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Alegria
From
€15,300 Per Charter

Ultra Luxury Class

 

The exceptional Alegria is a barge of the Freyssinet type, built in 1937. She is the ideal cruising along Canal Du Midi. 

  • Country / Region
    France / Canal du Midi
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    BTALE0816
  • Itinerary
    Poilhes to Puicheric
  • Cabins
    2
  • Max Passengers
    4
From
€15,300 Per Charter

Ultra Luxury Class

 

The exceptional Alegria is a barge of the Freyssinet type, built in 1937. She is the ideal cruising along Canal Du Midi. 

  • Country / Region
    France / Canal du Midi
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    BTALE0816
  • Itinerary
    Poilhes to Puicheric
  • Cabins
    2
  • Max Passengers
    4
Description 
  • Cruise Highlights
    ItineraryItinerary Cruise between Beziers and Carcassonne or vice versa. AccommodationAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomActivityActivity Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary MealsMeals All meals included - authentic French cuisine and regional specialities plus a selection of fine winesDrinksDrinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksInclusionInclusion Sun deck with spa poolTransportation Transportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions ActivityActivity Use of bicyclesTransfersTransfers Transfer from the airport/hotel or train station to the bargeInclusionInclusion WiFi on board

Summary

MS Alegria is known as the Canal Du Midi's boutique barge. She allows passage through the smaller locks of the famous canal. The spacious ship boasts an an attractive, modern decor with three lifts serving all decks. This barge is a perfect choice for small groups seeking personalized services and attention to detail.


Travel along the charming villages on the Canal du Midi and discover the many remains from the Roman times. 
 

Cruise Highlights

  • All-inclusive 6-night/7-day cruise
  • Daily excursions and entry fees to:
    • Carcassonne, Europe’s largest fortified medieval town
    • Minerve, an ancient village on the edge of a limestone cliff, classed as one of the ‘most beautiful villages of France’
    • Narbonne, Roman city including its Archbishop’s Palace
    • Cruise through the Malpas tunnel, excavated in 1679 to allow the passage of the Canal du Midi
    • Olonzac village to visit the local market
    • Local wineries for wine tasting
  • All gourmet meals and open-bar 24/7
  • Attentive service from 5 crew members
  • Transfers between Beziers or Narbonne and Alegria
  • Cruise from April to October/Saturday departures
  • Short cruise available from 3 nights
  • This barge is only available to be fully chartered for the exclusive use of your group (minimum 2 passengers)


Pick-up & Drop-off Points

  • Pick-up: In Beziers train station or airport at 4:00 pm
  • Drop-off: Train station or airport after breakfast

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Itinerary 

Poilhes to Puicheric (or reverse)

Day 1, Saturday
We have the pleasure of welcoming you at the airport or at the railway station (from 4:00 pm) and transferring you to Alegria, moored in Poilhes, 10 miles from Béziers. 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".

Day 2, Sunday
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 18 km 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.

Day 3, 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.

Day 4, Tuesday
In the morning, you go to one of the best market in the region, in Olonzac. You can look and buy anything you wish, from a provençal table cloth to special olives locally grown (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.

Day 5, 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. 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.

Day 6, 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.

Day 7, Friday
After your breakfast, it is unfortunately time to conclude this unforgettable cruise. We transfer you back to the airport or railway station.

Note: Tandem cruises can be organised. Contact us for more information.

Barge Details 

Alegria Deck Plan

Alegria deck plan

Alegria deck plan

  • 5 crew
  • 31 metres long
  • 2 twin/king suites (18-21 sqm)
  • Air-conditioned
  • Centrally heated
  • Sundeck with heated plunge pool
  • 4 bicycles available on board
  • CD Player, iPod dock, library, Bluetooth loudspeaker
  • Wi-Fi (subject to local reception)
  • Air-conditioned minibus
Dates & Prices 

Rates for 2017

Departure Dates Charter Rate for 4 ppl
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 17,000 Euros
October 7 17,000 Euros
October 14 15,300 Euros

Rates for 2018

Departure Date Charter 4 ppl
March 31 15,300 Euros
April 7, 14 15,300 Euros
April 21, 28 17,000 Euros
May 5, 12, 19, 26 17,000 Euros
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 17,000 Euros
July 7 17, 000 Euros
July 14, 21, 28 15,300 Euros
August 4, 11 15,300 Euros
August 18, 25 17,000 Euros
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 17,000 Euros
October 6 17,000 Euros
October 13, 20 15,300 Euros

Terms & Conditions

Prices shown in Euros and will be converted in Australian Dollar (AUD) at time of payment using a daily ROE. An initial deposit of 30% of the total cruise fare for cabin or charter is payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 100 days as per our terms and conditions and as specified in our confirmation invoice, which will be despatched when the booking form has been processed. Cancellation policy applies to all bookings.

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