European Waterways has introduced a new culinary-themed charter cruise on the elegant hotel barge Enchanté, cruising through the Southwest of France.

While meandering the Canal du Midi, guests will be treated to a selection of culinary delights during the six-night itinerary.

Available as a charter only, the specially-tailored cruise is ideal for a group of friends or family to experience the region’s products and to meet the artisans behind them.

Enchanté is a state-of-the-art, double-decker hotel barge that provides luxurious accommodation for up to eight guests; after embarking in Narbonne and a Champagne arrival on board, guests can look forward to unique food experiences of the region - hunting for truffles in the Minervois hills and tasting the elusive white truffle; visiting a renowned farm that breeds the special Petit Gris variety of escargot; and touring L’Oulibo, a long-established olive oil press that produces the purist extra virgin olive oil from the famous Lucques olive.

For those who like to adorn a white apron, guests can join a ‘hands-on’ French cooking class alongside the Canal du Midi and enjoy demonstrations throughout the cruise from the onboard Masterchef.

There is also the opportunity to visit the indoor market in Narbonne, where guests can join the chef to choose the ingredients for that evening’s dinner.

Prices including all gourmet meals, fine wines, an open bar, daily escorted excursions and local transfers lead in at £27,080, and a special 10% discount applies for March 19, 26 and April 2, 2017 departures.

For full details see gobarging.com/culinary-cruise

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