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Caroline







Caroline: Luxury Canal Cruise in France on the Canal du Midi Cruise In The South Of France On The Canal du Midi On The First Class Hotel-Barge CAROLINE


BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
Special Places Travel Logo.  EMAIL: info@specialplacestravel.com or PHONE: 1-877-642-2743 (001.443.321.3614 outside US/Canada).The 6-passenger Caroline was built in Holland in 1928 as a cargo ship transporting goods between the islands of the North Sea and the mainland. She was converted into a luxurious hotel barge in 1995 and recently remodeled in 2007 by the owners on board, Uli and Ute Weber. We have known Uli and Ute for many years and have always enjoyed our visits with them . The two of them do an amazing job of catering to their passengers as captain/tour guide and chef. We enjoyed another visit with the owners on board in April 2017.

On board Caroline, you will find a relaxed atmosphere. A comfortable lounge and dining area invites you to mingle with friends and family, and the well equipped galley is where Ute, the Chef, prepares every extraordinary meal. The Caroline includes all meals on board except for 3 meals at passenger expense at restaurants selected by the owners. It also offers 4-night cruises on request.

There are three air-conditioned guest cabins aboard - one with a double bed and two with twin beds. The double-bed cabin has an ensuite bathroom with shower and the two twin-bedded cabins have their own bathroom with shower directly across the hallway.

Enjoy a cool drink and relax on the huge flowered sun deck and watch the picturesque French landscape glide by at a serene pace (about 3-4 miles per hour). Listen to the gurgling waters in the famous oval locks as you cruise by. Visit with the captain in the wheelhouse or sit under a shady umbrella as you enjoy the breathtaking scenery.

The barge offers bicycles aboard for all passengers to enjoy throughout the week. Take an easy, stress free ride on the towpath beside the canal or cycle ahead and meet the barge in the next village.

Caroline travels on the Canal du Midi between Beziers and Carcassonne. Along the cruise route, the daily excursions will take you to some medieval villages, allow you to stroll through local markets or enjoy culinary delights in a local Auberge. Visit one of the many vineyards and taste the superb wines of the Languedoc. The mild climate and the relaxing and friendly atmosphere will make your holidays unforgettable.

The owners have a friendly dog named Bo, a bichon maltese who is hypoallergenic and stays in the owner's cabin and the wheelhouse.

Features




Caroline's Deck Plan
Caroline's Deck Plan



Dining Aboard The Caroline:
SAMPLE MENU



A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard the Caroline.
WINES
Perhaps the most memorable part of your trip will be the wines you will drink and the mediterranean food you will taste. Uli explores the local wineries regularly, looking for regional gems with which to delight you. He is especially adept at pairing the wines with Ute's creative dishes. Her cuisine is inspired by experience living in France, Spain and Italy. The dishes are all the more enjoyable because you may have participated in picking the ingredients at a local market!



Passenger Comments:


What a great cruise - Uli and Ute could not have been more attendant to our needs - what lovely people! Ute's offerings from the kitchen were absolutely wonderful. And Uli captained a great tour, thru the Canal du Midi, the local villages, and the wines and foods of the region. We got so attached to Ute and Uli that they felt like our extended family. Operating in and out of Narbonne was a great choice also, the town has much to offer in its historical sights, and is very walkable - highly recommended for your future travelers. In summary, it's been a extraordinary experience, thanks for all your help in facilitating our trip.
W.&C.B., FL, USA, June 2016

A wonderful and incredible trip. Gracious hosts that are there to cater to your every need. Incredible food. Great side trips to various towns and sights.The meals and wines were gourmet...we ate like royalty
A.R., WA, USA, September 2014

A unique and wonderful experience. The meals were outstanding and better than we expected. Ute is a marvelous chef. Wines were excellent and well matched to the food. the excursions were excellent. Uli was a great guide and took us to some very interesting places.
P. & B. W., OR, USA, May 2014

I wanted to thank you for your part in getting us to Uli and Ute and the Caroline. It was a magical time and I cannot recommend a barge trip too highly -- but especially this barge trip. Not only is the area wonderful, and the Caroline so comfortable, but then we have Uli and Ute. They are wonderful, funny, knowledgeable, and friendly people. Not to mention the wonderful food, wine, and planned activities.
M.F., CA, USA, June 2013

SAMPLE HALF BOARD ITINERARY*
Canal du Midi
Beziers to Carcassonne 2017

Each day the Canal du Midi offers walking and biking along the flat and well maintained towpath. Perhaps a stroll into a little village? Caroline can stop nearly everywhere along the Canal.

