Alegria

Alegria

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.   

 

 
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CANAL DU MIDI


Cruise Highlights

  • Tour Carcassonne, the most complete medieval fortified city in existence
  • Narbonne's Archbishop's Palace and colorful market
  • Explore the hilltop village of Minerve 
  • Discover the City of Béziers
  • Experience the famous “stair case” of the Nine Locks of Fonsérane
  • The archeological site of the Oppidum of Ensérune
  • Cruise through the world's oldest canal tunnels at Malpas 
  • Excellent towpath for walking and cycling

Detailed Itinerary: Beziers to Carcassonne

Saturday, Day 1

We have the pleasure of welcoming you at the airport or at the railway station (from 4pm) and transferring you to Alegria, moored in Poilhes, 10 miles from Béziers. After the crew is introduced to you and after you settle down, you are served a welcome Champagne drink while we start cruising slowly along the Canal. After a u-turn we come back to the mooring of Poilhes. You can slowly stroll through this lovely village of less than 500 inhabitants before you are proposed some apéritifs… We serve your first dinner onboard and spend the night in Poilhes, our "home mooring".

Sunday, Day 2

On this Sunday morning our guide proposes you a “multi-site” excursion: 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, and the Malpas Tunnel, the first tunnel built in the world for a canal. After the lunch (or during lunch… depending on the weather conditions) you cruise to La Croisade and pass underneath the lowest bridge on the Canal: the famous bridge of Capestang. Mind you head! This 18km cruise is typical with its numerous meanders: yes the Canal actually looks like a River! After this four-hour cruise the dinner is served onboard and you spend the night in a restful place, a stone's throw away from ... an old 17th century stone bridge.

Monday, Day 3

In the morning we cruise slowly to Le Somail, one of the most charming villages along the Canal. Should you need a book for the week you can buy one from a unique book shop that has approximately 50 000 second-hand books in stock ... in many different languages! In the afternoon you may chose to relax on the barge, roam around, cycle, etc but we also propose you to visit a wine farm or an olive mill nearby, or any other site that might suit your wishes. At the end of the day you are invited for the Captain's Dinner in a local auberge. It's the perfect opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of a French restaurant!.

Tuesday, Day 4

In the morning you go to one of the best market in the region, in Olonzac. You can look and buy anything you wish, from a provençal table cloth to special olives locally grown (well… we have some on board too!). Then the guide takes you to Minerve, a fascinating site and a previously fortified village in a very special rocky environment. Minerve was attacked in 1210 by the terrible army led by Simon de Montfort: the right time for us to tell you everything about the Crusade of the Albigeois in the 13th Century, one of the harshest stories of our past … The afternoon cruise takes you to the typical Minervois village of Roubia for the overnight mooring. The dinner is served onboard.

Wednesday, Day 5

In the morning you visit a beautiful town, Narbonne. Narbonne is full of Roman history and includes the "Palace of the Archbishop". You will love its Mediterranean and Gothic style. And ... you will be offered lunch there in a typical restaurant that has some fish specialties. After lunch you are driven back to the barge for the afternoon cruise. You pass your first lock after Roubia and we cruise to the port of Homps, one of the busiest harbors in the old times of the Canal commercial era.

Thursday, Day 6 

In the morning you visit the great City of Carcassonne, the biggest medieval City in Europe. You are just fascinated by the size of the walls and the narrow streets inside. You are right there in the middle of French history! There also many shops where you can buy typical souvenirs to bring back to friends or children. After lunch you embark on the last leg of the cruise for the week, from Homps to the area of Puichéric. You pass the last lock of the cruise and you can admire the wooden and iron sculptures made by the most famous lock-keeper on the Canal. The barge is moored just on top of this most beautiful lock. You spend your last night onboard Alegria after the Farewell Dinner prepared by our Chef.

Friday, Day 7

After your breakfast, it is unfortunately time to conclude this unforgettable cruise. We transfer you back to the airport or railway station.


This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.

 

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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