€32,000 Per Charter
- Country / RegionFrance / Canal du Midi
- Duration7 Days/6 Nights
- Cruise CodeATHART0816
- ItineraryMarseillan to Argeliers
- 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.
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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
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
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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Marseillan to Argeliers
Day 1, Sunday
Meet at the **designated meeting point and transferred to Athos moored in Marseillan. Captain and crew welcome you on board with a champagne welcome. Once you are settled into your cabin, we enjoy our first dinner on board.
Day 2, Monday
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 we 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.
Day 3, Tuesday
Athos makes her way into the Round Lock just as breakfast finishes this morning. We visit 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, 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. We 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.
Day 4, Wednesday
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 we 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.
Day 5, Thursday
After breakfast, we 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.
Day 6, Friday
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. We 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
After breakfast, transfer to the **designated drop off point.
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 2018
20% off per cabin on April 22 & 29. 10% off per cabin on May 6 & 27; July 22; August 12.
No single supplement on April 22 & 29
Departure Dates Stateroom per person Single Supplement Book Before April 8, 15, 22 3,860 Euros 1,290 Euros April 22 3,088 Euros None 27 April 2018 April 29 3,504 Euros None 27 April 2018 May 6, 27 3,942 Euros 1,490 Euros 14 May 2018 May 13, 20 4,380 Euros 1,490 Euros June 3, 10, 17, 24 4,380 Euros 1,490 Euros July 1, 8, 15, 29 4,380 Euros 1,490 Euros July 22 3,942 Euros 1,490 Euros 14 May 2018 August 5, 19, 26 4,380 Euros 1,490 Euros August 12 3,942 Euros 1,490 Euros 14 May 2018 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 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 Art Canal du Midi Charter up to 10 pp 3,650 Euros
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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