Sunday - Capestang
Guests are picked up at approximately 4 p.m. by Uli, your Captain, at the pre-arranged meeting point and transferred by private air-conditioned minivan to the Caroline mooring. Champagne welcome reception aboard by Ute, your Chef, and time to settle in while Caroline is starting her first little cruise to your evening mooring. Relax on deck and watch the picturesque French landscape glide past. On this first evening you will enjoy the first four course welcome gourmet dinner on board.

Monday - Capestang to La Croisade
Awaken to enjoy an extensive continental breakfast with freshly brewed coffee, tea, fruit juices, croissants and baguettes, jams, ham, cereals. Before we start the daily cruise you might decide to have a morning visit to the pre-Roman site of Oppidum d'Ensérunes, which is a historical site from around 800 BC and has been part of the Roman Via Domitia. This area also overlooks the famous Étang de Montady. Ute will serve the lunch on deck al fresco. We set off cruising after lunch, meandering through truly unbelievable and stunning scenery. This afternoon while relaxing on deck with a chilled drink enjoy yourself and watch the countryside pass by as we cruise to our mooring destination for the evening.

Tuesday - La Croisade to Le Somail
After another delightful breakfast, we will drive by car into the pretty village of Olonzac. Here we explore the local farmers' market with their colorful display of fresh fruit and vegetables. Here, your Captain will introduce you to local cheeses and seafood, among other things. Maybe you'd like to have a 'café crème' in one of the typical bars, watching the crowd passing by? Then we will return to the Caroline, where Ute is preparing your lunch, in which you will find lots of the local products that your Captain has bought with you in the market. The afternoon cruise will take you through the pleasant landscape of Languedoc-Roussillon, which is known as the biggest wine producing area worldwide. Probably we will moor at night in Le Somail, a very charming little hamlet. Here you have the chance to sample the local food in one of the restaurants nearby.

Wednesday - Le Somail to Roubia
Today's morning visit is to the little scenic hilltop village of Minerve, one of the "Most Beautiful Villages of France" and home to about 100 residents. Minerve's history is old and connected to the Cathar Crusades which took place in the early 12th century. Visiting the little Museum of Hurepel, which will tell you everything about the acts of cruelty that happened in this area 800 years ago, you'll find out about their hard lives. The cruise this afternoon will take us to the first lock. But before getting there, we will make a stop-over in Ventenac. Here Caroline will moor in front of the local château which sits directly on the banks of the canal. Château Ventenac invites you in for a wine tasting of their famous "AOC Minervois". The vines of the "Appellation Minervois" were introduced by the Romans. After we have reached the mooring, perhaps you would like to take a walk or a short bike ride along the towpath before Ute calls you to dinner tonight.

Thursday - Roubia to Homps
This morning we're taking off by minivan to see ancient Narbonne. We visit the Palace of the Archbishop, the Roman underground cave storage and the Cathedral St Just, with its impressive organ. From this vantage the ancient Via Domitia can be seen. Narbonne was founded in 118 BC by the Romans along the Via Domitia. This is the over 2000 year old trade route connecting ancient Rome with Spain. While enjoying the town you can shop for souvenirs before your Captain Uli invites you for lunch at a typical bar in the covered food market in the center of Narbonne. Today's cruise will take us through the first locks. The first one has a single chamber while the next lock has a double chamber. A total of 4 locks with 6 chambers will bring us to our evening stop at Homps, a small vineyard village. We moor along a quay in the middle of this village where guests have a wide choice of restaurants for your dinner and a stroll tonight.

Friday - Homps to Puicheric
Today's excursion will be another highlight of your week! La Cité! Tour of the famous walled city of Carcassonne, a fascinating fortified medieval fortress, situated at the top of Carcassonne overlooking the city. Caroline casts off after breakfast, leaving Homps, cruising again through locks, transporting us 'uphill' to the next level of the Canal. Our evening mooring tonight is away from the villages and somewhere in the countryside. The dinner tonight will be - sad enough - the Farewell dinner. Again Ute will serve a spectacular four course gourmet meal. Once more you can enjoy her cuisine and corresponding wines followed by cheeses and dessert with matching wines, coffee and liqueurs.

