ANJODI

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CANAL DU MIDI ITINERARY

 

The Canal du Midi skirts the sun-drenched coasts of the Mediterranean before winding inland via historic towns, Roman strongholds as well as renowned wineries. This 300 year old canal features a smooth, winding canal lined with plane trees, beautiful villages and pretty bridges.

This is an ideal area for biking or strolling along picturesque tow paths, or enjoying the landscapes as you relax on the sundeck of a Canal du Midi barge. {In the distance|Distant} you {can|could} see the Pyrenees, whereas closer to hand are the wineries} that cover thousands of square miles. Enjoy wine tastings at several chateau and tasting rooms in the region.

You will certainly find a wonderful mix of historic Gallo-Roman as well as typical regional architecture throughout this area. A visit to the walled city of Carcassonne, features one of the most complete medieval cities.

ITINERARY

 

Sunday, Day 1 Marseillan

Guests are met at The Clarion Suites in Narbonne and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Anjodi. Enjoy a chilled Champagne welcome with canapés and the opportunity to meet your crew, followed perhaps by a relaxing stroll around the lovely village of Marseillan, enjoying a view of the oyster beds and home of Noilly Prat vermouth. Dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Marseillan to Portiragnes

This morning we embark on our cruise along the 330-year-old Canal du Midi through the Bagnas nature reserve, with potential sightings of flamingos, white egrets and other migrating birds, under bridges built from the local black volcanic stone. After lunch on board, we visit Pezenas, the delightful 16th century capital of the Languedoc mostly known for its associations with the French playwright Molière. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Portiragnes to Beziers

After breakfast, we cruise further along the Canal du Midi to our mooring near Beziers, with plenty of opportunity to walk or cycle along the towpath. After lunch, we enjoy an informative winery tour and tasting at the 14th century Château de Perdiguier, named after King Charles V's finance minister and famed for its frescoes and Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Beziers to Fonserannes

This morning's excursion is to Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. We tour the Archbishop's Palace, Cathedral and Via Domitia and explore the indoor market at the hub of this bustling town, where you will have time to shop or simply absorb the vibrant atmosphere. We return to the hotel barge for lunch and cross the aqueduct over the River Orb, before ascending the 7-lock flight of Fonserannes through the unique oval locks to moor above it for the evening. Dinner ashore tonight at L'Ambassade, a Michelin-rated gastronomic restaurant in Beziers.

Thursday, Day 5 Fonserranes to Capestang

This morning we continue our cruise, passing through the world's oldest canal tunnel at Malpas, again with perfect cycling and walking opportunities along the way. Following lunch, we take an excursion to Minerve, the ancient capital of Minervois, which boasts a 12th century Cathar fort surrounded by deep limestone gorges. Besieged by Simon de Montfort in 1210, its hilltop location affords spectacular views and the museum's fascinating miniature recreation of the bloodthirsty Cathar rebellion completes the intriguing picture. Returning to the barge, there is time to explore Capestang, once the summer retreat of the Bishops of Narbonne, with its magnificent 14th century collegiate church. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Capestang to Le Somail

In the morning we embark on our final cruise along the historic Canal du Midi to the delightful village of Le Somail. After lunch, we visit Carcassonne. Dating back to the Gallo Roman era, this is the most complete medieval fortified city in existence today. With its 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defences, it resisted the many armies that tried to storm this Camelot setting. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Le Somail

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Narbonne.


*This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.

 

REVERSE ITINERARY

Sunday, Day 1 Le Somail

Guests are met at The Clarion Suites in Narbonne and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Anjodi. Enjoy a chilled Champagne welcome with canapés and the opportunity to meet your crew, followed by time to walk around the charming village and perhaps explore its beautiful bookshop, before dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Le Somail to Pigasse

Morning cruise along the 330-year-old Canal du Midi to Pigasse, passing vineyards and pine trees. In the afternoon, there is a fascinating tour of Carcassonne. Dating back to the Gallo Roman era, this is the most complete medieval fortified city in existence today. With its 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defences, it resisted the many armies that tried to storm this Camelot setting. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Pigasse to Capestang

