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Only in France
- Pass through the world's
oldest canal tunnel
- Learn how to make the
- Eat snails and frogs' legs!
✓ Easter, May, Summer and October school Holidays
✓ Culture & Education, Adventure & Activity
✓ 5 years +
Cruising adventures don't always have to take place on the high seas. Join us on a somewhat more sedate journey along the 350-year-old Canal du Midi on a private eight passenger barge, complete with your own crew and chef.
The speed of the sail (just 10 knots) means that children with excess energy can take to two wheels and race along the towpaths, and inquisitive minds will love navigating the many locks along the way, including the famous round lock near Portiranges which was built in 1676 from volcanic stones.
Whilst on-board learn how to play petanque – a French variation of boules. Or if you fancy your hand at cooking, take to the food markets with Chef before learning the art of French cuisine.
The six person onboard pool is a great spot for watching the world go by, or for cooling off after an onshore excursion.
And talking of excursions... there are heaps of places of interest along the way. Walt Disney based Sleeping Beauty's castle on the medieval Carcassonne Citadel. Napoleon's failed attempt to destroy the citadel during the 1840s means that this impressive complex is still standing, enabling you to spend the day climbing the ramparts and running through the cobblestone streets.
Done with knights in shining armour? Next stop, dinosaurs! Head to the Musee Parc des Dinosaures Meze which is home to the most complete dinosaur skeleton in the world. He wasn't discovered at the park, but numerous other dinosaurs and dinosaur eggs have been. See what the palaeontologists (dinosaur hunters) are digging up, and check out the lifesize models of different dinosaurs and learn about their prehistoric lives.
And the outdoor classroom continues... on a visit to one of the most significant pre-Roman sites in Europe, the ancient hill town of Oppidum d'Enserune with a maze of underground tunnels. Explore these tunnels and discover why there were created. If you enjoy your underground adventures why not visit the impressive Limousis caves? Showcasing some pretty spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, as well as claw marks from their historical inhabitants, the cave bears.We're fairly sure they're all gone now, but keep your eyes open just in case!
Did you know...
- France is the most visited country in the world
- French was the official language of England for over 300 years (from 1066 until the early 15th century) and it is still the official language of 30 countries worldwide
- The easiest way to remember the difference between stalactites and stalagmites? Just remember the little saying 'Mites climb up and tights fall down!'
- The croissant was actually invented in Austria
- The word 'denim' comes from 'de Nimes' or 'from Nimes', which is a town in France
The Boring Bit
- Airline routes - Direct from London to Montpellier
- Flying time -1 hour 30 minutes (GMT +1 hour)Visas - Not required
- Health considerations - None
Family itineraries in France
Our preferred family accommodation in France
Sample Itineraries which could be adapted for families
Paris & The Cote d'Azur
Nights: 6 | from £1,750
Experience the essence of France with this stylish combination of sophisticated city chic in Paris and the elegance of the Cote d’Azur.
Alternative family friendly accommodation in France
Hotel Royal Riviera
Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort*****