Hire and Stay aboard 29' Canal Boat for 3 Person in Canal du Midi, France
Discover and cruise the 300 years old waterway of Canal du Midi in France! Rent this 29ft Canal Boat for up to 3 people. Rates as low as $1,487 USD per night and prefered minimum of 7 days. Rates: • $1,487 USD per night (7 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 serevices 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! Route Suggestions 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 via Homps & Agde The wine country of Languedoc and the beaches of the Mediterranean beckon on this Canal du Midi cruise. Plane trees shade the quiet waters threading through green vineyards. Stop in Homps to explore, and then head to the charming city of Agde with its restaurants and historic sites. The awesome nearby Le Cap d’ Adge beach resort is fun for the entire family! • 25 hr(s) of cruising • 129.00 km • 35 locks • 7 nights Waterways • Port Cassafières • Béziers • Fonseranes • Colombiers • Capestang • Le Somail • Sallèles d'Aude • Narbonne • 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.
- Captain is not included.
- This vessel is rented without a captain. Customers can operate the vessel.
- 3 guests
- Houseboats & Sleepaboards
- Canal Boat
Features & Details
- Life jackets/required safety gear
- Galley Stove & Oven
- Wheel steering
- Inboard Engine
- Single Engine
- Fuel type: Diesel
You’ll get directions for the exact departure location when you make a booking inquiry.
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Additional Terms & Information
Frequently Asked Question Locks & Moorings Where to moor & how much does it cost? The cost and type of mooring available will depend on which of our regions you are cruising in. In some of our cruising areas it is possible simply find an empty space along the bank and to moor in nature thanks to the ropes and spikes provided on-board. If you are after a little more comfort though, you can also moor in marinas or at our bases. Berthing fees, which often include services like electricity & water vary from location to location (for more details call our boating experts or refer to your on-board documentation). However, if you stop at a LeBoat base along the way then there is no charge! Do we have to operate the locks? If so, is it easy? Most of our cruising regions contain locks that you will have to pass through. However, for many of our customers passing through a locks is one of the highlights of their cruise! Once you have navigated one lock you will find out just how simple it is. The type of locks you encounter will depend on the cruising region you are in though. Locks can be manually operated, manned by a lock keeper, electrically operated or automatic, whatever the system though, the manoeuvres are always very similar. Are any areas lock free? If you are looking for lock-free cruising we recommend the Camargue in the South of France! Many other cruising regions have few locks, so speak to someone in our friendly boating experts and they will be pleased to help you. Activities & Extras Can I swim in any of the regions? Swimming is possible in many of the rivers, lakes and lagoons, but always check at the base if it is safe to do so. We don't recommend swimming in the canals, but there are many great open-air swimming pools near to our cruising routes if you fancy a dip. You could also head for the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean or near our base at Nieuwpoort in Belgium. Can I bring my own BBQ? No, the law is strict and only a fitted BBQ can be used on a boat. You can rent one of our fitted BBQs as an optional extras on most of our models, and some models in our range have BBQs built in as standard. Is it possible to hire bikes? How do you lock them? Yes, we have a range of bikes, children's bikes, trailer bikes and children's bike seats for hire. Helmets can also be purchased from the base. We recommend you take at least two bikes per boat and it is advisable to reserve them in advance. All bikes are provided with a lock. Depending on the model, you could lock them on the sundeck, on the front or on the back of your boat. For security & comfort reasons, we recommend you to always lock the bike while cruising and to not over-fill your boats with too many bikes. Is fishing allowed? Fishing enthusiasts will have the time of their lives on the rivers so bring your rods and don't forget your fishing licence! Licences can be purchased from local shops for the duration of your cruise. How much does the fuel cost? Similar to hiring a car, your boat is supplied with a full tank of diesel and you pay for the fuel you use (normally, you won't need to refuel en-route). Running Cost includes: a cost for fuel and engine wear & tear. It is calculated on ‘per hour’ basis (except in Scotland where it’s ‘per liter’ basis). Price shown is per engine hour used and varies depending on boat & region. Fuel is payable locally in local currency at the end of the holiday. Please note, fuel is an additional cost that you pay in local currency. Because of this, the cost is subject to change. Before departure, you will be required to leave a fuel deposit towards the cost of the fuel for your cruise. At the end of the vacation you will either be refunded the excess or be asked to pay any additional costs as required. Fuel deposit tariffs are based on your boat's engine size. Experience & Instruction Do I require a licence or permit? A driving licence is not required for your Boating Vacation on nearly all our destinations/cruises. After your instruction lesson you will be given a temporary permit for the duration of your vacation. In Germany, a permit is required in some areas. Do I need any experience of driving a boat? Absolutely not. You don't need to have any boating experience in order to enjoy one of our vacations. When you arrive at the base, you will be given an in-depth briefing on every