Canal Du Midi Barge Cruise: Beziers to Carcassonne - Untours Ventures
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Canal Du Midi Barge Cruise: Beziers to Carcassonne

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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

Béziers, France; Regismont le Haut; Capestang; Oppidum d'Enserune; Le Somail; La Repudre; Argens Minervois; Olonzac; Minerve; Narbonne; Puicheric; Carcassonne; Trebes


  • 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, and 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

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): Colombiers, France
In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Emma at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in lovely town of Trebes. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first of many gourmet dinners onboard.
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2, (Sunday):
This morning, your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to Carcassonne, a fortified Medieval fortress with a walled city. Explore the ancient castle and preserved ramparts to admire the mighty 53 Roman towers. Stroll the cobblestone boulevards into local cafes and specialty boutiques. Back onboard, this afternoon's cruise is the perfect time to laze on deck, or explore the tree-shaded towpath on bicycle or on foot. Or, visit Captain Rene in his wheelhouse and help him steer the barge. Cocktails and canapes precede another gourmet dinner. Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 3 (Monday):
This morning's sightseeing is your pleasure! A visit to Lagrasse reveals a village in the heart of the Corbieres where charming avenues house a multitude of specialty boutiques and craft shops. Or, discover the natural wonder of the giant underground cave at Cabrespine. Exploring the ruins of an old Cathar chateau is also on offer. After one of these excursions, your Tour Guide returns you to the Emma for an afternoon cruise. Laze on deck, or traverse the towpath by bicycle or on foot. Enjoy cocktails and dinner onboard.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 4 (Tuesday):
A visit to a lively local market in Olonzac begins the day. Shop alongside the locals for seasonal fruits, colorful vegetables, artisan breads, and spice blends. Choose your own fare for lunch onboard today! Then a short drive to the hills reveals Minerve, a preserved Medieval city with fascinating social, historical, and military import. Your Tour Guide returns you to the Emma for an afternoon cruise. Relax on deck, or explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. Upon mooring, cocktails are prepared and a gourmet dinner awaits.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 5 (Wednesday):
The morning begins with a visit to Narbonne, a regional capital established in 118 B.C.E. as a Roman colony. A study of European history and local modernity thriving side by side, Roman ruins are reverentially presented in public spaces, while the lively Narbonne market reflects the region’s gastronomic bounty. Your Tour Guide returns you to the Emma for a lazy afternoon cruise. Unwind on deck and watch the scenery slip by. Meanwhile, Chef Liz is crafting tonight's dinner using ingredients from this morning's market visit.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 6 (Thursday):
Today we continue our lazy cruise which takes us under the smallest bridge in France, if you can get under this, you can go anywhere on the canal system! A choice of visits awaits you. A winetasting at Guery or at St. Chinian; a visit to the Abbey at Fontfroid; a trip up to the prehistoric site of Oppidum d'Enserune with its panoramic views; there is so much to see, you will be spoiled for choices! End the cruise in style at the Captain's Dinner, followed by an informal concert under the stars.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 7 (Friday):
After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point.
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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