Traditional and sumptuous – a majestic Canal du Midi cruise
Hotel Barge Anjodi creates a charming holiday cruise for 8 passengers in four air-conditioned staterooms on the delightful Canal du Midi. With wood panelling and shining brass she provides a traditional and luxurious ambience to enjoy whilst you cruise the beautiful and fascinating route from Marseillan to Le Somail.
The saloon and dining room feature all the comforts of a traditional home – leather sofas, pictures, books, inspiring music – where you can relax when you please below decks. The sun deck, where you might want to spend most of your day, has full-recliners and a heated sunken spa pool, the perfect place to watch the sun set during the warm Mediterranean evenings.
Anjodi hosted the famous chef Rick Stein on board for his TV series, ‘French Odyssey’, a culinary discovery through southern France.
Style: The 'nature' of the hotel barge. Outline subjective guidance as to the quality or comfort level that might be expected on board.
Price Band: Per person. Outline guidance only, on a relative or comparative basis. The bands do not represent accurate low or high season rates.
Hotel Barge Anjodi :: Key Features
- Premier class (3*)
- Canal du Midi, Languedoc
- Charter and cabin bookings, 6 nights, 7 days, March to October
- 8 guests / 4 cabins with ensuite bathrooms with air conditioning and heating
- Full board, on-board dining
- Sun deck with heated spa tub
- 8 folding bicycles
- Wifi (limited in some places)
- Air-conditioned minibus for transfers and excursions
Hotel Barge Anjodi: Cruise Highlights
- Visit to Pezenas, a village associated with the playwright Molière
- Private wine tasting at the 14th century Château de Perdiguier
- Cruise through the world’s oldest canal tunnel at Malpas
- See the spectacular hilltop village of Minerve
- Visit Narbonne’s Archbishop’s Palace and colourful market
- Views of the Pyrenees mountains across vineyards and sunflowers
- Discover the region’s Cathar history
- Tour Carcassonne, the most complete medieval fortified city in existence
- Excellent tow-path for walking and cycling and Biking Plus option
6 nights accommodation; transfers to and from Narbonne; all meals and drinks on board, excursion fees and transport
Air fares to France; travel, medical and cancellation insurance; crew gratuities (5-10% suggested)
Hotel Barge Anjodi: Cruise on the Canal du Midi
Sunday, Day 1 Marseillan
Meet at the Clarion Suites in Narbonne for transfer by private chauffeured minibus to Anjodi. Enjoy a chilled Champagne welcome with canapés and meet the crew, followed by a relaxing stroll around the lovely village of Marseillan. Dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2 Marseillan to Portiragnes
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. After lunch on board, a visit to Pezenas, the delightful 16th century capital of the Languedoc known for its associations with the French playwright Molière. Dinner on board and moor at Portiragnes.
Tuesday, Day 3 Portiragnes to Beziers
Cruise to tonight’s mooring near Beziers, with plenty of opportunity to walk or cycle the towpath along the way. After lunch on board, a 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 Malpas
Excursion is to Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital. Tour the Archbishop’s Palace, Cathedral and Via Domitia and explore the famous indoor market where you’ll have time to shop and absorb the vibrant atmosphere. Take lunch on board and then cross the aqueduct over the River Orb before ascending the 7-lock flight of Fonserannes through the unique ovoid locks to moor above it t Malpas for the evening. Dinner ashore at L’Ambassade, a Michelin-rated gastronomic restaurant in Beziers.
Thursday, Day 5 Malpas to Capestang
Cruise through the world’s oldest canal tunnel at Malpas, again with perfect cycling and walking opportunities along the way. After lunch, take an excursion to Minerve, the ancient capital of Minervois, with 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 a fascinating recreation of the Cathar rebellion. Time to explore Capestang on foot with its magnificent 14th century collegiate church. Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6 Capestang to Le Somail
Cruise to Le Somail and after lunch on board an excurion to Carcassonne. Dating back to the Gallo Roman era, this is the most complete medieval fortified city in existence today. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7 Le Somail
After breakfast, transfer by private chauffeured minibus to Narbonne.
This itinerary is subject to change and on alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.
