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Luxury barge cruise vacations on the French hotel barge ANJODI cruising the Canal du Midi in the South of France
French Hotel Barge ANJODI - Canal du Midi, France -

French Hotel Barge ANJODI
Canal du Midi - France
Between Marseillan and Le Somail, France


The 8-passenger Anjodi is of classic Dutch design, specifically rebuilt to navigate the 300-year old Canal du Midi. She has been completely refurbished in the tasteful tradition of African hardwoods, hand-crafted panelling and shining brass, creating a comfortable and charming ambience.

The well-planned accommodation offers a choice of four air-conditioned staterooms which can be configured as twin berths or doubles. Each stateroom has full en-suite facilities. The sun deck is spacious and has a heated sunken spa pool.

Anjodi layout
4 CREW: Captain, Tour Guide/Deckhand, Chef, Housekeeper
WI-FI (subject to local reception)



4 staterooms, all with choice of 2 single beds or a double bed. If the cabin is configured as a double bed, one side of the bed will be against the wall. This applies to all cabins except Basilic where the cabin is slightly smaller and the bed(s) are accessed from the foot end of the bed and not from the side. All cabins are of similar size and are equally comfortable.

Each guest cabin has a fitted closet with hanging space, a small bedside table, hair dryer, and 220-volt electricity for French two-pin plugs. There are safes in Cabins Romarin, Thym and Basilic. If you are in the Lavande cabin and need a safe, please speak with the Captain as there is another safe onboard for passenger use. Each cabin has individually controlled reversible air conditioning.

  • Lavande : 102ft² including bathroom (9.47m²)
  • Basilic : 95ft² including bathroom (8.82m²)
  • Thym : 95ft² including bathroom (8.82m²)
  • Romarin : 91ft² including bathroom (8.45m²)
Note: The measurements above are approximate

Ceiling height: All cabins have a minimum of 6'6" (2m) headroom

Sizes of beds:
  • Singles are 2ft 6" wide x 6ft long (90cm x 190cm)
  • Doubles are 5ft wide x 6ft long (1.5m x 1.9m), except in Basilic which is 6ft 7" wide (204cm) x 6ft (190cm) long.


Each cabin has a stylish en-suite bathroom with shower, wash basin, and WC. Please note there is a step measuring 10½" (27cm) to access the shower stall. Washing gel, hand soap, shampoo, towels, bathrobes, and hair dryers are provided.


The comfortable salon is 13ft x 21ft (3.9m x 6.4m) and the height is approximately 6ft 6" (2m). It is traditional and has lovely varnished hardwood and brass throughout.

There are two leather sofas, a coffee table, a fully stocked bar with drinks cabinet and fridge. The dining table seats up to 8 guests at a single sitting.


The sundeck on Anjodi is 12ft x 22ft (3.6m x 6.70m) For al fresco dining and relaxing there is a table, 8 reclining chairs and a 6-person hot tub/spa pool. There is a large canopy for shade.

  • 6-person spa pool (hot tub)
  • 8 bicycles
  • Small library of books and maps
  • Collection of board games
  • Boules
  • Hi-Fi system with CDs and an iPod Docking station. Guests are welcome to bring their favorite CDs or iPods from home
  • Board games
  • Binoculars for watching the bird life
  • Nordic Walking sticks (on request)


All meals aboard are prepared fresh by your chef and most meals are a set menu (there is no choice available). International and French cuisine is featured.

We are able to arrange special meals, such as vegetarian, no fish, vegan, etc; and we are able to able to cater for any preferences or allergies. However, it is important that we are notified at least 8 weeks prior to your departure date. Failure to notify us in advance of your cruise may result in disappointment on board.

There is no assigned seating for meals and the dining table on Anjodi seats all guests at a single sitting.

Breakfast: Your day on Anjodi starts with a wholesome and balanced variety of breakfast foods, along with fresh breads and pastries, freshly-squeezed orange juice, and hot beverages.

Lunch: Usually buffet style with colorful salads, patés, and cold meats accompanied by hot soup or entrée, delicious desserts and a selection of regional cheeses accompanied by quality wines selected by the chef.

Dinner: Always a gastronomic adventure created by your talented chef. A taste of regional cuisine by candlelight, complemented by fine wines, followed by a selection of regional cheeses, coffee, and liqueurs.

Captain's Farewell Dinner: Held on the last night of the cruise. Guests may choose to dress slightly more formal.

Drinks included in the cruise price: Non-alcoholic beverages and regular or decaffeinated coffee and tea, whole or low-fat milk, are offered with all meals. The well-stocked bar is open 24-hours per day serving beers, wines, spirits, and soft drinks. All wines are served with meals and there is a champagne welcome on arrival.

Drinks not included in the cruise price: Some brands of champagne and special vintage wines are not included although you may purchase bottles at cost price. Please let us know in advance what you would like to order. We do not recommend special ordering unless you are chartering the whole barge.

Water: Tap water in France and on board Anjodi is potable and bottled water is available.


