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Alegria

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Overview

Alegria is an Ultra-Deluxe category barge. It is available for private charter only.

This barge is perfect for: Group of friends, Couples, Excellent Cycling/Walking, Exceptional historic interest, Beautiful scenery.

Welcome aboard the French Hotel Barge Alegria for an exclusive vacation cruise on the Canal du Midi!

Imagine yourselves… cruising the tranquil waterways of France aboard the beautiful modern and unique Alegria, pampered by your crew…

Alegria is an exceptionally beautiful, exquisitely decorated barge designed for the ultimate luxury cruise for 2 – 4 people. Perfect for two discerning couples, or a small family, to enjoy a personalised, exclusive cruise holiday in this most beautiful of regions! A dedicated crew of five, led by the delightful captain/owner Olivier, whose attention to detail is unsurpassed. This cruise itinerary is designed to offer a week of relaxation, gastronomy, excellent wines, fascinating culture and great landscapes. Every day is a new day of discoveries … and of unexpected surprises!

One of the numerous unique features of Alegria is the small pool on deck which can be a delightful respite on the hotter Mediterranean days, or heated for the cooler evenings.

Another is that the kitchen can be either open onto the lounge or closed, depending on whether the chef will allow you to watch him prepare his secret dishes … but don’t despair, he sometimes does share his secrets with you!!!

THIS EXCLUSIVE BOUTIQUE BARGE OFFERS A WEEK OF BARGING ON THE BEAUTIFUL CANAL DU MIDI THAT WILL REMAIN IN YOUR MEMORY FOREVER!

ALEGRIA AT A GLANCE:

4 GUESTS – CHARTER ONLY

2 EXTRA-LARGE SUITES, EXQUISITELY DECORATED AND APPOINTED

MINIBAR IN EACH CABIN

DVD & CD PLAYERS

LUXURIOUS SALON AND DINING AREA WITH HUGE PORTHOLE WINDOWS AND LEATHER COUCHES, BEAUTIFUL ART WORK

BEAUTIFUL SUN-FILLED DECK AREA WITH SMALL PLUNGE POOL (WHICH CAN BE HEATED) & OUTDOOR SETTING

5 DEDICATED CREW

30.5 METRES LONG

BICYCLES FOR EACH GUEST

AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING

AIR CONDITIONED MINIBUS FOR EXCURSIONS

Itinerary

Cruise Itinerary

SATURDAY – POILHES
We have the pleasure of welcoming you at the airport or at the railway station (from 4pm) and transfering you to Alegria, moored in Poilhes. 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”.

SUNDAY – BEZIERS
On this Sunday morning our guide proposes 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) you cruise to La Croisade and pass underneath the lowest bridge on the Canal: the famous bridge of Capestang. Mind you head! This 18km 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.

MONDAY – LE SOMMAIL
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!

TUESDAY – OLONZAC, MINERVE, ROUBIA
In the morning you go to one of the best market in the region, in Olonzac. Youcan look and buy anything you wish, from a provençal table cloth to special olives locally grown (well… 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.

WEDNESDAY – NARBONNE, HOMPS
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. And … 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.

THURSDAY – CARCASSONNE, PUICHERIC
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.

FRIDAY
After your breakfast, it is unfortunately time to conclude this unforgettable cruise. We transfer you back to the airport or railway station … so that you can continue your adventure in Europe!!!

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

Prices

2018 PRICES

Value Season High Season
Charter 2 guests whole boat: €15,000 €16,500
Charter 3 guests whole boat: €15,300 €17,000
Charter 4 guests whole boat: €15,800 €17,500

Note all our prices are in euros. We convert to Australian dollars at current exchange rates on the day of payment of deposit/full payment.

Alegria departs on a Saturday and is also available for a “Discovery Cruise” of 3 nights/4 days at €9,800 for 2, 3 or 4 guests.

Departure Dates 2018:

Value Season: March 31 – April 14;  July 14 – August 11; October 13 – 20.
High Season: April 21 – July 07; August 18 – October 06;

Price is all-inclusive – inclusions are:

  • 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. The use of a computer with internet connections, free of charge, through a 3G+ USB modem
  • The use of bicycles.
  • And above all … the surprises or gifts that await you and that will not be disclosed in advance …!
Gallery Floorplan

ALEGRIA FLOORPLAN

 

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