Sunshine drenched Camargue and The Canal du Midi
Canal du Midi and Camargue Boating Holidays. The Camargue offers unspoilt natural beauty with a massive nature reserve spanning over 20,000 acres where pink flamingos wade. Set mainly in marshes, the region is known for its white horses, bull breeding, fantastic food and beautiful long stretches of sandy Mediterranean beaches all this interspersed by ancient, historical fortified towns with canal side ports.
This is a great region to enjoy a Sail & Stay holiday and there are some great beach side resorts like Grau du Roi, an idyllic resort on a long fine sandy beach with a picturesque fishing port that backs on to the lagoons and marshes where you can spot the flamingos, the many species of migrant birdlife and of course the famous black bulls.
Your departure base
The historic Aigues-Mortes is surrounded by famous salt marshes. The ramparts were built in the 13th century and are considered to be the best preserved example of military fortifications still standing. The town inside is a lively warren of tightly built dwellings, cobbled streets and alleyways. There’s lots of shops, cafes and restaurants to enjoy and we recommend sitting on the terrace and enjoying a refreshment in the shade of a parasol on the Place Saint-Louis. Market day is Wednesday and Sunday and there are lots of great bargains at the car boot style bric a brac market on Saturdays. You have two routes to choose from either head to Saint-Gilles and then to Bellegarde or westwards towards Le Somail. The Etang de Thau salt lake is a spectacular nature reserve where you’ll find delightful towns and villages on it’s shores.
Sète is the largest with a busy harbour whose economy relies on the lagoon’s oyster farms and shellfish. Balaruc-les-Bains, Bouzigues, Meze and Marseillan are all worth visiting. These sun drenched towns sit on the lagoon’s shore. Their ancient architecture and relaxed lifestyle are synonymous with this Mediterranean region of France. There are many beaches to enjoy along the way like the Pilou beach that spans 9km near the village of Villeneuve-les-Maguelone. The canal takes you to the outskirts of Agde where there’s some great mooring places at the marina. The last stop on a 1 week/one way cruise on this route is Le Somail.
A cruise through the canals and inland waterways of France
|Price for 2021 based on 1 week boat hire|
|Price period||20 Mar – 30 Apr
25 Sep – 07 Nov
|01 May – 04 Jun
11 Sep – 24 Sep
|05 Jun – 25 Jun
28 Aug – 10 Sep
|26 Jun – 09 Jul
21 Aug – 27 Aug
|10 Jul – 20 Aug|
|*Travelling by air||Prices are based on London Gatwick to Montpelier Airport and they include a private transfer on arrival and departure. Other routes from your local airport might also be available – please ask for details.|
|Prices are based on Dover to Calais ferry crossings in a standard size car measuring 1.85 x 5m. Eurotunnel & other ferry routes also available.|
|Prices are based on Standard Class Eurostar service from London to Paris with a connecting fast train service and they include private transfer on arrival and departure.|
|All prices are a guide. Prices can increase or decrease depending on availability. The prices are based on 2 people hiring a Sedan Primo for 1 week. Other boats and travel options are available please discuss your requirements with our team. We can arrange hotel accommodation before you start or at the end of your boat holiday. Please ask our team for details. Prices can change quickly – you will be quoted the current price at the time of booking. Please visit our special offers page for up to date seasonal discounts.|
Boat Choices - Depending on the size of your group and your preferred boat specification it may be necessary to start from from a specific base.
|Duration||Cruise From Aigues Morte||KM||Locks||Hours|
|2 Day Weekend||A||Aigues-Mortes – Bellegarde – Aigues-Mortes||72||0||12h|
|B||Aigues-Mortes – Grau du Roi – Palavas – Aigues-Mortes||53||0||9h|
|A||Aigues-Mortes – Grau du Roi – Sète – Aigues-Mortes||101||0||17h|
|1 Week||A||Aigues-Mortes – Grau du Roi – Etang de Thau – Agde – Vias – Aigues-Mortes||161||6||28h|
|A||Aigues-Mortes – Le Somail||139||15||27h|
- Sailing consumables: this is packaged to include engine fuel and oil, gas for the hot water and stove. On-board equipment monitors usage. This is paid locally and ranges from €5.50 to €12.80 per day depending on boat size.
- Deposit: You will be asked to pay a deposit of €1000 per boat (1500€ for boats over 10m) and €150 to cover the cleaning (200€ for boats over 10m). This deposit covers the insurance, loss of hire and cleaning if required. The deposit is refundable on the return of the boat at the end of your cruise if it is bought back in clean and undamaged to the agreed return location.
- SIXTO GREEN: Sailing consumables includes gas consumed on board (heating, hotplates, oven etc.), the charging of the batteries during
your cruise and maintenance, plus a financial contribution to VNF, the organization responsible for management of the charging terminals.
- Cleaning service: full interior & exterior and interior or exterior.
- Comprehensive waterways guide
- Bicycle hire
- Garage parking
- One way transfers
- Fishing equipment (an obligatory fishing licence costs €25. Please allow 2 or 3 weeks for the application process)
- Deck mattresses
- 12/220v Converter
- Early pick-up & late return
An all inclusive package is available for cruises of one week and longer. It includes:
- Comprehensive waterways guide
- 2 bicycles
- Cleaning package
- Fuel & gas
- Towels & kitchen linen
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