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Clair de Lune: Luxury Canal Cruise in France on the Canal du Midi Cruise In The South Of France On The Canal du Midi Aboard The Deluxe Hotel-Barge CLAIR DE LUNE


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 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.

In the spring and fall the Clair de Lune cruises on the quaint Canal du Midi between the charming village of Le Somail and the fortified city of Carcassonne, 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, the elegant city of Narbonne and enjoy wine tastings at renowned local domaines. In the summer it cruises an alternative itinerary on the Canal du Midi passing Carcassonne and Castelnaudary. Excursions include a visit to Limoux for a private wine tasting, the medieval Cathar town of Mirepoix and beautiful Lac de Saint-Ferréol.

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.


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Clair de Lune's Deck Plan

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


Dining Aboard the Clair de Lune
SAMPLE MENU



A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard the Clair de Lune. BREAKFAST
LUNCH
DINNER
DESSERTS
SAMPLE WINE LIST
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

SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Canal du Midi
Le Somail to Carcassonne, April 9-July 9, 2017

Sunday - Le Somail
Guests are met at the designated meeting point in 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 - Le Somail to Argens-Minervois
After breakfast, we cruise to Argens-Minervois, through beautiful, far reaching scenery as far as the foothills of the Pyrenees which you can admire from the sundeck. 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 bloodthirsty Cathar rebellion and a small museum complete this intriguing visit. On the way back to the hotel barge we visit a producer of fine Minervois wines, Domaine Massamier La Mignarde, for a private tasting. Dinner on board.

Tuesday - Argens-Minervois to La Redorte
This morning we cruise through a series of locks and the little port of Homps to moor at La Redorte, with plenty of opportunity to explore the Canal du Midi towpath on foot or bicycle. After lunch on board, we visit a local goat cheese farm at Combebelle to meet the cheesemakers and sample their award-winning products, then continue to "L'Oulibo", a local olive oil press where we will sample the local Lucques olives. Return to the hotel barge, to relax with an aperitif in the shade of the plane trees. Dinner on board.

Wednesday - La Redorte to Marseillette

After breakfast, we drive you 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 Narbonnes - 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, a relaxing afternoon cruise to Marseillette, a perfect opportunity for walking or cycling along the towpath or just lying back in the spa pool and enjoying the passing scenery. Dinner on board.

Thursday - Marseillette to Villedubert
Morning cruise to our mooring at the lock near the village of Villedubert. Lunch is prepared by your chef, before we leave the hotel barge and drive to the medieval village of Lagrasse. It is one of the most beautiful villages in France, with an 8th century Benedictine abbey and many skilled artisans' workshops located among the narrow, winding streets. Then enjoy a wine tasting at Château Villemagne, an established family-run domaine producing distinctive Corbières and other wines. Dinner on board.

Friday - Villedubert to Carcassonne

This morning we cruise to our final destination and one of the highlights of the week, Carcassonne. After lunch on board, your guide will accompany you to 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 defences, it resisted the many armies that tried to storm this Camelot setting. You can walk the ramparts and step back in time. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday - Carcassonne
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of locaton in Narbonne.

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


SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Canal du Midi
Trebes to Naurouze, July 16-September 17, 2017

Sunday - Trebes to Villedubert
Guests are met in Carcassonne 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 - Villedubert to Herminis
This morning, we enjoy a relaxing cruise along the canal, negotiating a series of locks and crossing the aqueduct at Fresquel before passing through Carcassonne to moor at Herminis. After lunch on board, 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 defences, it resisted the many armies that tried to storm this Camelot setting. You can walk the ramparts and step back in time. Dinner on board.

Tuesday - Herminis to Bram
After breakfast, we continue our meandering cruise along the canal with plenty of opportunity to walk or cycle the ever-present towpath, to moor at Bram, a wonderfully preserved example of a "Circulad" village. This afternoon, we visit Limoux, home of the distinctive sparkling wine, for a private wine tasting at a renowned winery, before continuing to Rennes-le-Château. This picturesque hilltop village has been at the centre of some intriguing mysteries over time, from the search for the Holy Grail, to the supposed secret riches of a 19th century priest. Dinner on board.

