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Belmond Alouette - Canal du Midi Cruise

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Discover one of France’s best-kept secret, the Languedoc region, during this unforgettable, 7-day cruise aboard Belmond Alouette. Meander along the historic Canal du Midi, explore historic towns, colourful markets and medieval fortresses.
France
Cultural
Barge

Highlights

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
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Included

7-day cruise aboard Belmond Alouette
Cabin accommodation with private bathroom
All meals and drinks, including regional specialties and seasonal delicacies
Complimentary beverages
All excursions stated in the itinerary, fully escorted by an experienced on-board guide
Vehicle transfer or train transfer from Paris to the barge

On-board Facilities

  • Maximum of 4 passengers
  • 2 cabins
  • Bicycles
  • HiFi system with a selection of CDs
  • Selection of books and board games
  • Computer with Internet access
  • WiFi and Bose iPod docking station

Belmond Alouette deck plan

Itinerary

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Day 1
Beziers

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

Dinner
Day 2
Capestang

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Le Somail

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Narbonne

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Minerve

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Carcassonne

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Carcassonne

Savour a final breakfast aboard before the crew bids you farewell, and you disembark.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
French
Currency
EUR
6 nights
from AUD13,450
per person, twin share
France
Beziers or Carcassonne (Sunday)
Cultural
5 April - 18 October 2020

Important notes

  • 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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