built to navigate the canals and rivers of Europe and has been
refurbished to the highest standard. She provides luxurious
for up to 8 guests in 4 equal en-suite twin or double suites, (approx.
including ensuite) each with superbly appointed bathrooms with showers
luxurious bath products.The barge is tastefully furnished in
hardwoods creating a bright and airy atmosphere. She has a large,
saloon where the attention to detail is exceptional. She has a
demonstration galley for guests to view the chef, internet connection on
and a guest computer available, CD/iPod sound system and air
al fresco dining, gorgeous hot tub and luxurious sun loungers.
Enchante's highly professional crew of four is comprised of Master Chef, Tour guide and Stewardess, led by a knowledgeable and experienced Captain who will ensure your cruise is memorable and more!
ENCHANTE - CLASSIC CANAL DU MIDI CRUISE
Salleles d’Aude to Carcassonne
Sunday Salleles d’Aude
You are collected by the Captain in Narbonne at 4pm and escorted by minibus to Enchante, moored at Salleles d’Aude. Your cruise will begin with a Champagne welcome.
Monday Le Somail to Roubia
Morning cruise through the series of locks and narrow bridges of the Robine Canal, to the charming village of Le Somail. Afternoon excursion to the olive oil press “Oulibo” to sample the famous Lucques. We continue to Minerve, ancient capital of the Minervois, once besieged by Simon de Montfort in 1215 and surrounded by deep limestone gorges.
Tuesday Roubia to Jouarres
This morning’s excursion is to Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. Enjoy a visit to the Archbishop’s Palace and the indoor market and absorb the bustling atmosphere. Afternoon cruise through vineyards and pine trees along the “grand bief”, one of the engineering prowess unique to the Canal du Midi.
Wednesday Jouarres to Puicheric
This morning we set off by minibus to a Benedictine Abbey founded in the 8th Century in the village of Lagrasse, now home to many artisans. A chance to sample some local cuisine with lunch ashore. Afternoon cruise reaching Puicheric, past “l’Epanchoir”, one of the oldest canal bridges of France.
Thursday Puicheric to Trebes
Morning cruise along the 330-year old Midi canal ascending its renowned locks to reach Marseillette. Afternoon excursion to a wine tour coupled with a tasting in the Minervois, one of the few regions to receive the much envied French mark of approval A.O.C.
You will be taken on a fascinating morning tour of Carcassonne, which dates back to the Gallo-Roman era and is the most complete medieval fortified city in existence. We cruise in the afternoon through the dappled Cathedral-like canopy of the plane trees to Trebes. Farewell Dinner aboard.
After breakfast you are escorted by minibus to Narbonne, departure 10am.
Trebes to Salleles d'Aude
Guests are met at the designated meeting point in Narbonne and escorted by minibus to Enchante, moored in Trebes. A champagne welcome and an introduction to the Captain and crew, followed by dinner on board.
Monday Trebes to Puicheric
A fascinating morning 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, which resisted the many armies that tried to storm this glorious Camelot setting. This afternoon, we cruise along the 330-year-old canal and gently circle the contours of the land through the dappled Cathedral-like canopy of the plane trees, to Puicheric lock. You might want to admire the lock-keeper's artistic creations which surround the lock-house. Dinner on board.
Tuesday Puicheric to Jouarres
This morning, our cruise descends the trademark locks of the Canal du Midi as the steep relief requires them to be more numerous and deeper. This is a great opportunity to walk or cycle from one lock to the next as Enchante cruises on, navigating the triple locking system. The afternoon excursion is a wine tour and tasting at the winery of Chateau Saint Jacques d'Albas in Minervois, one of the few regions to receive the much envied French mark of approval for wines known as A.O.C. (Appellation d'Origine Controle).This informative tour offers an opportunity to sample wine in situ and find out more about the Languedoc's long-standing and continuing wine trade. Dinner on board.
Wednesday Jouarres to Roubia
This morning, we visit a Benedictine Abbey founded in the 8th century. Nestled in Lagrasse, a village awarded the title of "Plus beaux villages de France" and home to many artisans who have set up workshops in the medieval centre, the restored Abbey was once one of the most prosperous thanks to Charlemagne's charter. Then we sample some local cuisine with lunch ashore in a spectacular setting overlooking the Corbieres, before returning to Enchante for our cruise to Roubia . This afternoon, while cruising under the shade of the plane trees which line the canal, we pass the canal bridge "l'Epanchoir", one of the many feats of engineering invented by Pierre Riquet for the Canal du Midi. Dinner on board.
Thursday Roubia to Le Somail
A morning cruise through vineyards and pine trees to the charming and historical village of Le Somail, purpose-built for the Canal du Midi. This bustling little village is situated on the "grand bief", another engineering prowess unique to the Canal du Midi. Take some time to explore the old bookstore of Le Somail. An afternoon excursion to "L'Oulibo", meaning olive in the Occitan language, a local co-operative olive oil press where we will sample the famous Lucques olive oil. We continue by minibus 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. Dinner on board.
Friday Le Somail to Salleles d'Aude
This morning's excursion is to Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. Enjoy a visit to the Archbishop's Palace and the indoor market at the hub of this bustling canal side town, where you will have time to shop or simply absorb the vibrant atmosphere. Afternoon cruise through the series of locks and narrow bridges of the Robine Canal, built after the Canal du Midi to link Narbonne to the Mediterranean. Cycle ahead and explore the village of Salleles d'Aude, our final mooring. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday Salleles d'Aude
After breakfast, disembark Enchante and transfer to the designated drop-off point in Narbonne.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
Enchante 2023 Pricing and Dates
( 4 Cabins )
|Mar 26; Apr 2, 9, 16, 23||Val||France - Canal du Midi|
|Apr 30; May 7, 14, 21, 28; Jun 4, 11, 18, 25; Jul 2, 9||Reg||France - Canal du Midi|
|Jul 16, 23, 30; Aug 6, 13, 20||Val||France - Canal du Midi|
|Aug 27; Sep 3, 10, 17, 24; Oct 1||Reg||France - Canal du Midi|
|Oct 8, 15, 22, 29||Val||France - Canal du Midi|
|Charter 6 passengers||$48,000||$55,400|
|Charter 7 passengers||$50,000||$57,700|
|Charter 8 passengers||$52,000||$60,000|
Enchante 2024 Pricing and Dates
( 4 Cabins )
|Mar 24, 31; Apr 7, 14, 21||Val||France - Canal du Midi|
|Apr 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26; Jun 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Jul 7, 14||Reg||France - Canal du Midi|
|Jul 21, 28; Aug 4, 11, 18||Val||France - Canal du Midi|
|Aug 25; Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, 29||Reg||France - Canal du Midi|
|Oct 6, 13, 20||Val||France - Canal du Midi|
|Charter 6 passengers||$52,300||$59,700|
|Charter 7 passengers||$54,400||$62,100|
|Charter 8 passengers||$56,500||$64,050|