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Belmond Alouette: CARCASSONNE TO BÉZIERS

Your Journey

Tour ruined castles and restored monasteries, enjoy exquisite wine tastings.

Includes

Table d’hôte meals and complimentary beverages

All excursions including exclusive use of onboard bicycles

Private guide

Return transfer from Paris

Itinerary

01

Carcassonne

Step aboard and get to know your crew and guide over a champagne reception before your journey begins.

Later, feast on the region's seasonal dishes, paired with fine wines.

02

Carcassonne

This morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast as you cruise to Marseillette. After lunch explore Carcassonne, Europe's largest medieval fortress. See stunning views of the Pyrenees from the battements and castellated walls.

Visit the cathedral with its remarkable stained glass, Romanesque nave and Gothic transepts. Then return to the barge for dinner on board.

03

Minerve

After breakfast, visit Minerve, an ancient village set on a cliff overlooking vineyards. Discover the historic ruined castle, once captured by Simon de Montfort. After, stop off at Peyriac-Minervois for a wine tasting.

Return to the barge for lunch, spend the afternoon relaxing on deck as you cruise towards Homps.

Dinner will be ashore, while the barge is moored at Homps.

04

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 boat for dinner.

05

Capestang

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 Capestang.

06

Beziers

Discover l'Abbaye de Fontfroide, an 11th-century Cistercian monastery. The abbey has been lovingly restored with a peaceful garden and cloister.

On the way back stop at Château Auris for a wine tasting. Lunch is followed by a cruise to Beziers, admiring the beautiful Canal du Midi along the way.

07

Beziers

Have breakfast before the crew bids you farewell and you disembark for your onward travel arrangements.

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