'Roi Soleil'- Canal du Midi

European Canal Barge Cruises: Tranquil voyages along Europe's scenic canals and rivers


Day 1: Sunday

Transfer to ‘Roi Soleil,’ moored near Béziers. You are welcomed on board with cocktails and dinner as the barge cruises on the canal to Villeneuve.

'Roi Soleil'   |   Meals: D
Day 2: Monday

‘Roi Soleil’ passes through the great staircase of locks at Fonserannes. Today, you may explore Pézanes, known for its architecture and antique shops; Roquebrun, a picturesque village that clings to the hills above the River Orb; or l’Oppidum d’Enserune, a pre-Roman archaeological site. You could also return to Béziers, the center of the wine trade in southern France, for a wine tasting at a top vineyard that is a supplier to Michelin-starred chefs.

'Roi Soleil'   |   Meals: B L D
Day 3: Tuesday

Cruise to the historic village of Capestang, where you may privately visit the 11th-century Cistercian Abbaye de Fontroide, one of the most complete remaining abbey complexes in Europe, and enjoy a wine tasting at Corbières Château. Alternatively, you may stop at a ranch in the Camargue region that is known for its bulls and horses.

'Roi Soleil'   |   Meals: B L D
Day 4: Wednesday

Enjoy an excursion to charming Narbonne today. Once a Roman capital, the town is home to a famous archaeological museum within the Bishop's Palace, as well as a modern-day food market. The barge then cruises to the tranquil country village of Le Somail.

'Roi Soleil'   |   Meals: B L D
Day 5: Thursday

Visit the hill village of Minerve, with a dramatic history dating from the Crusades. Alternatively, stop at a prized olive oil mill at Oulibo and a Languedoc village. Later in the day, cruise to Roubia.

'Roi Soleil'   |   Meals: B L D
Day 6: Friday

Pass through many locks on the morning cruise to Homps. Explore Carcassonne, Europe’s largest medieval fortress, or the village of Lagrasse, known for its many artisans. Tonight's farewell dinner celebrates a wonderful week on board.

'Roi Soleil'   |   Meals: B L D
Day 7: Saturday

Transfer to Carcassonne, where your program ends.

Meals: B

Canal Barge Cruising in Europe is a relaxed way of travel that is inherently flexible and subject to change. The above itinerary is an example of the places you may see and visit during your cruise; your actual itinerary may vary.

Cruise itinerary operates in reverse direction on alternate weeks.

On Sep 28 and Oct 05 (2014), 'Roi Soleil' cruises in Provence (between Béziers and Avignon). Contact A&K for details.