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Hotel Barge Beatrice Cruises on the Canal du Midi

Port Cassafières, France

  • 4 Guests
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  • Max 4 people , 2 Cabins

    1 double bed / 2 single beds

    Min 4 nights / Max 6 nights
    Check in 2 p.m. / Check out 3 p.m.

    Overview

    Stay on a boat in Portiragnes, France.

    Discover boating holidays on the Canal du Midi on board the Hotel Barge Beatrice. Beatrice has been entirely renovated using natural oak to ensure a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The barge is based at Port Cassafières in Portiragnes near Agde, in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of the south of France, just 1,5 km from the beaches. Hotel Barge Beatrice is a premier*** class and cruises the famous Canal du Midi from Portiragnes at the eastern end of the Canal. She will give you a lovely relaxed introduction to the most iconic waterway in France with a wide variety of fascinating things to see and explore, from the sun deck, on foot or by bike.

    The interior consists of a living room with a wood-burning stove, comfortable sofa, TV, DVD, central heating and air conditioning when required. The saloon also has a bar area for those delicious pre-dinner drinks and an open galley where you can watch chef at work.
    The sundeck is perfect for relaxing during the day and the warm summer evenings is accessed by ladder from the side-deck, leading to a terrace where there is a table and four lounge chairs. Bicycles are provided for guests that would like to accompany the barge along the tow-path as she cruises or to explore the surrounding villages and countryside. The " master " cabin has a large double bed measuring 160cm x 200cm, with excellent views of the passing scenery through a large picture window. There is a desk and plenty of storage.The ensuite has a bath, hand basin and toilet. This cabin also has doors to its own private shaded terrace at the bow. The second cabin has two single beds and it's own adjacent bathroom with hand basin, shower and toilet. We offer you a quality service in a convivial and welcoming environment. We offer you a mix of French and Italian cuisine. We take pride in our menu of seasonal, fresh food. Fresh fruit and vegetables from local markets, seafood and regional wines, and a choice selection of traditional french cheeses. The southern regions in France are a delicious mix of colors, aromas and flavors just waiting to give pleasure. All meals are served in the spacious wheelhouse, with excellent views of the canal, its bridges, monuments and countryside. PRICE PER NIGHT AND PER PERSON IN DOUBLE BEDROOM WITH PRIVATE BATHROOM. All-inclusive cruises with crew.

    Layout

    Beatrice has been entirely renovated using natural oak to ensure a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The barge is based at Port Cassafières in Portiragnes near Agde, in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of the south of France, just 1,5 km from the beaches. Hotel Barge Beatrice is a premier*** class and cruises the famous Canal du Midi from Portiragnes at the eastern end of the Canal. She will give you a lovely relaxed introduction to the most iconic waterway in France with a wide variety of fascinating things to see and explore, from the sun deck, on foot or by bike.

    The interior consists of a living room with a wood-burning stove, comfortable sofa, TV, DVD, central heating and air conditioning when required. The saloon also has a bar area for those delicious pre-dinner drinks and an open galley where you can watch chef at work.
    The sundeck is perfect for relaxing during the day and the warm summer evenings is accessed by ladder from the side-deck, leading to a terrace where there is a table and four lounge chairs. Bicycles are provided for guests that would like to accompany the barge along the tow-path as she cruises or to explore the surrounding villages and countryside. The " master " cabin has a large double bed measuring 160cm x 200cm, with excellent views of the passing scenery through a large picture window. There is a desk and plenty of storage.The ensuite has a bath, hand basin and toilet. This cabin also has doors to its own private shaded terrace at the bow. The second cabin has two single beds and it's own adjacent bathroom with hand basin, shower and toilet.

