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Canal du Midi

11492, France
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Type: Bodies of Water, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Motor-boating
Description: A 360-km network of canals linking the Mediterranean to the Atlantic.
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Lewes, United Kingdom
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136 reviews 136 reviews
58 attraction reviews
645 helpful votes 645 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Our party of seven had a small sample of this canal on a 2 hour boat hire from Colombiers, and the visited Fonserannes to see the 9 locks which rise fom 20 m to 300m, together with the raised aquaduct part of the canal at Beziers. We hired our Cap boat from Dayboat, and all were allowed to drive it-including... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Such Good fun. the buzz from going from town to town stopping off local chateaus buying wine cheese bread pork & honey (dinner for 1 week) everyday day you see something new try somewhere different, I highly recommend this trip, i went in May so it wasn't as busy I was told, but we got stranded in Marsillian due the... More

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Springfield, Oregon
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49 reviews 49 reviews
34 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

For our last day in southern France, we booked a lunch cruise on the Canal du Midi from a service in Carcasonne. The Canal du Midi was built to serve as a shortcut between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, avoiding a month-long sea voyage (in the 17th century) around hostile Spain and Barbary pirates that attacked ships in the strait... More

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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95 reviews 95 reviews
44 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Together with 2 friends we hired a boat from Le Boat and cruised the Midi from Homps to Carcassonne. Canal cruising was something we'd not really thought about doing but our friends had done the Nivernais before and easily convinced us too give it a go. We were so glad we did. The weather was beautiful (mid to high 20s... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

Four of us spent a week in late September motoring our Penichette 1020FB 75 miles from Argens-Minervois to Negra, though 45 locks and 67 "staircases". It was the perfect vessel for 2 couples, secured through Hotels Afloat & Locaboat Self-Drive Boat Rentals. Replete with our two bicycles and a string of 85-degree days, we enjoyed mooring alongside the canal, walking... More

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

The canal du midi is a very pictures place,and a perfect place for a traffic free cycle,with access to the beach and access to dine and relax. I often set of on the canal, from starting point Canal gym,then after approaching Villeneuve,I see a sing to the right,which directed you to the beach Portiragnes,which is excellent,for swimming and cooling of... More

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Salinas, California
1 review
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

I should preface this review by saying that a canal cruise in southern France had long been on our bucket-list, and our initial research attracted us the Canal du Midi; but twice, during the time we were planning our trip, we were strongly advised to go somewhere else. We were told the Midi would be crowded, smelly, bad for our... More

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Westminster, CO
15 reviews 15 reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Here are my notes on grocery stores, restaurants, locks, towns, experiences & renting a boat. Six baby boomers from Denver did this trip Sept 14-24, 2013. We rented a Vision 3 SL from Le Boat and it, honestly, was the key component to the success of our trip. The boat was in perfect shape - 3 cabins with en suite... More

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Crane Hill, Alabama, United States
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

We heartily agree with friends who recommended The Emma as the trip of a lifetime! The boat accommodates three couples and the crew of four. Was amazed that with limited space on the barge hotel, there were no compromises to amenities. Every meal, place setting, butter artwork, etc were unique and fabulous. Rene, the expert captain, and his wife Liz,... More

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Perth, Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Our party of 5 picked up our 15 metre Pennichette at Negra. The service here was hit & miss as we waited for repairs to be completed on our old barge. Once on the canal, despite not all the repairs being completed, we headed for Argens 118 km away ( 66 locks). Quickly we settled into a relaxed & scenic,... More

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