aspect of your boat - from which knots to use to how the oven works. A staff member will take you out for an hour or so and go through all the controls with you until you are confident to enjoy the boat for the duration of your vacation. How old do I need to be to drive the boat? In order to drive the boat there is a minimum age limit of 18 in the UK & Europe and 21 in Ireland. A minimum of 2 adults is required on board. What are in the cruising documentation provided? Once you have confirmed your booking, you will receive a map of your area. On the already 'Getting Ready' section of the website you will find cruising & manoeuvering videos and useful information. Once you board your boat you will find a detailed map or waterways guide which is provided for the duration of your cruise. You can also order a waterways guide in advance directly from our partners. Can I take my pets on holiday? Yes of course you can, dogs are welcome on all our boats. There will be an additional supplement per dog for cleaning. We recommend that you don't take any more than two dogs per boat. Should I refill the fuel & water? Yes & no. Fuel: Your boat is provided with a full fuel tank which is covering 8-10 days of cruise. A fuel deposit is required at the start of your cruise & the balance with your real consumption will be made at your arrival. Water: The water tank is covering 2-3 days of normal use (shower and cleaning). You will have to refill water by stopping at the marinas along the canal/river. This service is often charge by the marina (few euros). Can I drink the water from the on board water tank? We advise guests to either boil water from the tank before drinking or to purchase bottled water to bring on board. Assistance & Safety What happens if the boat breaks down? In case of an emergency, you will be able to contact one of the base team on opening hours and we will respond immediately. In the unlikely event that you have a problem with your boat, we will do our best to send an engineer to you within four hours of your call. If your boat is considered to be unusable for more than half a day you will be offered compensation based on the daily rent fee. Are life jackets provided? Life jackets are supplied and safety rings are attached to every boat. We also recommend children to wear their lifejackets while cruising. Navigation How easy is it to navigate? The quiet waterways are extremely calm and easy to navigate with only small sections affected by tidal changes. The currents and water level are regulated by sluices which are either operated automatically or by the lock keepers. How many hours should I cruise each day? Generally cruising 4-5 hours a day will ensure you see a lot of the region as well as keep the boat's batteries well charged. However, there's no need to set yourself rigid targets – cruise as the mood takes you and explore the countryside and see the sights at your leisure. What speed should I cruise at? A cruising vacation is meant to be a relaxing one, with 6-7 km/hr being the recommended maximum speed. This means you can enjoy your surroundings at a leisurely pace and, more importantly, not cause any damage to the natural habitats at the water's edge. When can I navigate? (Period / Night) Our boating vacations period depends on waterway operating dates/times. Most of waterways are generally opened from Mid/End March to End-October / Early November. Generally locks are open from 9:00 to 18:00, which is also the cruising period during the day. Cruising during the night is not allowed. Where can I cruise? We have compiled a list of suggested cruises in both our brochure and on our website, but as long as you return your boat to your chosen base on time, you are free to explore wherever you like. So if you find a town you like then you are free to stay there for a night and explore it further the next day. However, our boats are designed for inland waterways only and as a result aren't allowed to venture into open seas. Are there any navigation restrictions? (Locks, Bridges, Floods) Locks are opened most of the day, but are often closed for lunch or during some bank vacations. In Ireland, some boats can't cruise on the Lough Allen Canal. In case of floods, navigation will be stopped. Our boating experts or base team will contact you as soon as the authorities give us the information. Arrival What time can I collect and return the boat? Normal collection time is between 4pm and 5pm and return time is by 9am on the final day. We recommend you to arrive at the base between 2pm & 3pm to get the briefing & instructions. If you want to cruise a few hours more on your departure and/or end day, you could book an Early Check in and/or Late check out. What languages are spoken at the bases? There is at least one English speaking colleague at all of our departure bases, so as soon as you arrive at your departure base, you'll be enjoying your vacation in no time! Please note: If cruising in Germany you will need a moderate level of English or German language skills. This is due to the need to understand technical instructions, safety procedures and shipping traffic rules. What type of car parking is available? Most of our bases have open-air locked parking facilities and/or garage in supplement. See our 'Base' pages for more details How do I get to the base? Can transfers be arranged? (Oneway / Airport / Train) You can arrange a taxi transfer between our bases and your airport or train station. If you are doing a oneway cruise, we can transfer your car from the start base to the end base so that it is waiting for you when you return. We could also arrange a taxi transfer between your end/departure base. Can we pre-order groceries? You can order a grocery pack in advance and they will be delivered to your boat on your departure day. You will need to download the provisioning list and send it back to the base at least two weeks prior to departure.