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Caroline
From
US$11,970 Per Charter

Charming Class

 

Caroline is a delightful and cozy six-passenger barge that cruises along the Canal du Midi. 

  • Country / Region
    France / Canal du Midi
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    BTCAR0816
  • Itinerary
    Beziers to Carcassonne
  • Cabins
    3
  • Max Passengers
    6
From
US$11,970 Per Charter

Charming Class

 

Caroline is a delightful and cozy six-passenger barge that cruises along the Canal du Midi. 

  • Country / Region
    France / Canal du Midi
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    BTCAR0816
  • Itinerary
    Beziers to Carcassonne
  • Cabins
    3
  • Max Passengers
    6
Description 
  • Cruise Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomActivityActivity Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary DrinksDrinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksInclusionInclusion Sun deckTransportation Transportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions ActivityActivity Use of bicyclesItineraryItinerary Cruise from Beziers and Carcassonne.TransfersTransfers Transfer from the airport/hotel or train station to the bargeInclusionInclusion WiFi on boardActivityActivity Wine tasting sessions

Summary

Caroline is a lovely barge featuring a huge flowered sun deck with comfortable teak seatings and is laid with a carpet. She offers accommodation for up to 6 guests with great relaxation and inviting ambiance.  This barge allows you to enjoy a perfect spot to curl up with a  glass of wine or a cup of tea while capturing the exceptional views of the villages. 
 

Discover medieval villages, stroll through local markets  and enjoy culinary delights on Caroline!

 

Cruise Highlights

  • All-inclusive 6-night/7-day cruise
  • Daily excursions and entry fees to:
    • Carcassonne, Europe’s largest fortifi ed medieval town
    • Minerve, an ancient village on the edge of a limestone cliff, classed as one of the ‘most beautiful villages of France’
    • Narbonne, a Roman city including its Archbishop’s Palace
    • Abbey de Lagrasse, a 7th century Romanesque Benedictine
    • Local wine tasting at Château de Ventenac
  • All gourmet meals and open-bar 24/7
  • Attentive service from 2-3 crew members
  • Transfers between Narbonne/Carcassonne or Beziers and Caroline
  • Cruise from March to October/Sunday departures
  • This barge is only available to be fully chartered for the exclusive use of your group (minimum 4 passengers).


Pick-up & Drop-Off Points

  • Pick-up: Designated meeting point in Beziers
  • Drop-off: Hotel, train station or airport after breakfast

Cruise Cuisine

Sample menu:


  • Fresh and raw oysters
  • Pan fried squid
  • Chilled rosé from the Languedoc
  • Cappucino of red and green peppers
  • Crusty sea bass on boudin noire
  • Stuffed puff pastry
  • Valhrona chocolate
  • Apple tart
  • Local cheeses

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Itinerary 

Beziers to Carcassonne

Day 1, Sunday
You will be picked up at approximately 4 p.m. by Uli, your Captain, at the pre-arranged meeting point and transferred by private air-conditioned Mercedes van to the Caroline mooring. Champagne welcome reception aboard by Ute, your Chef, and time to settle in while Caroline is starting her first little cruise to your evening mooring. Relax on deck and watch the picturesque French landscape glide past. On this first evening, you will enjoy the first four-course welcome gourmet dinner aboard.

Day 2, Monday
Awaken to enjoy an extensive continental breakfast with freshly brewed coffee, tea, fruit juices, croissants and baguettes, jams, ham, cereals. Before starting the cruise, you might decide to have a morning visit to the pre-Roman site of Oppidum d'Enserunes, which is a historical site from around 800 BC and has been part of the Roman Via Domitia. This area also overlooks the famous Etang de Montady. We set off cruising, meandering through truly unbelievable and stunning scenery. Ute will serve the lunch on deck `al fresco´. This afternoon while relaxing on deck with a chilled drink enjoy yourself and watch the countryside pass by as we cruise to our mooring destination for the evening.

Day 3, Tuesday
The afternoon cruise with the barge will guide you through the pleasant landscape of Languedoc-Roussillon, which is known as the biggest wine producing area worldwide. Probably we will moor at night in Le Somail, a very charming little Hameau. Here, you have the chance sampling the local food in one of the restaurants nearby. After dinner, enjoy the evening sitting on deck with a glass of wine.

