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Cruise In The South Of France On The Canal du Midi Aboard The First Class Hotel-Barge ANJODI

The 8-passenger Anjodi was built in Holland in 1927 in a classic Dutch design to transport grain between Amsterdam and Paris. In 1983, she was specifically converted into a hotel barge to navigate the 300-year-old Canal du Midi. She has been completely refurbished in the tasteful tradition of African hardwoods, hand-crafted paneling and shining brass, creating a comfortable and charming ambiance.

The well-planned accommodations offer a choice of four air-conditioned cabins that can be configured into either a double or two twin sized beds, each with their own private ensuite bathroom. Each cabin is supplied with towels, bathrobes, hairdryers and personal care items.

The sun deck with eight reclining chairs and sun canopy is spacious and has a heated jacuzzi. Anjodi's highly professional crew of four is comprised of master Chef, tour guide and stewardess, and is led by a knowledgeable and experienced Captain who will ensure your cruise is truly memorable.

The salon has new banquette seating, a dining table and picture windows for enjoying the passing vistas. There is a Hi Fi system with compact discs and an iPod docking station. Guests are welcome to bring their favorite compact discs or iPod from home. A small library of books is also available along with some board games, binoculars for bird watching and eight touring bikes for your enjoyment. There is also a 24 hour fully stocked bar and a community safe for all passengers.

Meals are always a gastronomic adventure, and you will have the opportunity to enjoy delicious regional cuisine by candlelight, harmonizing food and good wines from the best vineyards in the region. We are glad to accomodate any special food requirements you may have, so please let us know any restrictions you may have ahead of time, so that we can accommodate your needs.

Highlights of your cruise include a visit to the medieval fortified city of Carcassonne, the ancient Roman city of Narbonne, the 12th century hilltop fort of Minerve, and a private wine tasting at a nearby vineyard.

The Anjodi was the first barge we cruised on many years ago and is what hooked us on cruising! It has been renovated several times since then but still provides a great cruise on the Canal du Midi with wonderful cuisine. We visited Anjodi again in April 2017 with its new sun canopy on deck and banquette seating in the salon.


  • Number of Passengers: 8
  • Number of Cabins (all with private bath): 4
  • Crew: 4
  • Air Conditioning and Central Heating: Yes.
  • Salon: Banquette seating, bar and dining table with picture windows.
  • Bar: Open bar
  • Deck: Dining table, 8 reclining chairs, sun canopy and jacuzzi
  • Spa Tub: Yes
  • Cabin Features: Four staterooms, all with twins or double bed: Lavande 102 sq ft, Basilic 95 sq ft, Thym & Romarin 91 sq ft and ensuite bathrooms with shower
  • Vehicle for Transfers/Excursions: Air conditioned 9-seater Mercedes minibus
  • Accessibility: 8 steps from deck to salon, 3 steps from salon to cabins
  • Bicycles: 8 folding bikes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes - limited in some areas

  • Anjodi's Deck Plan
    Anjodi's Deck Plan

    Apr 1 thru Apr 28
    Jul 22 thru Aug 25
    Oct 7 thru Oct 27
    Apr 29 thru Jul 21
    Aug 26 thru Oct 6
    Stateroom (per person, double occupancy)
    Single Occupancy Supplement
    Charter for 6
    Charter for 7
    Charter for 8

    Mar 31 thru Apr 27
    Jul 21 thru Aug 24
    Oct 6 thru Oct 26
    Apr 28 thru Jul 20
    Aug 25 thru Oct 5
    Stateroom (per person, double occupancy)
    Single Occupancy Supplement
    Charter for 6
    Charter for 7
    Charter for 8

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    What's Included
    - 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in a cabin with private bath
    - Transfers from Narbonne to the barge and return; for charters a location in Narbonne, Beziers, Montpellier, Carcassonne, Nimes or Toulouse is possible.
    - All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday, including one meal at a local restaurant
    - All wines with lunches and dinners
    - Open bar
    - All escorted side-excursions (golf, etc. at additional cost)
    - Use of bicycles

