Luxury Barge trip aboard Athos - Canal du Midi
  • Total Passengers :10
  • No of Cabins : 5

Available for rent on a 6 day basis Southern France’s premier luxury hotel barge experience. Come cruise the historic Canal du Midi with us!


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Summary:

Length: 103 feet (~30 meters)

Crew: 4

Size of cabins: 77 - 88 sq ft incl. en suite

10 bikes free to use

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Exterior:

The Athos’ outdoor deck is the most spacious and comfortable of any vessel on the Canal du Midi. Dine in the shade of Plane trees or settle into a cushioned, hardwood deck chair for a post-lunch siesta in the warm Mediterranean sun. Feeling adventurous? Take an on-board bicycle and discover what’s up ahead on the towpath, the shore-side trail originally used by horses towing barges.


Saloon:

The salon is a comfortable, intimate place for relaxing with a book, sipping an aperitif, and enjoying a five-course meal.


Cabins:

Each bright cabin, with en-suite bathroom and shower, reflects the understated beauty of the French countryside. Fresh cut flowers and lavender body products are reminders that you’re taking in the best of the South of France.


Gastronomy:

Chef knows that sublime food and wine is a principle reason to come to France, that’s why he’s here! Each meal aboard the Athos is special. Inspired both by the tradition of rich, French cuisine and fresh Mediterranean ingredients, Chef takes passengers on a journey through the very best of the Southern French culinary tradition.

Have a dish or ingredient you’d like to try? Chef is more than happy to serve your favourite meal as you dine under Canal du Midi Plane trees.


Cruise:

Cruising on the Athos awakens the romance and history of the Canal du Midi and Southern France in the heart of the Languedoc. Less well known than neighbouring Provence, but equally charming, Languedoc is a renowned winemaking region that produces more than a third of the grapes in France. But Languedoc is not all AOC wines, open air markets and foie gras. It’s home to some of Europe’s oldest and most breathtaking castles. Whether you’re inspired by good wine, sunflower fields, charming villages or Medieval fortresses, Languedoc will not disappoint.

Choose from special interest cruises and our popular “Best of the Languedoc” route that covers an inspired itinerary. If you’re booking an individual cabin, you’ll enjoy the “Best of the Languedoc” cruise. Special Interest itineraries are available to charter groups with a shared passion for wine, painting, golf or tennis. These cruises integrate the “Best of the Languedoc” route with time dedicated for specialty activities.


Itinerary:

Sunday, Day 1 ARGELIERS

You will be met at the designated meeting point in Beziers and transferred to where the Athos awaits you at her mooring in Argeliers. A full-crew Welcome Aboard follows, with champagne and Mediterranean canapés. Once you are settled into your cabin, you will be invited to a 4-course dinner, prepared by our highly acclaimed on board Chef.


Monday, Day 2 ARGELIERS TO LA CROISADE

Enjoy breakfast in a comfortable chair on the upper deck of the hotel barge.  After breakfast we drive to the famous medieval double-walled city of Carcassonne.  Your knowledgeable guide will provide a full tour of this historical place and ensure that you also have time to browse the shops! Return to the hotel barge for a gourmet lunch (perhaps including the famous duck confit stew, cassoulet) and an afternoon's cruise to La Croisade, with plenty of opportunity to walk or bicycle along the towpath. Dinner on board.


Tuesday, Day 3 LA CROISADE TO CAPESTANG

After breakfast we enjoy a tasting at “L’Oulibo”, the local olive oil press. After tasting those organic and wholesome olives accompanied by a glass of rosé, we take a short drive up the Gorge de la Cesse and into the hilltop village of Minerve.  Your guide will regale you with the harrowing tale of the Cathar siege launched at Minerve during the 13th century.  Relax after lunch on board, whilst we cruise to Capestang, or you can enjoy a wine tasting at a local château, such as Château Cabezac. Return to the hotel barge for dinner on board and admire the floodlit Collegiale St.Etienne.


Wednesday, Day 4 CAPESTANG TO FONSERANNES

After breakfast, we take a side-trip to the weekly morning market in Narbonne. Even for non-shoppers, Narbonne offers much entertainment.  Explore an excavated portion of the original Roman road, the Via Domitia, visit the Roman Museum, discover the beauty of St. Juste Cathedral or simply relax at one of the many cafés.  Return to Athos for lunch on board and then we begin our cruise to Fonserannes.  From our mooring tonight you will have a glorious view of the town of Beziers and the Cathedral St. Nazaire.  Dinner on board.


Thursday, Day 5 FONSERANNES TO PORTIRAGNES

This morning we drive to the old market town of Pezenas, which was the first seat of the Languedoc court.  The architecture is particular to the town because of the “Hotels Particuliers” or mansions belonging to the noble families who followed the Court.  It is filled with artisans’ shops, including painters, hat makers, and costume designers.  Once again, your guide makes sure that there is time to browse, as well as learning about the history.  After lunch we begin our negotiation of a 17thC feat of engineering, Fonserranes Lock Staircase. The crew expertly tie her up in each lock, and wait for the gates to close safely behind her before the water levels empty out and allow her to pass from one lock into the next.  Then we traverse the 18thC aqueduct over the River Orb.  The paved towpath and the many locks leading to our mooring make it an ideal afternoon for walking or cycling alongside the barge. Dinner on board.


Friday, Day 6 PORTIRAGNES TO MARSEILLAN

This morning, we get underway earlier than usual, cruising through the area known as the “Petite Camargue”. Bird watchers should look out for the local species such as pink flamingos, African Rollers and Bee Eaters. After passing through the exceptional “round lock” at Agde, a spectacular and appropriate seafood lunch awaits you, as you enter the open-waters of the Etang de Thau.  The Etang hosts Europe's largest mussel and oyster beds. As we moor in the port at Marseillan, you will notice the enclosure which makes up the Noilly Prat vermouth distillery.  End a perfect day with a fascinating tour of the distillery and, if you choose, a taste of Noilly Prat before the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.


Saturday, Day 7 MARSEILLAN

After breakfast disembark Athos and transfer to the designated drop off point in Beziers.


The cruise cost includes:

6 nights accommodation in an air-conditioned, en-suite cabin

All gourmet meals, wines, all-day open bar, soft drinks etc

Daily excursions by chauffeured, air-conditioned mini-bus

Use of all barge facilities  e.g. bicycles

Transfer back to designated drop off point the following Saturday morning

Admittance fees as per the itinerary

Services of a professional, experienced crew