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Midi and Camargue Region Details

Locaboat proposes barging holidays in a self driving & self-catering barge Pénichette® to hire on the Canal du Midi, classified as world heritage site by UNESCO, and the Bassin de Thau. Barging Holidays, licence free, will help you discover cities rich in history such as Carcassonne, Toulouse, Béziers and Agde. You will also be able to sail on the canal du midi and some of the most beautiful waterways as like the canal du Rhone at Sète, Canal de la Robine, Bassin de Thau, the small Rhône and the Lateral Canal to the Garonne.

To see on the skyline the towers of Carcassonne is a heart-stopping moment, so formidable are the fortifications restored by Viollet le Duc and now granted World Heritage status by UNESCO.

As well as the medieval towns, cathar villages, castles and monasteries that you pass, you should appreciate that the canal itself and its engineering works constitute an equally valuable work of art. The Canal du Midi, from Toulouse to the Etang de Thau, has been listed in its entirety as a UNESCO World Heritage site,
a testimony to the genius of its builder Pierre-Paul Riquet who described it to Vauban as "The noblest work of its type ever undertaken". The recent reopening of the lower Lot, linking the Lot and the Garonne, gives you a chance to discover this delightful region with its chateaux and medieval bastides such as Aiguillon, Villeneuve-sur-Lot and Pujols, one of France's prettiest villages, as well as many other treasures of romanesque art.

MIDI - Canal du Midi, Bassin de Thau
From our base at Argens, the Canal du Midi winds gracefully through a typically Mediterranean landscape : vines, cypresses, pine trees and a riot of flowers exude their glorious aroma whilst cicadas and crickets shrill all around. Shaded by plane trees you will journey from town to town, each with its tale to tell from an eventful history.

Carcassonne, Béziers, Narbonne and many others invite you to taste mouthwatering regional specialities and such unusual wines as Pacherenc, made from late-picked grapes.

CAMARGUE - Canal du Rhône à Sète, le Lez, Bassin de Thau, Canal du Midi, Petit Rhône

These cruises are all virtually lock-free. Starting from Lattes, on the outskirts of Montpellier, you cruise the river Lez, a trade route since 800BC. You will cruise close to the Mediterranean beaches, in an area of amazing bird, animal and plant life. Make the most of the beaches before crossing the Bassin de Thau to reach its little ports and oysterbeds.

Pink flamingoes, white horses, and the massive outlines of the wild black bulls recreate a landscape that takes you back to the beginning of time. From this green paradise stands out in stately profile the silhouette of Aigues Mortes, the fortified port from which the Crusaders set sail.

LAURAGAIS - Canal du Midi, Canal latéral à la Garonne

The base at Négra was the first stop of the "Mail Boat" which ran from Toulouse to Agde in the 19th century. From the surroundings of rose-red Toulouse , the Canal du Midi takes you through one of France's most fascinating regions.

Beyond the canal banks, shaded by ancient trees, the surrounding hills are covered by a patchwork of little fields.


Medieval villages , romanesque churches (Baraigne and Cazalrenoux), abbeys and monasteries (St Papoul) provide variety to the landscape. At Castelnaudary, home of cassoulet , the many fine buildings form a treasury of the architectural riches of the region.
 
Cruises in Midi & Camargue
Locks are open every day except 1st May on the Canal du Midi and Canal Latéral à la Garonne. Open every day in Camargue, Baïse and the Lot.
Cruises - Canal du Midi
Out and Back Négra
1 Week - Négra, Castelnaudary, Carcassonne, Negra
Length of Cruise : 144 km, 80 locks, 5 h per day
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Cruises - Canal du Midi, Canal Latéral à la Garonne
Out and Back Négra
1 Week - Négra, Toulouse, Montech, Negra
Length of Cruise : 152 km, 36 locks, 4 h per day
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Cruises - Canal du Midi
One Way Négra / Argens-Minervois
1 Week - Négra, Castelnaudary, Carcassonne, Argens

