Please bear in mind that Alegria - as all the barges on the Canal - will cruise at between 4 and 6 kms/hour depending on the meanders of the Canal and the traffic. 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!!
When you look at the itinerary below you might be surprised that no Wine Tasting or Cellar Tour is planned... Do not worry!!!! Our Languedoc region offers many treasures of the local great wine makers. Depending on your taste and your willingness to discover some of them, we will personalize each cruise including visits which will appeal to you. The day is always long enough to allow time for this. Our schedule, as you can read below, is not very heavy. Some wine makers have also committed to coming on board Alegria to give you a personalized wine tasting.
The itinerary will be similar to the one below, but it can be changed according to your taste or due to unforeseeable circumstances. (This itinerary is therefore not to be considered as binding.) The same itinerary can also be done the other way round, Carcassonne to Béziers
The gastronomy aboard Alegria will vary a lot... You will taste some typical French local dishes as well as the best French gastronomy. Every meal will be accompanied by different wines, both local (the St-Chinian, Minerve, Corbières are more and more renowned) and from other regions of France (Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire, etc...). Straight from our Wine Fridge on board you will never be offered the same wine twice during the week (unless you insist on drinking again one that you particularly loved!)...
For your added pleasure we set your table with different services for breakfast, lunch and dinner: from the festive one through the ethnic one to the classic one. When weather permits you have your meal outside on the deck.
- Our Chef will directly cater for you and might also teach some tips when he prepares a dish.
- And... we will also offer you some meals outside the barge in some excellent restaurants!
During the week you can count on at least two meals outside the barge... We will talk about
all these possibilities once you are on board, while you are holding a glass of Champagne...
H I G H L I G H T S & E X C U R S I O N S
C A N A L du M I D I
The main highlight on the Canal du Midi is the 17th Century marvel of the Canal du Midi, itself! With its 328 works and 45 000 trees linking the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean - traversing a remote, unspoilt, countryside of the pristine Languedoc region, now world famous for its sophisticated wines - and then there are many more highlights.
SUNDAY/ CAPESTANG AND LA CROISADE
We spend the night in a restful place a stone's throw away from ... an old 17th century stone bridge.
MONDAY/ LE SOMAIL AND ROUBIA
The evening and the night are spent along the Canal near Roubia.
After the afternoon cruise you'll be offered a dinner "à terre", off the barge. It's the perfect opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of a French restaurant!
We spend the night in the beautiful area of Homps, a significant harbor on the Canal.
After lunch we drive back to the barge for the afternoon leg, up to Puicheric, where we'll stay for the night
After lunch we embark on the last leg of the cruise for the week, from Puicheric to the area of Trebes. We spend the last night there after the "Captain's Farewell Dinner".
Year 2013 Rates in US Dollars