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European Canal Barge Cruises

'Belmond Alouette'- Canal du Midi 2018


7 days from $28,840

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 17th-century engineering and UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Its 328 locks, bridges, aqueducts and tunnels have scarcely changed since their creation. Soak up the views from the sun deck, enjoy the passing scenery through large picture windows in the salon, or walk or cycle along the towpath, then watch towpath. Watch your gourmet chef prepare meals using the fresh ingredients you helped purchase at the morning market. Unique itineraries can be arranged for chartering parties with special interests, such as cooking or wine appreciation.

'Belmond Alouette'-  Canal du Midi Vessel

Vessel Information

  • 100 feet long and 15.7 feet wide with air conditioning and central heating'
  • Capacity for 4 guests in 2 double/twin suites, each outward facing with en suite bathroom
  • Salon with stereo system, television and assortment of CDs/DVDs
  • Sun deck, partially shaded for al fresco dining
  • Bicycles provided
  • Internet access (limited in some areas)
  • All meals and beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) included
Deck Plan
SUNDAY
SUNDAY

Meet at the Paris hotel chosen by the group and transfer to the rail station for the TGV high-speed 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 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 your barge 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 TGV high-speed train to Paris, where your journey ends.

Meals: Breakfast

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

2019 Travel | 2019 prices available on request. Please contact A&K for details.


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 6- October 6, 2018
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Cabin Class
    6 night charter
    Price
    $36,050
    Single Supplement
    N/A
    How many people are travelling in your group?
  • Departing Every Sunday Between October 7- October 27, 2018
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Cabin Class
    6 night charter
    Price
    $28,840
    Single Supplement
    N/A
    How many people are travelling in your group?
Journey Details

Price includes TGV high-speed from Paris and return.

Reduced pricing available for Private Charters of 2 or 3 guests.

'Belmond Alouette' cruises alternate routes on Apr 1, Apr 8, Oct 14 and Oct 21. Contact A&K for details.


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