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The Classic Midi Cruise

The Classic Midi Cruise

Discover the beautiful beaches and medieval village and towns on this week-long classic Canal du Midi cruise. Cruise from Port Cassafières to Homps and uncover the action packed section of the canal, taking in idyllic sight of quaint villages and the engineering marvels of the Malpas Tunnel and the Fonserannes Locks..

  • Country / Region
    France / Canal du Midi

Discover the beautiful beaches and medieval village and towns on this week-long classic Canal du Midi cruise. Cruise from Port Cassafières to Homps and uncover the action packed section of the canal, taking in idyllic sight of quaint villages and the engineering marvels of the Malpas Tunnel and the Fonserannes Locks..

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    France / Canal du Midi
Description 
  • Cruise Highlights
    ActivityActivity Use of bicyclesTourTour Chateaux and historic monumentsItineraryItinerary Cruise from Port Cassafières to Homps. ActivityActivity Perfect area for swimmingActivityActivity Visit the region's famous vineyards. Includes wine tastings. ActivityActivity Wine tasting sessions

Summary

This week-long one way cruise from Homps to Port Cassafieres focuses on the thrilling, action-packed section of the beautiful Canal du Midi. Highlights of this trip include the idyllic village of Le Somail, the engineering marvels of the Malpas Tunnel and the Fonserannes Locks, the waterside wine cellar at Ventenac-en-Minervois, and the wondrous town of Beziers, the birthplace of Pierre-Paul Riquet, the engineer behind the Canal du Midi.

The itinerary can also be taken in the opposite direction.

Cruising Time Number of Locks Lock Type Waterways
 13 hours  18  Automatic operated by a lock-keeper Canal du Midi

 

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Inclusions

  • Renting the boat and its equipment
  • A galley (kitchen) with all the utensils and appliances you would expect
  • Towels and linen for all passengers
  • A boat handling demo
  • Technical support
  • On-board cruising information
  • Free locks (except in Ireland & Holland)

Note:

The Canal du Midi cruising season lasts from 23rd March-8th November 2019, and then from 23rd March-8th November 2020. 

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Itinerary 

Visit the following towns and villages:

  • Port Cassafières
  • Beziers
  • Fonserannes
  • Colombiers
  • Capestang
  • Le Somail
  • Ventenac
  • Paraza
  • Roubia
  • Argens-Minervois
  • Homps


Arrive in Homps and take a tour of the local vineyards, sample quality wines, and let the kids enjoy all kinds of watersports at Lac de Jouarres.

Wander around the narrow cobbled streets of Argens-Minervois and see the legendary towers of a 14th century château.

See the astonishing village of Roubia blessed with a charming old stone church and tower.

Get awestruck with the stunning Notre-Dame de l’Assomption or enjoy wine tasting at the historic Paraza Chateau.

Tour the small museum Grenier des Vignerons and sample the wines in the waterside wine cellar at Château de Ventenac-en-Minervois.

Book lovers will be in heaven at Le Trouve Tout du Livre in the lovely Le Somail. It's also home to nice restaurants, artist studios and a grocery store.

Soak in the scenery as you walk along Argeliers' 700m tree-lined avenue leading to the town with a handful of restaurants, bakeries, and cafe.

Discover the small market town of Capestang, including its impressive 14th century church.

Uncover the gems of Poilhes, a beautiful canal-side village with a small shop and a handful of lovely restaurants.

At the west of Colombiers you'll find the Malpas Tunnel, the first canal tunnel in Europe. The town also has an electricity point and port with fresh water.

Delight in ascending or descending the seven chambered Fonserannes Locks – one of the engineering marvels of Canal du Midi.

Discover Béziers, the capital of Languedoc’s wine industry and birthplace of Pierre-Paul Riquet, who was responsible for building the Canal du Midi.

Drop by the lively village of Villeneuve-lès-Béziers and stock up on supplies at the Spar supermarket and explore its several bars and restaurants.

Just 200m from the canal lies the large Intermarché supermarket in Cers. Replenish your stocks or just take a stroll across this pretty little town.

Stop at Portiragnes, a beautiful town with a butcher and a couple of nice restaurants.

Arrive in Port Cassafières, a small marina and your base with fresh water and electricity points.

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