Luxuriate in the laid-back charm of beautiful Canal du Midi
When you choose a Canal du Midi Boating Vacation, you’re set to savor the slow easy pace of travel past lush vineyards in the heart of the Languedoc wine region. You can enjoy wine tasting, cycling, and sightseeing at medieval villages and ancient fortress cities all the way from bustling Toulouse to the golden sands of the Mediterranean Sea!
- Listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site
- Pretty waterside villages
- Sun-drenched vineyards & wine tasting
- Medieval Town of Carcassonne
- Waterside restaurants & local markets
Reviews for Canal du Midi cruises
The whole cruise was wonderful. We absolutely loved the Magnifique. There were 6 of us on board, and with the extra bedroom, we had plenty of space. We cooked all of our dinners except two, because the kitchen was well equipped and roomy enough for the 3 cooks on board. We foraged the local markets for our food and went to one outdoor market where we watched squid soup being made and brought it home for lunch. We were blessed with great weather, except for one day, so dined alfresco most of the time. All in all, we were extremely happy with our whole cruise and would recommend the boat and the Canal Du Midi to anyone.
The Le Boat trip was unlike any vacation we had had before! And what a great experience! All staff and personnel involved were more than cordial and helpful before and during the trip. Traveling down the canal was so relaxing and gave us all the opportunity to unwind from the hectic events of everyday life. Going through locks took teamwork and you definitely want gloves! But once you get the hang of it, it is no problem. Each day we would overnight at a village along the way. We loved exploring the small villages and found them and their residents quite charming. We spoke a little French and they spoke a little English so we got along just fine. There are markets, like small grocery stores, in most villages, so you could buy food and supplies along the way. And we loved going to the bakery each day and getting fresh croissants for breakfast. Those, along with fruit, cheese and wine - what more could you want! And the weather was absolutely perfect - beautiful sunny days, quite breezy from time to time, with low humidity. Coming from Georgia, that is what we call "perfect"!
Spent 2 weeks on board, stopping at all villages and towns along the way for up to 2 days. The trip was relaxing, peaceful, very interesting and rewarding. Only two people on board can be difficult when it came to boat handling at the locks, but soon developed a workable system. Late afternoons among the plane trees lining the banks was magical
Everything regarding the cruise when as planned. There was no disappointments and a lot of satisfaction regarding the weather, the route, the sites visited, and the accommodations.
Two full weeks and a one way cruise gave us freedom to roam wherever the mood of the day dictated or to loiter if we wished. Having explored delightful Carcassonne for five hours between the airport and our taxis to Homps we only went upstream as far as Trebes. This proved to be something of a baptism of fire for the two lady members of the crew who had to learn how to throw a coiled rope three or four metres vertically upward at each of the fourteen locks. A night there and then downhill which proved to be much easier rope-wise, passing Homps again and visiting the villages that we missed on the way up and with the exception of detours to Narbonne, Port Ariane (Montpellier) and Beaucaire the rest of the holiday was all downstream.