Set sail on a private cruise on the Canal Du Midi on board the lovely eight-passenger First Class hotel barge Anjodi. Explore Midi's rich heritage, diverse Mediterranean landscapes, sun-drenched vineyards, and Cathar fortresses. Sail between Le Somail and Marseillan, starting with a casual introduction of the journey and chilled champagne. Get a glimpse of ancient Gallo-Roman and traditional history while visiting the entire 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. Conclude your journey through the famous round lock and then the nature reserve of Bagnas, where you might see flamingos, white egrets, and other migrating species.
Cruise through the world’s oldest canal tunnel at Malpas with your private group of up to 8 guests
Tour Carcassonne – the most complete medieval fortified city in existence
Enjoy a private wine tasting at the 14th century Château de Perdiguier
Visit Pezenas, a village associated with the playwright Molière
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, explore Carcassonne, 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, 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 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 the 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 served on board.
This morning visit Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. Tour the Archbishop’s Palace, Cathedral and Via Domitia and explore the indoor market at the hub of this bustling town, where you will have time to shop or simply absorb the vibrant atmosphere. Return to the hotel barge for a cruise via the world’s oldest canal tunnel at Malpas, perhaps pausing en route at the Poilhes brewery for a tour and tasting, then on to the 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. 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 are 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 served on board.
By morning, Anjodi starts 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 mainly 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.
This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).