Béziers to Carcassonne (7 Days)

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

Step aboard and meet your crew for a champagne reception. Your glamorous journey commences as you cruise to the pretty village of Colombiers. Come evening, dine on delicious regional specialties.

Colombiers, France
L’Abbaye de Fontfroide, France
Colombiers, France
Capestang, France

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 a serene afternoon spent cruising the beautiful Canal du Midi to Capestang. Dinner is served on deck.

Capestang, France
L'Oppidum d'Ensérune, France
Capestang, France

Visit Oppidum d'Ensérune, a pre-Roman hilltop settlement. Look over Étang de Montady, a spectacular 13th-century sunburst-shaped reclaimed wetland. Stop at a local wine producer for a tasting. Lunch onboard is followed by an afternoon watching the beauty of the Canal du Midi slip by. Once evening settles, dinner is served.

Narbonne, France
Homps, 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 seafood bistro next to the market before cruising to Homps. Return to the barge in the evening, and enjoy time at leisure before dinner.

Homps, France
Minerve, France
Peyriac-minervois, France
Homps, France
Trèbes, France

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. 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.

Carcassonne, France

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 onboard, a farewell gala dinner awaits.

Carcassonne, France

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

Béziers to Carcassonne map

About the Ship

Alouette - Belmond Afloat in France
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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