Hotel Barge Anjodi cruises through Midi-Languedoc, southern France
Barge Cruising – Midi-Languedoc
Canal du Midi – Canal de la Robine
The Canal du Midi has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in acknowledgement of the astonishing feat carried out by its 17th century architect Pierre-Paul Riquet in linking the Etang du Thau in the south east with the River Garonne in Toulouse, effectively making it possible to convey goods from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. Riquet’s audacity in engineering can be seen in the flight of nine characteristically oval-shaped locks at Fonserannes, near the ancient city of Beziers which is famous not just for its 13th century cathedral, but for its bullfighting festival too. If ticking off UNESCO sites is your thing, then you get two for one in Carcassonne, where the canal passes close to the ancient citadel that forms one of the most iconic skylines in the whole country.
The 240 km length of this historic waterway is extraordinarily beautiful, meandering between the vineyards of Corbieres to the south and the Minervois to the north and a visit to the wine town of Minerve, which has been designated as one of the most beautiful in France, is a treat. A diversion along the Canal de la Robine leads to Narbonne, which dates back to Roman times when it was a strategic trading centre, and even today its covered market, supplied by local producers, is a kind of foodie heaven.
Hotel barges often collect and return guests to a pre-agreed Toulouse or Narbonne hotel. French international airports are at Toulouse, Bordeaux – and Paris-Charles de Gaulle. There are also European-flight airports at Carcassonne and Montpellier. TGV express train stations are located at Toulouse, Carcassonne, Narbonne and Montpellier; and many other towns in the region have railway connections.
– [below] In the region: Minervois, Minerve, Canal du Midi, Beziers, Narbonne, Carcassonne –
Hotel Barge Anjodi: Details and Facilities
- Dimensions: 100ft (30.5m) x 16′ 6” (5.05m)
- Cabins: Lavande: 91ft² (8.45m²), Basilic: 87.5 ft² (8.13m²), Thym & Romarin: 98ft² (9.1m²)
- All cabins can be double or twin bedded: twin beds highly recommended
- Saloon/dining area has new hand-built banquette seating and bar area with new wooden parquet flooring for 2017
- Deck area – new collapsible sun canopy for 2017 season
- Professional English and French-speaking crew of 4 – captain, tour guide/deckhand, chef and housekeeper
Other items on board:
6 person spa pool
A small library of books and maps
A collection of board games
Hi-Fi system with CD player with selection of CDs. Guests are welcome to bring their favourite CDs from home.
Guest i-Pods can be connected to the Hi-Fi system
Nordic walking sticks (on request)
Hotel Barge Anjodi: Cuisine
All meals on board are freshly prepared by your chef and most meals are a set-menu (there is no choice available). However, vegetarian, pescatarian and vegan dishes, and non-allergenic dishes, can be served given at least 8 weeks notice prior to your departure date.
Breakfast: wholesome and balanced variety of breakfast foods, along with fresh breads & pastries, freshly-squeezed orange juice and hot beverages.
Lunch: regional specialities, accompanied by a selection of quality wines.
Dinner: a candlelit four-course gourmet experience.
Captain’s farewell dinner is held on the last night. Guests may choose to dress slightly formal.
Noisette d’Agneau des Corbières en Croûte de Sel Sauce Romarin; Ragout de Calamars à la Provençale; Bouillabaisse
Domaine Gourgazaud, La Livinière, Minervois; Château les Voute-Gasparets, Corbières, Romain Pauc; Limoux Toques et Clochers, Chardonnay
Pélardon; Roquefort Papillon; Cathare au Chèvre; Tomme au Piment d’Espelette
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Charter and Cabin bookings
Sunday to Saturday
Value rate weeks:
April 1, 8, 15, 22
July 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19
October 7, 14, 21
6 guest charter: 32,600 USD / 21,900 GBP / 27,000 EUR
7 guest charter: 33,800 USD / 22,600 GBP / 27,800 EUR
8 guest charter: 35,000 USD / 23,300 GBP / 28,600 EUR
Per Cabin bookings
Stateroom Double Cabin: 4,690 USD / 3,150 GBP / 3,580 EUR per person
Single Occupancy Supplement: 1,700 USD / 1,150 GBP / 1,400 EUR
Regular rate weeks:
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
6 guest charter: 37,200 USD / 24,900 GBP / 30,800 EUR
7 guest charter: 38,600 USD / 25,700 GBP / 31,800 EUR
8 guest charter: 40,000 USD / 26,500 GBP / 32,800 EUR
Per Cabin bookings
Stateroom Double Cabin: 5,390 USD / 3,590 GBP / 4,450 EUR per person
Single Occupancy Supplement: 1,900 USD / 1,300 GBP / 1,600 EUR
All rates and prices will be confirmed at time of booking. Special Offers are available from time to time – contact us
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