Enjoy a spectacular 7-day cruise touring along Canal Du Midi and discover its beauty with your very own eyes. This classic cruise will start with a casual introduction of the journey and chilled champagne. Get a glimpse of history as you visit the most complete medieval fortified city, the Carcassonne. Near Capestang, have a delightful dinner at a gastronomic restaurant in Beziers. Guests might swim on nearby beaches or enjoy a wine tour and tasting at the 14th century Château de Perdiguier.
Visit Pezenas, a village associated with the playwright Molière
Enjoy a private wine tasting at the 14th century Château de Perdiguier
Cruise through the world’s oldest canal tunnel at Malpas
Tour Carcassonne – the most complete medieval fortified city in existence
Walk around the village of Narbonne and explore the bookshops before embarking on the Anjodi in the afternoon. Chilled champagne and canapés are offered as a warm welcome. Relax during your first evening of cruising and enjoy a delightful dinner on board.
From Le Somail to Sallèles d’Aude, you will have the chance to explore Carcassonne. This is the most complete medieval city in existence today! With its 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defenses, it resisted the many armies that tried to storm this Camelot setting. By the afternoon, you will cruise along Canal Du Midi and a series of locks on the Canal de la Robine wherein you can walk or bike to your mooring at Sallèles d’Aude. Dinner will be served on board.
Start day three with magnificent views of the Pyrenées passing vineyards and pines while cruising to Capestang. There is also an opportunity for you to explore the village and familiarize yourself with the history of the collegiate church, dating back to 14th century. After lunch, enjoy a short trip to the old capital of the Minervois, which has a 12th-century Cathar fort surrounded by deep limestone gorges. There is a museum that has a captivating miniature recreation of the bloodthirsty Cathar rebellion. Along the way, travelers can take in the breathtaking views of Capestang. Dinner will be served on board.
Today, we visit a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived, Narbonne. Tour the Archbishop’s Palace, Cathedral, and Via Domitia and the market at the center point of this busy town to shop or just explore the lively atmosphere. After the tour, you will return to Anjodi for a cruise to the world’s oldest canal tunnel at Malpas, perhaps pausing en route at the Poilhes brewery for a tour and tasting, then on to our mooring at Fonserannes. There may also be time to view the star-shaped fields and the 13th century irrigation channels of Montady from L’Oppidum d’Enserune. Enjoy dinner ashore tonight at a gastronomic restaurant in Beziers.
This morning your ship passes through Fonseranners and the unique flight of 7 oval locks. You can choose to take a swim on the beach as Anjodi crosses the aqueduct over to moor Portiragnes. A wine tour and tasting is also offered at the 14th century Château de Perdiguier. This establishment is named after King Charles V’s finance minister and is famed for its frescoes and Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. Dinner will be served on board.
By morning, Anjodi will start its journey through the famous round lock and then the nature reserve of Bagnas where you might see flamingos, white egrets, and other migrating birds. After this, Anjodi heads out to the lake of Thau, past the oyster beds. After mooring in the fishing village of Marseillan, home of Noilly Prat vermouth, take a trip to Pezenas. This delightful 16th century capital of the Languedoc is mostly known for its associations with the French playwright, Molière. On the way back to the ship, make an optional stop at a local oyster farm for a delicious tasting. This evening, enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!