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Cruise In The South Of France On The Canal du Midi Aboard The Deluxe Hotel-Barge CLAIR DE LUNE

The 6-passenger Clair de Lune is tastefully furnished with Mediterranean plane tree and American cherry wood furnishings. There is a stylish, modern salon with a comfortable sitting area, a large dining table and a well stocked bar. There are three spacious cabins, each of which can be configured with a queen bed or two twin sized beds. Each cabin has a large wardrobe, dressing table, and an ensuite bathroom, with large shower. The cabins and the salon all have large picture windows. The beds in each cabin face the windows, so that you can enjoy the scenery even from inside of the barge. For easy access, the boat has been built with as few stairs as possible.

A very large sundeck takes command on the exterior of the barge, where you can lounge in comfort on reclining chairs. Sun-lovers can soak up the sun and cool down in the Jacuzzi, while those who prefer the shade can relax under the awning while watching the picturesque scenery unfold. The sundeck is a perfect setting to enjoy an al fresco lunch or a leisurely candlelit dinner on beautiful summer evenings.

The Clair de Lune cruises on the quaint Canal du Midi between the charming village of Homps (near the fortified city of Carcassonne) and Beziers, discovering some of the most beautiful scenery in the south of France along the way. During the cruise you will visit historical sites such as the spectacular Cathar village of Minerve and the walled town of Carcassonne, the elegant city of Narbonne and enjoy a private wine tasting at a renowned local domaine. Clair de Lune offers half-board or full-board 6-night cruises as well as 4- and 5-night cruises.

The Clair de Lune team is led by its French owner, Yves Pastor, who is accompanied by an English-speaking crew: a professionally trained Chef who will be responsible for all of the meals on board, a tour guide who will lead all of the excursions, and a hostess. Yves' lifelong love of boating and desire to provide a luxury barge experience to passengers from all over the world is what drives his passion for barging. While on board, the crew invites you to relax and enjoy the landscapes and natural beauty of this magnificent canal. We have been on board the Clair de Lune many times over the years and think Yves and his crew provide an excellent cruise on one of the most beautiful canals in France. We were most recently on board in April 2017, met with the owners and saw the new sun canopy on deck.


Clair de Lune's Deck Plan

Clair de Lune's Deck Plan
All three cabins can be configured as twin beds or queen bed.

Apr 1 thru Oct 27
Charter for 4
Charter for 5
Charter for 6
Half Board Charter for 4
Half Board Charter for 5
Half Board Charter for 6
Four Night Charter for 4
Four Night Charter for 5
Four Night Charter for 6
Five Night Half Board Charter for 4
Five Night Half Board Charter for 5
Five Night Half Board Charter for 6

Apr 7 thru Jun 29
Aug 4 thru Nov 2
Stateroom (per person, double occupancy)
Charter for 4
Charter for 5
Charter for 6
Half Board Charter for 4
Half Board Charter for 5
Half Board Charter for 6
Four Night Charter for 4
Four Night Charter for 5
Four Night Charter for 6

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What's Included
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in a cabin with ensuite bathroom
- Transfers from Narbonne or Beziers to the barge and return
- All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday, including one meal at a local restaurant with wine of guests' choice
- 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 or Beziers and return
- Suggested 5% gratuity for the crew, to be paid in equivalent Euros to the captain
- Trip cancellation insurance

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

Clair de Lune
2019 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 7 Homps-Beziers Regular
Apr 14 Beziers-Homps Regular
Apr 21 Homps-Beziers Regular
Apr 28 Beziers-Homps Regular
May 5 Homps-Beziers Regular
May 12 Beziers-Homps Regular
May 19 Homps-Beziers Regular
May 26 Beziers-Homps Regular
Jun 2 Homps-Beziers Regular
Jun 9 Beziers-Homps Regular
Jun 16 Homps-Beziers Regular
Jun 23 Beziers-Homps Regular
Aug 4 Beziers-Homps Regular
Aug 11 Homps-Beziers Regular
Aug 18 Beziers-Homps Regular
Aug 25 Homps-Beziers Regular
Sep 1 Beziers-Homps Regular
Sep 8 Homps-Beziers Regular
Sep 15 Beziers-Homps Regular
Sep 22 Homps-Beziers Regular
Sep 29 Beziers-Homps Regular
Oct 6 Homps-Beziers Regular
Oct 13 Beziers-Homps Regular
Oct 20 Homps-Beziers Regular
Oct 27 Beziers-Homps 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.

