Cruising in Southern France

Gliding under arched bridges, passing lush vineyards, and watching the canopy of shade trees sway above you is the true definition of relaxation but it’s just another day on a canal barge cruise in southern France.

Setting out from Narbonne, the cruise along the Canal du Midi explores the village of Anjodi before evening dinner. The next morning, your vessel meanders downstream from Le Somail to Sallèles d’Aude, stopping in Carcassonne for a tour of the medieval fortified city. A magnificent view of the Pyrenees appears in the skyline as you cruise toward Capestang to see its 14th century church. After lunch, the excursion continues to Minerve known for its 12th century Cathar fort and stunning views. The next day, you cruise toward Colombiers, stopping at Narbonne to tour the Roman capitol, Archbishop’s Palace and Via Domitia. Enjoy shopping and a vibrant cultural experience.  Take winery tours and walk pristine beaches of the Mediterranean en route to Portiragnes before spending the final day of cruising in the nature reserve of Bagnas on the way to Marseillan for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.

Getting there

When flying into France, your point of entry will be the main, international airport, Paris – Charles de Gaulle (CDG). You can easily fly to Paris from anywhere in the world be it Toronto,London,Montreal or Amsterdam via Delta Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa and other popular airlines. For domestic and internal European flights, Airport in Paris is the only hub of choice.

The fastest way to reach your destination in Narbonne and begin your cruise is by train. There are two options for train travel from Paris for the 633-km journey. Take the high-speed TGV train for a 4- hour day trip or, travel at night on a Intercites de Nuit train. If you want to explore the French countryside on your way, leasing companies offer car rentals which you can pick up in Paris and drop off at several locations in southern France.