Barging the Canal du Midi
• Tour Carcassonne, the most complete medieval fortified city in existence • Narbonne's Archbishop's Palace and colourful market • Explore the hilltop village of Minerve • Private wine tasting at Chateau de Perdiguier • View the Pyrenees mountains across the vineyards and discover Cathar history • Visit Pezenas, a village associated with the playwright Moliere • Cruise through the world's oldest canal tunnels at Malpas • Excellent towpath for walking and cycling
Get on board the Anjodi and discover a blend of ancient Gallo-Roman and traditional influences reflected throughout this region of historical importance. Explore this further with your tour guide when you visit the walled city of Carcassonne, the most complete medieval fortified city in existence.
The cuisine is a delicious combination of both Provencal and traditional flavours. Fresh seafood and regional specialities with the excellent local Corbieres and Minervois wines produce an unforgettable repertoire of meals.
The 300 year old Canal du Midi skirts the sun-drenched shores of the Mediterranean before meandering inland through ancient villages, Roman fortifications and famed vineyards. This canal is defined by its beauty, lined with plane trees and crossed by pretty arched bridges. The Mediterranean weather and pace of life is relaxed and lulls you into unwinding as you cruise sedately along.
This is the perfect place for cycling or walking along scenic tow paths, or simply watching the scenery pass by as you relax on deck with a cool drink. In the distance you can see the Pyrenees, whereas closer to hand are the vineyards that stretch for miles. Enjoy private wine tastings at chateaux en route, locations that vary with your choice of barge.
This Canal du Midi cruise is aboard the pretty 8 passenger vessel Anjodi, which has been cruising the Canal du Midi for more than 25 years. Anjodi has never been more popular since Rick Stein brought her to the attention of the world in his very successful TV series 'French Odyssey'.
The Anjodi is of classic Dutch design, specifically rebuilt to navigate the 300 year old Canal du Midi. She has been completely refurbishedin the tasteful tradition of African hardwoods, hand-crafted panelling and shining brass, creating a comfortable and charming ambience.
The well planned accommodation offers a choice of four air-conditioned staterooms all with full en-suite facilities and a choice of twin or double bed configuration. The saloon and dining room feature comfortable sofas, books and music, and an always open inclusive bar. The sun deck is spacious and has a heated sunken spa pool, a perfect place to watch the sun set after dinner, during the warm Mediterranean evenings.
Anjodi's highly professional crew of four is comprised of Master Chef, Tour guide and Housekeeper, led by a knowledgeable and experienced Captain who will ensure your cruise is memorable and more. Their knowledge of the region combined with the 8 bikes we provide will allow you to explore the areas you cruise though in as much detail as you desire.
Day 1: Narbonne > Marseillan You will be met at the designated meeting point in Narbonne and escorted by minibus to Anjodi moored in the lake side fishing village of Marseillan, enjoying a view over the oyster beds and home of Noilly Pratt Vermouth. Champagne welcome followed by time for a relaxing stroll around this lovely fishing village before dinner on board.
Day 2: Marseillan > Portiragnes This morning visit Pezenas, a delightful village, mostly known for its associations with the French playwright Moliere, who is said to have written many plays while staying there. This afternoon cruise from Marseillan to Portiragnes through the nature reserve of Bagnas with potential sightings of flamingoes and other birds. Dinner on board.
Day 3: Portiragnes > Beziers This morning cruise to the bottom of the Fonserannes 7-lock flight at Beziers, where we continue along the 300 year old tree lined Canal du Midi. After lunch enjoy an informative wine tasting in the 14th Century Chateau de Perdiguier, famed for its 15th century frescoes and Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines. Dinner in Beziers at a local auberge.
Day 4: Beziers > Poilhes This morning we cross the aqueduct over the River Orb and then ascend the 7-lock flight of Fonserannes before reaching the world's oldest canal tunnel at Malpas. On arrival at the picturesque village of Poilhes we take an excursion out to Minerve, the ancient capital of Minervois, which boasts a 12th Century Cathar fort surrounded by deep limestone gorges. Besieged by Simon de Montfort in 1215, its hill-top location affords spectacular views. A fascinating recreation in miniature of the bloodthirsty Cathar rebellion and small museum complete the intriguing picture. Dinner on board.
Day 5: Beziers > Argeliers A morning visit to Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. Enjoy the Archbishop's Palace and Horreum. Explore the indoor market at the hub of this bustling town, where you will have time to shop or simply absorb the relaxed atmosphere. Return to the barge for a cruise along the shaded canal to Argeliers, stopping off en route at Chateau de Guery, a 500 year old canalside vineyard, for a pre dinner wine tasting of the full-bodied Corbieres. Dinner on board.
Day 6: Argelier > Le Somail Morning visit to Carcassonne. Dating back to the Gallo Roman era, this is the most complete medieval fortified city in existence today. With its 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defences, it resisted the many armies that tried to storm this Camelot setting. In the afternoon we cruise along the historic Midi Canal to the delightful village of Le Somail. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 7: Le Somail > Montpellier After breakfast, depart from Le Somail by minibus to Narbonne centre by 10am.
On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
• Transfer to the barge from the meeting point • Stateroom accommodation • All meals on board catered for by the onboard Master Chef • Open bar with a range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks • Excursions and entrance fees as per the itinerary • Use of bicycles • Transfer back to Montpellier at the end of the cruise
Pricing (per person) $AUD
Apr 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
May 7, 14, 21, 28
June 4, 11, 18, 25
Jul 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Aug 6, 13, 20, 27
Sep 3, 10, 17, 24
Oct 1, 8, 15, 22
Apr 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Booking conditions The Anjodi can be chartered for a minimum of 8 passengers - please contact World Journeys for more details.
The Anjodi can be chartered for a minimum of 8 passengers - please contact World Journeys for more details.