Boat Holidays in France - Canal du Midi

Midi Boat Hire Map

Barge holidays from Argens and Bram bases in the Midi

From Toulouse, the Canal du Midi takes you through one of France's most fascinating regions to the mediterranean coast and the Camargue. The canal itself is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its 17th century construction works.

The base at Negra was the first stop of the "Mail Boat" which ran from Toulouse to Agde in the 19th century. Castelnaudary is noted for its fine buildings and as the home of 'cassoulet'. The medieval towers and walled city of Carcassonne form another World Heritage site, with a convenient town centre canal basin.

From our base at Argens, the Canal du Midi winds through a typically Mediterranean landscape of vines, cypresses, and pine trees.

Shaded by plane trees you journey along the canal, stopping for refreshment and regional specialities at towns and villages such as pretty Le Somail.

A diversion to Narbonne may be possible, otherwise continue to the amazing seven-lock staircase at Fontserrannes before reaching Beziers and on to the coast at Agde.

View Penichette Routes from Negra and Argens Bases

Penichette Cruising Routes
in Midi


1 week:

Negra - Castelnaudary - Carcassonne - Argens

118 km, 44 locks, 4 h 30 / day.

Argens - Le Sommail - Sete - Frontignan - Aigues-Mortes - Lattes

185 km, 16 locks, 4 h / day.

10/11 Days:

Lattes - Aigues-Mortes - Frontignan - Sete - Beziers - Narbonne - Argens

218 km, 38 locks, 3 h 30 / day.

The above cruises operate in either direction


1 Week:

Argens - Marseillette - Trebes - Carcassonne

92 km, 32 locks, 3h 30 / day.

Argens - Le Somail - Narbonne - Beziers

151 km, 40 locks, 4 h / day.

10/11 Days:

Argens - Trebes - Carcassonne - Castelnaudary

172 km, 66 locks, 4 h 30 / day.

2 Weeks:

Argens - Narbonne - Beziers - Sete - Lattes

369 km, 52 locks, 4 h / day.