beatrice - canal du midi

canal cruising in france

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beatrice - canal du midi

canal cruising in france

Relaxed atmosphere, gourmet food, fine wines and a delightful culinary
and cultural cruise through the idyllic French countryside of the Canal du Midi.

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Beatrice - canal du midi

Canal Barge in France

beatrice cruise highlights

The pont canal de Béziers

The 7 locks of Fonséranes

Enserune: 6th century BC Oppidum

Carcassonne, world heritage medieval city

Minerve, hilltop village, Abbey of Fontfroide & Chateau at Colombiers

13th century St Etienne's cathedral at Capestang and the local market

"wonderful relaxing days on Beatrice" Scott & Judy( Australia )

Merci beaucoup for these wonderful relaxing days on Beatrice. It was a great way to spend on 30th wedding anniversary. As novices to barging your hospitality, meals, captaincy all helped to make this a very enjoyable time. You both provide the right mix of cruising to see the surrounding countryside, explore local villages and markets. We are now definitely fars of barging the french canals. A bientôt.

"Michel's and Jean François cuisine always 5 stars" Jo & Michael ( Australia )
Le bateau Beatrice is a beautiful boat but to Jo and I it was much more as you immediately welcomed us into your home. For several years we have wanted experience the french locks and canals and how lucky we were to select team Beatrice. Your easy going and relaxed manner quickly had us enjoying the tranquil pace of le canal du midi from day one. Both Michel's and Jean François cuisine always 5 stars, and together you made sure our time on board would be so memorable. Our day excursions with Gwen were both informative and interesting and gave us a good overview of the early history of the region. Thank you both once again for sharing your life and home with us - we could not ask more. Merci beaucoup.

"An experience that all should enjoy" Russell & Elisabeth - New Zealand
Very pleasurable cruise with Jean François and Michel. Quiet and relaxing, superb food and great company. An experience that all should enjoy.
Michel and Jean François, you have given us an unforgettable holiday on the Canal du Midi. One day we would love to return. Thank you so much for your hospitality and for all of your care and attention.


Hotel barge Beatrice, 22 m length barge, has been entirely renovated using clear oak to insure a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The master cabin has a large double bed measuring 160cm x 200cm, offering panoramic views. The second cabin has two single beds and its own adjacent bathroom. The barge has central heating and air-conditioning. Bicycles are also available. Beatrice cruise route takes you through the villages of Colombiers, Poilhes, Capestang, Le Somail, Ventenac, Argens in Minervois, Homps, Lézignan , Trebes and finally to the old city of Carcassonne.

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SUNDAY - Portiragnes

We will be waiting to meet you at Portiragnes port Cassafières at 18:00. You will board Beatrice moored in the countryside atmosphere of the canal du midi.Welcoming champagne and dinner will begin at 8, after which you may enjoy a walk along the canal before turning in to your cabin for a peaceful night.

Monday - Foncérannes

Our cruise will begin after breakfast on board. We will be cruising towards Villeneuve les Béziers where we will moor for the lunch on board.Then continue to the pont Canal in the city of Béziers and then up the astonishing 7 locks of Foncérannes where we moor for the night.You may like to watch the DVD on the history of the canal, built from 1667 to 1681 by Pierre-Paul Riquet.

Tuesday - Regiment Le Haut

Breakfast at 9:00 then cruise to Colombiers and visit the ancient wine cellar of the chateau.Then continue to Enserune hill. After lunch on board there's an excursion to Enserune archaeological site and museum and you will walk for 30 minutes.This type of hilltop village is characteristic of the celtic world of Iron Age southern Gaul.The site was discovered in 1860 by Abbot Giniès. The museum is housed in a villa built in 1915 and redesigned in the 1940s by Jules Formigé.We will pass through the tunnel du Malpas, the first canal tunnel built in the world. We will continue to Regiment Le Haut.

Wednesday - capestang

Cruise to Capestang and visit the local market and the 13th century cathedral of St Etienne. After lunch on board in Capestang, there's a tour to Minerve or Fontfroide Abbey. Minerve was a powerful small town in the middles ages.The residence of the viscounts of Minerve dominated the Minervois Region. The natural site of Minerve is one ofthe most astonishing in the departement of Herault, and is part of the upper Languedoc Regional Nature Park. TheAbbey of Fontfroide is one of the most complete abbey complexes remaining today. Then return to Beatrice,dinner on board and moor for the night.

Thursday - le somail

After breakfast leave Capestang through its tiny arched bridge and cruise to La Croisade where we moor for thelunch. La croisade is located in the heart of the nature. You can relax on the sun deck and enjoy the quiet life.Thenwe cruise to Le Somail and visit this lovely hamlet. Of note is the librairie ancienne which houses thousands ofrare books, prints and posters. Dine on board in Le Somail and moor for the night.

Friday - carcassonne & argens

After breakfast there's a tour in Carcassonne the medieval city, Unesco World Heritage Site, a town, a "Cité"...anhistory. You will discover one of the most accomplished fortified towns in Europe. Then return to Beatrice forlunch on board. After lunch continue and Argens in Minervois where we dine on board and moor for the night. Thisis a good chance to walk or cycle the excellent towpath alongside Beatrice.

Cruise to Homps, through several locks for lunch on board. Disembark at 15:00

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

  • cruise

    march to november


    Private charter for 2 persons

    private charter for 4 persons

  • 2020 short cruise
    3 nights / 4 days

    Portiragnes - Le Somail or reverse
    do not include carcassonne

    2100€ per person

    on request

    on request

  • 2020 season
    6 nights / 7 days

    Portiragnes - Homps or reverse

    3400€ per person

    9100€ (whole boat)

    on request

Price for Beatrice includes:
• 6 night's accomodation aboard • 2 crew members and private chauffeur for your free tours • All meals on board ( breakfast, lunch and dinner ) • Fully stocked bar with a selection of cocktails and soft drinks • Free tours of Medieval Cathar village of Minerve or Fontfroide Abbey and to the medieval citadel and castle at Carcassonne in the air conditioned vehicle • All free tours fees and associated transport. • Use of on-board bicycles. • Champagne welcome aboard. • Wireless internet access.

These rates do not include:
• Personal expenses • Pick-up and transfer from agreed meeting point to the barge • The gratuities for the crew ( we recommend between 5 and 10% of the cruise rate depending on your level of satisfaction, payable in Euros to the Captain ).

To avoid currency exchange fees,
• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.

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Bon voyage!