Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • Two Suites with ensuite bath w/ shower
  • All with choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • Suite 1 – 270 sq feet
  • Suite 2 – 205 sq feet
Also in Each Cabin
  • Satellite TV, DVD
  • Intercom
  • Hair dryer
Public Area
  • 98 Feet Long
  • Salon and dining area with picture windows
  • Open “Demonstration Kitchen”
  • Satellite TV, DVD
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Sundeck with lounge chairs and umbrellas
  • 4 Go Sport Crossroad men & womens bikes
  • 21 speeds, front suspension, water bottle holder
  • Ideal for road and towpath use, helmets provided

Itineraries

Travel from Beziers to Carcassonne on the Canal du Midi

Sunday
Arrival in Beziers, board in Columbieressunday image
Arrival in Beziers, board in Columbieres
Travel: Paris to Beziers
Meals: Dinner onboard

A transfer agent will meet your party at late morning in the lobby of your Paris hotel, chauffeur you to the Paris Gare de Lyon Train Station, and provide First Class tickets on a mid-day TGV train to Beziers. As you alight, Alouette crew will be waiting on the platform. From here, you will be driven to Alouette moored in the charming village of Columbieres, just outside Beziers. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the rest of the crew awaits you, before your first gourmet dinner aboard.

Monday
Gorgeous grounds at an ancient Abbayemonday image
Gorgeous grounds at an ancient Abbaye
Travel: Columbieres to Capestang
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, a guided visit to the l'Abbaye de Fontfroide reveals a Cistercian monastery founded in the 11th century. Now privately owned, the abbey has been meticulously restored with a colorful garden and peaceful cloister. Your Tour Guide returns you to the barge for a lazy afternoon cruise. Take a leisurely bicycle ride on the towpath, or sip a glass of wine of deck and admire the rustic scenery slip by. Or, join Chef in the galley for a private cooking demonstration! Cocktails and dinner culminate the day.

Tuesday
A Grape Time was Had by Alltuesday image
A Grape Time was Had by All
Travel: Capestang to Le Somail
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The day begins with a visit to Oppidum d'Enserune, a pre-Roman hill-top settlement. The top of the hill affords a panoramic view of the pond of Montady drained in 1247, and transformed into a curious pattern of cultivation. Next, enjoy a special winetasting at a local vineyard. Your Tour Guide will return you to the barge for an afternoon cruise. Relax on deck and treasure the bucolic landscape, or explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. Chef presents another gourmet dinner onboard.

Wednesday
Market Morning – With Chef!wednesday image
Market Morning – With Chef!
Travel: Le Somail to Homps
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

The morning begins with a visit to the town of Narbonne, a regional capital established in 118 BCE as a Roman colony. Here you will visit the market to help Chef select the ingredients for this evenings dinner! Mingle with the locals as you explore vendors of seasonal produce, handmade cheese, and artisanal breads. After lunch ashore at a local bistro, your Tour Guide chauffeurs you back to the barge for an unhurried afternoon cruise. Cocktails and canapes on deck precedes tonight’s dinner.

Thursday
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Magnificent Minerve
Travel: Homps to Trebes
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

In the morning your Tour Guide escorts you to Minerve, a preserved Medieval city with fascinating social, historical, and military import. After your visit, you will sip, swirl, and savor locally-produced vintages at a private wine tasting. Back onboard, a lazy afternoon cruise provides the perfect opportunity to laze on deck and admire the countryside, or explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. Alternatively, Chef would love some company in the galley where you can preview tonight’s gourmet dinner.

Friday
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Captivating Carcassonne
Travel: Trebes to Carcassonne
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner oboard

This day begins with a visit to Carcassonne, a fortified Medieval fortress with a walled city. Your Tour Guide will escort you through the ancient castle and preserved ramparts to admire the mighty 53 Roman towers. Stroll the cobblestone boulevards into local cafes and specialty boutiques. Back onboard, this afternoon's cruise is the perfect time to laze on deck, or explore the tree-shaded towpath by bicycle or on foot. Freshen up for tonight's Captain's Dinner, culminating your Canal du Midi cruise in style

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Carcassonne to Paris
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the Narbonne Train Station for your return trip to Paris. You will be provided with First Class tickets for a train departing late morning from Narbonne, arriving mid-afternoon at the Paris Gare de Lyon Train Station. As you alight, a representative of the Alouette will be waiting on the platform and will help you and your luggage to the taxi line or to a pre-arranged private transfer to your next destination. The services of the Alouette end at the Gare de Lyon.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • Rocket salad with balsamic dressing
  • Crispy Thai turkey salad
  • Warm potato salad with asparagus and poached egg
  • Pasta carbonara
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas and Biscuits
  • 1 Lunch Ashore Inclusive of the cruise rate
Dinner
  • Lobster Ravioli with Shellfish Reduction
  • Filet of Beef with Foie Gras and Truffle Sauce and Mini Roasted Vegetables
  • Cheese Platter
  • Raspberry Pannacotta with Raspberry Sorbet and Tuiles
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
Wine
  • Corton Grand Cru Domaine Pernaud
  • Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Chateau de Chassagne
  • Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Domaine Perroneau
  • Morey St Denis Domaine Perroneau
  • Pouilly Fumé 2004 Guy Saget
  • St Aubin Chassagne 1er Cru Chateau de Chassagne

Rates & Dates

Accomodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Charter for 2€18,920€23,649
Private Charter for 3€20,811€26,013
Private Charter for 4€22,704€28,378

2017 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season, Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season, Blue Bold Dates = High Season

Month
Days
April2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-6
May7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-3
June4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-1
July2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29
August6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-2
September3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30
October1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • transfers via First Class TGV train from Paris to the barge and return (Train tickets are booked for the specific first and last dates of your barge cruise and are non-changeable or refundable.)
  • all meals – from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning
  • all wines with lunch & dinner
  • open bar
  • daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from France
  • cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

*Rates for this barge are quoted in Euros.

Accomodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Charter for 2€18,920€23,650
Private Charter for 3€20,811€26,013
Private Charter for 4€22,704€28,380

2018 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season, Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season, Blue Bold Dates = High Season

Month
Days
April1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-4
May6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-2
June3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30
July1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-3
August5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
September2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-5
October7-13, 14-20, 21-27

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • transfers via First Class TGV train from Paris to the barge and return (Train tickets are booked for the specific first and last dates of your barge cruise and are non-changeable or refundable.)
  • all meals – from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning
  • all wines with lunch & dinner
  • open bar
  • daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from France
  • cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

*Rates for this barge are quoted in Euros.

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