This morning we cruise to Capestang with magnificent views of the Pyrenées en route. There is time to explore the village, once the summer retreat of the Bishops of Narbonne, with its magnificent 14th century collegiate church. After lunch on board, our excursion is to Minerve, the ancient capital of the Minervois, which boasts a 12th century Cathar fort surrounded by deep limestone gorges. Besieged by Simon de Montfort in 1210, its hilltop location affords spectacular views and the museum’s fascinating miniature recreation of the bloodthirsty Cathar rebellion completes the intriguing picture. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Capestang to Beziers

This morning we visit Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. We tour the Archbishop's Palace, Cathedral and Via Domitia and explore the indoor market at the hub of this bustling town, where you will have time to shop or simply absorb the vibrant atmosphere. We return to the hotel barge for a cruise to Beziers via the world’s oldest canal tunnel at Malpas, to moor at the top of the flight of 7 locks at Fonserannes. Then we descend through the unique oval locks and cross the aqueduct over the River Orb to moor in Beziers. Dinner ashore tonight at L’Ambassade, a Michelin-rated gastronomic restaurant in Beziers.

Thursday, Day 5 Beziers to Portiragnes

After breakfast we cruise to Portiragnes where the Canal du Midi is at its closest to the Mediterranean. For those who are feeling active, the beach is only 20 minutes away by bicycle. This afternoon, we enjoy an informative winery tour and tasting at the 14th century Château de Perdiguier, named after King Charles V’s finance minister and famed for its frescoes and Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Portiragnes to Marseillan

This morning, Anjodi sets off through the famous round lock and then the nature reserve of Bagnas, with potential sightings of flamingos, white egrets and other migrating birds before heading out onto the inland saltwater lake of Thau, past the oyster beds. After mooring in the fishing village of Marseillan, home of Noilly Prat vermouth, we take an excursion to Pezenas, the delightful 16th century capital of the Languedoc mostly known for its associations with the French playwright Molière. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Marseillan

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Narbonne.



This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks, cruise will be in reverse.

 

2017 Rates

Anjodi
Accommodations Rate Type Rate Amount
Charter 8 passengers wholeboat Value 35000
Charter 6 passengers wholeboat Regular 37200
Charter 6 passengers wholeboat Value 32600
Charter 7 passengers wholeboat Regular 38600
Charter 7 passengers wholeboat Value 31900
Charter 8 passengers wholeboat Regular 40000
Single supplement Regular 1900
Single supplement Value 1700
Stateroom per person Value 4690
Stateroom per person Regular 5390

 

Departure Dates (Sunday) Rate Type Route
Aug 27 Regular Canal Du Midi
Jul 23,30 Value Canal Du Midi
May 7, 14, 21, 28 Regular Canal Du Midi
Oct 09, 15, 22 Value Canal Du Midi
Apr 30 Regular Canal Du Midi
Sep 03,10,17,24 Regular Canal Du Midi
August 06, 13,20 Value Canal Du Midi
Jul 02,09,16 Regular Canal Du Midi
Jun 04,11,18,25 Regular Canal Du Midi
October 01 Regular Canal Du Midi
Apr 02, 09, 16, 23 Value Canal du Midi

2018 Rates

Anjodi
Accommodations Rate Type Rate Amount
Stateroom per person Value 4690
Stateroom per person Regular 5390
Single supplement Value 1700
Single supplement Regular 1900
Charter 6 passengers wholeboat Value 32600
Charter 6 passengers wholeboat Regular 37200
Charter 7 passengers wholeboat Value 33800
Charter 7 passengers wholeboat Regular 38600
Charter 8 passengers wholeboat Value 35000
Charter 8 passengers wholeboat Regular 40000

 

Departure Dates (Sunday) Rate Type Route
Apr 1,8,15,22 Value Canal du Midi
Apr 29 May 6, 13, 20, 27Jun , 3,10,17,24 Jul 1,8, 15 Regular Canal du Midi
July 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, 19 Value Canal du Midi
Aug 26 Sep, 02, 9, 16. 23, 30 Regular Canal du Midi
Oct 7, 14, 21 Value cana du midi

 

 

 

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