Enchanté is an Ultra Deluxe category barge.
Enchanté is perfect for Couples, Families, Groups of friends, Cooking enthusiasts (demonstration galley), Good Cycling/Walking, Historic interest, Markets, Charming Villages.
Enchanté is a state of the art deluxe barge, the most luxurious on the Canal du Midi. All of the spacious double/twin cabins are of an equal size and charmingly appointed with lovely bathrooms and individual mobile phones. The interior décor is bright, fresh and contemporary with extra large windows in the salon and dining area. Guests can enjoy the demonstration galley and watch the chef at work.
The sundeck and outdoor relaxation area are superb – beautiful alfresco dining area, lovely Jacuzzi and extremely comfortable sun loungers. The cruise route takes in a beautiful stretch of the Canal du Midi – Lagrasse, one of the “Plus Beaux Villages de France”, the enchanting walled city of Carcassonne, the perched Cathar village of Minerve, and the colourful weekly market at Roman Narbonne. Enchante is renowned for its exceptional crew.
This is a fabulous choice for discerning guests looking for Canal du Midi cruises or a deluxe cruising experience in a stunning region of France.
ENCHANTE AT A GLANCE:
4 TWIN/DOUBLE CABINS WITH EN-SUITE BATHROOMS
165 sq. feet
100 FEET (30 METRES) LONG
AIR CONDITIONING/CENTRAL HEATING
GALLEY AVAILABLE FOR DEMONSTRATION COOKING
PC WITH INTERNET ACCESS
1 AIR CONDITIONED MINIBUS FOR EXCURSIONS
Sunday, Day 1 Sallèles d’Aude
Guests are met in Narbonne and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Enchanté. A champagne welcome and an introduction to the Captain and crew, followed by dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2 Sallèles d’Aude to Ventenac
Morning cruise along the delightful Robine Canal, built after the Canal du Midi to link Narbonne to the Mediterranean, to the charming historical village of Ventenac. Time to explore the château which was converted into a winery, before an afternoon excursion to “L’Oulibo”, a local co-operative olive oil press where we will sample the famous Lucques olives. We continue on to Minerve, the ancient capital of the Minervois, which boasts a 12th century Cathar fort surrounded by deep limestone gorges. Besieged by Simon de Montfort in 1210, its hilltop location affords spectacular views. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3 Ventenac to Bassanel
After breakfast, our excursion is to Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. Enjoy a visit to the Archbishop’s Palace and the indoor market at the hub of this bustling canalside town, where you will have time to shop or simply absorb the vibrant atmosphere. Afternoon cruise past vineyards and pine trees along the “grand bief,” another engineering prowess unique to the Canal du Midi, to Bassanel. This picturesque mooring under the trees presents a perfect opportunity to try your hand at a game of boules, followed by an alfresco dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 Bassanel to Puichéric
This morning we visit a Benedictine Abbey founded in the 8th century. Nestled in Lagrasse, a village awarded the title of “Plus beaux villages de France” and home to many artisans who have set up workshops in the medieval centre, the restored Abbey was once one of the most prosperous thanks to Charlemagne’s charter. Then we sample some local cuisine with lunch ashore in a spectacular setting overlooking the Corbieres vineyards, before returning to the barge to cruise to Puicheric, past “l’Epanchoir”, one of the bridges invented by Pierre Riquet for the Canal du Midi. Dinner on board.
Thursday, Day 5 Puichéric to Marseillette
Today we cruise along the 330-year-old canal ascending its trademark locks as the relief becomes steeper. This is a great opportunity to walk or cycle from one lock to the next as Enchanté cruises on, navigating the triple locking system. The afternoon excursion is a wine tour and tasting at Château Saint Jacques d’Albas in Minervois, one of the few regions to receive the much-envied French mark of approval for wines known as A.O.C. (Appellation d’Origine Controlée). This informative tour offers an opportunity to sample wine in situ and find out more about the Languedoc’s long-standing and continuing wine trade. Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6 Marseillette to Trèbes
Fascinating morning tour of Carcassonne. Dating back to the Gallo-Roman era, this is the most complete medieval fortified city in existence today with its 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defences, which resisted the many armies that tried to storm this glorious Camelot setting. This afternoon we cruise through the dappled cathedral-like canopy of the plane trees to Trèbes. Once a major ally to Carcassonne, this medieval town still retains unique paintings within its 14th century church. Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7 Trèbes
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Narbonne.
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
|Suite per person||€5,450.00||€6,290.00|
|Charter Max. 6 pax.||€38,400.00||€44,200.00|
|Charter Max. 7 pax.||€39,700.00||€45,700.00|
|Charter Max. 8 pax.||€41,000.00||€47,200.00|
Note all our prices are in euros. Please ask us if you live in the USA and would like prices in US dollars. We convert to Australian dollars at current exchange rates on the day of payment of deposit/full payment.
|Departure Dates 2020 (Sunday)||Rate|
|March 22, 29, April 5,12,19||Val|
|May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31||Reg|
|June 7, 14, 21, 28||Reg|
|July 5, 12||Reg|
|July 19, 26; August 2, 9, 16, 23||Val|
|September 6, 13, 20, 27||Reg|
|October 4, 11, 18, 25||Val|
Inclusions: Local transfers to and from the hotel barge,(all transfers are less than 1 hour) a luxury 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, an open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of 5 crew and use of barge facilities, which include bicycles, a PC with internet access and a spa pool.
ENCHANTE CRUISE ROUTE
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