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A Day Trip Itinerary...print this out   print the content item
Take a daytrip on the Canal du Midi

Day-trippers cruise the Canal du Midi aboard the good ship Manon. Your ticket includes a tasty lunch. Departs from Béziers.
At the base of Béziers is an astounding engineering feat: les Neuf Écluses de Fonseranes, the nine locks of Fonseranes, on the Canal du Midi. It's a boat staircase, one lock following on the heels of the next, seven in all, allowing boats to move up and down a hill. (There once were nine locks, hence the name, when the canal connected directly to the river Orb.) It makes a fascinating place to hang out. There's plenty of parking. If you'd like to take a ride of the canal, there are several boat companies offering cruises with durations as brief as a couple of hours. Website for one vendor: www.bateaux-du-soleil.comRound trip cruises on the good ship Manon, a well regarded cruise boat, take 6 hours from Béziers to the river port of Colombiers and back, including a large lunch with wine. About 40 Euros per adult. Departs and arrives from the Port Neuf, on the Quai du Port Neuf in Béziers, a surprisingly upscale neighborhood hidden in an old industrial zone beside the canal.
On biking along the canal, a guest writes: "We did rent bicycles in Beziers. We rented from La Maison Du Canal, 8, rue des Peniches- 34500 Beziers, 04.67.62.18.18. The people there are Dutch, but speak English, French and God knows how many other languages. They are very nice and had 6 bikes ready to go for us when we arrived. We arrived in Beziers early Friday morning, shopped the markets and picked up our bikes at 11am for a 3/4 day rental which was very cheap. I think the rental was about 8 Euros which is cheap for 3/4 of a day. We rode alongside the Canal du Midi and ended the day with a glass of wine at a canal side restaurant. Life is good."
For full information on available cruise options, visit the Neuf Écluses. There are information offices there with brochures.
Take the N9 from Valros toward Béziers. Follow it around the base of the city, toward Narbonne. Look for signs for les Neuf Écluses.
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