Offering private parties of four a week of pampered relaxation, the Alegria’s concept is that of refined discovery, personable service, and attention to detail.
Owner/Captain Olivier Baudry operated passenger barges on the River Seine in Paris, followed by 15 years in the travel industry in South Africa. These high-end experiences have informed his vision for the Algeria, a luxury barge where thoughtful details are everywhere, reflecting his interests in native artwork and stylish décor.
Typical of the care taken on the Alegria, even the most personalized of amenities await; guests arrive to find mini-fridges in their cabins already stocked with their favorite beverages. Active options abound on the Alegria, with ample time for bicycling and walking along the canal side towpath; additionally, there is a petite heated swimming pool on deck, accessible by private staircase from the generously-sized cabins and perfect for a refreshing mid-day plunge!
Interested in an impromptu cooking demonstration from your personal gourmet Chef? The galley kitchen opens right into the light-filled salon for an unparalleled view of the gastronomic magic. Furthering the Alegria’s epicurean offerings, seasonal menus are inspired by organic ingredients and fair trade products, which are used whenever possible. Lunches and dinners are accompanied by different wines, mainly vintages from the Languedoc and Rousillon regions, all selected from Captain Olivier’s onboard wine cellar.
A flexible program of daily sightseeing furthers the intimate cruising experience aboard the Alegria. Exciting excursions reveal the region’s historical treasures, lively markets, and captivating culture, thanks to guided tours and special tastings.
Last visited in 2017