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France: Canal du Midi by Barge                             



Date: You pick!
Host: Locally Guided; Private tours throughout
Cost: Varies by experience
Trip Type: Custom & CLIENT APPROVED


This sample itinerary can be customized to your specifications. Take only parts of this trip, modify, add ... whatever suits you. 

This outlines a select journey undertaken by 4 couples travelling together in June 2014. They chose some of the best possible hotels, travelled on a privately chartered barge along the famed Canal du Midi in southern France, and wrapped up the trip with a villa stay for 3 nights on the French Riviera. This comprehensive trip started in Paris, covered the Languedoc & Rousillon regions and ended along the French Riviera. Privately guided tours and private transfers were part of the program throughout. 

This sample trip offers history, culture, food & wine.

  • "The rooms in the barge were small, as expected; the rest of the barge trip more than made up for it"
  • "Marseille is surprisingly nice and we could have used another day there, to spend a little more time on the waterfront and going through the museum. A free day (unguided) would be nice".
  • "The barge trip was exceptional, one of the better adventures available. We had some nice hikes in Cassis up to the top of the 400m headland as well as along the Calanques"

Questions? Please contact Adventure Travel Specialist Andrew De Angelis who handled all the arrangements for this journey:, or any of our expert team at

Sample Itinerary

Click on a day below to view the itinerary in brief, then please CONTACT US for a detailed itinerary.

Day 1  - Paris

Day 1 - Paris

You'll be transferred to your hotel on arrival. Meet our representative who will review your program and answer questions. Stay in a 5-star hotel including breakfast daily. (Overnight: 5-star hotel, deluxe room)

Days 2 & 3 - Vezelay & Beaune

Days 2 & 3 - Vezelay & Beaune

Transfer to Velezay with your driver and guide. Visit the 11th-century basilica. Continue to Beaune (capital of Burgundy) for your 2-night stay in a beautiful manor house.  On Day 3 go on a full-day sightseeing tour with your driver and guide, exploring Beaune and Dijon (walking tour in the old town). (Overnight: 2 nights 5-star hotel in Beaune, B daily)

Day 4 & 5 - Lyon

Day 4 & 5 - Lyon

Continue with your driver and local guide to Lyon, stopping for wine tastings along the way or for village explorations. Stay for 2 nights in a wonderfully restored Renaissance building in the heart of old Lyon. Take in a walking tour of old Lyon, visit the Les Halle market. (Overnight: 2 nights in old Lyon, B daily)

Day 6 - Avignon

Day 6 - Avignon

Travel by first-class train to Avignon where you'll meet our representative for the transfer to the hotel. Afternoon walking tour with your guide. Stay in a mansion in the heart of Avignon. (Overnight: 5-star hotel in Bordeaux, B)

Day 7 through 12 - Barge Cruise

Days 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 - Barge Cruise on the Canal du Midi

Your private transfer takes you to your barge where you are welcomed aboard with champagne. Generally speaking, barges can carry on average from 8 to 12 or 16 people. Barges are fully refurbished, air-conditioned, and with en-suite cabins. Most have bicycles onboard and you can leave the barge at anytime to ride along the towpaths that parallel the canals, go for a walk, or perhaps visit a village. Or, just relax on the sundeck over a meal as you glide through France.

The Canal du Midi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site lined with towering plane trees. Highlights of this route include the medieval fortified town of Carcassone; olive tasting at the local press at L'Oulibo; the vibrant market town of Narbonne (built on Roman foundations); the old town of Agde with its Greek origins; the open waters of the Etang de Thau with its famous oyster beds, the distillery of Nlilly Prat Vermouth; pretty villages along the canal to explore with plenty of opportunity for walking and biking; and finally a friendly, attentive, English-speaking crew. A member of the crew - often the Captain - will guide you on a variety of walks and excursions during the week.  Food is carefully prepared by a highly trained and talented chef and many comment that it is superior to any dining they do off the vessel! (Overnight: 6 nights on your barge hotel, B, L, D daily)

Day 13 - Marseille

Day 13 - Marseille

Disembark the vessel, then transfer with your driver to Marseille where you meet your guide for an afternoon tour of this unique city. Stay in a luxury 5-star hotel in the heart of the historic harbour area. (Overnight Marseille, B)

Days 14, 15 & 16 - Cassis

Days 14, 15 & 16 - Cassis

Transfer to Cassis for a few days at leisure on the riviera. Stay in a beautiful villa overlooking the sea.  (Overnight: 3 nights Cassis, B daily)

Day 18 - Depart

Day 17 - Depart

You'll be transferred to the Nice airport in time for your departing flight. (B)

Please remember: this is only a suggested itinerary. Call us for YOUR Custom Civilized Adventure!



Please see the attached outline. Any prices we list are approximate; they can change with exchange rate flucuations or due to any change you might make as you customize this program. Prices will vary based on the time of year and level of experience you are looking for. Please contact us for more information.

Suggested time of year: This area is beautiful and less crowded in the spring and fall. Summer can be quite hot and more crowded in major cities, but it is still a great time to discover the region. August can be very crowded in some regions as this is vacation season for the locals as well.

(Posted Dec. 22 '15)

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