Canal du Midi
Beziers to Homps 2018

Canal du Midi
Canal du Midi

L'Oppidum d'Enserunes
L'Oppidum d'Enserunes

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

Minervois Vineyards
Minervois Vineyards


Sunday - Beziers
Guests are met at Beziers or Narbonne and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Clair de Lune. The crew welcomes you on board with a glass of chilled champagne and canapés. Time for a short cruise before your first dinner on board.

Monday - Colombiers to Capestang
During this morning's cruise you can enjoy the sundeck or perhaps cycle or walk at your leisure on the banks of the Canal du Midi.  After lunch, there is a private wine-tasting and visit to the Oppidum d'Ensérune, a 2000-year-old hilltop archeological city-site located near the mooring,

Tuesday - Capestang to La Croisade

After breakfast cruise to La Croisade. Lunch will be on board.  During the afternoon visit, we take an excursion to Pézenas, a delightful village, mostly known for its associations with the famous French playwright Molière, who is said to have written many plays while staying there. Dinner on board.

Wednesday - La Croisade to Le Somail
After breakfast, we drive to the beautiful city of Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. Enjoy the Archbishop's Palace and Roman Horreum and explore the indoor market, Les Halles de Narbonne, at the hub of this bustling town where you will have time to shop or simply absorb the relaxed atmosphere. Then we enjoy lunch in a typical French restaurant close to Les Halles. After returning to Clair de Lune, enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruise to Le Somail. Dinner on board.

Thursday - Le Somail to Argens-Minervois
In the morning we cruise to Argens-Minervois.  After lunch, we take you to the impressive village of Minerve, boasting a 12th century Cathar fort surrounded by deep limestone gorges. Besieged by Simon de Montfort in 1210, its hilltop location affords spectacular views. A fascinating recreation in miniature of the blood thirsty Cathar rebellion and a small museum complete this intriguing visit. On the way back to the barge we visit a producer of fine Minervois wines, Domaine Massamier La Mignarde, for a private tasting. Dinner on board.

Friday - Argens-Minervois to Homps
This morning you embark on the last cruise to Homps, one of the main commercial harbors in the old times.  We will pass four locks and enjoy lunch ashore in a Homps restaurant on the banks of the Canal du Midi. After lunch, your guide will accompany you to Carcassonne, the restored and most complete medieval fortified city in existence today, dating back to the Gallo Roman era. With its 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defenses, it resisted the many armies who tried to storm this Camelot setting. You can walk the ramparts and step back in time. Last dinner on board.

Saturday - Homps

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 Clair de Lune

A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard the Clair de
Château de Gorgazaud, Viognier; Domaine Beauvignac, Picpoul de Pinet; Château La Liquiere, Cistus; Domaine des Ânes, Fontanilles; Domaine de l'Hortus, Pic Saint Loup; Domaine de l'Ancienne; Mercerie, Fougères; Château Puech-Haut, Coteaux du Languedoc Prestige; Château Aqueria, Tavel

Passenger Comments:

The trip was fabulous. Everything was handled beautifully. The food was a work of art, and delicious. The service was impeccable. The staff was friendly and attentive. I loved it all. The high points were certainly the food; the trip to the market with Alex, the chef; Yves playing guitar and singing for us; Ruth's descriptions of the cheeses and wines.
L.V. Puerto Rico April 2015

Absolutely wonderful!!! The trip exceeded all of our expectations and our expectations were very high to begin. We (the 3 couples) had a debriefing (as I like to call it) and we all agreed the cruise and the crew, especially the very talented chef Alex, made this trip an event of a lifetime.
P.S. TN USA April 2015

The barge was in excellent condition The crew was outstanding The food was creative and suburb. The cabins were well designed and comfortable. The bathroom was surprisingly good. We really enjoyed the picture windows which made the cabin more comfortable. The high points were the visit to Carcassonnem the crew and the meals.
D & A K, MA USA, June 2014

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