€33,000 Per Charter
- Country / RegionFrance / Canal du Midi
- Duration7 Days/6 Nights
- Cruise CodeATHART0816
- Max Passengers10
- Cruise HighlightsItinerary Cruise between Marseillan and Argeliers.Accommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomActivity Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary Meals All meals included - authentic French cuisine and regional specialities plus a selection of fine winesDrinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksInclusion Sun deckTransportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions Activity Use of bicyclesInclusion WiFi on boardActivity Wine tasting sessions
Enjoy a 6-night, art-themed cruise on board the beautiful barge of Athos. This cruise will take you to the some of the most scenic locations in southern France. The waters of Etang de Thau, the old town of Pezenas and the walled city of Carcassonne may be the perfect inspiration for your next masterpiece.
Note: Art-themed cruise is available for charter only.
- Guided visit the the Noilly Prat Vermouth distillery. Includes private tasting.
- Cruise along Etang de Thau and Canal du Midi.
- Explore the old town of Pezenas.
- Visit Beziers and its hilltop cathedral.
- Visit Narbonne and its market and cathedral.
- Cruise in Capestang, a scenic village along Canal du Midi for a painting session.
- Visit Minerve for another painting session.
- Tour of L'Oulibo.
- Explore the medieval, walled city of Carcassonne.
- 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
- Binoculars for watching the bird life
Pick-up & Drop-off Points
- Pick-up: Your choice of location in Beziers between 4:00 pm and 4:30 pm
- Drop-off: Your choice of location in Beziers by 10:00 am
- One location of the group's choice in Beziers, Carcassonne, Narbonne or Montpellier. Pick-up from 4:00 pm and drop-off by 10:00 am.
Approximate transfer duration between Beziers & Athos is 30 minutes.
Magret de canard with an orange and ginger reduction, creamy celeriac puree and julienned vegetables of carrots, leeks and florets of broccoli
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
Pélardon; Roquefort Papillon; Cathare au Chèvre; Tomme au Piment d’ Espelette
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Sunday, Day 1 Marseillan
You will be met at the **designated meeting point and transferred to Athos moored in Marseillan. Captain and crew welcome you on board with a Champagne. Once you are settled into your cabin, enjoy your first dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2 Marseillan to Portiragnes
After breakfast, painters may feel inspired by the sparkling waters of the Etang and the lines of yacht masts over the Port or the proposed morning visit is Noilly Prat Vermouth distillery. Enjoy a guided visit and tasting in the grand cellars. There will still be time to explore Marseillan’s quaint centre before Athos casts off for lunch-time cruising on the Etang. Athos makes her way across the Etang and onto the Canal du Midi. When you arrive in Portiragne, you can smell the sea air and observe the sea birds in this conservation marshlands. Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails followed by dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3 Portiragnes to Fonserannes
Athos makes her way into the Round Lock just as breakfast finishes this morning. Visit 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, Hatmakers, and Costume Designers. Your guide offers a quick historical briefing of the centre and your art guide sets up the groups to paint in the colourful square. Return to Athos for lunch on board and a cruise into the Villeneuve les Beziers lock.
This afternoon, Athos will make her way towards the famous Neuf Ecluses, or staircase locks at Fonserannes. A paved tow-path runs the length of the canal here for those who opt to walk or cycle beside Athos. Cruise across the Canal Bridge over the River Orb. The view here spreads across the 4 bridges of Beziers, and up towards the 14thC hilltop Cathedral. You find yourself making a note that this could be a superb spot to paint later this evening! Following the spectacle of Athos climbing the Fonserannes there is time for painting before dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 Fonserannes to Capestang
This morning’s visit is a suggested drive to Narbonne for the large morning market. There are a number of colourful parks/gardens surrounding both the Canal and the Cathedral where painting might be interesting. Otherwise, there is much to do: market merchants flaunt their products, the covered food market at Les Halles is a sight to behold with colourful produce, succulent butchery, aromatic fish mongers’ stalls… The Roman Road the Via Domitia runs through the square and some may choose to take in the excellent collection in the Roman Museum. Arriving back at Athos for lunch on board and cruise through the tree-lined and winding waterway. As Athos arrives in Capestang, the panoramic view over the Collegiale inspires a painting session and the art guide, guides the painters through their paces, while the hostess serves refreshing aperitifs and local olives. Dinner on board.
Thursday, Day 5 Capestang to Pigasse
After breakfast, take a short drive to Minerve, a perfect outdoor spot for painting. En route, the guide stops at the Oulibo to pick up some more of those fabulous local olives and have a look around the oil-pressing facility here. Led by the art guide, painters are keen to capture the medieval village and the breath-taking gorge and landscapes around Minerve. The group returns for an alfresco lunch and another relaxing afternoon of winding along, overlooking the scenic flood plain below. Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6 Pigasse to Argeliers
Your tour guide has organized a timely departure following breakfast this morning to ensure that there is time for both painting and sightseeing in the medieval city of Carcassonne. There are numerous impressive views worth capturing in addition to enjoying a pleasant drink in the buzzing centre at the historical hilltop town. Returning for a late lunch and cruising on board, a last enjoyable afternoon is spent relaxing, sipping rose and discussing painting. Arrive in Argeliers Port in time for a cycle ride, a stroll into the village, or perhaps more pétanque and cocktails? Captains Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7 Argeliers
After breakfast, transfer to the **designated drop off point.
Art themed cruises are charter only. This sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.
**Various pick up and drop off points are available for charter groups.
Athos Deck Plan
- 103 feet long
- 10 passengers
- 5 crew
- 5 twin/double state rooms with en-suite facilities
- 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 for 2019
Departure Dates Stateroom per person Single Supplement March 31 3,980 Euros 1,330 Euros April 7, 14, 21 3,980 Euros 1,330 Euros April 28 4,510 Euros 1,540 Euros May 5, 12, 19, 26 4,510 Euros 1,540 Euros June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 4,510 Euros 1,540 Euros July 7, 14, 21, 28 4,510 Euros 1,540 Euros August 4, 11, 18, 25 4,510 Euros 1,540 Euros September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 4,510 Euros 1,540 Euros October 6 4,510 Euros 1,540 Euros October 13, 20 3,980 Euros 1,330 Euros
Charter (Whole Barge)
20% off per charter on March 31; April 7, 14, 21 & 28
Departure Dates Charter 6 ppl Charter 8 ppl Charte 10 ppl Book Before March 31 26,400 Euros 28,240 Euros 30,160 Euros 18 February 2019 April 7, 14, 21 26,400 Euros 28,240 Euros 30,160 Euros 18 February 2019 April 28 29,496 Euros 31,720 Euros 33,920 Euros 18 February 2019 May 5, 12, 19, 26 36,870 Euros 39,650 Euros 42,400 Euros June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 36,870 Euros 39,650 Euros 42,400 Euros July 7, 14, 21, 28 36,870 Euros 39,650 Euros 42,400 Euros August 4, 11, 18, 25 36,870 Euros 39,650 Euros 42,400 Euros September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 36,870 Euros 39,650 Euros 42,400 Euros October 6 36,870 Euros 39,650 Euros 42,400 Euros October 13, 20 33,000 Euros 35,300 Euros 37,700 Euros
Theme Cruise Supplement
Theme Available for Supplement Art Charter 8 ppl 3,650 Euros per charter
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 is payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 90 days as per our terms and conditions and as specified in our confirmation invoice, which will be despatched when the booking form has been processed. Cancellation policy applies to all bookings.
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