Return Trip: Homps, via Carcassonne
Allow 7 to 14 nights
Homps and Bram invite you to savour the wines of the famous Languedoc region. Beautiful vineyards beckon.
Reviews for the The Languedoc Vineyards Cruise
I would definately book through Le Boat again. Their website and booking process is very easy to use and if you telephone them you get straight through and talk to someone who knows the answer to your questions. There is plenty of information on the website regarding the boats but i feel they could give you more information about the area you will be sailing in i.e cafes restaurants supermarkets etc before you travel so that you can plan your journey.
The staff were very friendly when we arrived although very busy, they booked us in and gave us the relevant information straight away. A small negative would be that they close at 4pm and therefore couldn't show us how to use the boat until the next day so we had to stay in Homps over night. Bearing in mind it was peak season you would think they would stay open longer. However a good place to start your holiday a lovely village with some good restaurants and cafes all within walking distance and a small village shop for your fresh bread and milk. Also Homps as a swimming lake 5mins walk away with a soft play assault course suitable for adults and children.
We had two families cruising the Canal du Midi. This was arguably our best vacation ever as it blended family and good friends, great wine and food, amazing castles and villages, beautiful scenery and was the most relaxing trip you could imagine! We spent two nights in Carcassonne and that was definitely a favorite for everyone as our family had never been to Carcassonne and the other family had never been to Europe (let alone a castle!). But my most memorable aspect of the trip was just spending hour after hour casually cruising down the Canal in a simply stunning atmosphere!
The stop in Carcassonne was the main stop we enjoyed, spending two nights there instead of just one so we could see everything we wanted. The €20 per night we spent to park at the public dock was money well-spent (could get in to their shower facililties as well as laundry). But the things I would definitely recommend is to take advantage of as many of the local markets as you can, enjoy breakfasts of baguettes and and croissants and lunches of local meats, cheeses, breads, wines, etc as you are parked alongside the canal. Truly magical!
We had the boat for two weeks. First week we used all the cabins for a crew of 10; the smallest cabin is quite cramped, but there were few complaints. The second week we had a smaller crew (8) and used the small cabin to store luggage - much better!If you are used to renting an RV, you will have few problems with a canal cruise rental.
There were a few problems with the systems on the boat. This is understandable for a rental with many systems and things to go wrong. Nothing major, just minor annoyances that did not interfere with the trip as a whole
Great boat easy to handle, great base for visiting the wine areas
We travelled to Narbonne and back and past Homps to Trebbes and back lots of good restaurants, vineyards and places to visit in fact whole week went too fast. Saw kingfishers and much wild life on the way. It was disappointing to see the Plane trees being felled.
I was not impressed with your office staff at Homps. The formal takeover was fine but neither of the two female staff ever smiled and the larger one seemed fairly lazy. Usually your staff at Castelnaudary, Trebes, Chatel Sensoir, Migenne and Cassafiere have been most helpful and eager to help but not at Homps. What a pity.the boat was fine just what we wanted and the trip was lovely in fine weather - pity about some of the staff