Having arranged with Le Boat to have our car driven from Homps 45 miles east to the port town of Cassafieres, the plan is to wend our way there over seven lazy days, stopping off for sleepovers pretty much where we please; because while punters mostly opt for the convenience of overnighting in the towns and villages en route, there is something wonderfully liberating about just tying up for the night in the back of beyond and nodding off to the sound of birdsong and crickets, and the gentle quack of the ever-circling ducks.
J im T homps on mov e s t o full-back and Chris Paterson to stand-off as cover for David Blair, who is suffering from a virus.
Our cruising adventure on the gorgeous Canal du Midi began in the port of Homps - 100km from Toulouse - where we picked up our rented boat from Connoisseur, a sister company of Emerald Star.
On the first evening of our seven-day cruise we decided to explore the little village of Homps and enjoyed a snack in one of its handful of quaint restaurants before adjourning to a cafe bar for a few glasses of wine.
We had flown in to Carcasonne and decided to re-visit the dramatic walled city before going on in our taxi to Homps to collect our floating home for the week.
Included in the price: Return flights from Birmingham or Coventry Airport' Return transfers from airport to hotel' Four nights half board in Roussillion and three nights half board close to the Spanish Catalan coastline, in good quality hotels, staying in a twin bedded room with private facilities' Visits to Collioure, Barcelona, Carcasonne and Rennesle Chateau and Homps for a guided two hour cruise on the Canal du Midi' Services of a tour manager