfast, transfer to your departure point around 10 is (train station, hotel or airport).