Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Go (Luxury) Barging On Canal Du Midi

There are many reasons and several ways to visit the historic 330-year-old Canal du Midi in Southern France, and European Waterways have some of the best options this Spring with their 6-night, all-inclusive cruises during March and April aboard a choice of three luxury hotel barges.

Life in this region of France is slow-paced and calm, as is the relaxing atmosphere aboard these barges as they glide the Canal du Midi, which is one of Europe’s longest and widest canal systems and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.The tree-lined Canal, with its attractive towpaths for walkers, joggers and bikers, runs along the sun-drenched Mediterranean shore of South-Western France before meandering inland with magnificent views of the snow-capped Pyrenees and the rolling Minervois vineyards.

Among the highlights of these Spring voyages, travellers can visit the medieval hilltop village of Minerve with spectacular views from its 12th century Cathar fort; enjoy tours of Narbonne, with its colourful indoor market and the medieval fortified city of Carcassonne. Each itinerary will also include private tours and tastings at renowned Minervois vineyards.

Leisurely life afloat for guests - served by a professional crew of 4 - ranges from enjoying traditional French and international cuisine prepared by the talented onboard chef, accompanied by quality regional wines, alfresco lunches and soaking in on-deck spa pools, to taking some exercise on the bicyles provided, all while enjoying the mild, sunny Spring climate in this region of France.

Prices for Canal du Midi, 6-night, all-inclusive cruises aboard Anjodi in March and April start from £2,385pp (based on double occupancy), including a 10% discount, accommodation in air-conditioned, en- suite cabins, all gourmet meals on board, fine wines, open bar, daily escorted shore excursions, local transfers and the use of all barge facilities such as bicycles and spa pools.

For bookings, see www.gobarging.com, or follow this link to The Cruise Line, the UK's luxury river-cruising specialists.