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Waterway holidays on the Canal du Midi

From Colombiers

If you’ve chosen to pick up your houseboat from our Colombiers base, then you’ve opted for real relaxation and a change of scenery. You’ll be able to navigate the waters of the Canal du Midi and plan some really enticing stopping points, so prepare yourself for a unique experience.

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Set off from Colombiers on your licence-free boat to navigate the Canal du Midi

Head to this pic­turesque port, bor­der­ing the famous Canal du Midi, and we’ll train you in steer­ing your house­boat. Before board­ing your licence-free boat, you can enjoy a stroll in the streets of the town. You’ll be just a few kilo­me­tres from Béziers and, thanks to the Canal du Midi, your cruise promis­es to be enchant­i­ng for all mem­bers of your crew. The small semi-cir­cu­lar port of Colom­biers will be the start­ing point for your cruise on this canal, which fea­tures on the UNESCO World Her­itage list. You’ve cer­tain­ly cho­sen one of the most beau­ti­ful water­ways for your cruise ! There’ll always be a chance for crew mem­bers to opt to take to the tow­paths with their ATB bikes, mak­ing the most of all the land­scapes you trav­el through. You’ll be pleas­ant­ly sur­prised by the charm of tak­ing things at a slow­er pace, a char­ac­ter­is­tic of water­way tourism.

A pleasant and attractive holiday for everyone in a Mediterranean climate

Nav­i­gate from lock to lock as you unwind in the gen­tle atmos­phere of the Mediter­ranean. The Canal du Midi, along with the Canal du Rhône à Sète, have a whole host of trea­sures to uncov­er, mean­ing you’re sure to admire the water­way her­itage of these parts. Nav­i­gate as far as the Homps water­way base, where you’ll be able to leave your house­boat and enjoy the nau­ti­cal base at Jouar­res lake on the out­skirts of this pic­turesque town. An oppor­tu­ni­ty for the whole fam­i­ly to enjoy the beach and swim­ming. Dur­ing your riv­er cruise, you may also pre­fer to take advan­tage of the prox­im­i­ty of the sea itself, for a change of bathing scene. From the port of Colom­biers, head towards the Fon­ser­anes locks, which are well worth a vis­it in them­selves. There were orig­i­nal­ly 9 locks, allow­ing for a height change of 21 metres over a total length of 300 metres. Although there are only 7 still work­ing today, they still make for an impres­sive sight, and an intense expe­ri­ence to enjoy.

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suggested itineraries Tested and approved

Set off from Colombiers and navigate as your desires see fit, or follow our itinerary ideas:

Aller-retour 68km - 0 locks 10h Colombiers > Le Somail > Colombiers
Aller-simple 31km - 12 locks 8h Colombiers > Agde
Aller-retour 90km - 26 locks 20h Colombiers > Marseillan > Colombiers
Aller-retour 84km - 22 locks 20h Colombiers > Narbonne > Colombiers
Aller-retour 108km - 12 locks 18h Colombiers > Homps > Colombiers
Aller-simple 51km - 18 locks 11h Colombiers > Marseillan > Agde
Aller-simple 95km - 18 locks 17h Colombiers > Carcassonne
One week
Aller-retour 120km - 26 locks 26h Colombiers >Sète > Colombiers
Aller-retour 192km - 54 locks 35h Colombiers > Carcassonne > Colombiers
Aller-retour 126km - 24 locks 30h Colombiers > Port la Nouvelle > Colombiers
Aller-simple 125km - 15 locks 25h Colombiers > Aigues Mortes > Carnon
Two weeks
Aller-retour 143km - 28 locks 25h Colombiers > Carcassonne > Bram > Colombiers
Aller-retour 256km - 26 locks 50h Colombiers > Aigues Mortes > Colombiers
Aller-retour 272km - 102 locks 52h Colombiers > Castelnaudary > Colombiers