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Colibri

Canal du Midi

Autumn cruising © ColibriEarl and Fiona © ColibriSalon © Colibri

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cruise from Carcassonne to Seuil de Naurouze (v.v.)

 

The beautiful Barge Colibri is owned and operated by Australian’s Earl and Fiona Pilatti and will be with you every step of the way on this fantastic holiday. Colibri has been designed to take a maximum of only four guests, offering luxury spacious accommodation.

The Colibri is well appointed with bespoke French oak furniture, fine fabrics and beautiful finishing touches.  The interior of Colibri has high ceilings throughout with an emphasis on being light and spacious. Earl and Fiona take pride in seeking out and offering some of the finest wines and produce of the regions they cruise in and sharing them with guest.

Colibri has a very high return rate of guests, and for this reason, changes canals every few seasons. In 2016, Colibri will be returning to cruise the beautiful Canal du Midi, with one of the longest route on offer on this canal. Join now and get the chance to cruise aboard a luxury hotel barge along the UNESCO world heritage site of the Canal du Midi, whilst being indulged with gourmet cuisine, fine wines, and daily excursions to the regions sites. 

 

Features

Colibri is a classic Dutch Luxemotor canal barge, built in Friesland Holland in 1931, and lovingly converted from her cargo carrying days into a luxury hotel barge.


Bow coming through lock © ColibriStarboard side © Colibri

Barge features

– 27m x 5.05m barge
– 2.2m internal headroom
– Crew: Fiona & Earl (owners)
– 4 passengers
– Red Cabin – 16.3m 2
– Blue Cabin – 12.5m2
– 60m² Sundeck

 

Dining Room © ColibriThe accommodation aboard Colibri is all on one level, with stairs to the deck and sundeck.

The dining area and salon are light and spacious, the perfect place to relax and feel at home, read a book, or chat over dinner and a glass of wine. There is an Ipod friendly music system with speakers above and below decks. A large collection of music, a library of books and games. If the evenings turn a little chilly, the fire can be lit.   

 

Sleeping accommodation is in two generous staterooms with walk around beds and modern en-suite bathrooms. The beds are European king-size, or if preferred, two twin beds to afford flexibility to guest’s arrangements. The cabins are furnished with bespoke French oak furniture with generous hanging space and draws to unpack into and make you feel at home. The linens are luxurious of the finest Egyptian cotton, with silk duvets for comfortable summer nights. The bathrooms are modern and stylish with large showers, heated towel rails, hairdryers, Caudalie products and bathrobes.

 

Red Cabin © ColibriBathroom © ColibriBlue cabin © Colibri

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deck © Colibri

 

As Colibri has been designed for only four guests, the magnificent sun deck offers 360* views of the passing scenery and is beautifully appointed with teak furniture nestled in the stunning on deck garden. The large table with four adjustable chairs allows for comfortable al fresco meals, whether it be for breakfast, lunch or dinner, enhance by a canopy umbrella 4m x 4m, if needed a heater can be fitted for perfect comfort throughout the season. The teak steamer chairs are complimented with individual side tables and parasols, so guests may relax shaded from the sun & cooled by the gentle breeze as Colibri cruises along. Exterior dining © ColibriTake the chance to unwind and find yourselves in awe of the scenery as Colibri passes by ancient villages, fields of sunflowers and vineyards.

Four bicycles are available for riding the towpaths or exploring the villages and surrounding areas. In the morning, your tour guide will take you on excursions so that you can take in the sites of the area surrounding the canal in our private air-conditioned top of line people mover.

Floorplan

Colibri Floorplan

Location map

Colibri Cruise – Canal du Midi

Carcassonne to Seuil de Naurouze marker-anchor-blue Le Somail to Carcassonne Meeting points

Sample itinerary: Carcassonne to Seuil de Naurouze

 

Cruise from Carcassonne to the Summit of the Canal du Midi passing through Castelnaudary.

 

 

Deck © ColibriDay 1 – Sunday

Guests are met by Earl, the Captain and owner at 12.00 at an arranged meeting point. Transferred to Colibri moored by Carcassonne. Warm welcome on board with a glass of bubbles and then a brief safety talk and outline of your week ahead. Relax and enjoying lunch, the first meal of your cruise. After lunch, we will leave our mooring and cruise to a perfect location for our first overnight stop and dinner.

 

Carcassonne © Sonia JonesDay 2 – Monday

Guided tour of the Cité of Carcassonne, to take in the fascinating medieval city, a wonderful journey into history. In the afternoon, we cruise through a tight and twisty section of the canal to a tranquil mooring for the evening near Bram and dinner aboard.

