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Alegria
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€15,300 Per Charter

Luxe 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
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Up to €2,295 per charter*
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From
€15,300 Per Charter

Luxe 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
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Up to €2,295 per charter*
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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

  • Explore the city of Beziers including the famous Nine Locks of Fonserane.
  • Cruise along the village of Le Somail.
  • Visit a local market in Olonzac.
  • Discover the historic, fortified village of Minerve.
  • Explore the town of Narbonne including the Palace of the Archbishop.
  • Tour the famous, medieval city of Carcassonne.


Inclusions

  • Transfer from the railway station or the nearest airport and return
  • Accommodation in a cabin fitted with a king size bed or two single beds
  • Service in the cabin, the use of a bar-fridge and the complimentary drinks inside, a kettle and tray with teas and coffee.
  • All meals served both on board Alegria and in outside restaurants (two meals with the Week Cruise; one with the Discovery Cruise). All the pre-drinks and beverages with the meals.
  • Open bar: all drinks offered on board Alegria
  • Excursions as mentioned above, including the guide and the entrance fees
  • Use of a computer with internet connections, free of charge, through a 3G+ USB modem
  • Use of bicycles and stand-up paddle


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) , ou 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

  • Length: 100 feet (30 meters)
  • Width: 16 feet(5 meters)
  • 4 passengers
  • Captain and 4 crew (hostess, chef, tour guide & deck hand)
  • 2 cabins
  • Each cabin includes a 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 drier, bath robes
  • Lounge and dining area
  • 2 decks
  • Heated pool on deck
  • 4 bikes (free use)
Dates & Prices 

Rates for 2017

15% off on July 22 & 29; August 5 & 19

Departure Dates Charter Rate for 4 ppl Discounted Rate
July 1 & 8 17,000 Euros  
July 15 15,300 Euros  
July 22, 29 15,300 Euros 13,005 Euros
August 5, 19 15,300 Euros 13,005 Euros
August 12 15,300 Euros  
August 26 17,000 Euros  
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.

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