Le Somail to Carcassonne
Sunday, Day 1 Le Somail
Guests are met at the designated meeting point in Narbonne and transferred to Clair de Lune moored at the village of Le Somail. The crew welcomes you on board with a glass of chilled champagne and canapés. Time for a short cruise along before your first dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2 Le Somail to Argens-Minervois
After breakfast, we cruise to Argens-Minervois, through beautiful, far reaching scenery as far as the foothills of the Pyrenees which you can admire from the sundeck. After lunch, we take you to the impressive village of Minerve, boasting a 12th century Cathar fort surrounded by deep limestone gorges. Besieged by Simon de Montfort in 1210, its hilltop location affords spectacular views. A fascinating recreation in miniature of the bloodthirsty Cathar rebellion and a small museum complete this intriguing visit. On the way back to the hotel barge we visit a producer of fine Minervois wines, Domaine Massamier La Mignarde, for a private tasting. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3 Argens-Minervois to La Redorte
This morning we cruise through a series of locks and the little port of Homps to moor at La Redorte, with plenty of opportunity to explore the Canal du Midi towpath on foot or bicycle. After lunch on board, we visit a local goats’cheese farm at Combebelle to meet the cheese-makers and sample their award-winning products, then continue to L’Oulibo, a local olive oil press where we will sample the local Lucques olives. Return to the hotel barge, to relax with an aperitif in the shade of the plane trees. Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 La Redorte to Marseillette
After breakfast, we drive you to the beautiful city of Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. Enjoy the Archbishop’s Palace and Roman Horreum and explore the indoor market – les Halles de Narbonnes – at the hub of this bustling town where you will have time to shop or simply absorb the relaxed atmosphere. Then we enjoy lunch in a typical French restaurant close to Les Halles. After returning to
Clair de Lune, a relaxing afternoon cruise to Marseillette. Dinner on board.