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Barge Cruising on the Canal du Midi

A great alternative to housebound holidays is a luxury cruise on the canals of southern France

Friday 1 April 2005, by Rob

On Sunday we had lunch with Barbara and Berend Gozens in their house on the banks of the Canal du Midi in Villeneuve les Beziers.

The canal side location is not the result of a whim or a chance.

Barbara and Berend own the Clair de Lune, which is the most luxurious hotel barge plying its trade on the Canal du Midi.

The Clair de Lune reflects their 30 years of experience in the luxury canal cruise market. Barbara and Berend designed, built and decorated the Clair de Lune. From the cherry wood interior through the air conditioned cabins each with ensuite bathrooms to the six seater spa pool on the stern deck, no detail has been forgotten.

So outstanding is the Clair de Lune in the canal cruise market that she and her creators have twice been featured on French television.

The prices of charters reflect the boat, the fine cuisine, good wines and the friendly but professional crew. These cruises are special luxurious treats.
For details of prices, menus, routes and so forth please visit their site at

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