French Hotel Barge EMMA : ITINERARY
AIGUES MORTES TO BEZIERS
The Béziers to Aigues Mortes route is ideal in the summer months. The Canal du Midi runs alongside the Mediterranean so there are ample opportunities for swimming. This cruise takes you through to the Carmargue region of France famous for the pink flamingoes, the white horses, the black bulls and the wonderful sunsets.
Visits on this trip include the port of Sete (home town of Captain René) Pézenas, famous for its archictecture and quaint shops, St Guilhem le Desert set in the stunning scenery of the gorges of Herault and Montpellier, the capital of the region.
SATURDAY - DAY 1
5:00 p.m: You will join Emma moored in the port of Aigues Mortes and enjoy champagne cocktails whilst getting to settle in and meet the rest of the crew. Your first gourmet dinner awaits you under the setting sun of the Camargue.
SUNDAY - DAY 2
Morning: This morning you will be able to explore the medieval walled city, the starting point of the Crusades. You can have a walk along the ramparts, visit the Tour of Constance, the old prison for wayward women, or delight in the little shops filled with fabrics, pottery, and local produce, before returning aboard for lunch.
Afternoon: We cruise through the Camargue this afternoon with its black bulls, white horses and pink flamingos, you are in the heart of Provence. Our mooring for the night is at Villeneuve Les Maguelones with its beautiful cathedral among the vineyards on the beach.
MONDAY - DAY 3
Morning: A visit to Montpellier this morning will be an opportunity for those wishing to shop. The historic centre of this university city which is also the oldest medical centre in France, is quaint and very interesting to wander around. The Place de la Comedie just beside the theatre is wonderful just to sit and have a coffee or a glass of wine and watch the world go by. Arles, beloved of Van Gogh, Avignon, La Cité des Papes or the impressive 3-story Roman bridge Le Pont du Gard, would be other alternatives.
Afternoon: Our cruise today takes us through the little town of Frontignan, home of the sweet Muscat wine. The canal runs parallel with the Mediterranean Sea so any time you fancy a swim!!!! The flamingos are abundant in the little �tangs on either side of the canal.
TUESDAY - DAY 4
Morning: You will be taken off to visit Sete this morning. Home of Captain René, it is a busy, bustling town criss-crossed with canals from where it gets its name as the "Little Venice of the Midi". You will be taken up to the Mont Saint Clair with its spectacular views of the Pyrennees to the south and the Massif Central to the north and with a charming little chapel decorated by beautiful murals.
Afternoon: Enjoy lunch on deck whilst we cruise this afternoon across the inland salt water lake of the Etang de Thau to Marseillan, home of Noilly Prat. We shall cruise past the famous oyster beds of Bouzigues, which we serve with the delicious white wine from the vineyards of Pinet.
WEDNESDAY - DAY 5
Today we have the choice for those of you who would like a day's excursion in the car to visit the Larzac and the world's biggest suspension bridge at Millau, the crusader village of La Couvertoirade and the lost village at the Cirque de Navacelles. Otherwise, we shall take a cruise up the river Herault and then visit Agde with its sandy beaches and its unusual buildings made from volcanic stone.
THURSDAY - DAY 6
Morning: Our visit is to Pezenas, adopted home of Molière. A paradise for those interested in architecture, quaint boutiques, arts and crafts and antiques. This is bourgeois France at its best.
Afternoon: We go through one of only two round locks in Europe on leaving Agde. We shall cruise through beautiful countryside full of vineyards, going through another 4 locks and a unique engineering feat of "The Doors of the Libron" to bring us to the Port of Béziers the birth place of Paul Riquet, the man behind the existence of the canal
FRIDAY - DAY 7
Morning: Sadly your week with us is over and after breakfast your guide will be taking you on to your departure point to continue your onward journey.
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