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Canal du Midi River Boat Cruise on 12 Person Canal Boat

Canal Boat
48 ft
12 Guests

About This Boat

Visit and experience amazing locks, historic cities, picturesque villages, and taste fine wine and Mediterranean sun in Canal du Midi, France. Reserve "The Classic Midi Cruise" aboard the 48' Canal Boat for up to 12 people. For around $1,064 USD per night and preferred minimum of 3-nights, you and your group can have a fun vacation!

Rates:

• $1,064 USD per night (3-nights minimum)

What's included in the price?

• Renting the boat and its equipment
• A galley (kitchen) with all the utensils and appliances you would expect
• Towels and linen for all passengers
• A boat handling demo
• Technical support
• On-board cruising information
• Locks free (except in Ireland & Holland)

What's not included in the price?

• Any additional extras & services
• Boat damage waiver, Fuel cost & deposits
• Travel from/to the base(s)
• Mooring fees
• Cancellation plan & any travel/personal insurance

What You Can Expect:

Experience amazing locks, historic cities, picturesque villages, and a taste of fine wine and Mediterranean sun.

The Classic Midi Cruise

Your journey begins in Homps, a jewel of the Languedoc. As you travel toward the Mediterranean, you experience France in the most unique way possible on your Canal du Midi cruise. Stop at lovely Ventenac and dine at a café. Snap pictures of the amazing staircase of locks as you pass through, and dance the night away in chic Béziers.

Your Cruise Details

• Waterways: Canal du Midi
• Distance: 77 km
• Locks: 18
• Cruising time: 13 hrs
• Lock types: Automatic operated by lock-keeper

Main Activities Along the Way

Browse in waterside shops - Book lovers will be in heaven at Le Trouve Tout du Livre in lovely Le Somail. It's picture-postcard perfect!

Tour a family vineyard - The local wines at the Domaine de Guery winery in Capestang will enchant you!

Enchanting Béziers - Stroll beneath the trees along the Allées Paul Riquet and enjoy the bars, cafés, restaurants and shops.

Admire fine art - Spend time at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Béziers to see paintings and glassworks.

Tarry in Roubia - Break out a sumptuous picnic lunch and watch the happenings on the canal from your sundeck!

Ancient ruins in Colombiers - The ruins of the pre-Roman Oppidum d'Enserune date back to the 6th century B.C.

Swim in the balmy Mediterranean - Gorgeous golden beaches are within walking distance of laid-back and beautiful Port Cassafières!

Cycling along the canal banks - The canal du midi is known for its beautiful and maintained canal banks. At any time, take your bike and ride around to see pretty landscapes.

Watersports in the sun - Have a great time with the kids enjoying all kinds of watersports at the Lac de Jouarres in Homps.

Stop, and smell the roses - When you're in Béziers, allow the sweet flowers of Le Plateau des Poétes to mesmerise you!

Key Towns and Villages on your Cruise

Homps

Homps is a verdant and often sunny town. Moor here and take a walk downtown to discover the flower-lined streets and the old romanesque chapel built in the 11th century.

Argens-Minervois

Argens-Minervois is a beautiful little town, typical to the Minervois region. The village is clustered around a 14th century château and overlooks the canal and the river Aude.

Roubia

Roubia is a charming little village with a beautiful parish church that is worth a visit. If you moor here, you might enjoy getting close to nature with a walk in the woods.

Paraza

Paraza is a wonderful and typical town with colorful houses along the bank. If you walk around the village, you will most likely encounter the old abandoned windmill of Cantaranne.

Ventenac

As you approach Ventenac, you will be struck by the site of the city's majestic Castle. Along the banks of the canal, you can taste wine, or even buy some. Ventenac is a picture-perfect canalside city to visit.

Le Somail

Le Somail is a beautiful hamlet where you'll appreciate the beautiful old houses covered in ivy. It's a wonderful place to relax and take it all in.

Capestang

A lovely village full of resplendent medieval architecture, built around the imposing 14th Century Collegiale Church and around the Castle, which was once the second residence of the Archbishop of Narbonne.

Colombiers

In Colombiers, visit the Saint-Sylvestre church, which is full of history. At night, the rectory's gardens are lit up and are perfect for a charming walk.

Fonserannes

Built with all the genius of Pierre-Paul Riquet in the 17th century, Fonsérannes has the greatest staircase of locks on the Canal du Midi. Here you'll ascend or descend the canal by an amazing 25 meters.