Wednesday - Bram to Lasbordes
This morning, we take a drive through the plains of the Lauraigais region, with its fields of sunflowers and views of the distant, snow-capped Pyrenées. We stop at the village of Fanjeaux to see its ancient Cathar citadel, before continuing on to the medieval town of Mirepoix, a town famed for its central square of half-timbered houses supported on wooden pillars creating a magnificent covered arcade. We enjoy lunch in a typical French restaurant, before returning to the hotel barge for our afternoon cruise through the delightful Lauraigais countryside, to our mooring near Lasbordes. Dinner on board.

Thursday - Lasbordes to Castelnaudary

Our cruise this morning sees the barge climbing through triple and quadruple locks to Castelnaudary and we enter the renowned Grand Bassin, with its one kilometer circumference, negotiating one of the lowest bridges on the Canal du Midi. After lunch on board, we enjoy a tour of Castelnaudary itself, recognised as the world capital of the delicious French stew, cassoulet. There is a lot to see, including the town's last remaining 17th century windmill, the unique Chapel of our Lady of Mercy housing an exceptional collection of gilded wooden panels and the Gothic Collegiale with its outstanding bell tower. Dinner on board.

Friday - Castelnaudary to Naurouze
This morning we cruise to our final destination, Naurouze, which at around 620 feet, is the highest point on the Canal du Midi. Nearby, in a beautiful park is the outline of an octagonal basin and a monument erected to commemorate Pierre Paul Riquet's amazing achievement in building the historic Canal du Midi. After lunch on board, we drive to beautiful Lac St. Ferreol. Here, an enormous earth dam was created back in the 1600's and we see the intricate irrigation system that supplies water to the Canal du Midi that we love today. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday - Naurouze
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Carcassonne.

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



Clair de Lune
2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 9 Carcassonne-Le Somail Value
Apr 16 Le Somail-Carcassonne Value
Apr 23 Carcassonne-Le Somail Value
Apr 30 Le Somail-Carcassonne Regular
May 7 Carcassonne-Le Somail Regular
May 14 Le Somail-Carcassonne Regular
May 21 Carcassonne-Le Somail Regular
May 28 Le Somail-Carcassonne Regular
Jun 4 Carcassonne-Le Somail Regular
Jun 11 Le Somail-Carcassonne Regular
Jun 18 Carcassonne-Le Somail Regular
Jun 25 Le Somail-Carcassonne Regular
Jul 2 Carcassonne-Le Somail Regular
Jul 9 Le Somail-Carcassonne Regular
Jul 16 Trebes-Naurouze Regular
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

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

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


The Clair de Lune's route through the south of France, between Carcassonne and Le Somail on the Canal du Midi except for summer cruises between Naurouze and Trebes.
In the 2017 season, the Clair de Lune cruises in the south of France between Carcassonne and Le Somail from April through mid-July and again from the end of September through October. Between mid-July and September 2017, Clair de Lune cruises between Nauroze and Trebes.
For a more detailed look at the cruise route, view our map of the Canal du Midi.



CLAIR DE LUNE
2017 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE VALUE
Mar 26 thru Apr 29
Jul 23 thru Aug 26
Oct 8 thru Oct 28
REGULAR
Apr 30 thru Jul 22
Aug 27 thru Oct 14
Junior Suite (per person, double occupancy)
$5,190
$5,890
Single Occupancy Supplement
$1,850
$2,100
Charter for 4
$26,900
$30,200
Charter for 5
$28,100
$31,500
Charter for 6
$29,300
$33,000


What's Included
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in a cabin with private bath
- For Le Somail - Carcassonne cruises: Transfers from Narbonne to the barge and return for cabin bookings ; for charters an alternate location in Beziers, Carcassonne or Toulouse is possible. 
- For Trebes - Narouze cruises: Transfers from Carcassonne to the barge and return for cabin bookings; for charters an alternate location in 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% gratuity for the crew, to be paid in equivalent Euros to the captain




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