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Carcassonne to Béziers (7 Days)

Cruise Line: Belmond Cruises
Carcassonne, France to Béziers, France
Carcassonne, France

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.

Carcassonne, France
Trèbes, France

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 an afternoon cruise to Trèbes on the beautiful Canal du Midi.

Trèbes, France

Spend the morning relaxing on deck, or walk or cycle along the towpath. After lunch, 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. Dinner is served on board, while the barge is moored at pretty village of Trèbes.

Narbonne, France
Le Somail, France

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 Le Somail.

Le Somail, France
L’Abbaye de Fontfroide, France
Château Auris, France
Le Somail, France
Capestang, France

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 Capestang, admiring the beautiful Canal du Midi along the way.

Béziers, France
L'Oppidum d'Ensérune, France
Béziers, France

Cruise to Béziers then visit Oppidum d'Ensérune, an important pre-Roman hilltop settlement. Enjoy views down to Étang de Montady, a spectacular 13th-century sunburst-shaped reclaimed wetland. Stop at a local wine producer for a tasting. Then return to the barge for lunch, before spending the afternoon watching the beauty of the Canal du Midi slip by. Once evening falls, enjoy a delicious farewell gala dinner onboard.

Béziers, France

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

Carcassonne to Béziers map

About the Ship

Belmond Afloat in France - Hirondelle
Belmond Afloat in France - Belmond Alouette

The most intimate of the fleet, Belmond Alouette is perfect for small groups and romantic holidays. Two exquisitely decorated cabins accommodate up to four guests, each en-suite with a choice of double or twin beds. Dine on authentic cuisine prepared by cordon bleu chefs and marvel at classic French scenery as you glide along the Canal du Midi.

What's Included


  • Sun deck with a 360˚ view, sun loungers, table and parasol

  • Lounge and dining area

  • Bose iPod docking station

  • Selection of books, games, satellite TV, DVDs and CDs

  • WiFi and computer with internet access

  • Exclusive service and dining onboard will be provided throughout all journeys.

  • Choice of excursions

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