Meet in Narbonne and transfer to ‘Anjodi,’ moored in Le Somail.
Visit the fascinating walled city of Carcassonne, the most complete medieval fortified city still in existence. The old town, called “La Cité,” looks much as it did in the Middle Ages. It is surrounded by a double circuit of walls and towers, and there is time to stroll the winding cobblestoned streets.
Cruise to the historic village of Capestang, where you may privately visit the 11th-century Cistercian Abbaye de Fontfroide, one of the most complete remaining abbey complexes in Europe, and enjoy a wine tasting at Corbières Château. Then take an excursion to Minerve, ancient capital of the Minervois, where there are spectacular views from the 12th-century Cathar fort.
Stroll an indoor market at Narbonne and explore the world's oldest canal tunnel at Malpas. This evening, dine ashore in Béziers.
Today, 'Anjodi' passes through the staircase of locks at Fonserannes, built by Pierre-Paul Riquet in the 17th century. Visit Narbonne to explore the delightful indoor market. Then tour this ancient Roman city, situated on the Via Domitia (Roman road) that once linked Italy to Spain. Later, savor a wine tasting at Château Pech-Céleyran.
Cruise to Portiragnes by way of the Bagnas Nature Reserve, a string of lagoons in the Cap d’Agde that are home to flamingoes and other water birds. Then, visit Pézenas, a delightful town rich with artisans that has also attracted actors, singers and performing artists — most notably the 17th-century playwright Molière. In the late afternoon, cruise to the village of Marseillan for a special farewell dinner on board the barge.
After breakfast, transfer to Narbonne, where your program ends.
Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.
Book a 2022 cruise at 2021 pricing when you reserve by May 31, 2021. Contact A&K for details.