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Canal du Midi - France
Aigues Mortes - Béziers - Puicheric - Castelnaudary

Béziers to Aigues Mortes

The Béziers to Aigues Mortes route is ideal in the summer months. The Canal du Midi runs alongside the Mediterranean so there are ample opportunities for swimming. This cruise takes you through to the Carmargue region of France famous for the pink flamingoes, the white horses, the black bulls and the wonderful sunsets.

Visits on this trip include the port of Sete (home town of Captain René) Pézenas, famous for its archictecture and quaint shops, St Guilhem le Desert set in the stunning scenery of the gorges of Herault and Montpellier, the capital of the region.

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You will be met by your guide at 5pm and join Emma moored in the port of Colombiers where you will enjoy champagne cocktails while meeting the other members of your crew, Captain René, Chef Liz and your hostess. A peaceful cruise to Beziers to the top of the flight of 7 locks at Fonserrannes to get your cruise off to a grand start.


This morning we shall go down the flight of locks and across the beautiful canal bridge over the River Orb with its spectacular views of the Cathedral of Béziers to moor in Port Iragne. Great cycle paths along this stretch of canal. After lunch our visit is to Pezenas, adopted home of Molière. A paradise for those interested in architecture, quaint boutiques, arts and crafts and antiques. Bourgois France at its best.


We cruise to the ancient Greek town of Agde built on the river Hérault out of volcanic stone. You can visit the old historic centre of Agde or the Cap d'Agde and Le Grau d'Agde with its beautiful sandy beaches. In the afternoon we go through one of only two round locks in Europe to bring us on to the River Herault. We shall take a lazy cruise up the river and out to the nature reserve of Bagnas, leaving fresh water behind us and entering the salt waters. A visit to Marseillan where you can visit the winery of Noilly Prat is an option.


Our cruise this morning takes us across the Étang to Sète. We shall cruise past the famous oyster beds of Bouzigues which we serve with the delicious white wine from the vineyards of Pinet, the Picpoul. You will be taken off to visit Sète this afternoon. Home of Captain René, it is a busy, bustling port, crisscrossed with canals from where it gets its name as the "Little Venice of the Midi". You will be taken up to the Mont Saint Clair with its spectacular views and a charming little chapel with beautiful murals.


Our cruise today takes us through the little town of Frontignan, home of the sweet Muscat wine. The canal now runs parallel with the Mediterranean Sea so any time you fancy a swim! We shall be mooring near to Villeneuve les Maguelone. This afternoon your visit in the minibus will take you up into the gorges of the river Herault to St Guilhem le Desert. This village is one of the stops on the pilgrimage of St Jacques de Compostelle and the Abbey and cloister are well worth a visit. The charming cobbled streets are full of flowers and have earned the village the title of one of the most beautiful villages of France.


Aigues Mortes is our destination today. Cruising through the Camargue with its black bulls, white horses and pink flamingos, you are now in the heart of Provence. This afternoon you will be able to explore this walled city, the starting point of the crusades. You can have a walk along the ramparts, visit the Tour of Constance, the old prison for wayward women, or delight in the little shops filled with fabrics, pottery, and local produce, before returning aboard for your final gala dinner.


Sadly, your week with us is over and after breakfast your guide will be taking you on to Montpellier to continue your onward journey.

Note: This is a sample itinerary as each cruise is adapted to take in the likes and interests of its guests. It runs in reverse on alternate weeks.

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