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Athos
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€3,750 Per Person

Premier Class

 

Athos was built in 1964 and used to transport commercial goods such as sand, grain and wine. She was converted into a luxury hotel barge in 1982. Athos cruises along the historic Canal du Midi from Argeliers to Marseillan.

  • Country / Region
    France / Canal du Midi
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    BTATH0816
  • Itinerary
    Argeliers to Marseillan
  • Cabins
    5
  • Max Passengers
    10
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Up to €1,700 per couple*
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From
€3,750 Per Person

Premier Class

 

Athos was built in 1964 and used to transport commercial goods such as sand, grain and wine. She was converted into a luxury hotel barge in 1982. Athos cruises along the historic Canal du Midi from Argeliers to Marseillan.

  • Country / Region
    France / Canal du Midi
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    BTATH0816
  • Itinerary
    Argeliers to Marseillan
  • Cabins
    5
  • Max Passengers
    10
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Up to €1,700 per couple*
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Description 
  • Cruise Highlights
    ItineraryItinerary Cruise between Argeliers and Marseillan.AccommodationAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomActivityActivity Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary MealsMeals All meals included - authentic French cuisine and regional specialities plus a selection of fine winesDrinksDrinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksInclusionInclusion Sun deckTransportation Transportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions ActivityActivity Use of bicyclesBonusBonus Each cabin booked receives a free signed copy of French Odyssey by Rick Stein.InclusionInclusion WiFi on boardActivityActivity Wine tasting sessions

Summary

The beautiful, 10-passenger Athos five cabins with en-suite facilities, a spacious saloon, dining area and bar. The sun deck is the perfect area to relax and get to know the other passengers. Learn French history with the barge’s friendly, English-speaking crew.

 

Receive a free signed copy of French Odyssey, one per cabin booked.

 

Cruise Highlights

  • Discover Carcassonne, a fortified city known for Cite de Carcassonne
  • Wine tasting at a local château
  • Visit Pézenas
  • Pass through Fonserannes locks
  • Explore Narbonne and its Archbishop’s Palace
  • Cross the 18th-century  Orb canal bridge
  • Great towpath for walking and cycling

 

Inclusions

  • Transfers between Beziers and the hotel barge
  • Luxury 6 night cruise
  • All meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef
  • Open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. All wines served throughout the cruise
  • Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary
  • Services of 5 crew
  • Use of barge facilities which includes 10 bicycles
  • A small library of books and maps
  • Boules
  • Binoculars for watching the bird life

 

Pick-up & Drop-off Points

Approximate transfer duration between Beziers & Athos = 30 minutes


For cabin and charter bookings:

  • Pick-up point: Your choice of location in Beziers between 4:00 pm and 4:30 pm
  • Drop-off point: Your choice of location in Beziers by 10:00 am

Cruise Cuisine

Regional Specialities
Magret de canard with an orange and ginger reduction, creamy celeriac puree and julienned vegetables of carrots, leeks and florets of broccoli

 

Wine Cellar
Domaine Pierre Cros Les Costes AOC Minervois, Les Costières de Pomerols AOC Coteaux de Languedoc Picpoul de Pinet, Château Mire l'Etang AOC La Clape Rosé

 

Cheese Board
Pélardon; Roquefort Papillon; Cathare au Chèvre; Tomme au Piment d’ Espelette

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Itinerary 

Argeliers to Marseillan

Day 1, Sunday
Meet at the assigned meeting point, and then transfer to Athos moored in Argeliers. You will be welcomed by the captain and his crew with champagne and canapes. Enjoy you first dinner on board prepared by the chef.

Day 2, Monday
After breakfast, visit the medieval fortified city of Carcassonne with a guided tour. You have some time for shopping. Return to the barge for lunch. After lunch, cruise to La Croisade with great opportunity to walk or bike along the towpath. Dinner on board.

Day 3, Tuesday
After breakfast, visit L'Oulibo, a local olive oil pressoir for tasting. After the olive tasting, take a short drive to Gorge de La Cesse and to Minerve, a beautiful village perched on a rocky cliff.

After lunch on board, cruise to Capestang or enjoy a wine tasting at a local château, such as Château Cabezac. Return to the hotel barge for dinner on board and admire the view of Collegiale St. Etienne.

Day 4, Wednesday
After breakfast, enjoy the weekly market in Narbonne. Explore an excavated portion of the first Roman road, Via Domitia. You can visit the Roman Museum and St. Juste Cathedral. Return to the barge for lunch, and then cruise to Fonserannes. Enjoy a game of Pétanque with the crew before dinner on board.

Day 5, Thursday
In the morning, travel to the beautiful old town of Pezenas. The town is filed with 16th to 18th century houses and artisan shops. After lunch, the Fonserannes Lock Staircase, and then navigate the Orb River. This evening’s mooring is outside the small village of Portiragnes. You have another opportunity for walking or biking. Dinner on board.

Day 6, Friday
Start an early morning cruise to the area known as “Petit Camargue”. Look out for the local species such as pink flamingoes, African Rollers and Bee Eaters.

