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Le Boat - Canal du Midi (South of France) Region Information
Base Location: Castelnaudary - Homps - Narbonne - Trebes
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Canal boating holidays don't get any better than along the Canal Du Midi. Bathed in warm sunshine for most of the year, a canal cruise along the waterways of the South of France is a perfect holiday choice for experienced and first-time cruisers alike.

The Canal Du Midi, part of the Languedoc Roussillon region in South France, is really best experienced by boat - cruise from any of our five bases on the Canal du Midi through to the heart of the Camargue and beyond - tailor your journey to be as cultural, gastronomic or leisurely as you choose.

Bathed in warm sunshine for most of the year, a cruise along the waterways of the South of France is a perfect holiday choice for experienced and first-time cruisers alike. Cruise from any of our five bases on the Canal du Midi through to the heart of the Camargue and beyond - and tailor your journey to be as cultural, gastronomic or leisurely as you choose.

Regional Highlights

  • The ancient walled city of Carcassonne
  • The medieval town of Castelnaudary - the home of Cassoulet
  • The Roman town of Narbonne and its famous Merchant’s Bridge
  • The staircase of locks at Fonsérannes, near Béziers
  • The beaches and seafood restaurants at Port la Nouvelle, Narbonne
  • Beautiful Languedoc countryside - France’s most prolific wine-producing region
WEEKS BREAKS - Suggested Cruises in Canal du Midi
The Little Midi Cruise - History and Heritage Gastronomy Cycling Holiday with Kids
Castelnaudary - Homps - Castelnaudary
A classic cruise on the Canal du Midi through rolling countryside under the dappled shade of the plane trees. Visit the impressive walled city of Carcassonne, and the medieval Cathar city of Argens Minervois close to the pretty port of Homps. Spend time en route visiting the wine towns of Trèbes, and Bram and savour the slow pace of life . View Cruise Map
Duration: one week
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 104 km
Locks: 62
Cruise Time: 39 hrs
The Merchant's Cruise - History and Heritage Gastronomy Cycling Golf Swimming Holiday with Kids
Narbonne - Carcassone - Narbonne
Start your holiday in the pretty Roman town of Narbonne and enjoy the scenery of the Canal de la Robine before turning onto the Canal du Midi and heading towards the walled city of Carcassonne.
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Duration: one week
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 158 km
Locks: 78
Cruise Time: 39 hrs
Wine Lover's Cruise -
Homps - Bram - Homps
From the small port of Homps – once famous for shipping the many barrels of Languedoc wine on to Bordeaux, head up-stream under the shade of the plane trees to the lovely waterside town of Bram, stopping off en route to visit the medieval walled city of Carcassonne.View Cruise Map
Duration: One week
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 128 km
Locks: 56
Cruise Time: 40 hrs
The Pierre-Paul Riquet Cruise -
Trebes - Beziers - Trebes
Enjoy lock free cruising between Argens and Béziers as you pass through the heart of waterside towns and villages to the busy port-town of Béziers, birthplace of Pierre-Paul Riquet – founder of the Canal du Midi. Experience the staircase of locks at Fonsérannes and the oldest canal tunnel at Malpas en route.mportant Note: If you want to achieve this cruise in 7 nights and visit the town of Béziers, we strongly recommend you to NOT go through the Fonserannes locks and to park your boat just before the 7 locks and go visiting the town of Béziers with your bikes (2 km).
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Duration: One week
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 180 km
Locks: 50
Cruise Time: 37 hrs
The Sunshine Cruise -
Port Cassafieres - Narbonne - Port Cassafieres
The magnificent staircase of locks at Fonsérannes gives you stunning views over the Orb valley and the city of Béziers. Enjoy wines at the 400 year old vineyard next to the Guery aqueduct and browse for antique books at Le Somail before cruising down the Canal de la Robine into Narbonne.
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Duration: One week
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 128 km
Locks: 46
Cruise Time: 27 hrs
The Canal du Midi Cruise -
Homps - Castelnaudary
Take this classic Canal du Midi cruise in sunshine and shade between Homps and the lovely town of Castelnaudary. Spend time en route visiting the towns of Trèbes, Carcassonne and Bram and savour the slow pace of life along this beautiful section of the canal.View Cruise Map
Duration: One week
Cruise Type: One way
Distance: 81 km
Locks: 44
Cruise Time: 30 hrs
The Midi-Robine Cruise -
Narbonne - Trebes (via Carcassonne)
A spectacular one week cruise along the Canal du Midi and the Canal de la Robine. Narbonne, with its spectacular Merchant’s Bridge is a delightful city to explore and is close to the beaches.
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Duration: One week
Cruise Type: One way
Distance: 87 km
Locks: 43
Cruise Time: 23 hrs
The Classic Midi Cruise -
Homps - Port Cassafieres
Set off from the wine centre of Homps and savour the memorable sights and sounds of the Canal du Midi en route to Port Cassafières, situated at the edge of the Camargue and close to lovely beaches.
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Duration: One week
Cruise Type: One way
Distance: 81 km
Locks: 44
Cruise Time: 30 hrs
The Golden Midi Cruise -
Port Cassafieres - Castelnaudary
From the beaches and edge of the Camargue, cruise to the vibrant city of Bèziers. Head up the staircase of locks at Fonsérannes and cruise in the shade, stopping when the mood takes you. Visit the famous ice-house and book shop at Le Somail before heading on to the 14th century town of Castelnaudary – home to Cassoulet. Visit La Cité at Carcassonne en route.View Cruise Map
Duration: One week
Cruise Type: One way
Distance: 157 km
Locks: 62
Cruise Time: 45 hrs
SHORT BREAKS - Suggested Cruises in Canal du Midi
The Medieval Cruise -
Castelnaudary - Trebes
From the old port of Castelnaudary, visit medieval Carcassonne and enjoy the timeless appeal of the waterway en route to the medieval town of Trèbes, situated at the confluence of the Canal du Midi and the river Aude.View Cruise Map
Duration: 3 Nights
Cruise Type: One Way
Distance: 52 km
Locks: 31
Cruise Time: 18 hrs
The Languedoc Cruise -
Homps - Le Somail - Homps
A beautiful short-break cruise in the heart of the Midi. Discover the little villages of Argens, Roubia and Paraza. visit the Castle of Ventenac and the old library of Le Sommail, which is also a perfect spot for alfresco dining.View Cruise Map
Duration: 3 Nights
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 40 km
Locks: 12
Cruise Time: 11 hrs
The Cathar Cruise -
Homps - Trebes (via Le Somail & Carcasonne)
Enjoy a 4 night cruise one-way on the Canal du Midi. Enjoy the flavours of this warm region. Discover little villages like La redorte, Puicheric, Marseillette, Fresquel before visiting the jewel of the Midi : "la Cité de Carcassonne".View Cruise Map
Duration: 4 Nights
Cruise Type: One Way
Distance: 53 km
Locks: 27
Cruise Time: 18 hrs
LONGER BREAKS - Suggested Cruises in Canal du Midi
The Langudoc Cruise -
Narbonne - Castelnaudary - Narbonne
An ancient Roman town and former thriving sea port, Narbonne is famous for its spectacular Merchant’s Bridge – one of the few remaining bridges lined with houses and shops. From here, head up-stream past many delightful villages and vineyards, and the medieval city of Carcassonne, before reaching Castelnaudary.View Cruise Map
Duration: 2 Weeks
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 236 km
Locks: 118
Cruise Time: 80 hrs


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