Béziers

Béziers is an enchanting city, and the second most important on the Canal du Midi. Here, you will have the chance to discover the beautiful architecture, in particular the stunning Saint-Nazaire cathedral which is just splendid. Downtown, there are magical places to take a walk, like the Plateau des Poètes.

Port Cassafieres

Port-Cassafières is a pleasant and peaceful harbor to stop, complete with cycling paths. Its proximity to Spain gives it some interesting flourishes in cuisine, architecture and culture and as a result it is a truly cosmopolitan spot to explore.

What To Expect Onboard:

Perfect for larger groups, with 5 ensuite cabins, and with the same comfort and premier features as the rest of the Horizon range.

The Horizon 5 is the largest model of our premier Horizon fleet and sleeps up to 12 people in 5 en-suite cabins, as well as a convertible settee in the saloon. Its spacious and fully-equipped interior & sundeck offer all the comfort and convenience you will need for a perfect vacation with a large family or group of friends.

What’s on board?

• Spacious saloon with 360° views
• Spacious ‘fundeck’
• Easy maneuvering & access

Interior & Saloon

• Roomy and comfortable interior with generous headroom throughout.
• Large sliding glass doors to outside seating area at the rear.
• The full kitchen/galley includes an oven, stove, large electric refrigerator, microwave with high-quality equipment and utensils.
• Air cooling in the saloon & cabins + USB ports.

Please note: while our Horizon 5 can sleep a maximum of 12 people in total, there is only space to comfortably seat 10 adults around the saloon table.

Cabins & Bathrooms

• One bright and spacious forward stateroom with convertible bed.
• Four side cabins with convertible double/twin bed(s).
• All cabins with en-suite bathrooms & electric-flush toilet.
• Individually controlled air-cooling + USB ports in all cabins.

Sundeck & Features

• Spacious ‘fundeck’ with sunbathing area, table, sink, ambient lights, BBQ hotplate and deck shower.
• Large removable bimini (Sun Shade).
2x steering positions - inside and outside + bow and stern thruster for easy handling.
• Wide gangways for easy access to all sides of the boat.
• Aft cockpit with settees to be used as second outdoor space.
• MP3 entertainment system – waterproof speakers.

Security & Navigation Tools

• Large border along the boat for easy & secured access to all sides of the boat during maneuvers.
• Large aft cockpit secured with a door, ideal for children.
• Two steering positions - inside and outside.
• Bow thruster & stern thruster (NEW) for easier maneuvering.
• Rudder angle indicator & GPS speed sensor for greater control.
• Demister system for safe navigation from inside in case of rain.
• Safety box.

Technical

• Length: 14.74 m
• Beam: 4.35 m
• Max. Headroom: 2 m
• Water Tank: 600 L
• Fuel Tank: 300 L
• Engine Type: Diesel
• Sleep: up to 12
• Cabins: 5
• Bathrooms: 5

Kitchen features

• Burner
• Oven/Grill
• Fridge: 112 L + 60 L
• Deep Freezer
• Microwave

Navigation

• Internal Steering Position
• External Steering Position
• Bow Thrusters

Audio/Visual

• CD/Radio Player
• MP3/USB Features
• Flat Screen DVD player

Other Features

• Toilets Type: Electric
• Safety Box

Additional Services:

Options and Extras

To enhance your experience, you can add extras & services to your vacation. The availabilities and prices of the extras will be confirmed at the start of your booking.

Bicycles

To explore the countryside or just get to the boulangerie.

• Standard: $60 per week
• Child / Tag-along: $46 per week

Lantern

For alfresco dining on the sundeck of your boat.

• Lantern: $14 per week

Parking

• Open-air locked parking: From $53 USD per car/day
• Garage: From $70 USD per car/day

Car Transfer

• $175 - $420 depending on the route

Stand Up Paddle Board

• $119 per board per week

Top Deck Cushions

Enjoy extra comfort with top deck cushions, perfect for sitting and sunbathing on!

• Pack of 2: $7 per week

Pets

Take the whole family with you! Two pets allowed per boat.

• $55 per animal per week

Cleaning

• Eco-Pack: $15
• Cleaning Service: $110 to $210 (depending on boat model)

Early Check-in & Late Check-out

• Early Check-in: $125 (subject to availability)
• Late Check-out: $125 (subject to availability)

Special Occasion Gift Basket

Order a special occasion gift basket full of local delicacies and regional specialities, this is a great mark to celebrate a birthday or a special occasion.

