Canal du Midi Springs Back for 2019

Canal du Midi services will be fully operational for the 2019 tourism season

Le Boat in partnership with the Voies Navigables de France (VNF) are delighted to confirm that it’s Canal du Midi services will be fully operational for the 2019 tourism season (which will begin mid-March). Le Boat, the leading provider of boating holidays on Europe and Canada's beautiful inland waterways, has worked tirelessly with its local partners to rehabilitate the area following autumn flooding.

 

 

With multiple start locations to choose from on the UNESCO World Heritage Canal du Midi, holidaymakers can traverse more than 150 miles of scenic waterways along an impressive Seventeenth Century network of canals that connect the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. Famed for its wine tasting and world-class gastronomy, the Canal du Midi is also rich in history and heritage, boasting impressible cathedrals, grand châteaux, ancient ruins and medieval cities.  

For those who are unaware, flooding occurred at the end of our cruising season in late October 2018 with the only the Trebes, Hompsand Narbonne Le Boat bases affected. These bases were closed and they will all re-open for the start of 2019 season. Cruises on the rest of the canal were unaffected.  Since the flooding 2018, the Voies Navigables de France invested over € 4 million to rehabilitate the area which accounts for 30% of French river tourist traffic. The organization has rebuilt structures along the waterway, cleared and removed debris, and are rehabilitating the UNESCO World Heritage Sites towpaths to ensure they are back to normal.

 

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Le Boat’s Canal du Midi holidays are amongst the operator’s most popular, with the company passionately committed to the region. From 2019, Le Boat will be investing € 3 million into the region to improve the facilities for customers and staff, increase the technical support teams to ensure customers continue to receive excellent customer service, in addition to upgrades and refurbishments to the fleet to provide the best boating experience on the Canal du Midi.

Le Boat has seen positive early 2019 sales figures for its Canal du Midi operations in the South of France. Cheryl Brown, Managing Director of Le Boat said “2019 is the perfect time to visit the Canal du Midi as Le Boat celebrates its 50 year anniversary. We have been boating in France since 1969 and today over 50% of our holidays are now sold for the 2019 boating season. We look forward to sharing memories with all our boaters, both old and new, over the coming season.”

Le Boat’s Canal du Midi fleet ranges from Budget boats, where a seven-night rental starts from US $711.15 (based on travel March 23-30th, 2019 on the Capri, Port Cassafières return), to our Premier class cruisers which features the Horizon – the newest model in the fleet offering an impressive top deck with barbeque hotplate and spacious saloon and kitchen areas.

For more information, call 1.800.734-5491