The French Canal Du Midi welcomes you to a luxurious and exclusive canal cruise on board one of the most beautiful hotel barges, Alegria.  With its unique modern decor, comfortable furnishings and heated pool, the Alegria creates a most welcoming experience.   


Captain Olivier Baudry

The Alegria has a crew of 5 including the Captain, Olivier Baudry. Half are French natives and half are British nationals: the perfect balance for your cruise!

Olivier Baudry, the owner of the barge, is a French native, and
passionate about rivers, canals and river boats. In the 80’s, he had two house-boats moored in Paris and cruised with friends across the French capital for several years.

In the 1980’s he had two house-boats moored in Paris and he had a great time cruising with friends across the French capital for several years.

In 1989, with his passion in mind, Olivier left his secure job as a corporate banker and launched two luxurious river-boats in Paris. These were focused on the corporate market for day and evening cruises. Olivier has just come back from South Africa, where he lived for fifteen years, managing his own tour-operating company.

In order to reconnect with his passion for canals and barges, Olivier has settled down along the Canal Du Midi and he now runs Alegria for your pleasure ...

As a French native, Olivier will lead you across a typical "Marché Du Village" and share with you all the secrets of buying the right cheeses, the perfect Saucissons and whatever else you are tempted by ...

Olivier is the Pilot of the barge and he will lead some excursions as well.

Your own exclusive Chef will provide some outstanding gastronomic meals through typical and sophisticated French cuisine... The wines we carefully chosed will perfectly match your dishes and you will enjoy up to three different French wines with every meal...

Your hostess is English- and French-speaking. She is an important part of your daily life on board for serving the meals, preparing your rooms and being available to help you to find your way on the barge... and around the Canal.

The Tour Guide is also French- and English-speaking; His/ her knowledge of the region and its history will ensure you some great visits around the region, and will allow you to deepen your knowledge of the French culture.

A Matelot, or deck assistant, is also present on board to assist the captain in any means necessary.

At A Glance

South France Midi Region
  •  Up to 4 passengers, Luxury & Signature

  • From USD$5,075 per person
    (Private Charter Only)

  • Region: South of France - Midi Region

  • Access: Béziers, Narbonne, or Carcassonne

  • Start City: Béziers or Carcassonne

  • End City: Carcassonne or Béziers

  • Cruise Highlights: The City of Béziers, the famous “stair case” of the Nine Locks of Fonsérane, the archeological (6th century BC) site of the Oppidum of Ensérune, the Malpas Tunnel, the first tunner built in the world for a canal, Minerve, a fascinating site and fortified village, the beautiful town of Narbonne, and the great City of Carcassonne, the biggest medieval City in Europe

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