ENCHANTE, an 8-passenger ultra deluxe barge cruising on the Canal du Midi in the South of France

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ENCHANTE is a stylish, two level barge providing spacious cabins and living area. Built to the highest standards, Enchanté provides luxurious accommodations and is tastefully furnished in a contemporary decor. Its highly professional crew of five is led by knowledgeable and experienced owners Louisa and Roger Gronow who will ensure your cruise is memorable and more! Enchanté's inviting sun deck is perfect for al fresco dining, soaking in the spa pool and luxurious lounging. Or maybe take a bike out for a spin or two during your cruise. Bon Voyage!

As the most luxurious 8-passenger barge on the Canal du Midi with 4 equal suites of 165 sq. feet, Enchante is ideal for those who enjoy comfort and space in a casually elegant vessel.

Cruise Highlights

  • Winery tour and tasting of fine Minervois wines
  • Tour Narbonne’s Archbishop’s Palace and experience the colorful market
  • Visit an olive oil press to sample the famous Lucques olives
  • Tour of beautiful Lagrasse and its 8th century abbey
  • See the Cathar hilltop town of Minerve with its spectacular setting
  • Tour of the medieval city of Carcassonne
  • Pretty villages along the canal to explore with plenty of opportunity for walking and biking

Cruise Features

Esperance Chef, Hostess and Captain Roger Gronow
Chef, Hostess and Owner/Captain Roger
Owner Operated: Yes - Roger and Louise Gronow
Number of Passengers: 8
Category: Ultra Deluxe
Cabin Bookings: Yes
Charter Bookings: Yes
Cruising Region: Canal du Midi, Languedoc Region, South of France
Length of Cruise: 6 nights - Sunday to Saturday
Cruising Season: March - October
Theme Cruises: Classic, Family, Golf, Wine Appreciation, Culinary
Meeting Location: Designated meeting point in Narbonne for cabin bookings. More options for charter bookings.

 

 


Floorplan

ENCHANTE Floorplan

Cruise Rates 2017

Cruise Rates 201​8 > >

Sunday to Saturday (6 nights)

Value Season Departures
March ​19, 26
April 2, 9, 16, 23
July 2​3, 30
August ​​6, 13
October 1​5, 22

Cabin Rates
 
Staterooms per person, double occupancy
$  5,990
Single supplement

$  2,200
Charter Rates
6 passengers
$41,300
7 passengers
$43,200
8 passengers

$45,100

Regular Season Departures
April 30
May ​​7, 14, 21, 28
June ​​4, 11, 18, 25
July ​​2, 9, 16
August ​2​0, 27
September ​​3, 10, 17, 24
October ​1, 8

Cabin Rates
Staterooms per person, double occupancy
$  6,850
Single supplement

$  2,500
Charter Rates  
6 passengers
$47,300
7 passengers
$49,500
8 passengers

$51,700

Included in Cruise Price

  • Transportation between designated meeting place in Narbonne and the barge
  • Six nights accommodation in private stateroom with ensuite bath
  • All meals, wine and drinks on board
  • Open bar
  • Daily escorted excursions by air-conditioned van
  • All barge amenities including bicycles, hot tub on deck, music system, library, etc.

Not Included in Cruise Price

  • Air or other transportation to the meeting location
  • Trip cancellation or medical insurance (available when booking)
  • Personal expenses
  • A discretionary gratuity for the crew suggested at 5% of the cruise price

 

Cruise Rates 2018

Sunday to Saturday (6 nights)

Value Season Departures 
March ​​18, 25
April 1, 8, 15, 22
July ​22, 29
August ​​​5, 12, 19
October 7, 14, 21

Cabin Rates
 
Staterooms per person, double occupancy
$  5,990
Single supplement

$  2,200
Charter Rates
6 passengers
$41,300
7 passengers
$43,200
8 passengers

$45,100

Regular Season Departures 
April 29
May ​​6, 13, 20, 27
June ​​3, 10, 17, 24
July ​​1, 8, 15
August ​26
September ​​2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Cabin Rates
Staterooms per person, double occupancy
$  6,850
Single supplement

$  2,500
Charter Rates  
6 passengers 
$47,300 
7 passengers
$49,500 
8 passengers

$51,700 

Included in Cruise Price

  • Transportation between designated meeting place in Narbonne and the barge
  • Six nights accommodation in private stateroom with ensuite bath
  • All meals, wine and drinks on board
  • Open bar
  • Daily escorted excursions by air-conditioned van
  • All barge amenities including bicycles, hot tub on deck, music system, library, etc.

