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Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • Two cabins with ensuite shower bath
  • All with choice of one King or two twin beds
  • Rive Gauche Cabin – 220 sq feet
  • Rive Droite Cabin – 190 sq feet
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Also in Each Cabin
  • Mini fridge
  • Heated towel rails
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  • Outside/inside entrance to cabins
  • Large porthole
Public Area
  • 100 Feet Long
  • Satellite TV, DVD and CD player
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Available for use at no charge
  • 1 dining deck and
  • 1 sunning deck
  • Heated swimming pool
  • 4 Topbike mountain bikes
  • 21 speed

Itineraries

Travel from Beziers to Puicheric on the Canal du Midi

Saturday
Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Poilhes
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In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Alegria at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in the petite hamlet of Poihiles, population 500. A traditional champagne welcome awaits you, and after settling in, enjoy a short evening cocktail cruise. After returning back to Poihiles, the first of many gourmet dinners is presented.

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Sunday
Famous Staircase Locks of Fonserannes
Travel: Poilhes to La Croisade
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's sightseeing is a series of excursions: the city of Beziers; the famous “staircase” of the Nine Locks of Fonserane; the 6th century B.C.E. site of the Oppidum of Enserune; and the Malpas Tunnel, the first canal tunnel built in the world. In the afternoon, a cruise to La Croisade passes underneath the lowest bridge on the Canal: the famous bridge of Capestang. Relax on the deck and admire the passing scenery. Tonight, Chef presents another gourmet dinner onboard.

Monday
Dinner Out at a Local Auberge
Travel: La Croisade to Le Somail
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

During the morning cruise, bicycle or walk along the canal, or rest on deck. Upon mooring, your Tour Guide will escort you to a charming village, Le Somail. Bookworms are invited to browse a unique book shop with approximately 50,000 second-hand books. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to local vineyard or a nearby olive pressoir – the choice is yours. Tonight's dinner is very special, as it is taken ashore at a local bistro, allowing for an authentic taste of the region's many specialties.

Tuesday
A Marvelous Market and Medieval Minerve
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Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A visit to a lively local market in Olonzac begins the day. Shop right alongside the locals for seasonal fruits, colorful vegetables, artisan breads, and spice blends. Your Tour Guide then escorts you to Minerve, a preserved Medieval city with fascinating social, historical, and military import. After exploring the village, your Tour Guide returns you to Alegria for an unhurried afternoon cruise. Relax on deck with a drink and admire the passing scenery. Cocktails and a gourmet dinner are served.

Wednesday
A Capital of the Canal du Midi
Travel: Roubia to Homps
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

The morning begins with a visit to Narbonne, a regional capital established in 118 B.C.E. as a Roman colony. A study of European history and local modernity thriving side by side, preserved Roman ruins are reverentially presented in public spaces, while the lively Narbonne market reflects the region’s gastronomic bounty. After lunch ashore at a charming local bistro, your Tour Guide chauffeurs you back to the barge for an afternoon cruise. Take a dip in the plunge pool before tonight's gourmet dinner.

Thursday
Captivating Carcassone
Travel: Homps to Puicheric
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to Carcassonne, a fortified Medieval fortress with a walled city. Explore 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. A festive cocktail hour and Farewell Feast ends the cruise in style.

Friday
A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Carcassonne
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point.

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

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • Asparagus Wrapped in Jambon de Bayonne, Confit Pancetta, “Baconaisse”
  • Sole, Endive and Radish Salad, Caper Vinaigrette
  • Summer Fruit and Cassis Clafouti
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas and Biscuits
  • 1 Lunch Ashore Inclusive of the cruise rate
Dinner
  • Pea and Asparagus Soup with Prawns
  • Duck Breast with a Peppercorn Sauce
  • Cheeses: Brie de Meaux and Tomme Noire des Pyrenees
  • Creme Brulee
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • 1 Dinner Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
Wine
  • Vin de Pays du Val Montferrand Bergerie L’ Hortus 2010
  • Côtes du Rousillon Villages, Domaine Gardiès Le Clos des Vignes 2008
  • Coteaux du Languedoc Domaine Les Aurelles, Déella 2008
  • Coteaux du Languedoc AOC Château de Cazeneuve Le Roc des Mates 2006
  • Vin Doux Naturel Banyuls Les Clos de Paulilles, Cap Bear 2007
  • Vin Doux Naturel Muscat de Saint Jean de Minervois
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Rates & Dates

Come back soon to see the upcoming schedule and rates for this cruise.

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