Canal Du Midi Barge Cruise: Beziers-Aigues Mortes - Untours Ventures
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Canal Du Midi Barge Cruise: Beziers-Aigues Mortes

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Emma is a luxury hotel barge on the Canal du Midi in Southern France that carries no more than six passengers, served by a crew of four. Days are spent floating on the canal, exploring quaint villages by minibus or by foot, and enjoying the chef’s gourmet cooking.

Sample local wines and cheeses, French style. Let yourself be spoiled and pampered by your 4 dedicated English/French speaking crew members and live in the comfort of luxury accommodation in your beautiful air conditioned cabin. Five or six night cruises are available.

Untourists Say:

Emma's four crew members treated the five guests like family. They were very friendly, accommodating, knowledgable, and just plain fun to be with. Liz and Rene, the owners, take great pride in their barge and it shows. I give top kudos to Liz and Rene for a perfectly splendid experience!!!!! There's nothing I can think of to make it better!
P. Horrisberger, Bluffton, SC and H. Forrest, Jackson, NJ

This was the very best trip I've taken in a long time. I'm almost 84 and have traveled all over. I love sailing boats (real sails) and hate the typical cruise ships. Emma showed this old fossil another way to be on the water and to satisfy my love of history, too. Just moving slowly down the canal remembering events, savoring the architecture and sipping the local wines was a luxury I never dreamed of. The excursions, too, were absorbing and exciting to me. How I'd love to travel the rest of the Canal du Midi! On Emma!
M. Campbell, Wytheville, Virginia

Ships: Emma

About This Cruise

Itinerary Highlights

Bèziers, France; St. Chinian: Orb Valley to Roquebrun; Agde; Le Grau d'Agde; Pezenas; River Herault; Bagnas; Etang de Thau; Port of Marseillan; Etang to Sète; Bouzigues; Mont Saint Clair; Frontignan; Villeneuve les Mageulone; Montpellier; Aigues Mortes; Camargue (in the heart of Provence)


  • Six nights accommodation aboard
  • Four crew members: captain, personal chef, hostess and matelot/driver
  • Transfer between the railway/airport and the barge both before and after your cruise
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) either aboard or ashore with their accompanying wines from the region
  • Fully stocked open bar with a selection of cocktails, digestives and soft drinks
  • Guided tours each day in the mini bus and all entrance fees
  • Frequently Asked Questions

The Food

When you start to plan a holiday in France , food plays a big part of it. It is no wonder that France is the gastronomic centre of the world as the cuisine is so regional and so varied. The Mediterranean diet is renowned for being the healthiest, but you don't have to sacrifice flavor for health as you will find out aboard Emma. All dietary requirements can be catered for and as Liz tells her guests on the first day, "if there is something that you would really like to try, let me know and I will do my best."

We are so lucky living in the Midi that we have easy access to fresh fruit and vegetables all year round. We have a selection of fish, meats, charcuterie second to none. During your week aboard you will be treated to the best. Just to whet your appetite!

Breakfast is waking up to the smell of coffee, warm croissants and pastries, fresh baguette, fresh fruit, yogurts, cereals, juice, homemade jam and having the time to sit and enjoy it all and listen to the birds.

Lunch is a mouthwatering display of colorful salads, pâtés, quiches, tarts, cheeses, homemade pickles and preserves and all washed down with a few bottles of nicely chilled rosé wine from the vineyard you have just cruised through.

Sample Dinner Menu
Velouté of asparagus and wild salmon with roast asparagus and lime mousseline sauce

Roast saddle of lamb stuffed with garlic and rosemary served with a chiffonade of spring cabbage and a minced herb roll

Cheese. Roquefort served with a glass of Muscat St Jean de Minervois and Muscat grapes

Panna Cotta with a raspberry coulis and fresh fruit

Coffee and liquers

Frequently Asked Questions

Air Options

We recommend flying in and out of Paris. There are good TGV rail connections to Southern France from Paris. While we have no specific air deals on this cruise, please call 1-888-868-6871 if you would like us to assist with your airfare.

Not included:

  • Airfare to and from France
  • transportation to and from Narbonne/Beziers (we will assist you with this)
  • Use of mobile phone
  • Meals and drinks purchased off board
  • Crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)
  • Travel Insurance

Ships: Emma


Day 1, (Saturday): Béziers, France
Pick up Béziers 5pm. You will join Emma moored in the port of Béziers and enjoy champagne cocktails whilst getting to settle in and meet the rest of the crew.
Day 2, (Sunday):
The lively street market of St. Chinian, famous for its AOS wines is our first visit today, followed by a tour through the Orb Valley to Robguebrun. Thanks to its micro climate orange and lemon trees and mimosa flowers in the gardens overlooking the river.

After lunch, we cruise to the ancient Greek town of Agde built on the river Hérault out of volcanic stone. You can visit the old historic center of Agde or, the Cap d'Agde and Le Grau d'Agde, with its beautiful sandy beaches.
Day 3 (Monday):
Visit to Pezenas, adopted home of Molière. A paradise for those interested in architecture, quaint boutiques, arts and crafts, and antiques.

In the afternoon we go through one of only 2 round locks in Europe to bring us on to the River Hèrault. We shall take a lazy cruise up the river and out past the nature reserve of Bagnas in to the Etang de Thau, leaving fresh water behind us and entering the salt waters. Our mooring for tonight is the Port of Marseillan, where you can visit the winery of Noilly Prat.
Day 4 (Tuesday):
Our cruise this morning takes us across the Etang to Sète. We shall cruise past the famous oyster beds of Bouzigues. Oysters will be served with the delicious white wine from the vineyeards of Pinet.

You will be taken off to visit Sète this afternoon. Home of Captain Renè, it is a busy, bustling town, crisscrossed with the canals from whence it gets its name, the "Little Venice of the Midi". You will be taken up to the Mon Saint Clair, with its spectacular views and a charming little chapel, with beautiful murals.
Day 5 (Wednesday):
Our cruise today takes us through the little town of Frontignan, home of the sweet Muscat wine. The canal now runs parallel with the Mediterranean Sea, for any time you fancy a swim! We shall be mooring near to Villeneuve les Mageulone.

A visit to Montpellier this afternoon will be an opportunity for those wishing to shop. The historic center of this university city, which is also the oldest medical center in France, is very interesting to wander around. The Place de le Comedie, just beside the theatre, is wonderful just to sit and have a coffee or a glass of wine, and watch the world go by. There is something for everyone to enjoy in this beautiful city.
Day 6 (Thursday):
Aigues Mortes is our destination today. Cruising through the Camargue, with its black bulls, white horses and pink flamingos, you are now in the heart of Provence.

This afternoon you will be able to explore this walled city, starting point of the crusades. You can have a walk along the ramparts, visit the Tour of Constance, the old prison for wayward women, or delight in the little shops filled with fabrics, pottery, and local produce, before returning aboard for your final dinner.
Day 7 (Friday):
Sadly, your week with us is over, and after breakfast, your guide will be taking you on to Montpellier, to continue your onward journey.
Ships: Emma

Excursions for Emma

Included. Please see Itinerary.
Cruise Details | Itinerary | Excursions | Pre-Post-Trip Options
Ships: Emma

Pre/Post-Cruise Options

Inquire about our 8-night castle stay/canal cruise combination. Four days of cruising and four days in a magnificent chateau. Otherwise, check out our Untours in Provence, Paris, and Alsace.

There may be a few gap days between cruise and Untour. Inquire for details.

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