Hotel Barge Anjodi

  • Starting location: Marseillan
  • Ending location: Le Somail
Highlights
Meal options

All inclusiveFull-board

Accommodation

Private cabinFour-star accommodation

Anjodi is a classic Dutch design, specifically rebuilt to navigate the 300 year old Canal du Midi. Travel along the route of the chef Rick Stein on his 'French Odyssey'.

The 8 passenger Anjodi has been completely re-furbished in the tasteful tradition of African hardwoods, hand-crafted paneling and shining brass, creating a comfortable and charming ambience.

Four compact air-conditioned staterooms are cleverly-designed, featuring hardwood paneling and brass portholes and have names evocative of the south of France such as Lavande and Basilic and offer a choice of twin or double-bedded accommodation, each with en suite facilities.

The sun deck is spacious and has a heated sunken spa pool, a perfect place to watch the sun set after dinner during the warm Mediterranean evenings.

The saloon and dining room feature comfortable sofas, books and music and an 'always open' inclusive bar.

Anjodi’s highly professional crew of four, comprises a master chef, tour guide and housekeeper, led by a knowledgeable and experienced Captain who will ensure your cruise is truely memorable. Their knowledge of the region and the 8 bikes that are provided will allow you to explore the areas you cruise though in as much detail as you desire.

Classic cruise highlights

  • Tour of Carcassonne
  • Private wine tasting at the 14th century Château de Perdiguier
  • Dinner at a Michelin-rated restaurant
  • Ascending the 7 lock flight of Fonserannes
  • Enjoy the best food, wine and cheeses of the region on board
  • Visit the village Pezenas, associated with the playwright Molière
  • See the spectacular hilltop village of Minerve
  • Narbonne’s Archbishop’s Palace and colourful market

What's included:

  • 7 nights hotel-barge accommodation sharing a twin/double room
  • All dinners, breakfasts, lunches, wine with meals on board
  • ‘Always-open’ inclusive bar
  • Return transfer to/from barge pick-up point
  • Excursions to places of interest

What's excluded:

  • Flights/train transport to designated pick-up point
  • Diner ashore on one night
  • Travel insurance
  • Staff gratuities

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Le Somail

Sunday – Guests are met in Narbonne and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Anjodi. Enjoy a chilled Champagne welcome with canapés and the opportunity to meet your crew, followed by time to walk around the charming village and explore its beautiful bookshops. We then enjoy a short evening cruise before dinner on board.

Day 2 - Le Somail to Sallèles d’Aude

Monday -
 This morning, we have a tour of the beautiful and fascinating Carcassonne. Dating back to the Gallo Roman era, it is the most complete medieval fortified city in existence today. With its 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defences, it resisted the many armies that tried to storm it. In the afternoon, we cruise along the 330-year-old Canal du Midi and 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. Dinner on board.

 

Day 3 - Sallèles d’Aude to Capestang


Tuesday –  This morning, we cruise to Capestang, passing vineyards and pine trees, with magnificent views of the Pyrenées along the way. There is time to explore the village, once the summer retreat of the Bishops of Narbonne, with its magnificent 14th century collegiate church.  After lunch on board, our excursion is to Minerve, the ancient capital of the Minervois, which boasts a 12th century Cathar fort.  It is surrounded by deep limestone gorges with spectacular views, also there is a museum with a fascinating miniature reconstruction of the bloodthirsty Cathar rebellion. Dinner on board.

Day 4 - Capestang to Colombiers


Wednesday – This morning we visit Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. 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. We return to the hotel barge for a cruise via the world’s oldest canal tunnel at Malpas to our mooring in the pretty village of Colombiers which lies on an old Roman road, the Domitian Way. Dinner ashore tonight at L’Ambassade, a Michelin-rated gastronomic restaurant in Beziers.

Day 5 - Colombiers to Portiragnes


Thursday – After breakfast we cruise to Fonserannes to descend the unique flight of 7 oval locks, before crossing the aqueduct over the River Orb to moor in Portiragnes.  Here the Canal du Midi is at its closest to the Mediterranean. For those who are feeling active, the beach is only 20 minutes away by bicycle.  In the afternoon we enjoy a wine tour and tasting at the 14th century Château de Perdiguier.  It is named after King Charles V’s finance minister and famed for its frescoes, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. Dinner on board.

Day 6 - Portiragnes to Marseillan


Friday – This morning, Anjodi sets off through the famous round lock and onto the nature reserve of Bagnas, with potential sightings of flamingos, white egrets and other migrating birds before heading out onto the inland saltwater lake of Thau, past the oyster beds. After mooring in the fishing village of Marseillan, home of Noilly Prat vermouth, we take an excursion to Pezenas, the delightful 16th century capital of the Languedoc mostly known for its associations with the French playwright Molière. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7 - Marseillan


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

Important information

Best cruising months are: April to October.

Dates and prices

2019 prices

Prices are per person sharing a state cabin.  Single supplement available.

All meals on-board are prepared by the barge Master Chef, an ‘open-bar’ serving large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks is available.  All wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary are included, the services of 4 crew and use of barge facilities such as bicycles and spa-pool as also available.

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

Please note: cabins on Anjodi are compact

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Arrival date
Price
March 31
£3190
Apr 11, 14, 21
£3190
April 28
£3650
May 5, 12, 19, 26
£3650
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
£3650
July 7, 14
£3650
Jul 21, 28
£3190
August 4, 11, 18
£3190
August 25
£3650
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
£3650
October 6, 13, 20, 27
£3190

Whole barge private charters are available from £3000 per person, based on 8 friends sharing – price on application

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This is a holiday for the fit and healthy, who love to get up and are prepared to do a good day's worth of exercise every day of the holiday.

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After a good night's rest, there will be a free breakfast available for you to indulge in.

Half-board

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All-inclusive

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No meals are included in your accommodation but there will be some sort of kitchen, cooking utensils and cooking apparatus available to use.

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No meals are included in your accommodation and there is no cooking apparatus available. You will be expected to eat out or prepare/buy meals beforehand.

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Terrain with no noticable incline.

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Mountainous

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Private room

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Single cabin

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Shared cabin

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Huts / Gîtes

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