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.
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
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.
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….
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…..
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….
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.
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.
|Accommodation||Low Season||High Season|
|Seasons||April 1–28 / October 14–27||May 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|