Length of Cruise: 118 km, 65 locks, 4 h 30' per day
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Cruises - Canal du Midi
Out and Back Argens-Minervois
1 Week - Argens, Marseillette, Trèbes, Carcassonne. Argens
Length of Cruise: 92 km, 32 locks, 3 h 30' per day
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Cruises - Canal du Midi, Canal de la Robine
Out and Back Argens-Minervois
1 Week - Argens, Le Somail, Narbonne, Béziers. Argens

Length of Cruise: 151 km, 40 locks, 4 h per day
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Cruises - Canal du Midi, Canal du Rhone à Sète, Bassin de Thau
One Way Argens / Lattes
1 Week - Argens, Le Somail, Sète, Frontignan, Aigues-Mortes, Lattes

Length of Cruise: 185 km, 16 locks, 4 h per day
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Cruises - Canal du Rhone a Sète, Bassin de Thau, Canal du Midi
Out and Back Lattes
1 Week - Lattes, Frontignan, Sète, Marseillan, Agde, Lattes

Length of Cruise: 170 km, 8 locks, 4 h per day
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Cruises - Canal du Rhone a Sète (Canal de Camargue), Bassin de Thau, Le Petit Rhône
Out and Back Lattes
1 Week - Lattes, Aigues-Mortes, Beaucaire, Fourques (Arles), Mas des Baumelles (Saintes Maries), Lattes
Length of Cruise: 160 km, 4 locks, 3 h 30' per day
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Cruises - Canal du Midi
Out and Back Argens-Minervois
10 Days - Argens, Trèbes, Carcassonne, Castelnaudary. Argens
Length of Cruise:
172 km, 66 locks, 4 h 30' per day
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Cruises - Canal du Midi, Canal de la Robine, Bassin de Thau
Out and Back Argens-Minervois
10 Days - Argens, Narbonne, Béziers, Agde, Marseillan, Argens
Length of Cruise: 219 km, 52 locks, 4 h per day
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Cruises - Canal du Rhone a Sète, Bassin de Thau, Canal du Midi
Out and Back Lattes
10 Days - Lattes, Aigues Mortes, Frontignan, Sète, Agde, Béziers, Lattes
Length of Cruise:
217 km, 14 locks, 3 h 30' per day
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Cruises - Canal du Rhone a Sète, Bassin de Thau , Canal du Midi
One Way Lattes / Argens-Minervois
10 Days - Lattes, Aigues-Mortes, Frontignan, Sète, Béziers, Narbonne, Argens
Length of Cruise: 2
18 km, 38 locks, 3 h 30' per day
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Cruises - Canal du Midi
Out and Back Argens-Minervois
2 Weeks - Argens, Carcassonne, Castelnaudary, Toulouse, Argens
Length of Cruise:
294 km, 100 locks, 4 h 45' per day
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Cruises - Canal du Midi, Canal du Rhone à Sète, Canal de la Robine, Bassin de Thau
Out and Back Argens-Minervois
2 Weeks - Argens, Narbonne, Béziers, Sète, Lattes, Argens
Length of Cruise:
369 km, 52 locks, 4 h per day
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Cruises - Canal du Rhone a Sète, Bassin de Thau, Canal du Midi
Out and Back Lattes
2 Weeks - Lattes, Aigues Mortes, Frontignan, Sète, Agde, Béziers, Argens, Lattes
Length of Cruise:
379 Km, 54 locks, 4 h per day
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Cruises - Canal du Rhone a Sète, Bassin de Thau, Canal du Midi
One Way Lattes / Negra
2 Weeks - Lattes, Aigues-Mortes, Frontignan, Sète, Béziers, Carcassonne, Castelnaudary, Négra
Length of Cruise:
310 km, 81 locks, 4 h 30' per day
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Cruises - Canal du Midi
Out and Back Argens-Minervois
3 Weeks - Argens, Carcassonne, Négra, Castelnaudary, Beziers, Agde, Argens
Length of Cruise:
294 km, 100 locks, 4 h 45' per day
 

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