Great Cruising Vacation aboard 42' Canal Boat for 8 People in Canal du Midi, France
Plan a great cruising vacation and Canal du Midi, France! Book this 42ft Canal Boat for up to 8 people. Rates as low as $681 USD per night and prefered minimum of 4 days. Rates: • $681 USD per night (4 nights minimum) What is included in the rates? • Rental of the boat and its onboard equipment • A fully equipped kitchen • Towels and linen for all passengers • A boat handling demonstration prior to departure • Technical support • On-board maps and visitor information • Passage through locks What is not included in the rates? • Optional vacation extras • Boat damage waiver • Running costs (diesel, gas, engine wear and tear) - charged by the engine hour • Travel to and from the base(s) • Waterside services if you use them (i.e. moorings where a charge is applicable, pump-out if needed, water, etc) • Cancellation plan & any travel/personal insurance • Food and drink What You Can Expect: When it comes to barging in the South of France, the scenic Canal du Midi is a must. Cruising this 300 years old waterway, you will savor the slow easy pace of travel past lush vineyards in the heart of the Languedoc wine region. Passing through historic water locks you will discover charming medieval villages and ancient fortress cities. Sightseeing, wine tasting, and sun-kissed cycle rides await, all the way from bustling Toulouse to the golden sands of the Mediterranean sea. The Perfect Boating Region Wine Tasting Nestled in the Languedoc wine region, the Canal du Midi is an ideal locale for wine tasting vacations. Tour vineyards, visit wine caves and taste free samples. Trèbes, Homps, Ventenac, Paraza, Marseillette and Capestang offer much for wine connoisseurs! History & Heritage The Canal du Midi is steeped in history and heritage. You'll see stunning cathedrals, grand châteaux, ancient ruins and mediaeval cities. Carcassonne is a real gem. Museum fans will love Castelnaudary, Béziers, Narbonne and Toulouse! Gastronomy Friendly cafés and gourmet restaurants abound on the Canal du Midi! Try La Raffinerie in Béziers, Carcassonne's La Marquiere and L'Arbousier in Homps. Don't miss the slow-cooked bean and meat cassoulet (casserole), a French gastronomy specialty of Castelnaudary. Family There's something for the entire family on the Canal du Midi - amusements and rides at Luna Park in Le Cap d' Adge and the Raymond Chésa Leisure Park near Carcassonne. The kids will love watersports at Lac de Jouarres in Homps and Toulouse's Cité de L'Espace! Suggested Routes To help you get an idea of how far you can travel in the time you have, here's a selection of routes to and from our bases in this region. You dont have to stop at all the places listed or follow the route exactly. So long as you return your boat to your end base by the date you've booked - you're free to enjoy your cruise however you like. For a comfortable pace, allowing you time to regularly stop and explore, we'd recommend an average of 2 - 4 hours cruising each day. Narbonne to Port Cassafières You linger a bit in the picturesque Roman town of Narbonne, sampling its culinary delights and the vibrant waterfront. Then your canal cruise begins as you set off to the edge of the Camargue with its beautiful Mediterranean beaches. A Canal du Midi boat rental promises peaceful nights in quiet villages and ever-changing scenery as you travel. • 14 hr(s) of cruising • 64.00 km • 23 locks • 4 nights Waterways • Narbonne • Sallèles d'Aude • Capestang • Colombiers • Fonseranes • Béziers • Port Cassafières Must See in Canal du Midi Toulouse Toulouse, also known as the "Ville rose" due to its pink bricks, is one of the biggest cities in France. Discover its culture and visit the Place du Capitole, the symbol of the city. Take time to explore the city, see Alsace-Lorraine street, and check out the beautiful Place de la Trinité. Chill out along the Garonne. Do not forget your camera. Montgiscard Montgiscard is a pretty town where you will enjoy taking a peaceful walk downtown and viewing the old houses. Discover the old church with its wall bell, which is characteristic of the area. Gardouch Gardouch is an typical village of the area. Moor here to enjoy a peaceful walk downtown. Visit the village's beautiful church and eat in one of the excellent restaurants. Avignonet-Lauragais Avignonet-Lauragais, with its imposing tower, is a town with history. Come here and discover the church Notre Dame, where an old picture of the 17th century explains what happened here during the difficult period of the Inquisition. Port-Lauragais Although it is near the freeway, Port-Lauragais is a nice place to rest. There are cycle paths all around, leading to Toulouse. You can also moor here if you need something. Castelnaudary Castelnaudary is known as the Capital of the Cassoulet (a local specialty). Discover the beautiful Grand Bassin, built in the 17th century and have a walk around it, seeing ducks, swans, and the beautiful Church on the horizon. Downtown, there are also some really good restaurants to enjoy. Villepinte Villepinte is a small charming village. Visit the church built in the 14th century, or just hang out downtown in one of the good restaurants. You can use your bike to ride along the banks of the canal. Bram Bram is an attractive town in the countryside, surrounded by a vineyard. Built in a circular style, with the houses arranged in a concentric