• Gift Basket: $100

Details

  • Type: Canal Boat
  • Capacity: 12 People
  • Rental Minimum: 1 day
  • Length: 48 ft

Rental Requirements

Cancellation Terms

To cancel a reservation, the Renter should notify the Company in writing. If the Cancellation is received by the Company ninety (90) days or more prior to departure, either (i) a Four Hundred Dollar ($400 USD) penalty shall be assessed or (ii) the charter dates may be rescheduled for an administration fee. If the Cancellation is received by the Company between eighty-nine (89) and sixty-one (61) days prior to departure, either (i) the Deposit shall be forfeited or (ii) the charter dates may be rescheduled and a Three Hundred Dollar ($300 USD) penalty shall be assessed. If the Cancellation is received by the Company sixty (60) days or less prior to departure, there shall be no refund of the Deposit. If any scheduled payment by Renter has not been received by the Due Date, the Company reserves the right to cancel a charter and retain all Deposits and fees paid to date, all changes to bookings after confirmation, including but not limited to date or type of boat (hereinafter “Changes”) will be subject to an administration fee of a minimum of One Hundred dollars ($100 USD) with a major change fee of Five Hundred dollars ($500 USD). The Company reserves the right to treat Changes as Cancellations in accordance with the terms of this Paragraph 3.

Delivery

The Company will deliver the boat to the start port on the specified start date in full commission and ready for service. Should the specified boat not be available, the Company reserves the right to substitute a similar boat of similar capacity and standard, or another alternative acceptable to the Renter. The Renter must examine the boat prior to departure to determine whether the boat is in good working order, is properly outfitted with all standard safety equipment, accessories, and utensils, as well as any other requested items (the “Inventory”). acceptance by the Renter certifies that the obligations of the Company for delivery have been fulfilled. If the Company is unable to deliver the boat or a substitute within 24 hours of the delivery time specified, the Renter may cancel this agreement and the total fee will be refunded. The Renter shall be entitled to a pro rata portion of the fees covering periods of delay in delivery of the boat. Should the Renter not be present or not ready to accept delivery of the boat for whatever reason at the specified time and place, the Company reserves the right to reset the time of delivery within a 24 hour period thereafter.

Availability of the Boat

If due to circumstances beyond its control, the Company is unable to provide the Renter with a boat of the type booked or a boat of similar capacity and standard, or another alternative acceptable to the Renter, the Company will refund rent charges paid by the Renter, in which case the Renter will have no further claim against the Company.

Boat Damage Protection

For all charters featured by us, you will be required to provide cover against accidental damage or loss to the vessel and ancillary equipment and either purchase our Collision Damage Waiver upfront or pay a higher Security Deposit at the base as further detailed below.

In the event you or your party cause damage or loss to the vessel (howsoever caused) or to property belonging to a third party you will be liable for the damage up to the value of the Security Deposit paid at the Base, except in the case of gross

Negligence as defined below.

If you or your party cause damage or loss to the vessel, any ancillary equipment or to property belonging to a third party and such damage or loss is caused as a result of your gross negligence or reckless conduct you will be liable for the full extent of the loss suffered and our right to claim against you will not be limited or waived in any way by the payment of the security deposit or purchase of our Collision Damage Waiver. Acts that will be considered as gross negligence or reckless conduct will include, without limitation, cruising under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, not having sufficient crew in charge of the vessel at all times, having a person less than 16 years of age driving the boat not being in control of the vessel by means within the control of the Skipper, non-respect of local navigation rules and navigation limits.

During the booking process you will be provided with the option of either purchasing our Collision Damage Waiver or paying a higher Security Deposit at the base as set out below. You will not be able to proceed with your booking unless you agree to one of the options and by asking us to confirm your booking you are agreeing to comply with the content of this section and make any required payment.

Option 1: Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)

If you choose to purchase the Collision Damage Waiver this will be added to your booking. You will be provided with the cost of purchasing the Collision Damage Waiver during the booking process which will be added to your overall holiday cost. In addition, you will be expected to pay a sum starting at CA$1,110 ($836 USD), depending on the size of your boat, as damage deposit upon arrival at the Base. The damage deposit will be taken, in local currency, prior to embarkation and if you do not pay we reserve the right to cancel your booking without further liability and without any right to a refund and you will not be entitled to continue with the charter.

Option 2: Security Deposit

If you choose to pay a Security Deposit only you will be asked to pay a sum starting at $4,805 CAD ($3615 USD) depending on the size of your boat, as Security Deposit upon arrival at our Base. The Security Deposit will be taken, in local currency, prior to embarkation and if you do not pay we reserve the right to cancel your booking without further liability and without any right to a refund and you will not be entitled to continue with the charter.

