Carcassonne (Trebes) Base Information

Not until you have enjoyed a cruising holiday on the Canal du Midi can you truly say that you understand the simple pleasures of life. Winding its way through the lower plains of the great Languedoc region – the prime wine producing region of France, exploring the Canal du Midi is a must for any lover of food and wine.

At the Base

Base Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 09:00 to 12:30, 14:00 to 17:30

Late Arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or the general sales office where you booked.

When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open with the lights on for you to stay on board that night. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

When To Arrive:

Your boat will be ready to depart for 16:00 - 18:00. We recommend that you arrive 60 minutes earlier for check-in and instructions.

If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base ready to depart between 11am and 12pm or from 2pm.

Your Return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 9am on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out).

Upon Arrival:

Our base staff look forward to welcoming you to their cruising region and aim to make your arrival and holiday as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

When you arrive or base staff will:

  • Take a fuel deposit to cover the fuel you use during your holiday. Any extra fuel used will be charged on your return or we will refund the difference for fuel you have not used.
  • Take a refundable collision damage deposit – if you have not purchased collision damage waiver. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your holiday
  • Familiarise you with your waterways guide, maps and other helpful documentation provided to help you plan where you want to go and where you’d like to stop.
  • Brief you about your boat, the equipment on board, and the cruising area (places to visit, etc).
  • Give you a boat handling demonstration on the water with one of our technicians.

Hotels and Restaurants


Logis Hôtel La Gentilhommière – Trèbes – Tel. +33 (0) 468 787 474
Château Malves – Trèbes – Tel. +33 (0) 468 722 896
Hôtel Bristol – Carcassonne – Tel. +33 (0) 468 250 724
Hôtel des Trois Couronnes – Carcassonne – Tel. +33 (0) 468 253 610
Hôtel De la Cité – Carcassonne – Tel. +33 (0) 468 719 871
Best Western Le Donjon – Carcassonne – Tel. +33 (0) 468 112 300
Holiday Inn – Toulouse – Tel. +33 (0) 561 107 070
Des Capitouls – Toulouse – Tel. +33 (0) 534 319 480
Grand Hôtel de l'Opéra – Toulouse – Tel. +33 (0) 561 218 266


Pizzeria – Trèbes – Tel. +33 (0) 468 788 308
Le Mounlin de Trèbes – Trèbes – Tel. +33 (0) 468 789 757
Le Képi Blanc – Trèbes – Tel. +33 (0) 468 783 320
Le Comte Roger – Carcassonne – Tel. +33 (0) 468 119 340
Le Trois Couronnes – Carcassonne – Tel. +33 (0) 468 253 610
Le Donjon – Carcassonne – Tel. +33 (0) 468 112 300

Carcassonne Le Somail Bridge Lock of Négra


Outside unsecured parking - Free of charge
Outside enclosed parking: £35 per week
Garage: £45.50 per week


There is a supermarket within 1km of the base.

Opening times:

Monday to Saturday: 09:00 to 19:00


Fishing is allowed, however a fishing permit is required. The permit can be obtained from the local newsagents.

Transport Information

By Road

Be Prepared

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For example, there is a new legal requirement in France to carry a breathalyser, triangle & florescent jacket in your car. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit


From Calais: Take A26 Reims/Troyes. Then A5 direction Langres. Then A31 direction Beaune (passing Dijon). Once at Beaune take A6 direction Lyon. Then at Lyon take A7 Orange (passing Valance). At Orange take A9 through to Narbonne (passing Nimes and Montpellier). At Narbonne take A61 direction Carcassonne. Take exit 24 on A61. Then take N113 into Trebes. Follow signs for Trebes centre. Cross the River Aude, continue to canal bridge and then cross canal. You will then find Connoisseur 200m on your right. Road distance approximately 1205 kms 12 hours.

From Paris: Take N20 all the way to Toulouse. Then join A61 direction Carcassonne. Exit at Carcassonne East and follow signs for Trebes centre. Cross the River Aude, continue to canal bridge and then cross canal. You will then find Connoisseur 200m on your right. Road distance approximately 800 kms 8 hours.

By Air

Nearest airports:
Carcassonne: 15km (via D6113)
Toulouse: 112km (via A61)
Montpellier - 153km

By Train

Neareast train station:
Carcassonne - 15km


The following ferry companies operate to Northern France.

  • Dover to Dunkirk: DFDS Seaways (previously Norfolk Lines)
  • Dover to Calais: P&O
  • Newhaven to Dieppe: LD Lines
  • Portsmouth to Le Havre: LD Lines
  • Portsmouth to Caen: Brittany Ferries or try Northern Spain and drive across to South France
  • Portsmouth to Bilbao or Santander: Brittany Ferries
  • Plymouth to Santander: Brittany