circle around the church, Bram is in the heart of Cathar country, and the ruins of many castles can be spotted on the hilltops close to the town. Villesèquelande Although the parish abbey is classified as a historic monument and deserves to be seen, what is symbolic and unique in Villesèquelande is the tree planted in front of the church. The big, old elm is one of the last in France. Carcassonne Discover the biggest and most beautiful medieval construction in all of Europe: the huge stronghold of Carcassonne, built in the 13th century. Explore it and learn its history. Stand on the huge fortified walls to admire the gorgeous views over the valley. Trèbes Along the Canal du Midi, there is a pretty and welcoming town called Trèbes. Moor here to eat downtown in one of the good restaurants, or visit the church Saint-Etienne, built in the 14th century. Marseillette Marseillette is a welcoming and peaceful village surrounded by lush, green countryside. Walk among the vineyards and discover the beautiful scenery. Puicheric Surrounded by verdant vegetation, Puicheric is a charming village with a beautiful historic church to visit. La Redorte La Redorte is a beautiful and leafy town along the canal. Moor here and take a walk on one of the numerous walking trails around town, or maybe you will prefer sampling the local cuisine in one of the good restaurants. 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. Fonsérannes 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 Poëtes. Port-Cassafières 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. Agde The City of a Thousand Wonders', Agde is a very famous place in France, known for its sunshine and for its numerous activities and treasures to discover. Take time to discover this little paradise. Sallèles d'Aude Surrounded by a verdant forest, Salleles d'Aude is a charming and welcoming town where you will have the occasion to cycle or walk along the numerous paths. Enjoy the green forested landscapes in a quiet atmosphere on the outskirts, or try a meal in one of the good restaurants downtown. Narbonne Once the most important city of Roman Gaul, Narbonne hosts many vestiges of the past and keeps them like treasures. Come here and visit the basilica Saint-Paul, the wonderful cathedral Saint-Just-et-Saint-Pasteur, and many others. Downtown, the old winding streets are just charming. Port-la-Nouvelle Port-la-Nouvelle, the last town on the Embranchment de la Nouvelle, is a bustling fishing port. On the seafront you'll find many restaurants and bars, and the beach is wide and sandy - perfect for sunbathing or a day of family fun. Don't forget to try the seafood, it is as fresh as it gets! What To Expect Onboard: As captain of your own canal boat, you'll be living in, and driving, your personal cruiser. Don't worry, these boats are very easy to operate; you don't need any license or experience! Think about your river cruiser like your home on the water, fully equipped with all the amenities of home, including a large & well decored interior. A great choice for larger parties, this canal boat rental features a large saloon and flexible sleeping options with single and double beds in the three cabins. Up forward you’ll find a fourth small cabin and bed for a young child. With its easy access to the side decks and sundeck, the Shannon Star boat rent offers an excellent layout. • Boat Size: 12.80 m x 4.10 m • 1 forward cabin with double bed and small child's bed or storage space • 1 cabin with double bed • 1 cabin with two twin beds • Love seat in saloon converts to double bed • 3 bathrooms Interior & saloon • The spacious and luxurious saloon features a TV/DVD player, a sound system with radio/CD player, and a steering station with good visibility. • The love seat converts to a double bed. The full kitchen/galley has a stove, sink, electric refrigerator, and abundant storage space. Cabins & bathrooms • The boat's large forward cabin has a comfortable double bed, and there's a little cabin with a bed for a small child. • The boat has two rear cabins, one with double bed and one with two single beds. • Each of the three staterooms has an adjacent private bathroom with shower, sink, and toilet. Sundeck & Exterior • The boat's roomy bridge/sundeck is a great place for gatherings and to watch the scenery pass by. • The steering station offers excellent visibility for the skipper. • The onboard electrical system runs on 12-volt DC power. • The boat also has 220-volt shore power. • The boat is equipped with an efficient and reliable diesel engine. Features • Oven / Grill • Burner • CD / Radio player • Heater • Cigar Lighter Plug (12V) • Shore Power (220V on dock) • Internal Steering Position • External Steering Position • Alfresco dining • Sliding roof • Sundeck Technical • Water Tank: 900 L • Tiefgang: 1.00 m • Max. Headroom 2.77 m • Length: 12.80 m • Fuel Tank: 270 L • Engine Type: Diesel • Breite: 4.10 m • Höhe über Wasserlinie: 3.30m Vacation Extras We offer a range of optional extras to make you holiday more relaxing, comfortable and fun. You can add them to your initial booking, or you can add them on any time afterwards. You can even purchase them at the base when you arrive. Extras Package - a bundle of our top extras • Engine hours charge - which covers diesel to power the engine and onboard heating, gas for cooking and engine wear and tear. This is otherwise charged locally at the end of your