European Waterways introduce a new river barge

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European Waterways introduce a new river barge

European Waterways have introduced a new river barge to their expanding fleet of luxury hotel barges. The Clair de Lune will commence her cruises sailing on the Canal Du Midi from April to November 2013.

Accommodating just 6 guests, she is ideal for a family charter or even for couples wanting a unique and very relaxing holiday.

Clair de Lune is tastefully furnished with cherrywood and African hardwoods that provide a sophisticated and modern interior. She offers superior accommodation for her guests in three contemporary double or twin junior suites with en suite facilities.

There is a stylish dining area and saloon with picture windows and a large sundeck with a spa pool from which to admire the passing countryside, together with bicycles for exploring the towpath

Clair de Lune cruises the canal between the charming village of Le Somail and the fortified city of Carcassonne, discovering some of the most beautiful scenery in the south of France along the way. During the voyage along the tree-lined Canal du Midi you visit historical sites such as the spectacular Cathar town of Minerve, the elegant city of Narbonne and enjoy wine tastings at renowned local domaines.

 Clair De Lune Luxury Hotel Barge

Clair De Lune luxury hotel barge

Cruise itinerary

Sunday, Day 1 Le Somail

You are met at the designated meeting point and transferred to Clair de Lune peacefully moored at the port of Le Somail. The crew welcomes you on board with a glass of chilled champagne on the sun deck. Time for a walk or bicycle ride around this pretty canal side village before your first dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Le Somail to Argens

After breakfast, you cruise to Argens, past beautiful, far reaching scenery across to the foothills of the Pyrenees, which you can absorb from the sundeck. After lunch your guide will take you to the beautiful hilltop village of Minerve where the Cathars held out from Simon de Montfort in the 13th century and on the way back to the barge you visit Domaine Massamier Mignarde for a Minervois wine tasting. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Argens to Puicheric

After breakfast, you will be driven to the beautiful city of Narbonne. There you will visit the Horreum, an underground Roman grain warehouse and the 12th century Narbonne cathedral. Explore the Market Hall and browse numerous chic boutiques. On your return to the hotel barge, an aperitif and al fresco lunch is served under the trees. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon, cruising through the five locks to Puichéric. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Puicheric to Millegrand

Morning cruise to Millegrand. This cruise is perfect for towpath walking or cycling or just lying back in the spa pool and enjoying the day. Lunch is prepared by your chef, before leaving with your guide to the medieval village of Lagrasse, one of the most beautiful villages in France, with a Benedictine abbey, friendly locals and narrow winding streets. Enjoy a tasting at Chateau Villemagne where wine is a passion as well as a pleasure. Meal out tonight at a local auberge.

Thursday, Day 5 Millegrand to Villedubert

Morning cruise to the mooring at Lock Villedubert. After lunch we leave the barge and drive to Montolieu, the village of books with its many antiquarian bookshops and exhibitions of graphic arts. You can visit the museum and charms of this little medieval town before returning to the barge via the ancient Villelongue Abbey. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Villedubert to Carcassonne

This morning you cruise to the final destination and highlight of the week, Carcassonne. After lunch your guide will accompany you to the largest and most beautiful walled ancient city of Europe. Carcassonne, dating from the time of Charlemagne, has been fully restored. You can walk the ramparts, visit the Château Comptal, and step back in time. Captain's Dinner aboard.

Saturday, Day 7 Carcassonne

After breakfast, depart the barge by minibus and transfer to the designated drop off point.

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

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