38 Chemin des Patiasses
An easy way to get directions is to use Google Maps. This Link will take you to a page with our boatyard pre-set as your destination.
Simply enter your location as the start point and Google maps will calculate your route.
With a smart phone, scan this QR Code to take you to the same Google maps page. If your phone is
also equipped with a GPS device, you can be guided here automatically.
If your Sat-Nav allows you to enter coordinates, we can be located at:
N43°15'59" (43.266581°), E2°54'15" (2.904307°), using the standard WGS84 Datum used on the vast majority of GPS devices.
Driving from a channel port to Le Somail is not as daunting as it
With an overnight stop in central France (many motels are available
at around €35 per room), it can be a very pleasant journey of two 5
to 6 hour legs. Check Norfolk Line, Sea France, or Hoverspeed for
cheap channel crossings, or try
Ferry Savers or
- From Calais to le Somail is 675miles / 1086km.
- Minervois Cruisers' base is located in the attractive hamlet of Le
Somail, 8 miles (13 kilometres) northwest of Narbonne.
- From Carcassonne, take the N113 eastwards, towards Narbonne, but
turn left after a few kilometres into Trèbes, and follow the D610
towards Béziers via Puicheric and Homps, where it becomes the D11 and
then the D5. At a roundabout after Pouzols, turn right onto the D607
towards Narbonne; Le Somail is on your left immediately after the
road crosses the canal.
- From most other directions, take the Narbonne Sud exit from the A9
autoroute, and follow the N213 clockwise around Narbonne until
turning left onto the D607 (direction St Pons). Proceed through
Marcorignan and St Marcel; Le Somail is on your right just before the
- In the centre of Le Somail you will see the famous stone bridge over
the canal, with the chapel on its western end. Our office is behind
the large stone building on the eastern end of the bridge.
- If renting a car, please bear in mind though that if you travel
outside the country of rental, you may be liable for the cost of any
loss to a car driven into a non permitted country, including the cost
of repatriating the car if necessary. We recommend you carefully
check with your chosen rental company before booking your rental car.
- www.viamichelin.co.uk is a useful site for route planning, examples of tolls etc.
Please note that Motoring Laws in France are very strict, especially with
regard to SatNavs and Radar Detectors (regardless of whether they are being used or not).
If you need further information see the
advice from the AA
Please also note that certain major French cities have now introduced a law for your car to have a 'clean air sticker' to identify vehicle emission levels.
See this RAC site for more information
Check with Rail Europe or
SNCF for special fares from London to
With one change this takes only about 8 hours, and is usually priced
at around £130 return. There is also a useful website about train travel in France at
http://www.seat61.com/France-trains.htm#How. If travelling from Spain you may wish to try
We now have a page listing
Airlines, departure Airports & and days that fly to destination airports for Le Somail.
cheapoair.co.uk is a unique resource to help you
make the most of budget flying in Europe. With the distinct aim of being the most
accurate and complete resource available.
- Our nearest airport is Béziers, served by
Ryanair from London
Stansted, Luton and Bristol. Taxis cost from around €70 one-way, except before 07:00 and after 19:00, and all day Sunday & public holidays, when the charge is €110 .
- Our next nearest airport is Carcassonne, served by
London Stansted, East Midlands, Liverpool, Dublin, Shannon, Cork and
Brussels. Taxis from Carcassonne cost about €90 one-way, except
before 07:00 and after 19:00, and all day Sunday & public holidays, when the charge is
There is also the option of an 8-passenger minibus for a charge of
about €120 (€145 night-time & Sunday).
Ryanair also fly from London Stansted, Brimingham and Brussels to
Perpignan, which is almost as close to our base as Carcassonne. Taxis
are around €110 on Saturdays, and €160 on Sundays & public holidays, (or between 19:00
and 07:00 on other days). A Minibus, taking 8 passengers, is around
€165 on Saturdays, and €222 on Sundays (or between 19:00 and 07:00 on
- British European from Birmingham is an ideally timed flight. Taxis
cost €257 - €348 so you will find a hire car from
holiday autos much
more convenient & cheaper (around €150 for an economy 4 door). The
drive takes 1 hour 45 minutes. British Airways, Air France and
Baby also fly into Toulouse. Taxis are around €257 on Saturdays, and
€348 on Sundays (or between 19:00 and 07:00 on other days). A
Minibus, taking 8 passengers, is around €292 on Saturdays, and €348
on Sundays (or between 19:00 and 07:00 on other days)
- If you're on a budget and/or keen to see more of the Midi, consider
Ryanair from Luton, East Midlands, Liverpool or Brussels to
Nîmes. These fares are often cheaper, and the airport bus connects
directly with Nîmes railway station, from where trains run frequently
to Narbonne, about 8 miles from our base.
Taxis from Nimes are around
€292 on Saturdays, and €389 on Sundays (or between 19:00 and 07:00 on
A Minibus, taking 8 passengers, is around €302 on
Saturdays, and €389 on Sundays (or between 19:00 and 07:00 on other
Taxis from Narbonne are around €25 on weekdays and Saturdays, and
€35 on Sundays (or between 19:00 and 07:00 on other days).
A Minibus, taking 8 passengers, is around €49 on Saturdays, and €60 on Sundays
(or between 19:00 and 07:00 on other days)
- Another airport in the general area is Montpellier. (British
Airways, Air France, and
Ryanair from Stansted, Brussels or
Frankfurt). Easy connection by bus and train to Narbonne, or again,
consider the car hire option.
Taxis are around €160 on Saturdays, and
€220 on Sundays (or between 19:00 and 07:00 on other days).
Minibus, taking 8 passengers, is around €252 on Saturdays, and €292
on Sundays (or between 19:00 and 07:00 on other days)
Another holiday option would incorporate a flight to Gerona in NE
Spain, which is a major airline hub for Ryanair, giving an option
from many major UK and European cities.
- Barcelona can be reached by
Easy Jet from Luton, Gatwick, Liverpool,
Amsterdam and Geneva, by Go from East Midlands, Stansted and Bristol,
and by BMI
Baby from East Midlands. At Barcelona a Mercedes 160 may
be hired from Easy Car at a cost usually less (for 8 days) than
the return taxi fare from Carcassonne airport to our base. It's only
a 2.5 hour drive from Barcelona to our base. Please bear in mind
though that if you travel outside the country of rental, you will be
liable for the cost of any loss to a car driven into a non permitted
country. including the cost of repatriating the car if necessary. We
recommend you carefully check with Easy Rentacar car before booking
your rental car
Bed & Breakfast
- Should you require bed and breakfast before / after your holiday, we
suggest "Les Volets Bleus" (The Blue Shutters). Close to Our base,
they also operate an air conditioned minibus service to / from the
- L'Olivier is a B&B in Sallèles d'Aude with a pool if you fancy a morning dip before you pick up your boat.
- Also nearby in beautiful village of Bize Minervois Bize there is a stylish and unique guest house 'Le Bobo' which we recommend.