Day 4, Wednesday
Today’s morning visit is the little scenic hilltop village of Minerve, one of the "Most Beautiful Villages of France". Still there are about 100 people living. Minerve´s history is old and connected to the Cathar Crusades which took place in the early 12th century. Visiting the little Museum of Hurepel, telling everything about the cruelties which have happened in this area 800 years ago.

The cruise this afternoon will take us to the first look this week. But before getting there, we will make a stop-over in Ventenac. Here, Caroline will moor in front of the local Chateau which sits directly on the banks of the canal. Chateau Ventenac invites you in for a wine tasting of their famous "AOC Minervois". The vines of the "Appellation Minervois" have been introduced by the Romans. When we have reached the mooring later on, maybe you like to take a walk or a bike ride along the towpath before Ute gives you a call for starting the dinner tonight.

Day 5, Thursday
This morning we´re taking off with the Van to see ancient Narbonne. We visit the Palace of the Archbishop, the Roman underground cave storages and the Cathedral St Just, with its impressive organ. From this vantage, the ancient Via Domitia can be seen. Narbonne was founded 118 BC by the Romans along the Via Domitia. This is the more than 2000 years old trade route connecting ancient Rome with Spain. While enjoying the town you can chase for souvenirs before your Captain Uli invites you for Lunch at a typical bar in the covered food market in the centre of Narbonne.

Today's cruise will take us through the first locks. The first one has a single chamber while the next lock has a double chamber. A total of 4 locks with 6 chambers will bring us to our evening stop at Homps, a small vineyard village. We moor along a quay in the middle of this village where guests have a wide choice of restaurants for your dinner and a stroll tonight.

Day 6, Friday
Today’s excursion will be another highlight of your week! La Cité! Tour of the famous walled city of Carcassonne, a fascinating fortified medieval fortress, situated on top of Carcassonne overlooking the city. Caroline takes off after breakfast, leaving Homps, cruising again through locks, transporting us 'uphill' to the next level of the Canal. Our evening mooring tonight is away from the villages and somewhere in the countryside.

Farewell dinner. Again Ute will serve a spectacular 4 course gourmet meal. Once more you can enjoy her cuisine, corresponding wines followed by cheeses and desert with matching wines, coffee and liquors.

Day 7, Saturday
After Saturday morning´s breakfast, we will say goodbye and Uli will drive you to your next hotel, train station, or airport.

Barge Details 

Caroline Deck Plan

Caroline deck plan

  • 2-3 crew
  • 27 metres long
  • 1 en suite cabin and 2 twin/double cabins
  • Air-conditioned
  • Sundeck
  • Bicyles available on board
  • Music and library
  • Wi-Fi (subject to local reception)
  • Air-conditioned minibus
Dates & Prices 

Rates for 2017

Early Booking Charter: 15% Off

  Discounted Rate Regular
Charter 2 ppl $10,000 USD $11,970 USD
Charter 3 ppl $10,000 USD $11,970 USD
Charter 4 ppl $13,500 USD $15,960 USD;
Charter 5 ppl $16,900 USD $19,950 USD
Charter 6 ppl $20,300 USD $23,940 USD

Departure Dates

June 11, 18 & 25
July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
August 6, 13, 20 & 27
September 3, 10, 17 & 24
October 1, 8, 15 & 22

Rates for 2018

Charter 2 ppl $10,000 USD
Charter 3 ppl $10,000 USD
Charter 4 ppl $16,500 USD
Charter 5 ppl $16,900 USD
Charter 6 ppl $20,300 USD

"Book Early" Cruise Rates are valid for all value or regular seasons in 2017. Subject to availability and apply to new bookings only.

Terms & Conditions

Prices shown in Euros or US Dollar will be converted in Australian Dollar (AUD) at time of payment using a daily ROE. An initial deposit of 40% of the total cruise fare for  cabin or charter is payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 100 days as per our terms and conditions and as specified in our confirmation invoice, which will be despatched when the booking form has been processed. Cancellation policy applies to all bookings.

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