 

Champagne © Loire Valley ToursDay 3 – Tuesday

In the morning, we visit the town of Limoux, and a local winery, providing an insight into the wines and not forgetting tastings including the Crémant and Blanquette of Limoux, the oldest sparkling wines in the world made since 1531. We cruise a very pretty stretch of the canal today, stopping for the evening beneath the trees near Saint-Martin-Lalande.

 

DMirepoix © Sonia Jonesay 4 – Wednesday

We visit the medieval market town of Mirepoix with half-timbered houses and a beautiful square. On the way back to Colibri, we visit an ancient church made in the rocks, an amazing site. We cruise in the afternoon through a series of locks, into the Grand Basin of Castelnaudary, the home town of Cassoulet, a local dish.

 

Revel © Sonia JonesDay 5 – Thursday

Morning visit to Revel, renowned for its covered market, furniture making and the Lac de Saint-Ferréol, taking in the new Museum of Canal du Midi and gardens. The museum beautifully shows the vision and working used to create and operate the Canal du Midi, with delightful gardens. We cruise the final leg of our journey to the Seuil de Naurouze located on the highest stretch of the Canal, a 194 metres (650ft) above sea level. This is the watershed between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. One can take a stroll and visit the obélisque to Pierre Paul Riquet, the builder of the canal set in a beautiful park. Farewell dinner aboard.

 

Day 6 – Friday

Leisurely breakfast, and transfer around to nominated drop of point.

Sample itinerary: Narbonne to Carcassonne (alternative itinerary)

 

Cruise from Narbonne to Carcassonne. This alternative itinerary is a lovely itinerary, best cruised in the quieter months, early or late in the season to avoid high levels of traffic.

 

 

Le Somail © Sonia JonesDay 1 – Sunday

Guests are met by Earl, the Captain and owner at 12.00 at an arranged meeting point. Transferred to Colibri moored in the village Le Somail. Warm welcome on board with a glass of bubbles and then a brief safety talk and outline of your week ahead. Relax and enjoy lunch, the first meal of your cruise.

After lunch, we cruise along the “Grand Bief to a perfect location for our first overnight stop and dinner. The Grand Bief is a remarkable engineering feat, a stretch of canal 54.2 km long without a lock, from Beziers to Argens-Minervois, passing by villages and vineyards as it winds through the country side. We will moor in a tranquil spot for dinner tonight.

 

Olive Oil Oulibo © Sonia JonesDay 2 – Monday

Today, we visit the Abbey de Fontfroide. It is located in a beautiful tranquil setting and with its garden of 3000 rosebushes and Italian garden it is a wonderful place to visit. On the way back we can pop in and see the Oulibo olive oil press, where locals can take their olives for pressing. After lunch, Colibri will make her way along the final section of the Grand Bief and entering the locks and starting the climb towards Carcassonne. We will head towards Homps and enjoy dinner aboard.

 

Narbonne © Sonia JonesDay 3 – Tuesday

We visit Narbonne, with its beautiful cathedral, bustling colourful market and historic Roman sites. Not to mention some lovely shops. This afternoon cruise sees Fiona and Earl get busy, as we have five sets of locks making ten basins to climb to our evening mooring in the village of Marseillette.

 

Minerve © Sonia JonesDay 4 – Wednesday

Our excursion today is to the Cathar fort and hill top village of Minerve, a stunning location with a museum that tells of its history. Everyone loves this beautiful village. It’s a picture perfect postcard village from the south of France, without the crowds. On your return to Colibri, you will enjoy a splendid lunch before we continue upstream, through the village of Trèbes towards Villedubert, our secluded mooring for dinner and the night.

 

Carcassonne © Sonia JonesDay 5 – Thursday

This morning, our excursion will be of the historic fortified Cité of Carcassonne, to take in the fascinating medieval city, a wonderful journey into history. We cruise this afternoon up through a series of locks and through Carcassonne for our final evening dinner aboard.

 

Day 6 – Friday

After a leisurely breakfast, Earl will transfer you to the nominated drop of point.

 

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Cruise Fares

Sold out for 2017! Enquire now for 2018.

 

Colibri cruise fares for 2018:

 

 Private charter – Full board: from €4,125 per person based on 4 passengers

Included in the fare:

– Five nights accommodation
– All gourmet meals prepared by your private chef and two meals taken at local restaurants
– All wines, bar, and refreshment drinks aboard
– Transfers to and from the barge from the designated meeting point
– Daily excursions with your tour guide in private vehicle
– Use of on-board bicycles, library and sound system

 Private charter – Half board: from €3,875 per person based on 4 passengers

Included in the fare:

– Five nights accommodation
– All breakfasts and lunches (the dinners will be ashore at passenger’s expense)
– All wines, bar, and refreshment drinks aboard
– Transfers to and from the barge from the designated meeting point
– Daily excursions with your tour guide in private vehicle
– Use of on-board bicycles, library and sound system

 

 

 

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