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Canal du Midi Luxury Cruise - Alouette
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Departure from Béziers / Carcassonne

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

Hours

Duration

On request

Description

Four privileged passengers travel in Orient-Express style aboard what is one of the most luxurious barges in France. The craft is yours as you float along the tree-shaded Canal du Midi between Carcassonne and Béziers. On deck, stretch out on a sun lounger, beneath a sheltering parasol, to view the passing villages and fields. Or step inside, where the spacious lounge—with its huge picture windows—has a library, writing desk and soft armchairs.


Detailed Itinerary: From Carcassonne to Beziers


Sunday, Day 1 - Carcassonne

A champagne reception welcomes you on board and gives you a chance to meet the crew. Later that evening enjoy your first dining experience on board.


Monday, Day 2 - Visit Carcassonne.

Cruise to Trebes Tour the wonderful medieval fortress of Carcassonne. Explore the intricate fortifications of the two castellated walls, one inside the other, about a mile in circumference. The views from the battlements towards the Pyrenées are stunning. Visit the Cathedral remarkable for its stained glass rose windows, elegant Romanesque nave and Gothic transepts. Back to the barge for lunch and an afternoon cruise to Trebes on the beautiful Canal du Midi, one of the most stunning canals in France.


Tuesday, Day 3 - Cruise to Homps.

Visit Minerve Enjoy a relaxing morning cruise from the comfort of the sun deck, or perhaps walk or cycle along the tow path. After lunch visit Minerve, an old village on a limestone cliff, which dominates the vineyards below. Its now ruined castle was once a Cathar stronghold besieged and captured by Simon de Montfort. On the way back to the boat stop at Peyriac-Minervois for wine tasting.


Wednesday, Day 4 - Cruise to Le Somail.

Visit Narbonne This morning, experience the wonderful under-cover market in Narbonne with the chef, and why not help choose dinner tonight! Narbonne is a lively Mediterranean city playing an important role as a wine producing center. The municipal, military and religious architecture, the river banks of the Robine and its shaded boulevards all contribute to its charm. Enjoy lunch at a bistro just in front of the market then return to the barge for an afternoon cruise to Le Somail.


Thursday, Day 5 - Visit l'Abbaye de Fontfroide.

Cruise to Capestang Discover the Abbaye de Fontfroide, a Cistercian monastery founded in the 11th century. Now privately owned, the abbey has been lovingly restored with a well-kept garden and peaceful cloister. On the way back to the boat, stop at Château Auris for a wine tasting. Back on board for lunch. Take in the grandeur and beauty of the Canal du Midi while you cruise to Capestang.


Friday, Day 6 - Cruise to Béziers.

Visit Oppidum d'Ensérune A morning cruise to Béziers. In the afternoon, visit Oppidum d'Ensérune, a pre-Roman hill-top settlement and one of the most important archaeological sites in the region. The top of the hill affords a panoramic view of the pond of Montady drained in 1247 and transformed into a curious pattern of cultivation. Meanwhile the chef is busy preparing your farewell gala dinner on board.


Saturday, Day 7 - Béziers.

After breakfast disembark the barge for your onward travel arrangements. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.


Inclusions / Exclusions

Inclusions

1. Round-trip first class TGV train service between Paris and Alouette

2. Six nights accommodation on board

3. Breakfast, lunch & candlelit dinner each day

4. Refreshments on board after excursions

5. Wine with meals, liqueurs and bar drinks on board

6. Sightseeing excursions, including entrance fees

7. Air-conditioned vehicle with guide for sightseeing  

8. The services of 4 crew members

9. Use of bicycles

Exclusions

1. Personal insurance & expenses

2. Entrance fees other than mentioned in the itinerary

Meeting point

Pick up information


Additional information

Additional information


THE BARGE:

Constructed in 1908 as a cargo barge
Converted into a hotel barge in 1986, refurbished in 2008
Measures 98 ft. long by 17 ft. wide
Two (2) onboard cabin accommodations
Four (4) passenger capacity
Central Heating and Individually Controlled Air Conditioning


PERSONNEL:

Four (4) crew members who speak both English and French (some may speak other languages, as well).


PUBLIC ROOMS:

  • Salon/Dining Room
  • Sun Deck


ON BOARD LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT:

HI FI system with CD player
Games
Touring bikes
Satellite TV with DVD player
Guest computer with internet access
Small library of books


MOBILITY RESTRICTIONS:

Alouette has no wheelchair access and passageways can be narrow. While there are minimal steps, the use of a wheelchair on board is not advisable. The crew can assist in any way possible, but those with extremely limited mobility may have a difficult time navigating this vessel.



DECK PLAN:

The well-planned accommodation of Alouette offers a choice of two air-conditioned twin/double staterooms with full en-suite facilities.




Alouette Deck Plan


Price information




Accommodation

Value

Regular

Charter Max. 2 pax.

17,776€

22,220€

Charter Max. 3 pax.

19,554€

24,442€

Charter Max. 4 pax.

21,331€

26,664€



Departure Dates (Sunday)

Rate

Cruise Route  

March 27,

Value

St Jean - Lyon

April 03, 

Value

Lyon - Avignon

April 10, 

Value 

Avignon - Beziers

April 17, 24, 

Value 

Canal du Midi

May 01, 08, 15, 

Value

Canal du Midi

May 22, 29, 

Regular 

Canal du Midi

June 05, 12, 19, 26,

Regular

Canal du Midi

July 03, 10, 17,

Regular

Canal du Midi

July 24, 31, 

Regular

Canal du Midi

August 07, 14,

Regular

Canal du Midi

August 21, 28, 

Regular 

Canal du Midi

September 04, 11, 18, 25,

Regular

Canal du Midi

October 02, 09,

Value

Canal du Midi

October 16,

Value

Beziers-Avignon

October 23, 

Value 

Avignon-Lyon