Anjodi is wired for 220 and 240 volts but not 110 volts. It is suggested that you bring an adapter for your particular appliance, which corresponds to the standard French 2-pin plug. If you wish to use an electrical appliance on board, please ask one of the crew when you arrive on board to ensure that it is suitable to the barge's electrical system.

We cannot be held responsible for unforeseen voltage fluctuations which sometimes occur when swapping from one voltage system to another.


Each cabin has individually-controlled reversible air conditioning.


Complimentary WiFi is available for all guests bringing their own appliances. Connectivity can be limited in remote locations.

There is no passenger telephone available on Anjodi.


The Anjodi minibus is an air conditioned, long wheelbase Mercedes Sprinter 215 which seats 8 passengers plus driver. It is used for excursions and transfers during your cruise.

For charter bookings, the itinerary can be adapted to suit your group's particular needs. If a destination or excursion is within a reasonable distance of the barge, we will do everything we can to arrange it. Please advise Paradise Connections in advance and the Captain will be informed.

Any guests not wishing to participate in an excursion are welcome to stay on the barge.


Passengers are welcome to walk or cycle using the on board bicycles as often as they like. Most people choose to disembark the barge at a lock and then visit local villages and then return to the canal and meet the barge a little further along. The barge travels slowly and therefore catching up will not be a problem.

There are 8 adult, folding bikes on board&emdash;helmets are provided. Children's bikes, helmets, and child bike seats can be arranged if required. Please request with Paradise Connections at least 8 weeks in advance of your cruise.

Because the barge travels at a slow pace, walking is a popular activity.


The region Anjodi cruises in is not suitable for hot air ballooning.


Wine Appreciation, Golf and Family cruise itineraries are available for charter groups, please visit the ITINERARIES page for more details. Special interest cruises often have a supplement and further information can be found on Anjodi's RATES page. Feel free to contact Paradise Connections for more information.


Please let Paradise Connections know in advance of booking your cruise if you have a physical disability and require any assistance.

Anjodi has a boarding ramp with a single rope handrail and there are 3 steps to the deck. There are then 8 steps from the deck to the salon and 3 steps from the saloon to the cabin level. There are adequate handrails throughout.

All passengers should be able to manage 15 steps (including 3 from the boarding ramp). There is a 12-inch (30cm) lip in each cabin to access the bathroom and also within the bathroom to the shower area.

Wheelchairs cannot be used on board and can only be used to assist on excursions where there are often cobbled streets. Sometimes rough ground may hinder a wheelchair.

If you would like to have a wheelchair provide upon your arrival, please notify us at least 8 weeks before your departure date. There is a small hire charge of approximately 100 euros which should be paid directly to the Captain on arrival.


Please let us know in advance of your cruise if you require frequent or ongoing medical attention.

The crew are unable to administer medicines but can accompany you to a chemist for you to purchase any necessary medicines. Due to your cruise often being in a rural location, we recommend you bring all necessary medications with you.

Doctors are usually not far away for an urgent consultation and the Emergency Services can be called if required.


Our barges have a strict non-smoking policy for safety reasons and for the comfort of fellow passengers. If you would like to smoke we request that you smoke outside on deck away from fellow passengers.


We recommend that you bring sufficient clothing for your cruise as there are no laundry facilities on board. However, the crew may be able to assist in an emergency on a requst basis.


Please try to fit everything for your cruise into one reasonably sized suitcase per person. Soft bags are preferable. There is only enough space on the barge and minibus for a total of up to 8 suitcases and 8 small pieces of hand luggage.

Practical comfort and casual clothing is the norm aboard Anjodi and for most excursions. The dress code for dinner is relaxed and informal. For the Farewell Dinner on the last evening, guests often dress up which is optional.

The weather in the south of France is generally warm. June, July and August is the warmest often being in the mid-30s°C (86-95°F).

Suggested things to pack:
  • Light clothing including shorts and t-shirts. A sweater or lightweight jacket is recommended for evenings and the air conditioned interiors.
  • During spring and autumn, you may need medium weight clothing. A lightweight raincoat for showery times would be advisable. In summer, a sun hat will be useful.
  • Comfortable walking shoes with textured non-slip soles are recommended.
  • Anjodi has a spa pool/hot tub so don't forget your swimwear. Towels are provided.


The local currency in France is the Euro. Anjodi is unable to accept credit or debit cards on board.


Gratuities are not included in the cruise fare. Tipping is entirely discretionary but is greatly appreciated by the crew if you are fully satisfied with the level of service on board.

As a guidance, our passengers on average tip approximately 5-7% of the full cruise fare. All tips should be given to the Captain and are shared between the whole crew on board.

Please note that gratuities can only be made on board by cash payment.


If you have a problem during your cruise, please give us the immediate possibility to make it right. Bring any concern to the private attention of your Captain who will often be able to solve any issue immediately.


Once on board your Captain will talk you through the Cruise Safety Procedures.

Please note that we cannot be responsible for any valuables that you bring on board. We strongly recommend that you do not bring val that any valuables are covered by your travel insurance.

Safes are provided in each cabin on board but cabin doors are usually not locked for safety reasons.

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