Southern France Multigenerational Family Trip June/July, 2020
Come experience a relaxing and invigorating journey ... boating along a 17th Century Canal ... through the Languedoc Wine Country
Navigate the Canal as a family ... where everyone contributes
Make generational memories together
Forge new friendships with other families on the trip
Fairytale castles, medieval villages, hillside vineyards, Mediterranean breezes and more...
Engage your entire family. Savor the easy pace of barging. Take pleasure in the aroma of lavender. Enjoy the welcome of sunflowers grown in canal-side fields. We hope you can join us.
Medieval Carcassonne on the Canal
Salsa A or B
Southern France Travel from Castelnaudary to Homps
Canal du Midi a brief history
in the 1660s a local tax collector, Paul Riquet, dreamed of bringing prosperity back to Languedoc by building a canal to link it to the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. This mammoth undertaking was the most ambitious and complex civic engineering project since the time of the Romans. Though it bankrupted the visionary Riquet, who did not live to see its inauguration, by 1856 the canal was carrying one million passengers and more than 100,000 tons of freight per year. Struck down into sudden obsolescence by the invention of the steam engine, the canal system languished in over a century of disrepair, before being resurrected in the last few decades as a tourist attraction. The quintessential Languedoc experience is to boat, walk or cycle along Riquet’s canal, travelling at an easy pace, the tree lined hedges providing shelter from the same sun which coaxes up the region’s famous grapes.” Travelers are fascinated by the number of trees planted along the canals; the last big planting being around 100 years ago totaled around 42,000 plane trees.