vacation. • Non-refundable Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) - to significantly reduce the refundable damage deposit (and thus your liability) which is collected locally before your start your vacation. • Boat cleaning - so you don't have to spend your evening cleaning the boat. Just bag up your trash and wash the dishes. • Rental of one bike - ideal to collect your morning bread or for exploring the coutryside to discover the countryside Please contact us for more details Barbecues • Available in one size only and is suitable for up to 8 people. Groceries • Sundowner Pack • Starter Pack Please note: Grocery Packs must be ordered at least 7 days in advance of your departure date, otherwise availability cannot be guaranteed. Bike Rental Please note: Bikes are not available to rent in Scotland, but our base team can put you in touch with local rental companies should you wish to explore the Highlands on two wheels. Early Boarding and Late Check Out Early Boarding enables you to collect your boat between 11am - 12pm, or from 2pm on the first day (instead of 4pm). Late Check-out means you can return your boat by 12pm on the last day (instead of 9am). Please note: Owing to operational constraints, it sometimes may not be possible to offer this service. WIFI A 3G Mini router, which uses SFR Mobile Broadband, provides internet access wherever there is a mobile phone signal. Each unit can have a maximum of five devices connected at any one time. Signal speeds can vary depending on location and local coverage. Download limit of 5GB (4000mb) per week. Deck Cushions Why not rent a pack of deck cushions for extra comfort while you cruise? They also double up as sunbathing matresses! Ecological Cleaning Pack Help us preserve the waterways for future enjoyment by purchasing a pack of eco-friendly cleaning products which come in a ecological cotton bag. The pack includes: Ecological disinfectant spray, ecological kitchen spray, washing-up liquid, sponge, box of matches. Cleaning Service After a relaxing vacation, you probably don’t want to spend your last evening cleaning the boat. So why not pre-book our cleaning service and let us take care of the final clean of your boat. Then all you have to do is wash the dishes and bag up your trash. For details about the condition your boat should be returned in, Special Occasion Gift Basket If you are celebrating a special birthday or occasion, you can pre-order one of our beautifully presented gift baskets, full of local delicacies and regional specialities. It will be waiting for you on board when you arrive Bring your Dog! A boating adventure is the perfect kind of vacation to take your four-legged friend on. A maximum of two dogs are welcome on board each boat. A pet cleaning supplement applies. Parking If you are traveling to your start base by car, you can add parking onto your booking as an optional extra. Most bases have on-site parking. Some offer parking in a secure compound and a few of our bases offer undercover parking too. Car Transfers If you are doing a one-way cruise (i.e. returning your boat to a different base), we can transfer your car from your departure base to your end base. Please note: Car transfers are available for a charge, must be pre-booked before departure and are subject to availability Compulsory Costs • Engine Hours • Boat Damage Protection • Lock Fees • One-way supplement • Mooring fees
- Captain is not included.
- Trip may require hiring additional qualified personnel.
- 8 guests
- Houseboats & Sleepaboards
- Canal Boat
Features & Details
- Life jackets/required safety gear
- Galley Stove & Oven
- Wheel steering
- Bow Thrusters
- Inboard Engine
- Single Engine
You’ll get directions for the exact departure location when you make a booking inquiry.
0% refund up to 30 days prior.
Additional Terms & Information
If You Cancel Your Holiday Cancellation Terms: To cancel a reservation, the Renter should notify the Company in writing. Period before departure in which you notify the Company and Cancellation Penalty: More than 70 days prior to departure date: Deposit is non-refundable Between 70 and 43 days prior to departure date: 45% of the total holiday cost is non-refundable Between 42 and 15 days prior to departure date: 60% of the total holiday cost is non-refundable Between 14 days and departure date: 100% of the total holiday cost is non-refundable If You Change Your Booking If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, for example your chosen departure date (in the same season only), destination or boat, we will do our utmost to make these changes but it may not always be possible. Any request for changes to be made must be in writing from the lead name or your travel agent. The price of your holiday may increase or decrease to reflect the changes requested by you. You will be asked to pay an administration charge of US$140 (more than 70 days prior to departure) or US$250 (between 70 and 15 days prior to departure) per booking amendment and any further cost we incur in making this alteration and any increase in the cost of your trip. Please note that no changes or rescheduling are permitted less than 14 days prior to departure. Please check whether your holiday insurance will cover any changes or increased costs resulting from a change. You should be aware that these costs could increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made and you should contact us as soon as possible.