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European Canal Barge Cruises

'Belmond Alouette'- Canal du Midi 2017


7 Days from $26,720

Limited to 4 guests

Designed for just four guests, 'Belmond Alouette' drifts gently between Béziers and Carcassonne on the historic Canal du Midi, a brilliant feat of engineering and UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Its 328 locks, bridges, aqueducts and tunnels have scarcely changed since their creation in the 17th century. Soak up the views from the sundeck, or enjoy the passing scenery through large picture windows in the salon, walk or cycle along the towpath, then watch your gourmet chef prepare meals using fresh ingredients you helped purchase at the morning's market. Unique itineraries can be arranged for chartering parties with special interests, such as cooking or wine appreciation.

Vessel Information

100 feet long, 15.7 feet wide with air conditioning and central heating

Capacity for 4 with two queen/twin suites. En suite bathrooms are tiled and include a spacious walk-in shower with shower gel, body cream, hand soap, shampoo and a hair dryer

Cabins have a phone/intercom system that allows guests to communicate directly with crew members in the galley or salon

Salon/dining area offers a TV/DVD player and stereo system with an assortment of DVDs and CDs, a computer and a Bose iPod docking station

Sun deck is partially covered by a parasol for comfortable al fresco dining

4 touring bicycles are provided for guests

Internet accessible

All meals and alcoholic beverages included

Deck Plan
SUNDAY
SUNDAY

Meet at the Paris hotel chosen by the group and transfer to the rail station for the train to Béziers. Join ‘Belmond Alouette’ for a welcome reception and a cruise to the pretty village of Colombières, followed by a first gourmet dinner on board.

'Belmond Alouette'
Meals: Dinner
MONDAY
MONDAY

Visit l’Abbaye de Fontfroide, an 11th-century Cistercian monastery, lovingly restored with a well-kept garden and peaceful cloister. After lunch, cruise to Capestang.

'Belmond Alouette'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
TUESDAY
TUESDAY

Journey to l’Oppidum d’Enserune, an ancient hill town that is one of the region’s most important archaeological sites. Occupied from the sixth century and expanded because of its strategic location, it served as a melting pot for the many civilizations that made southern France their home. Return to ‘Belmond Alouette’ for a relaxing afternoon on the beautiful Canal du Midi, a brilliant feat of engineering and UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. The Canal’s 328 locks, bridges, aqueducts and tunnels have scarcely changed since their creation in the 17th century by Pierre-Paul Riquet.

'Belmond Alouette'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WEDNESDAY
WEDNESDAY

Experience the wonderful covered market in Narbonne, a lively Mediterranean city and important center of wine production. Enjoy lunch at a local bistro near the market before returning to ‘Belmond Alouette’ for a leisurely afternoon cruise to Homps.

'Belmond Alouette'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
THURSDAY
THURSDAY

After breakfast, visit Minerve, an old village on a limestone cliff that dominates the vineyards below. The ruined castle, once a Cathar stronghold, was besieged and captured by Simon de Montfort in 1210. Stop at Peyriac-Minervois for a wine tasting before returning to ‘Belmond Alouette’ for lunch and a cruise to the pretty town of Trèbes.

'Belmond Alouette'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
FRIDAY
FRIDAY

Cruise to Carcassonne, Europe’s largest medieval fortress town, to admire the intricate fortifications. The cathedral here is remarkable for its stained glass windows, fine statues and elegant transepts. Back on board the barge this evening, enjoy a memorable farewell dinner.

'Belmond Alouette'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
SATURDAY
SATURDAY

After breakfast, transfer to the rail station in Carcassonne for the train to Paris, where your journey ends.

Meals: Breakfast

'Belmond Alouette' cruises alternate routes in the early/late seasons (from Apr 1-15 and from Oct 15-28). Contact A&K for details.

Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.


Prices are in USD, per person and based on double occupancy unless noted as charter. Contact A&K for availability.

  • Departing Every Sunday Between May 7 - Sept 30, 2017
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Cabin Class
    6-night charter
    Price
    $33,395
    Single Supplement
    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
  • Departing Every Sunday Between Oct 1 - Oct 28, 2017
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Cabin Class
    6-night charter
    Price
    $26,720
    Single Supplement
    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
Journey Details

Minimum age: none

Price includes TGV high-speed rail from Paris and return.

Please ask about special prices for charters with 2 or 3 guests.

'Belmond Alouette' cruises alternate routes in the early/late seasons (from Apr 1-15 and from Oct 15-28). Contact A&K for details.


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