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River cruise at Port Lauragais

Situated halfway between Toulouse and Carcassonne, Port Lauragais is an excellent point of departure for anyone wanting to hire a barge on the Canal du Midi and discover the many treasures of the "Canal Royal du Languedoc", as it was known under Louis XIV’s reign....

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Cassoulet de Castelnaudary a déguster sur le Canal du Midi
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Avignonet Lauragais on the Canal du Midi
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Medieval city of Carcassonne
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Mooring on the canal du midi
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Cruise prices from453 €

Best bits:

  • Toulouse and its heritage
  • The medieval city of Carcassonne (Unesco world heritage site)
  • The Canal du Midi (ranked as a Unesco world heritage site)
  • Castelnaudary, world capital of the delicious cassoulet
  • An easy canal for beginners, very few locks.
  • A perfect climate all year round
  • Easy access (airports, motorway, etc.)

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We spent a holiday weekend on a barge between Port Lauragais and Castelnaudary – we loved the peace and quiet, cycle rides, the trip to Not pottery, and a delicious cassoulet... in Castelnaudary, of course! See the blog

Cruise prices from453 €

Situated halfway between Toulouse and Carcassonne, Port Lauragais is an excellent point of departure for anyone wanting to hire a barge on the Canal du Midi and discover the many treasures of the "Canal Royal du Languedoc", as it was known under Louis XIV’s reign.

The “pink city” of Toulouse

 At the Canal’s starting point, the famous “pink city” of Toulouse is a treasure trove of cultural delights: the Capitole with its staterooms, the Basilica of St-Sernin –a masterpiece of Roman artistry – which is on the Camino de Santiago, and so much more... Not least the Cité de l’Espace for anyone with an interest in space travel.
Just one and a half miles from our Port Lauragais base, the legendary Seuil de Naurouze (where the Atlantic and Mediterranean meet) reveals the secrets behind the Canal’s construction. A little further afield, don’t miss the chance to try cassoulet, a local speciality, when you’re in Castelnaudary.

Carcassonne and its Medieval City

Another must-see during your river cruise on the Canal du Midi: Carcassonne and its medieval city, a jewel of the Cathar era. A fortified city ringed with 2 miles of walls, with no fewer than 52 towers, this Unesco world heritage site is a masterpiece. Carry on cruising down to Trèbes then enjoy a stroll round its historic centre - take in the 13th century church, or try the peculiar triple lock.

You can also discover the Canal du Midi on a NICOLS boat during a one-way cruise from our Port Lauragais base to our Le Somail base (or the other way round) – the trip takes about 30 hours

Cruise prices from453 €

Les + de la base de Port Lauragais :

  • Relais Fasthôtel avec piscine
  • Restaurant « La Dînée » avec cuisine du terroir faite maison (Contact : 05 61 27 17 12)
  • Informations touristiques et produits régionaux au sein de la Boutique de la Maison de la Haute-Garonne

Weekend 2 days

Itinerary 1: Gourmet short break

Course: Port Lauragais – Castelnaudary – Port Lauragais (30km - 12 locks - 8h00)

  • Port Lauragais : Avignonet Lauragais (2km) : old tower (1606), church and restored water mill
  • Seuil de Naurouze : Highest point of Midi Canal (190m), Threshold watershed (Atlantique/Méditerranée) Obelisk Pierre Paul Riquet, Former Royal mill
  • Le Segala : PK n° 57: Pottery (from 1820). Opening: monday– friday : 8h-12h / 14h-18h ; weekend : by tel. appointment . 04.68.23.17.01
  • Castelnaudary : Round basin XVIIth century, St Michel College (XIII C.), Cugarel mill. City of Cassoulet ! Pool.
  • Port Lauragais

Mini week

Itinerary 1: Cicada country getaway

Course: Port Lauragais – Bram – Port Lauragais (60km - 46 locks - 20h30)

