Return Trip: Castelnaudary, via Carcassonne
Allow 7 to 14 nights
Marvel at the unforgettable canal views from the ramparts of Carcassonne, and enjoy dining in Trèbes and Bram.
Reviews for the The Little Midi Cruise
Perfect for 5 of us, 4 adults and 1 teenager. We were all inexperienced with canal cruising, but soon got in the swing of it all and thoroughly enjoyed negotiating the locks. Cooked on board each night, plenty of space and full facilities.
We marvelled at the beauty of the tree lined canal during early autumn. The light and colour of the leaves were enchanting. We all loved the lock houses, very charming.
We were a family group of 14, Grandparents, Children and grandchildren. One week in a Tuscan villa, 3 days in Venice, one week on Little Midi Cruise, 3 days in Paris and 3 days in Rome. The stay in Tuscany and the visits in the vicinity was one of our highlights, and the boat cruise was the most memorable experience
We cruised slowly, stopped for coffee at some of the locks, had picknick lunches and huge dinners on the boat, went exploring Carcassonne, and drank a lot of wine. The plane trees next to the canal and their shadows on the water was the most beautiful sight, and the farmlands and houses all along the canal were interesting and informative. Chat to the lock keepers and have some coffee, and see what they have to sell. Don't miss the local wines, and visit the castle in Carcassonne. We were a bit short on time, but try to visit some of the farmers along the way. Take a few bikes along, riding on the canal banks is very cool.
I am afraid we were not too happy with it. We thought it was expensive although we were prepared to pay because we thought it would be 'special'. However, during the first night it became apparent that the roof of the bedroom/compartment was leaking which we did not want to cope with for the rest of the week and so we complained to the staff at Castelnauadary. They were very understanding and helpful and put us up in a nearby hotel for that night and said that, if we went to another base about 70km away, we could have another boat. We did this and to be fair, the new boat was tremendous - much newer and bigger than the original. Unfortunately, when cruising, we found that it was too big for two of us to handle easily. Overall, I am afraid we didn't really feel that the holiday represented good value for money.
See above: we didn't cruise from Castelnaudary to Castelnaudary.
Comment fromLeBoat Customer Service
Dear Steve, We are very sorry that you should have been disappointed with aspects of your cruise as we usually expect that our customers will have a thoroughly enjoyable time, and for the most past, this is exactly what happens. In case of issues, we always try to find the best alternative for our customer and conceed that the alternative boat provided to you was certainly a bit too big for a couple.