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  • Region: Canal du Midi
  • Barge: Athos
  • Style: Charter & Individual
  • Rating: 3 Stars

ATHOS

Cruise on the Canal du Midi

The Athos is an historic Canal du Midi barge specially designed to navigate the Canal du Midi’s narrow waterway and low 17th century bridges. Athos was built in 1964 as a commercial grain and wine barge.  In 1982 it was eventually converted into a luxury hotel barge and renovated again in 2007 when it was fully equipped with modern luxuries.  As one of the few traditional Canal du Midi barges left on the canal, cruising on the Athos awakens the romance and history of the Canal du Midi and Southern France.

 

ONBOARD

The Athos Barge

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

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.

 

ITINERARY

The best of Langedoc

Monday

Arrival in Bezier

Upon arrival in Beziers, you’ll be chauffeured to the Athos at her mooring in the charming Argeliers port, located at the southern edge of the Haut-Minervois. Champagne reception and gourmet canapés await. Once settled in to your cabin, you’ll enjoy a four-course dinner under the Plane trees and overlooking an original 18th century stone bridge

Tuesday

Travel: Capestang & Carcassonne

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Athos at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in the holiday port of Marseillan. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first of many gourmet dinners onboard.

Wednesday

Travel: Regismont le Haut & Minerve

Ever wanted to see how olive oil was made in the old-fashioned way?  A morning drive to the local olive pressoir will be informative and tasty!  From the Oulibo, your guide drives you through the spectacular scenery of the Gorge de la Cesse and into the magical hilltop village of Minerve, where important events in Languedoc Cathar history left their mark….

Thursday

Travel: Fonserannes & Narbonne

Your Languedoc experience would not be complete without a visit to a French market. That’s what we’ll do in the charming town of Narbonne. We’ll also explore an excavated original Roman road, take-in the Roman Museum and enjoy a cafe au lait while blending in with the town’s lively cafe scene. The week’s cruising highlight is the Fonserannes, the seven staircase locks at Beziers…..

Friday

Travel: Portiragnes and Pezenas

Your family’s experience in the Languedoc would not be complete without a visit to a French open-air market and covered food market.  We’ll do just this in the pleasant town of Narbonne.  You’ll also see the excavated Roman Road, the Via Domitia, the extensive Roman museum, and enjoy a cafe au last while blending in with the crowd.  The week’s cruising highlight is the Fonserannes the seven staircase locks at Beziers….

Saturday

Travel: Portiragnes & Marseillan

Active family members might like to cycle to the Mediterranean for a morning swim (only a quick 2kms away), and then pedal to catch up to the cruising barge at one of the bridges towards Agde. Athos comes to her final mooring in Marseillan Port.  Your guide offers a choice of activities:  a game of tennis on the clay courts at the Marseillan Tennis club, or a tour and tasting at Noilly Prat vermouth distillery.

Food and Wine

Enjoy the Local Flavours

The Languedoc is home to a great diversity of food and culinary traditions, all of which feature exceptional local ingredients. The warm summer sun and rich terroir produce some of Europe’s best peaches, plums, leeks, tomatoes, rosemary, thyme, and of course wines. Chef sources local ingredients at open-air markets and uses only the best Languedoc meats. Eating fresh, in-season produce is a Southern French delight and we want you to experience it in every Athos dish.

Spring Menu

sample
  • Grilled spring asparagus, peas and broad beans topped with a perfect poached egg and hollandaise sauce
  • Fragrant thyme, parsley and rosemary crusted rack of lamb served alongside
  • Provencal Ratatouille and steamed new potatoes
  • Roquefort

Summer Menu

sample
  • Mediterranean Oyster Medley: Tempura battered, Kilpatrick and on the half shell with shallot and red wine vinaigrette
  • Sea bass filet served with a bright Sauce Vierge on a bed of courgette ribbons, basil pine nuts and parmesan. Crowned with a courgette flower fritter
  • L’Ecu, fresh Combebelle Goat’s cheese
  • Delightful filo millefeuille served with fresh strawberries, berry compote, mascarpone cream and strawberry honey sorbet

Fall Menu

sample
  • Roasted squash soup spiced with a garlic and girolles mushrooms fricasse
  • Classic French duck breast in a rich current and red wine reduction, with panfried foie gras and local steamed greens
  • Ossau Iraty
  • Plum and frangipane tart served with roasted almond ice cream

2018 Rates

Athos
AccommodationLow SeasonHigh Season
SeasonsApril 1–28 / October 14–27May 1–October 14
Private Charter (up to 6 guests)$49,700$56,00
Private Charter (up to 8 guests)$53,200$61,200
Private Charter (up to 10 guests)$56,700$64,200
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)$6,100$6,750
Single-Occupancy Supplement$2,100$2,300

What's Included

During your Cruise
  • A six-night stay (Sunday-Saturday) beginning with a champagne reception
  •  Our expert Captain who looks after all aspects of navigation 
  • Athos hostesses prepare and serve a continental breakfast each morning, and look after passengers’ needs  Chef prepares superb lunches and dinners for you each day 
  • A fully stocked complimentary bar of wines and spirits available to passengers at any reasonable time 
  • The Athos Tour Guide takes you on daily excursions and tours to places of historical interest 
  • Transfers to and from the Athos at the beginning and end of your cruise 
  • Use of Athos bicycles 

Designing your Cruise

Charter or Individual
INDIVIDUALS & SMALL GROUPS GROUPS AND FAMILIES

For several weeks each season, we offer cruises for individuals and couples who would like to join other passengers for their Athos cruise. A two-cabin booking minimum is required for this “hotelstyle” week.

 SMALL GROUPS GROUPS AND FAMILIES

Organizing a family reunion or a special getaway with your closest friends? You can book the entire boat for groups of six or more.

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