After crossing 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, which boasts Europe's largest mussel and oyster park.

Moor in the port at Marseillan, you will notice the enclosure which makes up the Noilly Prat vermouth distillery. Tour the distillery and if you choose, a tasting of Noilly Pra. Captain’s farewell dinner on board.

Day 7, Saturday
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the assigned drop-off point.

Barge Details 

Athos Deck Plan

Athos deck plan

  • 103 feet long
  • 10 passengers
  • 5 crew
  • 5 twin/double state rooms with en-suite facilities
  • Air-conditioned
  • Centrally Heated
  • CD player/iPod dock
  • Sun deck with spa pool
  • 8 touring bikes
  • 2 air-conditioned minibuses
  • WiFi (Subject to local reception)
Dates & Prices 

Rates of 2017

20% off per cabin on July 30 & October 1
No single supplement on July 30

Departure Dates (Sunday) Stateroom per person Single supplement Book Before
July 23 4,250 Euros 1,450 Euros  
July 30 3,400 Euros None 29 August 2017
August 6, 13, 20, 27 4,250 Euros 1,450 Euros  
September 3, 10, 17, 24 4,250 Euros 1,450 Euros  
October 1 3,400 Euros 1,450 Euros 29 August 2017
October 8, 15, 22 3,750 Euros 1,250 Euros  

Charter (Whole Barge)

10% off per charter on August 13, 20 & 27; October 22

Departure Dates (Sunday) Charter 6 ppl Charter 8 ppl Charter 10 ppl Book Before
July 23, 30 34,800 Euros 37,400 Euros 40,000 Euros  
August 6 34,800 Euros 37,400 Euros 40,000 Euros  
August 13, 20, 27 31,320 Euros 33,660 Euros 36,000 Euros 29 August 2017
September 3, 10, 17, 24 34,800 Euros 37,400 Euros 40,000 Euros  
October 1 34,800 Euros 37,400 Euros 40,000 Euros  
October 8, 15 31,100 Euros 33,300 Euros 35,500 Euros  
October 22 27,990 Euros 29,970 Euros 31,950 Euros 29 August 2017

Rates for 2018

Departure Dates Stateroom per person Single Supplement
April 1, 8, 15, 22 3,860 Euros 1,290 Euros
April 29 4,380 Euros 1,490 Euros
May 6, 13, 20, 27 4,380 Euros 1,490 Euros
June 3, 10, 17, 24 4,380 Euros 1,490 Euros
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 4,380 Euros 1,490 Euros
August 5, 12, 19, 26 4,380 Euros 1,490 Euros
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 4,380 Euros 1,490 Euros
October 7, 14, 21 3,860 Euros 1,290 Euros

Charter (Whole Barge)

Departure Dates Charter 6 ppl Charter 8 ppl Charter 10 ppl
April 1, 8, 15, 22 32,000 Euros 34,300 Euros 36,600 Euros
April 29 35,800 Euros 38,500 Euros 41,200 Euros
May 6, 13, 20, 27 35,800 Euros 38,500 Euros 41,200 Euros
June 3, 10, 17, 24 35,800 Euros 38,500 Euros 41,200 Euros
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 35,800 Euros 38,500 Euros 41,200 Euros
August 5, 12, 19, 26 35,800 Euros 38,500 Euros 41,200 Euros
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 35,800 Euros 38,500 Euros 41,200 Euros
October 7, 14, 21 32,000 Euros 34,300 Euros 36,600 Euros

Theme Cruise Supplement

Theme Region Available for Supplement
Golf Canal du Midi Charter up to 10 ppl 500 Euros per passenger
Wine Appreciation Canal du Midi Charter up to 10 ppl 3,500 Euros per charter
Family Canal du Midi Charter up to 10 ppl None
Tennis Canal du Midi Charter up to 10 ppl None
Art Canal du Midi Charter up to 10 ppl 3,650 Euros

Golf cruises include four pre-booked and paid tee times and transfers to and from the golf clubs. Hire of clubs, caddy or buggy not included. *Only those golfing pay the supplement. A minimum of 4 passengers on a golf charter are required to play golf.

Wine appreciation cruises for charter groups include a comprehensive wine itinerary with additional winery visits, private tastings and the services of a professional wine guide. Also includes an upgrade of the wine list to include additional premier and grand cru wines.

Family cruises include a tailor-made itinerary taking into consideration the ages and interests of all those in the group. Baby and child equipment can be provided at no extra cost including children’s bikes, car seats, cots, high chairs etc. Children under 18 years receive a discount on many vessels.

Tennis cruises include pre-booked and paid courts and transfers to and from the tennis clubs.

Art cruises include daily painting tuition by a qualified and experienced watercolour artist.

Terms & Conditions

Prices shown in Euros and will be converted in Australian Dollar (AUD) at time of payment using a daily ROE. An initial deposit of €800 per per passenger or 25% of the total cruise fare for charters is payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 90 days (for cabin) or 120 days (for charter) as per our terms and conditions and as specified in our confirmation invoice, which will be despatched when the booking form has been processed.

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