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Canal du Midi

South of France

Boating on the Canal du Midi in Languedoc, you discover the laid-back charm of a UNESCO world heritage site!

When it comes to barging in the South of France, the scenic Canal du Midi is a must. Cruising this 300 years old waterway, you will savor the slow easy pace of travel past lush vineyards in the heart of the Languedoc wine region. Passing through historic water locks you will discover charming medieval villages and ancient fortress cities. Sightseeing, wine tasting, and sun-kissed cycle rides await, all the way from bustling Toulouse to the golden sands of the Mediterranean sea.
4.65
 
based on 87 reviews
Great for... 
  • 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

5
 
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.
2
 
We were a party of 12 similar aged friends, 2 boats. One couple had been boating on the canal du Midi previously. We expected a relaxing holiday with lots of interesting places along the way.
We were surprised by the lack of substantial places along the way. The few we did stay in were small and mostly closed. We struggled to find open restaurants, cafes and shops. Homps was an exception and Narbonne on the last day was sizable.
4
 
We had good experiences with staff (the reception staff at Port Cassafieres and Castelnaudary were delightfully welcoming and helpful and spoke excellent English which helps), but also average ones (a few dismissive front staffers at other bases). Some of the technical staff (like the people who showed us around the boat), although friendly, seemed under-supported and overwhelmed.It's hard to do a review of our two weeks and not wax lyrical about the beauty and friendly welcome of canal life. I'd hate for anyone to think we did not enjoy our trip from Port Cassafieres to Castelnaudary onboard Le Boats Tamaris (4 berth), in fact we loved it. But I feel that was despite Le Boat rather than because of it, and to make the review more useful for potential holidayers I'm going to risk sounding like a nitpicker.
5
 
6 on board,all friends. 4 went on a narrow boat trip in UK 2 years ago
The whole trip was very interesting, we even went to Narbonne and back and we were glad we did that because it is a wonderful place to visit. The locks were not difficult and with 3 males on board it was easy. Le Boat bases were helpful with a few minor problems and it was good to tie up with full power and water available.
5
 
4 on board, family, one experienced sailor. Great way to see the country side and experience the culture.
La Someil and Carcasonne were the best, but lots of other great scenery and experiences