Trèbes to Naurouze
Sunday, Day 1 Trèbes to L’Évêque
Guests are met at The Clarion Suites in Narbonne and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Clair de Lune. The crew welcomes you on board with a glass of chilled champagne and canapés. Time for a short cruise before your first dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2 L’Évêque to Herminis
This morning, we enjoy a relaxing cruise along the canal, negotiating a series of locks and crossing the aqueduct at Le Frequel before passing through Carcassonne to moor at Herminis.
After lunch on board, your guide will accompany you to Carcassonne, the restored and most complete medieval fortified city in existence today, dating back to the Gallo Roman era. With its 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defences, it resisted the many armies that
tried to storm this Camelot setting. You can walk the ramparts and step back in time. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3 Herminis to Bram
After breakfast, we continue our meandering cruise along the canal with plenty of opportunity to walk or cycle the ever-present towpath, to moor at Bram, a wonderfully preserved example of a ‘Circulade’ village. This afternoon, we visit Limoux, home of the distinctive sparkling wine, for a
private wine tasting at a renowned winery, before continuing to Rennes-le-Château. This picturesque hilltop village has been at the centre of some fascinating mysteries over time, from the search for the Holy Grail, to the supposed secret riches of a 19th century priest. Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 Bram to Lasbordes
This morning, we take a drive through the plains of the Lauraigais region, with its fields of sunflowers and views of the distant, snow-capped Pyrenées. We stop at the village of Fanjeaux to see its ancient Cathar citadel, before continuing on to the medieval town of Mirepoix, a town
famed for its central square of half-timbered houses supported on wooden pillars creating a magnificent covered arcade. We enjoy lunch in a typical French restaurant, before returning to the hotel barge for our afternoon cruise through the delightful Lauraigais countryside, to our mooring near Lasbordes. Dinner on board.