    Onboard

    Our guided tour explores the stories of the Cathar country. Aboard Beatrice you will cruise for over 80 Km. and you will experience the history, the monuments and the landscapes of the Canal du Midi. Four to five hours a day are dedicated to cruising and you can pilot the boat with the captain if you wish. Beatrice offers a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere, gourmet food and wines and a delightful culinary and cultural cruise through the idyllic French countryside along this famous route. Our cruise route takes us through the villages of Colombiers, Poilhès, Capestang, Le Somail, Ventenac, Argens in Minervois, Homps. The castles route of the Pays Cathare offers a visit to the heart of the history of the cathars and many impressive monuments. Beatrice - as all the barges of the canal - will cruise at between 4 and 6 Km/hour depending on the meanders of the Canal and the traffic. Our objective is that you spend between 4 and 5 hours a day cruising.

    The Area

    THE CANAL DU MIDI BUILT IN 1667
    to 1681 by Pierre-Paul Riquet, is classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
    Born in Béziers, Riquet supervised the work to link the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean sea, via the Garonne.
    Along the length of the canal are vineyards and typical villages with their narrow streets protected from the sun, and in the distance, as far as the eye can see, the Pyrennes with the Canigou Mountain, the Cevennes with the lake of Salagou, Pézénas, Roquebrune and the Cirque de Navacelles canyon.

    The 7-locks flight at Fonserannes, which raises the barge 21,5m, allows us to navigate on the Grand Bief, a 54km lock-free section of the canal.
    You will pass under the Malpas Tunnel to the foot of the Oppidium d'Ensérunes which dates back several centuries before JC, and can visit the museum.

    A Languedoc archaeological site that is now a listed National Monument, the Oppidum d’Ensérune is one of the most important Gaulish villages in the South of France. Just 10km from Béziers, this archaeological site is an outstanding example of a prehistoric village. Built on a rocky headland, it offers a 360° view of the wine-growing plains and the astonishing Etang de Montady, a wetland drained by monks in the 13th century and reminiscent of a bicycle wheel. The oppidum is located on a steep hillside, at the crossroads of many important land and sea routes.

    Down below, the Roman Via Domitia used to connect Rome with Spain. Today, the oppidum dominates the plains of Béziers and its famous vineyards.
    The view here is truly amazing, owing chiefly to the Etang de Montady, a drained wetland situated on the plain and just a few hundred metres from the oppidum. It is a real curiosity in itself, with fields that have radiated out from a central point like the rays of the sun since the ditches were first dug to drain the land in the 13th century. And the Oppidum d'Ensérune offers the very best view.
    Running under the hillside, the Canal du Midi takes the 170 metre long Malpas Tunnel, bored in 1679
    and the first tunnel in the world to have been dug specifically for a canal.

    In Languedoc, between the Montagne Noire and the Canal du Midi, the Cathar city of Minerve offers an imposing entrance to the Haut-Languedoc Regional Natural Park, and is listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France. Minerve is perched on a rocky headland and surrounded by vineyards boasting the Minervois AOC label. In the Middle Ages, this powerful city was a refuge for the Cathar heretics. The natural bridges carved out by the Cesse and Brian rivers make this a really remarkable site.

    What's special about this boat

    Canal du Midi - Unesco World Heritage site
    Carcassonne - Unesco World Heritage site

    Port Cassafières

    Port Cassafières
    Portiragnes

    Onboard
    • Kitchen
    • WiFi
    • Aircon
    • Smoking allowed
    • CO2 alarm
    • Smoke alarm
    • Laundry
    • Freezer
    • Fridge
    • iPod Dock
    • CD Player/Radio
    • DVD Player
    • TV
    • Heating
    • Shower
    • Toilet
    • Welcome pack
    • Bedding/Towels
    • Walk-on access
    • Electricity 24/7
    • Crew on board
    • Food and drink included
    • Hot tub
    • BBQ
    • Disabled access
    • Additional Cot Hire
    • Dog friendly
    • Kid friendly
    Onshore
    • Free car parking
    • Bar/Restaurant
    • Concierge
    • Walking distance to town
    • Shops
    • WiFi
    • Laundry
    • Shower
    • Toilet
    • Swimming Pool
    • Disabled access
    • BBQ

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