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Exceptional spring holidays afloat on the Canal du Midi

4th March 2013 Print
Anjodi Cruising

There are many reasons and several ways to visit the historic 330-year-old Canal du Midi in Southern France. However, surely European Waterways offers one of the best options this spring with its 6-night, all-inclusive cruises during March and April aboard a choice of three luxury hotel barges.

Life in this region of France is slow-paced and calm, as is the relaxing atmosphere captured aboard these barges as they glide the Canal du Midi, one of Europe's longest and widest canal systems, which in 1996 was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The tree-lined Canal du Midi - with its attractive towpaths for walkers, joggers and bikers - runs along the sun-drenched Mediterranean shore of South-Western France before meandering inland with magnificent views of the snow-capped Pyrenees Mountains and the rolling Minervois vineyards.

Among the highlights of these spring voyages, travellers can visit the medieval hilltop village of Minerve with spectacular views from its 12th century Cathar fort; enjoy tours of Narbonne, with its colourful indoor market and the medieval fortified city of Carcassonne. Each itinerary will also include private tours and tastings at renowned Minervois vineyards.

Leisurely life afloat for guests - while served by a professional crew of 4 - ranges from enjoying traditional French and international cuisine prepared by the talented onboard chef, accompanied by quality regional wines, alfresco lunches and soaking in on-deck spa pools, to taking some exercise on the bicyles provided - and all while enjoying the mild, sunny Spring climate in this region of France.

During March and April this year European Waterways offers a choice of itineraries on three of their hotel barges in this picturesque region: - the 8-passenger Anjodi cruises from Marseillan to Le Somail; the 8-passenger Enchante from Salleles d'Aude to Puicheric; and the 6-passenger Clair de Lune - NEW to the fleet - cruises from Le Somail to Carcassonne.

Prices for Canal du Midi, 6-night, all-inclusive cruises aboard Anjodi in March and April start from £2,385pp, including a 10% discount.

Based on double occupancy, all fares include: include: accommodation in air-conditioned, en- suite cabins, all gourmet meals on board, fine wines, open bar, daily escorted shore excursions, local transfers and the use of all barge facilities such as bicycles and spa pools.

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