    What's Not Included
    - Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
    - Transportation from Paris to Narbonne and return
    - Suggested 5-7% gratuity for the crew, to be paid in equivalent Euros to the captain

    2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Apr 8 Le Somail-Marseillan Value
    Apr 15 Marseillan-Le Somail Value
    Apr 22 Le Somail-Marseillan Value
    Apr 29 Marseillan-Le Somail Regular
    May 6 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
    May 13 Marseillan-Le Somail Regular
    May 20 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
    May 27 Marseillan-Le Somail Regular
    Jun 3 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
    Jun 10 Marseillan-Le Somail Regular
    Jun 17 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
    Jun 24 Marseillan-Le Somail Regular
    Jul 1 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
    Jul 8 Marseillan-Le Somail Regular
    Jul 15 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
    Jul 22 Marseillan-Le Somail Value
    Jul 29 Le Somail-Marseillan Value
    Aug 5 Marseillan-Le Somail Value
    Aug 12 Le Somail-Marseillan Value
    Aug 19 Marseillan-Le Somail Value
    Aug 26 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
    Sep 2 Marseillan-Le Somail Regular
    Sep 9 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
    Sep 16 Marseillan-Le Somail Regular
    Sep 23 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
    Sep 30 Marseillan-Le Somail Regular
    Oct 7 Le Somail-Marseillan Value
    Oct 14 Marseillan-Le Somail Value
    Oct 21 Le Somail-Marseillan Value
    Oct 28 Marseillan-Le Somail Value

    2019 Season Cruise Schedule*
    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Mar 31 Le Somail-Marseillan Value
    Apr 7 Marseillan-Le Somail Value
    Apr 14 Le Somail-Marseillan Value
    Apr 21 Marseillan-Le Somail Value
    Apr 28 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
    May 5 Marseillan-Le Somail Regular
    May 12 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
    May 19 Marseillan-Le Somail Regular
    May 26 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
    Jun 2 Marseillan-Le Somail Regular
    Jun 9 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
    Jun 16 Marseillan-Le Somail Regular
    Jun 23 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
    Jun 30 Marseillan-Le Somail Regular
    Jul 7 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
    Jul 14 Marseillan-Le Somail Regular
    Jul 21 Le Somail-Marseillan Value
    Jul 28 Marseillan-Le Somail Value
    Aug 4 Le Somail-Marseillan Value
    Aug 11 Marseillan-Le Somail Value
    Aug 18 Le Somail-Marseillan Value
    Aug 25 Marseillan-Le Somail Regular
    Sep 1 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
    Sep 8 Marseillan-Le Somail Regular
    Sep 15 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
    Sep 22 Marseillan-Le Somail Regular
    Sep 29 Le Somail-Marseillan Regular
    Oct 6 Marseillan-Le Somail Value
    Oct 13 Le Somail-Marseillan Value
    Oct 20 Marseillan-Le Somail Value
    Oct 27 Marseillan-Avignon Value

    *Note: Cruise directions and sample itineraries may be in reverse and are subject to change and may depend on bookings and local navigation conditions. Alternate excursions of equal appeal are substituted when needed. For charter cruises special itineraries can be arranged.

    Canal du Midi
    Marseillan to Le Somail 2018

    Canal du Midi
    Canal du Midi

    The Locks of Fonserannes
    The Locks of Fonserannes

    Archbishop's Palace, Narbonne
    Archbishop's Palace, Narbonne

    Minerve Hilltop Village
    Minerve Hilltop Village


    Sunday - Marseillan
    Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Anjodi. Enjoy a chilled Champagne welcome with canapés and the opportunity to meet your crew, followed perhaps by a relaxing stroll around the lovely village of Marseillan, enjoying a view of the oyster beds and home of Noilly Prat vermouth. Dinner on board.