Saturday - Puicheric
After a relaxing breakfast, we will say goodbye and take our guests to their next destination, leaving at approximately 10 a.m. Drop-off may be coordinated at your hotel, the rail station, or depending on our cruise direction, the airport.

Note: This is a sample itinerary and stops and excursions may be altered to suit guests individual ideas. On alternate weeks this cruise will run in the opposite direction.





Caroline
2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 2 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Apr 9 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Apr 16 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Apr 23 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Apr 30 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
May 7 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
May 14 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
May 21 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
May 28 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jun 4 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jun 11 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jun 18 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jun 25 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jul 2 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jul 9 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 16 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jul 23 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jul 30 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Aug 6 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Aug 13 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Aug 20 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Aug 27 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Sep 3 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Sep 10 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Sep 17 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Sep 24 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Oct 1 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Oct 8 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Oct 15 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Oct 22 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular

2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 2 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Apr 9 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Apr 16 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Apr 23 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Apr 30 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
May 7 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
May 14 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
May 21 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
May 28 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jun 4 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jun 11 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jun 18 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jun 25 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jul 2 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jul 9 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 16 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jul 23 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jul 30 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Aug 6 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Aug 13 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Aug 20 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Aug 27 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Sep 3 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Sep 10 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Sep 17 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Sep 24 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Oct 1 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Oct 8 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Oct 15 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Oct 22 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular

Caroline
2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 1 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Apr 8 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Apr 15 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Apr 22 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Apr 29 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
May 6 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
May 13 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
May 20 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
May 27 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jun 3 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jun 10 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jun 17 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jun 24 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jul 1 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jul 8 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 15 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Jul 22 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Jul 29 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Aug 5 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Aug 12 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Aug 19 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Aug 26 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Sep 2 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Sep 9 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Sep 16 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Sep 23 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Sep 30 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Oct 7 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular
Oct 14 Beziers-Carcassonne Regular
Oct 21 Carcassonne-Beziers Regular

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


*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.


The Caroline's route through the south of France, from Carcassonne to Beziers on the Canal du Midi.
The Caroline's route through the south of France, from Carcassonne to Beziers on the Canal du Midi. For a more detailed look at the cruise route, view our map of the Canal du Midi.



CAROLINE
2017 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE REGULAR
Apr 2 thru Oct 28
3/4 Board Charter for 2
$11,970
3/4 Board Charter for 3
$11,970
3/4 Board Charter for 4
$15,960
3/4 Board Charter for 5
$19,950
3/4 Board Charter for 6
$23,940
Four Night 3/4 Board Charter for 2
$10,640
Four Night 3/4 Board Charter for 4
$10,640
Four Night 3/4 Board Charter for 6
$15,960


CAROLINE
2018 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE REGULAR
Apr 1 thru Oct 27
3/4 Board Charter for 2
$11,970
3/4 Board Charter for 3
$11,970
3/4 Board Charter for 4
$15,960
3/4 Board Charter for 5
$19,950
3/4 Board Charter for 6
$23,940
Four Night 3/4 Board Charter for 2
$10,640
Four Night 3/4 Board Charter for 4
$10,640
Four Night 3/4 Board Charter for 6
$15,960


What's Included
3/4 Board:
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in a cabin with private bath
- Transfers from Carcassonne, Narbonne or Beziers, to the barge and return, depending on cruise direction
- All meals from Sunday dinner through Saturday breakfast, including 4 course meals on board daily, except for 3 meals at passenger expense at restaurants selected by the owners
- Wines with meals on board
- Open bar
- All escorted side-excursions (golf, etc at extra cost)
- Use of bicycles

For 4 Night 3/4 Board cruises:
- 5 days and 4 nights on the barge in a cabin with private bath
- Transfers from Carcassonne, Narbonne or Beziers, to the barge and return, depending on cruise direction
- All meals from Sunday dinner through Thursday breakfast, including a 3 or 4 course meal on board daily, except for one meal at passenger expense at restaurants selected by the owners
- Wines with lunch on board
- Open bar
- All escorted side-excursions (golf, etc at extra cost)
- Use of bicycles

What's Not Included:
For 3/4 Board:
- 3 meals on shore
- Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be given to the captain in equivalent Euros
- Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
- Transfers from Paris to the barge pickup point and return

For 4 Night 3/4 Board cruises:
- 1 meal on shore
- Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be given to the captain in equivalent Euros
- Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
- Transfers from Paris to the barge pickup point and return



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