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Roi Soleil

Canal du Midi

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Cruise from Béziers to Carcassonne (v.v.)


As you drift along the magnificent Canal du Midi, you will step back into the time of Louis XIV- the “Sun King” or “Roi Soleil” – who commissioned this prodigious engineering feet; thus finally achieving the dream of linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. Deservedly, the Canal du Midi is now classed on the World Heritage List of Conservation.

The Languedoc region, interlaced with the Canal du Midi, unravels a rich history from prehistoric time, through the Roman occupation and then succeeded by the turbulent Middle Ages.  The landscape and exceptional architecture captures the atmosphere of time revisited. The Canal du Midi meanders through the vast diversity of scenic landscapes that change dramatically from the rugged, rural Languedoc regions to the sun-drenched, azure blues of the Mediterranean. Within this vast region also lays a land of poetry and of proud people devoted to the soil and of course the wine… a passion they will share with you in private tastings of the local Minervois and Corbières wines.

Whether your passion is for history, arts and crafts, adventure, village atmosphere, wine discovery or shopping… your cruise onboard “Roi Soleil” will be personally tailored to your specific interests. Be prepared for new sights, tastes and aromas that will take you on a voyage of aesthetic discovery.



The Barge – Features


  • Length: 98 feet; width: 16.5 feet
  • Highest rated and largest boat on the Canal du Midi
  • 5 star comfort and style of a luxury motor yacht
  • Full boat charter for up to 6 passengers
  • Bilingual French/Anglo-Saxon crew of 4 – captain, chef, guide and hostess.
  • Accommodation on two levels for optimal area and panoramic views from saloon, bar and dining
  • Innovative gourmet cuisine, with cooking demonstrations in open plan bar/ kitchen
  • 3 spacious, bright and airy staterooms with opening skylights (each 15m2, about 160sq feet)
  • Queen-sized or single beds and en-suite bathrooms
  • Fully air conditioned, spa pool, Bose sound system, Ipod dock, 3G internet, DVD library, bicycles, even a fireplace
  • Shaded aft teak deck with inbuilt seating, dining and spa.
  • Forward sun deck with mattresses and deck chairs
  • VW Euro Van for excursions




Roi Soleil3 spacious, air conditioned staterooms (each 15m², about 160sq feet, so you can actually walk around your bed) and en-suite bathrooms in provençal style, equipped with thermostatically controlled showers with glass doors and heated towel racks, hand-made Provençale tiles, lava in the bathrooms, and the rich hues of stylish Pierre Frey fabrics decorate the entire interior.






Roi Soleil‘Roi Soleil’ has more to do with luxury yachting than barging – hence the term ‘River Yacht’. Her lines and mahogany and brass trim are inspired by the classic motor yachts of the 1920’s while her interior brings you the best of contemporary design and comfort. The stylish salon with its fireplace, bar and  Panoramic views through no less than 20 windows, and the elegant dining area offer you a level of comfort equivalent to that of luxury motor yachts.






Roi Soleil is more a Yacht than a Canal Barge. The separate forward sun deck, the aft teak deck with Spa Pool, the outside dining area under the retractable canopy, are all pure luxury yachting.

New! Aft deck is now fitted with infra red heating controlled by passengers — offering more al fresco dining opportunities early and late in season.

Floor Plan

Location map

Roi Soleil – Canal du Midi (classic cruise)


Canal du Midi cruise
Béziers to Carcassonne
Meeting point Points of interest    

Sample itinerary: Béziers to Carcassonne


Roi Soleil

A charter on ROI SOLEIL is all about CHOICE.  Here’s the route – and suggestions on what is available each day to customize your cruise. Depending on the week, the itinerary may be reversed. Throughout the entire voyage, you are more than welcome to cycle, run or walk along the tow paths with many opportunities to hop off at the numerous locks along the canal. For early risers, why not explore the moorings on foot and visit the quaint French villages that align the canal. Daily, you will return to the boat for your gourmet meals prepared by your chef, accompanied by delicious local wines, and sort after cheeses.


Sunday, Day 1 – Béziers East – Cassafière to Villeneuve


Transfer to Roi Soleil where the crew welcome you on-board with a cocktails/champagne reception. Navigation along the canal through a rural area and wetlands.


Monday – Day 2, Villeneuve to Fonserannes


Roi SoleilSail through the great locks of Fonserannes
Excursion to historical city of Pézenas (famous for its architecture, many artisans & antiques)

Or, why not embark on excursion to the impressive hill village of Roquebrune by the river Orb? (Possibility to swim)

And / or – visit to the pre-Roman Oppidum of Ensérune, a major archaeological site with spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding valleys

And / or – visit Béziers historical centre and shops

And / or wine tasting in the cellar of top French Sommelier and supplier who also has two Michelin Starred Chefs


Tuesday – Day 3,  Fonseranne to Capestang


Sail into the heart of the historicvillage of Capestang

Private visit to the Cistercian Abbey of Fontroide, one of the finest examples inFrance

And private wine tasting at Corbieres Château

And / or visit the Camargue bull and horse ranch with the opportunity to round up the bulls on horseback


Wednesday – Day 4, Capestang to La Croisade or Somail


Morning excursion to the charming City of Narbonne that was the Roman Capital of the early Gaulles – its vibrant food market – the famed art and roman archaeology museums within the Bishop’s Palace and many boutique shops – a highlight of the week

Afternoon sailing to the peaceful country village of Somail with an impressive antique bookstore that is sought after by rare book collectors from far and wide

Sail beneath the smallest canal bridge in France


Thursday – Day 5, Somail to Roubia


Morning visit to the village of Minerve, a beautiful natural hilltop site that has had a dramatic history dating back to the time of the Crusades.

Visit the prized olive oil mill called ‘L’Oulibo’, and explore the historic Languedoc village that surrounds

An afternoon cruise to Roubia from where we have the option to take a short flight over the Cathar Castles in the Pyrenees – the famous fortresses of Vertigo


Friday – Day 6, Roubia to Homps


Visit the fortified city of Carcassonne-Europe’s largest Medieval Fortress – a great place to go back in time to the medieval ages and a good shopping opportunity.

Or, visit the medieval village of Lagrasse and splendor it the array of talented artisans that reside here.

Afternoon sail to Homps, passing many locks on the way.


Saturday – Day 7, Departure


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast onboard then our private transfer will bid you farewell at your desired departure point.


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‘You achieved a sense of warmth, of service, of professionalism and quality that met and surpassed the highest standards! Thank you for making our week on the Roi Soleil one of the most memorable weeks in our lives.’ S. family’

‘As true veterans of barging on the waterways of France, we have no hesitancy in declaring this journey as the finest of them all! Yes, the food, the wines and the beds were excellent, but what we really appreciated is the caring extended to each one of us. You were superb in responding to our every request and we thank you most sincerely while hoping that we will be with each and every one of you in the near future again. That’s a real hope for happy travels in France!’ B&W McM. party

Cruise Fares

Roi Soleil cruise fares for 2018:


 Private charter – Full board: from €4,400 per person based on 6 passengers


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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