Not Included in Cruise Price

  • Air or other transportation to the meeting location
  • Trip cancellation or medical insurance (available when booking)
  • Personal expenses
  • A discretionary gratuity for the crew suggested at 5% of the cruise price

ENCHANTE Features

Passengers: 8
Category: Ultra Deluxe
Crew: 4
Barge Size: 100 ft long
Cabins: 4
Cabin Size: 165 sq ft including bathroom
Accommodations: 4 staterooms with your choice of twin bed or queen bed configuration, all with ensuite bathrooms
Heat & Air: Individually controlled heat and air conditioning

Amenities

  • Hairdryers
  • Toiletries
  • Percale cotton linens
  • Library
  • Bicycles
  • Sundeck with chairs, lounges & table
  • Sound system iPod/MP3/CD compatible
  • Computer with internet 3G connection
  • Games
  • Minivan with A/C
  • Email Access: Yes, in some areas
  • TV/CD/DVD: CD and iPod system
  • Electricity: 220V

Theme Cruises for Charters

Classic, Family, Golf, Wine Appreciation, Culinary Cruise

Plenty of comfort on deck of Enchante
Spacious cabins with choice of twin beds or queen beds
Ensuite bathrooms in every cabin aboard Enchante

 





 Cruising on ENCHANTE

Canal du Midi, Languedoc, South of France
  Trèbes to Salleles d'Aude (or reverse)

(Wine Appreciation, Culinary, Family and Golf Itineraries for charters also available - please inquire)


Sunday - Trèbes

Guests are met at the designated meeting point in Narbonne and escorted by minibus to Enchanté, moored in Trèbes. A champagne welcome and an introduction to the Captain and crew, followed by dinner on board.

Monday - Trèbes to Puichéric
A fascinating morning tour of Carcassonne. Dating back to the Gallo-Roman era, this is the most complete medieval fortified city in existence today with its 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defences, which resisted the many armies that tried to storm this glorious Camelot setting. This afternoon, we cruise along the 330-year-old canal and gently circle the contours of the land through the dappled Cathedral-like canopy of the plane trees, to Puichéric lock. You might want to admire the lock-keeper’s artistic creations which surround the lock-house. Dinner on board.

Tuesday - Puichéric to Jouarres
This morning, our cruise descends the trademark locks of the Canal du Midi as the steep relief requires them to be more numerous and deeper. This is a great opportunity to walk or cycle from one lock to the next as Enchanté cruises on, navigating the triple locking system. The afternoon excursion is a wine tour and tasting at the winery of Château Saint Jacques d’Albas in Minervois, one of the few regions to receive the much envied French mark of approval for wines known as A.O.C. (Appellation d’Origine Controlée).This informative tour offers an opportunity to sample wine in situ and find out more about the Languedoc’s long-standing and continuing wine trade. Dinner on board.

Wednesday - Jouarres to Roubia
This morning, we visit a Benedictine Abbey founded in the 8th century. Nestled in Lagrasse, a village awarded the title of “Plus beaux villages de France” and home to many artisans who have set up workshops in the medieval centre, the restored Abbey was once one of the most prosperous thanks to Charlemagne’s charter. Then we sample some local cuisine with lunch ashore in a spectacular setting overlooking the Corbières, before returning to Enchanté for our cruise to Roubia . This afternoon, while cruising under the shade of the plane trees which line the canal, we pass the canal bridge “l’Epanchoir”, one of the many feats of engineering invented by Pierre Riquet for the Canal du Midi. Dinner on board.

Thursday - Roubia to Le Somail
A morning cruise through vineyards and pine trees to the charming and historical village of Le Somail, purpose-built for the Canal du Midi. This bustling little village is situated on the “grand bief”, another engineering prowess unique to the Canal du Midi. Take some time to explore the old bookstore of Le Somail. An afternoon excursion to “L'Oulibo”, meaning olive in the Occitan language, a local co-operative olive oil press where we will sample the famous Lucques olive oil. We continue by minibus to Minerve, the ancient capital of the Minervois, which boasts a 12th century Cathar fort surrounded by deep limestone gorges. Besieged by Simon de Montfort in 1210, its hilltop location affords spectacular views. Dinner on board.

Friday - Le Somail to Salleles d’Aude
This morning’s excursion is to Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. Enjoy a visit to the Archbishop's Palace and the indoor market at the hub of this bustling canal side town, where you will have time to shop or simply absorb the vibrant atmosphere. Afternoon cruise through the series of locks and narrow bridges of the Robine Canal, built after the Canal du Midi to link Narbonne to the Mediterranean. Cycle ahead and explore the village of Sallèles d’Aude, our final mooring. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday - Salleles d’Aude
After breakfast, disembark Enchanté and transfer to the designated drop-off point in Narbonne.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. The itinerary is in reverse direction on alternate weeks.

 

Barge Cruise Reviews for Enchante

"Hi Beth,
Just want to let you know what a dream trip we had on the Enchante. Everything was perfect just as it had been represented. The crew was so friendly, efficient, attentive and unobtrusive and the other guests (there were only six of us!) were delightful. We all got along marvelously and all had fun. And, once again, it was a pleasure doing the planning with you. You, also, were all the things I’ve said about the crew. The entire experience was one of wonderful memories. We will recommend you and the Enchante’ whenever the opportunities arise. Thank you, Beth!" Diana and Jake, August 2014

"Louisa, the owner, subbed all week as the tour guide and was gracious and always full of smiles. Miss Kitty was always in pursuit of spoiling us, had a wry sense of humor, and was wine and cheese over-knowledgeable. Chris, the chef, was a a laid back chef who delighted us at every meal - food was gorgeous and eventually we caught on that no one would believe us unless we took pictures. Elle somehow managed to steer that 100' barge right down the center of the canal with tight turns and all those locks. We loved the crew, the camaraderie of the other guests, the food and the small number of people." Martha S. 2012

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