You will be asked to sign a form before embarkation confirming that you fully understand your obligations in the event of any loss or damage to the vessel, ancillary equipment or third party property. On return of the boat to the base following the charter period and following inspection of the boat by our base staff, in the event that we are satisfied that there is no apparent damage to the boat on its return from you, our base staff shall, where applicable, refund the relevant Security Deposit paid by you to you as soon as reasonably possible. Please note that the Collision Damage Waiver monies pre-paid under Option 1 are a non-refundable sum to reduce your Security Deposit and in no circumstances whatsoever is such monies refundable.

In the event that we determine that accidental damage or loss was caused to the boat and/or its contents during the period of your arrangements, you will be liable to us for all losses and damages incurred by us as a result up to the value of the Security Deposit left at the base. In the event that we determine that damage or loss was caused to the boat and/or its contents during the period of your arrangements as a result of your gross negligence or reckless conduct, you will be liable to us for all losses and damages incurred by us as a result. In both instances we reserve the right to retain, where applicable, part or all of the relevant Security Deposit paid by you. We may use all or part of the Security Deposit paid by you to repair any damage caused to the boat or its contents during the period of your arrangements, including without limitation the costs involved in lifting the boat for a full inspection to assess the damage to the boat. Retention of the Security Deposit will not in any way limit or prejudice any claim which we may have over and above the sum of the Security Deposit where the loss or damage was caused or contributed to by any actions prohibited in these terms and conditions and/or any act by you, or your party, of gross negligence where the value of the damage is over and above the Security Deposit paid. In the event that the losses or damages suffered by us as a result of any breach by you of these booking conditions and any damage caused to the boat or its contents during the period of your arrangements is less than the relevant damage deposit/Security Deposit paid by you, we shall refund, as relevant, part of the Security Deposit paid by you to you as soon as reasonably possible after the damage has been repaired or the repair costs have been ascertained. In the event of any disagreement over damage or loss, we shall retain the relevant Security Deposit paid by you until the matter is resolved.

Insurance

The Company is responsible for the insurance of the boat and its equipment and the insurance of the Renter’s third party liability as Renter of the boat. The Company’s insurance does not cover the Renter’s personal belongings and the Company accepts no responsibility in the event of loss or damage to the Renters personal belongings, either on the boat or on the Company’s premises.

Unsuitable Renters

The Company reserves the right to refuse to hand over a boat to any Renter who, in the sole and absolute discretion of the Company, is not suitable to take charge. In such case, the Company will refund all rent charges and its liability to the Renter will thereupon cease. The Company’s decision not to exercise its rights in accordance with this Paragraph 12 shall in no way be construed as an acknowledgment or determination of the suitability of the Renter or the assumption of any liability for loss or damage incurred as a result of Renter’s (or his or her party’s) actions, for which the Renter assumes sole responsibility. The Company reserves the right to repossess a boat from the Renter who in the opinion of the Company is not suitable to continue his or her cruise. all Renters must participate in safety, technical and navigation briefings as determined by the base prior to departure.

Termination of Vacation and indemnity

The Renter accepts responsibility for the proper conduct of themselves and their party. The Company reserves the right in its absolute discretion to terminate, without further notice, the vacation arrangements for any Renter who refuses to comply with the instructions or orders of the Company and whose behavior or competence in the Company’s opinion is likely to cause distress, damage, danger or annoyance to other customers, staff, any third party or to the property. Upon such termination the Company’s responsibility for the Renter’s vacation ceases and shall not be liable for any costs incurred by the Renter.

Boat Descriptions

Boat layout plans, specifications and illustrations in the brochure are for general guidance. Some boats within classes have minor variations.

Navigation Limits

Boats must cruise within the limits indicated in the documentation supplied to the Renter and should at all times comply with the waterways regulations. If advised of an infringement of this condition the Company may repossess the boat and the Renter will be responsible for all expenses incurred even in excess of the amount of the Security Deposit. The Company reserves the right to restrict cruising areas if unusual or hazardous conditions prevail.

Technical Assistance and Boat Delays

The Company undertakes to maintain a breakdown service during normal working hours every day of the week during the season and to attend to any breakdown or other technical incident rapidly within the context of available material and personnel. Outside normal working hours, an emergency service operates. a. every boat is checked before the start of each rent cruise and the Company takes all reasonable steps to ensure that the boat will not suffer a mechanical breakdown. If a breakdown of any kind should occur, the Renter must report it to the base immediately so that steps can be taken to make repairs and enable the cruise to be resumed. b. The Renter shall have no claim against the Company as a result of any grounding or breakdown or failure of the boat’s engine or equipment. When such breakdown or failure is due to the negligence of the Renter, the Company will have the right to recover from the Renter the expenses incurred in rectifying the matter.

