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Canal Du Midi Voyage- Sallèles d’Aude to Trèbes

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Join an exciting 7-day cruise aboard Enchanté while cruising along Canal Du Midi where you can explore, discover, relax and be amazed on the spectacular views all throughout the tour. Partake in a wine tour and tasting of fine Minervois wines. Visit Narbonne and visit the Archbishop's palace or you can shop at the colorful market. Visit beautiful Lagrasse and wander around the abbey that was built in the 8th century. Marvel at the 52 watchtowers in Carcassonne that is known to be the most complete medieval fortified cities. See the Cathar hilltop village and enjoy the spectacular views. 
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Highlights
  • Enjoy a private winery tour and taste fine Minervois wines
  • Tour Narbonne’s Archbishop’s Palace and experience the colorful local market
  • Visit an olive oil press to sample the famous Lucques olives
  • Visit beautiful Lagrasse and its 8th century abbey
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Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Sallèles d’Aude | Embark

Guests are met in Narbonne and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Enchanté. Enjoy a champagne welcome and an introduction to the Captain and crew, followed by dinner on board.

Day 2: Ventenac

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
By morning, Enchanté will start cruising through Robine canal which was built to connect Narbonne to the Mediterranean and to the village of Ventenac. It is a commune in the Ariège department in southwestern France and known to be historical as well. If you want to taste some wine, you can explore château which was converted into a winery then have a side trip to “L’Oulibo” where you can have a taste of its famous Lucques olives. The excursion will continue to Minerve which is known to be the ancient capital of the Minervois that has a 12th-century Cathar fort surrounded by deep limestone gorges. With Simon De Montfort surrounding Minerve, you can enjoy stunning views on its hilltop.The day ends with a mouth-watering dinner on board.

Day 3: Bassanel

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your excursion will start with a delightful breakfast followed by a trip to Narbonne. Narbonne connects Via Domitia and the Via Aquitania and is where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. You are given the time to browse or shop at the Archbishop's Palace and the indoor market at the center of the busy town. By the afternoon, you will cruise past the vineyards and pine trees the “grand brief,” another engineering prowess unique to the Canal du Midi, to Bassanel. The picture-perfect mooring view under the trees is the best place for you to play the game of boules. The day ends with a delicious dinner on board.

Day 4: Puichéric

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, visit the Benedictine Abbey situated in Lagrasse that was founded in the 8th century. This village is known to be the “Plus beaux villages de France” and a place where you can find many artisans gathered to set up workshops in the medieval center. It was once the wealthiest region because of Charlemagne’s charter. Your lunch will be prepared with an amazing setting overlooking the Corbieres vineyards. After lunch, the cruise will continue to Puicheric passing through one of the bridges invented by Pierre Riquet, the “l’Epanchoir”. Dinner will be served on board.

Day 5: Marseillette

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, you will cruise along the 330-year-old canal which is a great opportunity to explore by walking or bicycling from one lock to the next. The excursion continues on a wine and tasting tour at Château Saint Jacques d’Albas in Minervois. The winery humbly received the approval for wines known as A.O.C. (Appellation d’Origine Controlée). This informative tour offers an opportunity to sample wine in situ and find out more about the Languedoc’s long-standing and continuing wine trade. Dinner on board.

Day 6: Trèbes

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a spectacular tour of Carcassonne to begin your day. Carcassonne has 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defenses that protected this town from many armies who tried damage Carcassonne. Considering the history, Carcassonne is the most complete medieval fortified cities in existence today. By afternoon, you will cruise through the dappled cathedral-like canopy of the plane trees to Trèbes. Tonight, a Captain's farewell dinner will be served onboard.

Day 7: Trèbes | Disembark

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Narbonne.

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165 sq. ft. including en-suite. Four twin/double staterooms with twin sized beds, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower, a small table beside beds, desk and a chair.

Notes

Rates Include:
  • Accommodations
  • Private shower
  • All gourmet meals
  • Selected regional wines and alcoholic beverages
  • All sightseeing tours and admittance fees
  • Use of the vessel's bicycles
  • Roundtrip transfers from specified meeting point
Rates Exclude:
  • Air transportation
  • Airport taxes
  • Visas
  • Health or accident insurance
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Superior Châteaux vintage wines
  • Crew gratuities
  • Optional activities such as hot air balloon flights or items of a personal nature such as laundry, communication charges or purchases

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