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European Canal Barge Cruises

'Roi Soleil' - Canal du Midi 2017

7 Days from TBA

Limited to 6 guests

Graceful 'Roi Soleil' drifts languidly on the Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes the Fonserranes Locks. As one of just six privileged guests aboard this charter-only vessel, you experience the area's rich history and picturesque scenery. Visit Pézenas with its old town center and 16th-century grand Town Houses or the ancient hill town of l'Oppidum d'Ensérune. Stop for wine and olive oil tastings. Explore Narbonne's indoor market and the hamlet of Le Somail. Back on board, retire to the relaxing on-deck spa tub as the world drifts by. At certain times of the year the vessel cruises an equally interesting route that is 60% canal and 40% river in nearby Provence, Carmargue and Languedoc. Unique itineraries can be arranged for chartering groups with special interests, such as family, walking, golf or wine appreciation.
'Roi Soleil' - Canal du Midi Vessel

Vessel Information

At 98 feet long and 16.5 feet wide, 'Roi Soleil' is the largest two-story barge on the Canal du Midi. She has air conditioning and central heating.

Capacity for 6 guests in three queen/twin suites. Each has an en suite bathroom decorated with handmade Provençale tiles. The bathroom offers a thermostatically controlled shower, heated towel racks, a single basin, L'Occitane toiletries, a hair dryer and one robe per person. A nanny can be accommodated in a fourth cabin in the crew quarters.

Cabins are decorated with the rich hues of stylish Pierre Frey fabrics and have oak flooring. They feature unique "skylight" windows and computer hook-up.

The combination dining and salon area features oak flooring, fireplace, TV with multi-format DVD player and selection of DVDs, Bose stereo system, and an iPod docking station. Skylights fill the area with natural light.

The canopied, exterior aft deck offers a spa pool and wrap-around seating for al fresco dining. The forward deck features deck chairs and sun mattresses.

Hybrid bicycles and helmets provided

All meals and alcoholic beverages included

Deck Plan

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: Dinner

‘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’Ensérune, 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 known for its bulls and horses.

'Roi Soleil'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7

Transfer to Carcassonne, where your program ends.

Meals: Breakfast

Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.

'Roi Soleil' also cruises in Provence from Aug 27 to Sep 9. Contact A&K for details.

Prices are in USD, per person and based on double occupancy unless noted as charter. Contact A&K for availability.

Journey Details

Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.

Family, golf and wine theme cruises available for Private Charters (supplements may apply).

'Roi Soleil' also cruises in Provence from Aug 27 to Sep 9. Contact A&K for details.

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