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Belmond Alouette: BÉZIERS TO CARCASSONNE

Your Journey

Explore Europe’s largest fortress, lively local markets and atmospheric abbeys.

Includes

Table d’hôte meals and complimentary beverages

All excursions including exclusive use of onboard bicycles

Private guide

Return transfer from Paris

Itinerary

01

Beziers

Step aboard and meet your crew for a champagne reception.

Your glamorous journey commences as you cruise to the pretty village of Colombières. Come evening, dine on delicious regional specialties.

02

Capestang

After lunch visit Abbaye de Fontfroide, a Cistercian monastery founded in the 11th century. The abbey has been lovingly restored with a peaceful garden and cloister. This will be followed by a wine tasting at the local domaine.

Return to the barge and spend a serene afternoon cruising the beautiful Canal du Midi to Capestang. Dinner is served on deck.

03

Le Somail

The barge will cruise to Le Somail, one of the prettiest moorings along the canal, which attracts a host of local artists displaying their wares. After lunch, accompany your guide on a short drive to a local olive mill, where you can uncover the farmer’s secrets with a private demonstration and tasting. Return to the barge for dinner.

04

Narbonne

Visit the colourful morning market in Narbonne and help choose ingredients for dinner. Enjoy the city’s fine architecture, shaded boulevards and riverside location.

Have lunch at a wonderful bistro next to the market before cruising to Homps. Return to the barge in the evening, and enjoy time at leisure before dinner.

05

Minerve

After breakfast, travel to Minerve, an ancient village set on a cliff overlooking vineyards. Discover the historic ruined castle, once captured by Simon de Montfort. 

Return to the barge for lunch. Walk or cycle along the towpath, or simply relax on deck. Moor at the pretty village of Trèbes and savour a delicious dinner ashore.

06

Carcassonne

Explore Carcassonne, Europe's largest medieval fortress. See the stunning views towards the Pyrenees from the battements and castellated walls.

Visit the cathedral, with its remarkable stained glass, Romanesque nave and Gothic transepts. Back on board, a farewell gala dinner awaits.

07

Carcassonne

Savour a final breakfast aboard before the crew bids you farewell and you disembark.

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