Accommodations & Amenities

Accommodations
  • 100 ft long with 6’ 7” – 7’4” ceiling height throughout
  • Cabin 1 – 270 sq ft, 7’4” ceiling height
  • Cabin 2 – 205 sq ft, 6’7” ceiling height
  • Choice of one King or two twin beds
  • Ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Ample storage in cabins
  • Combined salon and dining area
  • Demonstration kitchen
  • Deck with canopy
  • Outdoor dining space and seating
Amenities
Chauffeured Guided Sightseeing
Chauffeured Guided Sightseeing
Daily Housekeeping
Daily Housekeeping
WiFi (service fluctuates)
WiFi (service fluctuates)
Private Chef
Private Chef
Open Bar
Open Bar
Air Conditioning/Heating
Air Conditioning/Heating
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Bathrobe
Bathrobe
Safe
Safe
Iron and Ironing Board (on request)
Iron and Ironing Board (on request)
Sound System
Sound System
220 volt outlets
220 volt outlets
Bicycles and helmets
Bicycles and helmets

Itineraries

Travel from Beziers to Carcassonne on the Canal du Midi

Sunday
Welcome Aboardsunday image
Welcome Aboard
Travel: Paris to Columbieres
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 the Canal du Midi. 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 onboard.

Monday
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Gorgeous Grounds at an Ancient Abbaye
Travel: Columbieres to Capestang
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The adventure begins with a leisurely morning cruise. Take a brisk bicycle ride on the towpath, or relax on deck while admiring the rustic scenery slipping by. This afternoon, 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. Then, sip and sample the Languedoc's bounty at a winetasting at a local domaine. Drinks and dinner onboard culminate the day.

Tuesday
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The Epicurean Experience Continues
Travel: Capestang to Le Somail
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A morning cruise reveals more of the Canal du Midi's flora and fauna. Gourmands and gastronomes are invited to join Chef in the galley for an informal cooking demonstration, while active guests can explore the towpath by bicycle or on foot. This afternoon, the epicurean experience continues at a local olive pressoir. Enjoy a private tasting of small batch olive oils before browsing the onsite gourmet boutique. Your Tour Guide returns you to the barge where cocktails and canapes precede tonight's delicious dinner.

Wednesday
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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 evening's 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. Socialize in the salon or on deck before Chef presents tonight’s dinner.

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

In the morning your Tour Guide escorts you to Minerve, a preserved Medieval city with fascinating social, historical, and military import. Explore the evocative remnants of what was once a Cathar stronghold. Back onboard, a lazy afternoon cruise provides the perfect opportunity to lounge on deck and admire the countryside, or explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. Tonight's dinner is very special, as it is taken ashore at a local bistro. Bon appetit!

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

A morning cruise is the perfect time to laze on deck with a cup of coffee, or explore the tree-shaded towpath by bicycle or on foot. This afternoon, visit 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, 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 closest train station for your return trip to Paris. You will be provided with First Class tickets for a morning train, arriving mid-day 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

Accommodation
Value Season
Regular Season
High Season
Private Charter for 4€24,705€27,450€29,800
Private Charter for 3€23,670€26,300€27,300
Private Charter for 2€20,250€22,500€24,850

2019 Dates

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

Month
Days
April7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-4
May5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
June2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-6
July7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-3
August4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31
September1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-5
October6-12, 13-19, 20-26

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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