When a 17th century French monarch says ‘Build me a really long canal linking the Atlantic to the Mediterranean Sea, a smart engineer says ‘Yes sir, right away.’ And that’s pretty much what happened with France’s Canal du Midi: an engineering wonder created to satisfy the whim of Louis XIV in 1666. It stretches for 241 km through some of the most beautiful countryside in south of France, and is now officially on UNESCO’s list of cultural heritage sites.
And, thanks to us, anyone can now cruise it in style. We’ll set you up with your own house-boat, a fleet of suitably romantic bicycles and a seasoned captain who knows the Canal’s lock system like the back of his hand.
So if you want to know what it looks like to spend a lazy 8 days, cruising from Castelnaudary to Homps and sipping champagne between cheese courses, this is it. Sit back and enjoy.