HOTEL BARGES / ALOUETTE
Sunday - Béziers .
Meet your crew for a Champagne reception.
Cruise to the pretty village of Colombières .
Come evening dine on regional specialties.
Monday - Visit Abbaye de Fontfroide . Cruise to Capestang .
Visit Abbaye de Fontfroide , a Cistercian monastery founded in the 11th century. The abbey has been lovingly restored with a peaceful garden and cloister.
Lunch is followed by an afternoon cruising the beautiful Canal du Midi to Capestang .
Dine on board.
Tuesday - Tour Oppidum d'Enserune . Cruise to Le Somail .
Visit Oppidum d'Ensérune , a pre-Roman hilltop settlement.
Look over Montady pond, a spectacular 13th-century sunburst-shaped network of furrows. Stop at a local wine producer for a tasting.
Lunch on board is followed by an afternoon watching the beauty of the Canal du Midi slip by.
Enjoy a delicious dinner on board.
Wednesday - Visit Narbonne
and the market. Cruise to Homps
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 seafood bistro next to the market before cruising to Homps .
Dine on board.
Thursday - Visit Minerve. Cruise to Trebes.
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 . Stop at Peyriac-Minervois for a wine tasting.
Lunch on board, then relax on deck, or walk or cycle along the towpath.
Dine on board, moored at pretty Trèbes village.
Friday - Cruise to Carcassonne . Visit 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, enjoy a farewell gala dinner.
Saturday - Carcassonne .
Have breakfast before the crew bids you farewell and you disembark.
Cruise directions and sample itineraries may be in reverse and are subject to change and may depend on bookings and local navigation conditions. Alternate excursions of equal appeal are substituted when needed. For charter cruises special itineraries can be arranged.