  • Port Lauragais : Avignonet Lauragais (2km) : old tower (1606), church and restored water mill
  • Seuil de Naurouze : Highest point of Midi Canal (190m), Threshold watershed (Atlantique/Méditerranée) Obelisk Pierre Paul Riquet, Former Royal mill
  • Le Segala : PK n° 57 : PK n° 57: Pottery (from 1820). Opening: monday– friday : 8h-12h / 14h-18h ; weekend : by tel. appointment . 04.68.23.17.01
  • Castelnaudary : Round basin XVIIth century, St Michel College (XIII C.), Cugarel mill. City of Cassoulet ! Pool.
  • Villepinte : the 14 th century’s century church, washtub, stone Spillway and aqueduc.
  • Bram : “Circulade” village built around its  13 th century’s church. Archaeological museum.
  • Port Lauragais

Itinerary 2: The medieval city getaway

Course: Port Lauragais – Toulouse – Port Lauragais (90km - 28 locks - 22H00)

  • Port Lauragais : Avignonet Lauragais (2km) : old tower (1606), church and restored water mill
  • Villefranche de Lauragais : XIII° century country, fortified gothic steeple from Toulouse
  • Montgiscard : City built in the 13 th century. Gothic church with steeple from Toulouse. 14 th century’s bar with a terrace decorated with wrought iron
  • Toulouse : Capitol – Augustinian museum  - Jacobins  Convent– Plants garden – Space city
  • Port Lauragais

One week

Itinerary 1: Setting sail for the medieval city

Course: Port Lauragais – Carcassonne – Trèbes – Port Lauragais (136km - 68 locks - 37H00)

  • Port Lauragais : Avignonet Lauragais (2km) : old tower (1606), church and restored water mill
  • Seuil de Naurouze : Highest point of Midi Canal(190m), Threshold watershed (Atlantique/Méditerranée) Obelisk Pierre Paul Riquet, Former Royal mill
  • Le Segala : PK n° 57 : Pottery (from 1820). Opening: monday– friday : 8h-12h / 14h-18h ; weekend : by tel. appointment . 04.68.23.17.01
  • Castelnaudary : Round basin XVIIth century, St Michel College (XIII C.), Cugarel mill. City of Cassoulet ! Pool.
  • Villepinte : the XIV’s century church, washtub, stone Spillway and aqueduc.
  • Bram : the XIV’s century church, washtub, stone Spillway and aqueduc.
  • Villesèquelande : Église et presbytère du XI° siècle Plus vieil Orme  de France, planté sous Henri IV (6m de diamètre)
  • Carcassonne : Medieval city,  bullwarks of 3 km with  52 towers. Many events.
  • Trèbes : St Etienne church of the 14 th century,  pool, Canal bridge
  • Port Lauragais

 

Itinerary 2: Cathar country cruise

Course: One way Port Lauragais – Le Somail (118km - 54 locks - 31h45)

  • Port Lauragais : Avignonet Lauragais (2km) : old tower (1606), church and restored water mill
  • Seuil de Naurouze : Highest point of Midi Canal (190m), Threshold watershed (Atlantique/Méditerranée) Obelisk Pierre Paul Riquet, Former Royal mill
  • Le Segala : PK n° 57 : Pottery (from 1820). Opening: monday– friday : 8h-12h / 14h-18h ; weekend : by tel. appointment . 04.68.23.17.01
  • Castelnaudary : Round basin XVIIth century, St Michel College (XIII C.), Cugarel mill. City of Cassoulet ! Pool.
  • Villepinte : the 14 th century’s century church, washtub, stone Spillway and aqueduc.
  • Bram : “circulade” village built around its  13 th century’s church. Archaeological museum.
  • Villesèquelande : Church and rectory of the 6 th century the oldest elm of France, planted on the Henri IV period (diameter of 6 m)
  • Carcassonne : Medieval city, bullwarks of 3 km with  52 towers. Many events.
  • Trèbes : St Etienne church of the 14 th century,  pool, Canal bridge
  • Marseillette : Wine cellar
  • Puichéric : Roman church – wine cellar
  • La Redorte : Stone spillway (1693)
  • Homps : Etang de jouarres - Swim
  • Argens Minervois : 14 th century castle
  • Roubia :  « circulade » village, oil mill of restanque
  • Paraza : Art gallery « le clap »
  • Ventenac en Minervois : Wine cellar, wine museum
  • Le Somail : Hat museum, old books library

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