NEW Canal du Midi Culinary Barge Cruise

November 21, 2016

Feast Your Eyes on the NEW Canal du Midi Culinary Cruise from European Waterways

Luxury hotel barge company, European Waterways, has introduced for the 2017 season a NEW Culinary-themed charter cruise aboard the elegant hotel barge Enchanté, cruising through the Southwest of France.

While meandering the Canal du Midi, guests will be treated to an array of culinary delights during the 6-night itinerary.

Available as a charter only, this specially-tailored cruise is perfect for gathering together a group of friends, or family to indulge in the region’s wonderful products and to meet the artisans behind them. Enchanté is a state-of-the-art, double-decker hotel barge that provides luxurious accommodation for up to 8 guests.

After embarking in Narbonne and a champagne arrival on board, guests can look forward to appreciating some unique food experiences of the region – hunting for truffles in the Minervois hills and tasting the elusive white truffle; visiting a renowned farm that breeds the special Petit Gris variety of escargot; and touring L’Oulibo, a long-established olive oil press that produces the purist extra virgin olive oil from the famous Lucques olive.

For those who like to adorn a white apron, guests can partake in a ‘hands-on’ French cooking class alongside the Canal du Midi and enjoy demonstrations throughout the cruise from the onboard Masterchef. There is also the opportunity to visit the extraordinary indoor market in Narbonne, where guests can join the chef to choose the ingredients for that evening’s dinner.

While there will be those searching for a culinary education, the itinerary provides a wonderful opportunity for just relaxing too. Guests can make use of the spacious sun deck, with alfresco dining area and gorgeous spa pool, or choose to walk, or cycle along the towpaths.

The Culinary Cruise aboard Enchanté is a 6-night itinerary including an attentive 5-person crew, all gourmet meals, fine wines, an open bar, daily escorted excursions and local transfers. It is available for charter bookings now and a special 10% discount applies for March 19, 26 and April 2, 2017 departures.

 

Culinary Cruises

If you are  a lover of fine food and particularly how and where locally-grown ingredients are sourced, a Culinary Theme cruise in southwest France aboard luxury hotel barge Enchanté will really tickle your taste-buds.
During your cruise along the meandering Canal du Midi, you will have the opportunity to really get to know more about some of the regions’ wonderful products and meet the people behind them.
Highlights of the itinerary include a truffle hunting trip in the Minervois hills and, of course, a tasting of the elusive white truffle itself; a visit to a renowned farm that breeds the special Petit Gris variety of escargot; a tour of the L’Oulibo, a long-established olive oil press that produces the purist extra virgin olive oil from the famous Lucques olive.
Other culinary experiences will include a visit to the extraordinary indoor market in Narbonne where you will be invited by the chef to choose the ingredients for that evening’s dinner. And of course, no meal would be complete unless accompanied by some fine wine, so there will also be a visit to one of the area’s finest producers of Minervois A.O.C wines for a winery tour and private tasting.
Couple this with a hands-on French cooking class alongside the Canal du Midi and demonstrations by your onboard chef throughout the cruise and you have a wonderful combination  of relaxing cruising and culinary education!