Luxury Trip aboard Alegria - Canal du Midi
On April 10, 2014
  • Total Passengers :4
  • No of Cabins : 2

Available for charter rent on a weekly basis - Ref: BSALOB

Imagine yourselves aboard the beautiful modern and unique hotel-barge Alegria: the only Boutique-barge on the Canal du Midi !


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Summary:

Alegria offers a week of relaxation, gastronomy, excellent wines, fascinating culture, great landscapes and friendship with a warm nation.


Length:100 feet (30 meters)
width: 16 feet (5 meters)

Size of cabins: 190 and 220 sq m. ( 18 and 20 sq m approx) incl. bathroom
2 decks: 15 ft X 13 ft & 36 ft X 13 ft (4,6 X 4 m & 11 X 4m)
Heated pool on deck: 13 ft X 7 ft (4 X 2 m)

Also available: 4 bikes (free use)

No wheelchair access - Smoking prohibited inside



Cabins:

King size bed (180 cm wide) or 2 twins on request - mini fridge filled with complimentary drinks - tea and coffee tray - air conditioning - central heating - heated towel rails - hair dryer - bath robes



Lounge and dining area: 17 ft X 15 ft (5,2 X 4,6 m)
DVD player, CD player, books, games, Internet access with a Hotspot Wifi. "Barge laptop" also free for use.



Gastronomy:

Giving priority to ORGANIC FOOD and FAIR TRADE products whenever possible, you will taste some typical French local dishes as well as the best French gastronomy. Each meal will be accompanied by different wines and we mainly serve the excellent vintages from Languedoc and Rousillon (the Minervois, Faugères, St-Chinian, Corbières becoming more and more renowned) straight from our Wine Cellar on board.



Cruise:


Carcassonne (Puichéric) - Béziers (Poilhes)

Alegria will cruise at between 4 and 6 kms/hour, our objective is that you spend between 3 and 4 hours a day cruising. The day is split nicely between navigating the canal and visiting some of the exceptional sites in the region. You can also run or cycle along the Canal: you will go faster than the barge! While cruising ... just relax, enjoy the scenery, enjoy the locks, refresh yourself in the pool and enjoy the drinks offered by your hostess!

We propose on request some cruises with a specific theme:

       The Wine Lovers Cruise, which is directed and led by a Wine Master.
       The Golf Cruise, where we will propose some golf courses along the cruise, in function to your tastes.



Itinerary:


Saturday  BEZIERS-POILHES

We have the pleasure of welcoming you at the airport or at the railway station (from 4pm) and transfering you to Alegria, moored in Poilhes. After the crew is introduced to you and after you settle down, you are served a welcome Champagne drink while we start cruising slowly along the Canal. After a u-turn we come back to the mooring of Poilhes. You can slowly stroll through this lovely village of less than 500 inhabitants before you are proposed some apéritifs… We serve your first dinner onboard and spend the night in Poilhes, our "home mooring".

Suday

On this Sunday morning our guide proposes you a “multi-site” excursion: the City of Béziers, the famous “stair case” of the Nine Locks of Fonsérane, the archeological (6th century BC) site of the Oppidum of Ensérune, and the Malpas Tunnel, the first tunner built in the world for a canal. After the lunch (or during lunch… depending on the weather conditions) you cruise to La Croisade and pass underneath the lowest bridge on the Canal: the famous bridge of Capestang. Mind you head! This 18km cruise is typical with its numerous meanders: yes the Canal actually looks like a River! After this four-hour cruise the dinner is served onboard and you spend the night in a restful place, a stone's throw away from ... an old 17th century stone bridge.

Monday

In the morning we cruise slowly to Le Sommail, one of the most charming villages along the Canal. Should you need a book for the week you can buy one from a unique book shop that has approximately 50 000 second-hand books in stock ... in many different languages! In the afternoon you may chose to relax on the barge, roam around, cycle, etc but we also propose you to visit a wine farm or an olive mill nearby, or any other site that might suit your wishes. At the end of the day you are invited for the Captain's Dinner in a local auberge. It's the perfect opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of a French restaurant!

Tuesday

In the morning you go to one of the best market in the region, in Olonzac. Youcan look and buy anything you wish, from a provençal table cloth to special olives locally grown (well… we have some on board too!). Then the guide takes you to Minerve, a fascinating site and a previously fortified village in a very special rocky environment. Minerve was attacked in 1210 by the terrible army led by Simon de Montfort: the right time for us to tell you everything about the Crusade of the Albigeois in the 13th Century, one of the harshest stories of our past … The afternoon cruise takes you to the typical Minervois village of Roubia for the overnight mooring. The dinner is served onboard.

Wednesday

In the morning you visit a beautiful town, Narbonne. Narbonne is full of Roman history and includes the "Palace of the Archbishop". You will love its Mediterranean and Gothic style. And ... you will be offered lunch there in a typical restaurant that has some fish specialties. After lunch you are driven back to the barge for the afternoon cruise. You pass your first lock after Roubia and we cruise to the port of Homps, one of the busiest harbors in the old times of the Canal commercial era.

Thursday

In the morning you visit the great City of Carcassonne, the biggest medieval City in Europe. You are just fascinated by the size of the walls and the narrow streets inside. You are right there in the middle of French history! There also many shops where you can buy typical souvenirs to bring back to friends or children. After lunch you embark on the last leg of the cruise for the week, from Homps to the area of Puichéric. You pass the last lock of the cruise and you can admire the wooden and iron sculptures made by the most famous lock-keeper on the Canal. The barge is moored just on top of this most beautiful lock. You spend your last night onboard Alegria after the Farewell Dinner prepared by our Chef.   

Friday

After your breakfast, it is unfortunately time to conclude this unforgettable cruise. We transfer you back to the airport or railway station … so that you can continue your adventure in Europe or wherever!!!



The cruise cost includes:

- 7 days and 6 nights onboard Alegria, in double cabins with private shower.
- Transfers from/to the nearest town, Montpellier and Narbonne being the farest accepted destinations from, respectively, Poilhes and Trèbes.

- All meals beginning with dinner on Saturday through breakfast on Friday, including meals in restaurants.

- All drinks, with or without alcohol, served during the stay, as well as the drinks taken from the cabin fridges and the drinks served in restaurants.

- All escorted side-excursions.

- The use of the internet connection onboard Alegria

- The use of bicycles.


The cruise cost does not include:

- The cost of transportation to reach/ or to leave the meeting point as described above.

- The insurances for trip cancellation/ trip interruption (highly recommended) or any other personal insurance.
- Purchases and items of a personal nature.

- Any possible gratuity shared by the crew. Recommended rate is 5% of the cost of the cruise.