Belmond Alouette - Canal du Midi Cruise
Guided tour of Abbaye de Fontfroide, a former Cisterian monastery
Visit a local olive mill and enjoy a private demonstration and tasting
Explore the towns of Narbonne, Minerve and Trebes
Tour of Carcassonne, Europe’s largest medieval fortress
Experience the sun-drenched region of Southern France as you cruise along the historic Canal du Midi aboard the ultra-deluxe Belmond Alouette. This barge carries four guests in ultimate comfort and style as it cruises from the ancient town of Beziers, known for its wine and bullfights, to the fortified city of Carcassonne.
Belmond Alouette features two, intimate and fully furnished cabins each with an en-suite bathroom facilities, spacious wardrobe, desk, iPod docking station and L’Occitane toiletries. Enjoy delicious meals on-board paired with the finest French wines whilst admiring the breathtaking scenery.
This classic cruise will take you to the beating heart of the Languedoc region including the towns and cities of Capestang, Le Somail, Narbonne, Minerve and Carcassonne.
2020 Departure Dates
- 5, 12, 19 & 26 April
- 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 May
- 7, 14, 21 & 28 June
- 5, 12, 19 & 26 July
- 2, 16, 23 & 30 August
- 6, 13, 20 & 27 September
- 4, 11 & 18 October
- Maximum of 4 passengers
- 2 cabins
- HiFi system with a selection of CDs
- Selection of books and board games
- Computer with Internet access
- WiFi and Bose iPod docking station
Step aboard and meet your crew for a champagne reception. Your glamorous journey commences as you cruise to the pretty village of Colombières. Come evening, dine on delicious regional specialties
After lunch, visit Abbaye de Fontfroide, a Cistercian monastery founded in the 11th century. The abbey has been lovingly restored with a peaceful garden and cloister. This will be followed by a wine tasting at the local domaine. Return to the barge and spend a serene afternoon cruising the beautiful Canal du Midi to Capestang. Dinner is served on deck.
The barge will cruise to Le Somail, one of the prettiest moorings along the canal, which attracts a host of local artists displaying their wares. After lunch, accompany your guide on a short drive to a local olive mill, where you can uncover the farmer’s secrets with a private demonstration and tasting. Return to the barge for dinner.
Visit the colourful morning market in Narbonne and help choose the ingredients for dinner. Enjoy the city’s fine architecture, shaded boulevards and riverside location. Have lunch a wonderful bistro next to the market before cruising to Homps. Return to the barge in the evening and enjoy time at leisure before dinner.
After breakfast, travel to Minerve, an ancient village set on a cliff overlooking vineyards. Discover the historic ruined castle, once captured by Simon de Montfort. Return to the barge for lunch. Walk or cycle along the towpath, or simply relax on deck. Moor at the pretty village of Trebes and savour a delicious dinner ashore.
Explore Carcassonne, Europe’s largest medieval fortress. See the stunning views towards the Pyrenees from the battements and castellated walls. Visit the cathedral, with its remarkable stained glass, Romanesque nave and Gothic transepts. Back on-board, a farewell gala dinner awaits.
Savour a final breakfast aboard before the crew bids you farewell, and you disembark.
per person, twin share
- Belmond Afloat has a dynamic pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability. From prices are based on the Best Available rate for low season travel, and priced as of 4th March 2020.
- This itinerary also runs in reverse direction - Carcassonne - Minerve - Le Somail - Capestang - Beziers.
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