    Monday - Marseillan to Villeneuve-les-Beziers
    This morning we embark on our cruise along the 330-year-old Canal du Midi through the Bagnas nature reserve, with potential sightings of flamingos, white egrets and other migrating birds, under bridges built from the local black volcanic stone. After lunch on board, we visit Pézenas, the delightful 16th century capital of the Languedoc mostly known for its associations with the French playwright Molière. Dinner on board.

    Tuesday - Villeneuve-les-Beziers to Malpas
    After breakfast, we cruise further along the Canal du Midi, crossing the aqueduct over the River Orb and ascending the 7-lock flight of Fonserannes of unique oval locks to arrive at our mooring at Malpas near the pretty village of Colombiers which lies on an old Roman road, the Domitian Way. After lunch, we enjoy an informative winery tour and tasting at the 14th century Château de Perdiguier, named after King Charles V's finance minister and famed for its frescoes and Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. Dinner ashore tonight at a gastronomic restaurant in Beziers.

    Wednesday - Beziers to Malpas to Capestang  
    This morning's excursion is to Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. We tour the Archbishop's Palace, Cathedral and Via Domitia and explore the indoor market at the hub of this bustling town, where you will have time to shop or simply absorb the vibrant atmosphere. This afternoon, we cruise through the world's oldest canal tunnel at Malpas and pass vineyards and pine trees, with magnificent views of the Pyrenées along the way, to moor in Capestang. There is time to explore the village, once the summer retreat of the Bishops of Narbonne, with its magnificent 14th century collegiate church. Dinner on board.

    Thursday - Capestang to Sallèles d'Aude
    This morning we continue our cruise along the 330-year-old Canal du Midi and then through a series of locks on the Canal de la Robine, with excellent walking and biking opportunities en route, to our mooring at Sallèles d'Aude. Following lunch on board, we take an excursion to Minerve, the ancient capital of Minervois, which boasts a 12th century Cathar fort surrounded by deep limestone gorges. Besieged by Simon de Montfort in 1210, its hilltop location affords spectacular views and the museum's fascinating miniature recreation of the bloodthirsty Cathar rebellion completes the intriguing picture. Dinner on board.

    Friday - Sallèles d'Aude to Le Somail

    In the morning we embark on our final cruise, rejoining the historic Canal du Midi to arrive at the delightful village of Le Somail. After lunch, we visit Carcassonne. Dating back to the Gallo Roman era, this is the most complete medieval fortified city in existence today. With its 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defenses, it resisted the many armies that tried to storm this Camelot setting. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

    Saturday - Le Somail
    After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Narbonne.

    Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.

    Dining Aboard The Anjodi:

    A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard the Anjodi. BREAKFAST
    Domaine Gourgazaud, La Livinière, Minervois; Château les Voute-Gasparets, Corbières, Romain Pauc; Limoux Toques et Clochers, Chardonnay

    Passenger Comments:

    It was an exceptional trip. The crew was pleasant, knowledgable and provided excellent service. The barge was comfortable, immaculate and had character. The area is beautiful and interesting. I would highly recommend this particular barge and itinerary. I didn't realize how deluxe the cruise would be and the amount of personal attention and attempts to make our trip perfect on the part of the crew. This is something you must personally experience.
    C.T. VA, USA, October 2017

    Meals and wines were fabulous. Chef was attentive to allergies. Meals were not too heavy. Great wine pairings. Excellent explanations of meals and wines. The highpoint was getting to know the history, wine, food, etc., of this part of France.
    N.M. WI USA June 2015

    The barge trip was wonderful.The crew was so accommodating and the other five guests were congenial. We felt so relaxed and yet we saw so much and learned a great deal of history. We have only positive things to say about every aspect of the cruise. There was more variety in the scenery and more canal activity than we expected. We were never bored. The barge trips are a wonderful use of a historical resource. Canals are not something we have in Texas so the whole trip was an adventure for us. This was truly a vacation!
    W &J.M., TX, USA, April 2014

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    This page last updated August 3, 2018