'Roi Soleil' - Canal du Midi (2017)

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.

Time Event Description
30th Nov -0001
'Roi Soleil' - Canal du Midi (2017) 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.
1st Dec -0001
'Roi Soleil' - Canal du Midi (2017) ‘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.
2nd Dec -0001
'Roi Soleil' - Canal du Midi (2017) 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.
3rd Dec -0001
'Roi Soleil' - Canal du Midi (2017) 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.
4th Dec -0001
'Roi Soleil' - Canal du Midi (2017) 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.
5th Dec -0001
'Roi Soleil' - Canal du Midi (2017) 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.
6th Dec -0001
'Roi Soleil' - Canal du Midi (2017) Transfer to Carcassonne, where your program ends.

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