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Enchante

Canal du Midi

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Cruise from Trèbes to Sallèles-d’Aude (v.v)

 

As an owner-operated barge, the Enchante team is sure to provide you with the best of their service thanks to the discreet management of its owners. Roger and Louisa Gronow, owners of Enchante, combined their 25 years of experience as employees working on a variety of barges, to not only design and build Enchante to reflect the best features of Deluxe barging, but also to provide the service and atmosphere that makes a barge cruise really special.

Enchante is a state of the art, double-decker hotel barge that has been built to the highest standard. She provides luxurious accommodation for up to 8 guests in four equally spacious twin or double-bedded suites, the largest of any hotel barge on the Canal du Midi and with superbly appointed bathrooms. The hotel barge is tastefully furnished in a contemporary style, creating a bright, art deco atmosphere. She has a large, spacious saloon where the attention to detail is exceptional.

Enchante’s highly professional crew of four is comprised of an experienced Captain, Master Chef, Tour guide and Housekeeper. The crew are hand-picked for their personalities and then trained to provide service to the exacting standards of the owners; between them they deliver gourmet meals, fascinating excursions and first class service.

 

Features

Capacity Up to 8 passengers – charter or individual cabin
Crew 4: Captain, Chef, Tour Guide, Hostess
Cruise Route Canal du Midi/Provence
Barge Size L: 30m W: 5m
Cabin Thanks to the design on two levels, Enchante boasts the most spacious cabins on the Canal du Midi. Each of the 4 staterooms covers a similar size of 16 sq meters, all with an ensuite shower-room (hairdryer and complimentary amenities). Available in twin split or queen size bed option. Individually air-conditioned/heated, writing desks, bedside tables and wardrobes
Interior/Salon Open plan dining with demonstration galley, comfortable seating in salon and open bar. The spacious upper deck saloon is lined with large picture windows offering beautiful views of the French countryside. Even in inclement weather conditions you can watch the enchanting scenery slip by in total comfort thanks to the reversible air-conditioning.
Exterior/Deck The saloon opens on to the front sun deck which, with its clean lines and curves, reflects the contemporary look of Enchante. Here you can enjoy a glass of Champagne or a cocktail, al-fresco dining or relax in our eight person Jacuzzi ensconced in the bow of the boat.
Facilities Wifi, guest computer; library/board games; open bar; coffee machine; 8 bicycles
Transfer From/To: Sunday 4pm – closest city to embarkation point /Saturday 10am

Floorplan

Enchante Floorplan

Location map

Canal du Midi cruise

 

Cruise from Trèbes to Sallèles-d’Aude Meeting point

Sample itinerary: Trèbes to Sallèles-d'Aude

Day 1 – Sunday

 

Guests are met at the designated meeting point and escorted by minibus to Enchante, moored in Trèbes. A champagne welcome and an introduction to your Captain and crew, followed by dinner on board.

 

Day 2 – Monday

 

Carcassonne

A fascinating morning tour of Carcassonne. Dating back to the Gallo-Roman era, this is the most complete mediaeval fortified city in existence today with its 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defences, which resisted the many armies that tried to storm this glorious Camelot setting.

This afternoon, we cruise along the 330 year old Canal du Midi, and gently circle the contours of the land through the dappled Cathedral-like canopy of the plane trees, to Marseillette. Take the opportunity to explore this charming village, which manages to retain a flavour of rural France and its savoir-vivre. Dinner on board.

 

Day 3 – Tuesday

 

This morning, our cruise descends the trademark locks of the Canal du Midi as the steep relief requires them to be more numerous and deeper. This is a great opportunity to walk from one lock to the next, as Enchante cruises on, and witness your vessel navigate the triple locking system. An afternoon’s excursion to a winery, Château Ollieux Romanis in Corbières, one of the few regions to receive the much envied French mark of approval for wines known as A.O.P. (Appellation d’Origine Protogée). This informative tour is not only an opportunity to sample wine in situ but also find out more about the Languedoc’s long-standing and continuing wine trade. Dinner on board.

 

Day 4 – Wednesday

 

EnchantéThis morning we take the minibus to a Benedictine Abbey founded in the 8th century. Nestled in the village of Lagrasse and awarded the title of “Plus beaux villages de France” (most beautiful villages of France), it is now home to many artisan who have set up workshops in the medieval centre.  The restored Abbey was once one of the most prosperous, thanks to Charlemagne’s chart. A chance to sample some local cuisine with lunch ashore in a spectacular setting overlooking the Corbières.

This afternoon, while cruising under the shade of the plane trees which line the canal, we traverse the canal bridge “l’Epanchoir”, one of the many feats of engineering invented by Pierre Riquet for the Canal du Midi, to Bassanel. This picturesque mooring presents a perfect opportunity to try your hand at pétanque, the local sport of boules, followed by an alfresco dinner on board.

 

Day 5 – Thursday

 

A morning cruise through vineyards and pine trees to the charming and historical village of Le Somail, purpose built for the Canal du Midi. This bustling little village is situated on the “grand bief” another engineering prowess unique to the Canal du Midi. Take some time to explore the old bookstore of Le Somail.

An afternoon excursion to “L’Oulibo”, meaning olive in the Occitan language, this cooperative olive oil press is a great opportunity to sample the famous Lucques. We continue by minibus to Minerve, the ancient capital of the Minervois, which boasts a 12th century Cathar fort surrounded by deep limestone gorges. Besieged by Simon de Montfort in 1210, its hilltop location affords spectacular views. Dinner on board.

 

Day 6 – Friday

 

Narbonne Market

This morning’s excursion is to Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. Enjoy a visit to the Archbishop’s Palace and the indoor market at the hub of this bustling canal side town, where you will have time to shop or simply absorb the vibrant atmosphere.

Afternoon cruise through the series of locks and narrow bridges of the Robine Canal, built after the Canal du Midi to link Narbonne and the Mediterranean. Cycle ahead and explore the village of Sallèles d’Aude, our final mooring. Farewell Captains Dinner on board.

 

Day 7 – Saturday

 

After breakfast depart Sallèles d’Aude and return to the designated drop off point.

 

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Testimonials

“Thank you all so much for such a wonderful week. It was one of the best vacations we have ever had. Thanks for the laughter and the memories. You all took such wonderful care of us.”
Bob & Susie Pugh, USA

“What can top this?!! So well looked after – will always remember this special time. Thank you.”
Geraldine & Neville Dent, Australia

“Our week aboard Enchante was everything we hoped for, and more. Your good humor, knowledgeable conversation, great service and exceptional food made our adventure an incredibly memorable one. Take a bow! Au revoir.”
Caroline & Michael Vickers-Willis, Australia

“What a wonderful week it has been. We feel as if we are leaving friends behind. The site seeing tours and the meals were all fabulous. Such attention to detail by such a fine crew. You are all the best and we’ll miss you lots!!”
Joni & Denis Carriere, Alberta, Canada

“It was a magical holiday! I couldn’t have asked for a more relaxing time. The crew were second to none and we shared lots of laughs. The food was 5 star!”
Jane and Simon Ashcroft, England

 

Cruise Fares

 

 

Enchanté cruise fares for 2018:

 

 Private charter – Full board: from €4,775 per person based on 8 passengers
 Open week – Full board – Twin/double cabin: from €5,090 per person
• Single supplement: from +€1,900

 

Included in the fare:

– Six nights accommodation
– All gourmet meals prepared by your private chef
– 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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