Return of the Boat

The boat must be returned to the Company at the end of the cruise and vacated at the agreed time and place as shown on the Booking Confirmation. The Company reserves the right to recover from the Renter any expenses, which it incurs as a result of late return or non-return of the Boat at the agreed time and place, including the abandonment fee of £700 (in UK) / €1,000 (in the rest of Europe) and CA$1,500 (in Canada) for any Boat not returned to the stated place of disembarkation. All customers must return the boat in a reasonably clean state with the following completed: i) all trash neatly bagged up; ii) all crockery and utensils cleaned and re-stored; iii) beds stripped; iv) decks mopped iiv) Bathrooms and toilets cleaned. If the boat is left in an unsatisfactory condition, the boat’s cleaning fee will be charged to the customer.

Cleaning service: You may pay an additional cleaning fee of US$110 - US$210 dependant on the size of the boat and we will take care of the final cleaning of your boat. In this case all you are asked to do is to bag up your trash & all crockery and utensils cleaned and re-stored.

To allow for additional cleaning, a US$60 supplement per pet is charged to take a maximum of two pets on board our boats. You are required to bring a basket/blanket for pets to sleep on and to refrain from letting pets lie on bedding or settees. Please do not leave pets unattended on your boat. If despite paying the pet cleaning supplement the base manager feels extra cleaning is required on the return of your boat, you will be asked to pay an additional boat cleaning fee.

Fuel Charges & Fuel Deposits

Fuel is charged according to market rates and is subject to fluctuations in diesel prices. At the time of going to press, the hourly fuel charge is £4-£10 (in UK) / €5-€15 (rest of Europe) / $7 – $10 CAD (in Canada) depending on boat type and usage, but could have since changed. Fuel is payable in local currency. In all regions, Our company charges for fuel according to the amount of hours the engine has been running. At the start of your cruise, you will be informed how much the hourly charge will be and the current engine hours on your boat will be agreed and recorded with you.

At the start of your cruise your boat will have a full tank of fuel. Before departing the base you will be required to leave a Fuel Deposit, payable locally in local currency. At the end of your holiday you will either pay an additional fuel cost to cover the amount of fuel actually used, or you will be due a refund if your fuel consumption is less than the deposit paid.

Restricted or Interrupted Cruising

The Company accepts no liability and shall not be bound to make any refund in the event of cruising waters being restricted or the cruise being interrupted as a result of closing waterways for repairs or because of drought or flooding or any other cause beyond the Company’s control.

Force Majeure

We regret we cannot accept responsibility or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our contract with you is prevented or affected by reason of circumstances amounting to “force majeure.” For purposes of this section, circumstances amounting to force majeure include any event that the Company could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid, including, but not limited to, the destruction or damage of the boat through fire, flood, explosion, storm or weather damage, accident, break-in criminal damage or any other cause outside our control.

Assignment

The Renter shall not assign this agreement or sub-charter the boat without the prior written consent of the Company. The Company may assign its rights to payments under the charter.

Short Comings, Problems or Deficiencies

You must notify the Company prior to embarking on your cruise of any visible damage to the boat. There is responsible for the cost to repair any such visible damage to the boat of which he or she failed to notify the Company. The Renter must notify the Company immediately of any shortcomings, problems or deficiencies with your boat so that remedial action, if appropriate, can be taken. The Company cannot accept any liability in relation to any short comings, problems, deficiencies or claim of whatever nature if you fail to notify the Company of any complaint or claim during your vacation and write to the Company within 14 days of the end of your vacation.

Complaint Process/Limitation of Remedies

If the Renter has cause for complaint you must in the first instance inform the office at the base from where you started your vacation who will endeavor the problem to your satisfaction. If your complaint cannot be resolved locally, please make note of your points and when you return home write to the appropriate booking office. Complaints not made within 28 days at the end of your vacation will not be entertained. Under no circumstances will the level compensation exceed the amount of monies paid to our company. 

Specs

  • Life jackets/required safety gear
  • Cabin
  • Toilet
  • Wheel steering
  • Bimini
  • Single Engine
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Galley Stove & Oven
  • Berth
  • Head

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Member Since Jun 2018

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