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Athos
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€3,980 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
  • Cruise Code
    BTATH0816
  • Cabins
    5
  • Max Passengers
    10
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€3,980 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
  • Cruise Code
    BTATH0816
  • Cabins
    5
  • Max Passengers
    10
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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 bicyclesInclusionInclusion 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.

 

Cruise Highlights

  • All-inclusive 6-night/7-day cruise
  • Daily excursions and entry fees to:
    • Carcassonne, Europe’s largest fortifi ed medieval town
    • Narbonne, a Roman city including its Archbishop’s Palace and indoor market
    • Cruise through the 18th century Orb canal bridge and Fonserannes locks
    • Pézenas, beautiful town dating back to 16th century
    • Local château for wine tasting
  • All gourmet meals and open-bar 24/7
  • Attentive service from 5 crew members
  • Transfers between Beziers and Athos
  • Cruise from March to October, Sunday departures
  • Bookings available by the cabin. Alternatively, this barge may be fully chartered for the exclusive use of your group.

 

Pick-up & Drop-off Points

Cabin Bookings

  • 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


Charter Bookings

  • 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.

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 

Day 1, Sunday - Argeliers
You are met in Beziers** and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Athos. A full-crew Welcome Aboard follows, with champagne and Mediterranean canapés. Once you are settled into your cabin, you will be invited to your first 4-course dinner on board, prepared by the highly skilled chef.

Day 2, Monday - Argeliers to La Croisade
Enjoy breakfast in a comfortable chair on the upper deck of the hotel barge, before you drive to the famous medieval double-walled city of Carcassonne. Your knowledgeable guide will provide a full tour of this historical place and ensure that you also have time to browse the shops. Return to the barge for a gourmet lunch (perhaps including the famous duck confit stew, cassoulet) and an afternoon’s cruise to La Croisade, with plenty of opportunity to walk or bicycle along the towpath. Dinner on board.

Day 3, Tuesday - La Croisade to Capestang
After breakfast, enjoy a tasting at “L’Oulibo”, the local olive oil press. After tasting those organic and wholesome olives accompanied by a glass of rosé, take a short drive up the Gorge de la Cesse and into the hilltop village of Minerve. Your guide will regale you with the harrowing tale of the Cathar siege launched at Minerve during the 13th century. Relax after lunch on board, whilst you cruise to Capestang, or you can enjoy a wine tasting at a local château, such as Château Cabezac. Return to the hotel barge for dinner on board and admire the floodlit Collegiale St. Etienne.

Day 4, Wednesday - Capestang to Fonserannes
After breakfast, take a trip to the weekly morning market in Narbonne. Even for non-shoppers, Narbonne offers much entertainment. Explore an excavated portion of the original Roman road, the Via Domitia, browse through the Roman Museum, discover the beauty of St. Juste Cathedral, or simply relax at one of the many cafés. After lunch in the atmospheric market, return to Athos and cruise to Fonserannes. From your mooring tonight, you will have a glorious view of the town of Beziers and the Cathedral St.Nazaire. Dinner on board.

Day 5, Thursday - Fonserannes to Portiragnes
This morning, drive to the old market town of Pezenas, which was the first seat of the Languedoc court. The architecture is unique within this region because of the “Hotels Particuliers” or mansions belonging to the noble families who followed the Court. It is filled with artisans’ shops, including painters, hat makers, and costume designers. Once again, your guide makes sure that there is time to browse, as well as learning about the history. After lunch, begin your negotiation of a 17th century feat of engineering, the Fonserannes Staircase Locks. Then, traverse the 18th century aqueduct over the River Orb. The paved towpath and the many locks leading to your mooring make it an ideal afternoon for walking or bicycling alongside the barge. Dinner on board.

Day 6, Friday - Portiragnes to Marseillan
This morning, get underway earlier than usual, cruising through the area known as the “Petit Camargue”. Bird watchers should look out for the local species such as pink flamingos, 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 beds. As you moor in the port at Marseillan, you will notice the enclosure of the Noilly Prat vermouth distillery. End a perfect day with a fascinating tour of the distillery and if you choose, a tasting of Noilly Prat before the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7, Saturday - Marseillan
After breakfast, you are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to your choice of location in Beziers**.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.
**Other locations available for private Charter bookings

Barge Details 

Athos Deck Plan

Athos deck plan

  • 5 crew
  • 31 metres long
  • 5 twin/double en suite cabins (7-8 sqm)
  • Air-conditioned
  • Centrally heated
  • Sundeck with canopy
  • 8/10 bicycles available on board
  • Air-conditioned minibus
  • Wi-Fi (subject to local reception)
  • Optional inflatable hot tub for charter bookings
Dates & Prices 

Rates for 2019

25% off per cabin on October 20

Departure Dates Stateroom per person Single Supplement Book Before
September 22, 29 4,510 Euros 1,540 Euros
October 6 4,510 Euros 1,540 Euros
October 13 3,980 Euros 1,330 Euros
October 20 2,985 Euros 1,330 Euros 18 October 2019

Charter (Whole Barge)

Departure Dates Charter 6 ppl Charter 8 ppl Charter 10 ppl Book Before
September 22, 29 36,870 Euros 39,650 Euros 42,400 Euros
October 6 36,870 Euros 39,650 Euros 42,400 Euros
October 13 33,000 Euros 35,300 Euros 37,700 Euros
October 20 24,750 Euros 26,475 Euros 28,275 Euros 18 October 2019

Theme Cruise Supplement

Theme Available for Supplement
Art Charter 8 ppl 3,650 Euros per charter
Family Charter 10 ppl None
Golf Charter 10 ppl 500 Euros per golfer
Tennis Charter 10 ppl None
Wine Appreciation Charter 10 ppl 4,000 Euros per charter

Rates for 2020

Departure Dates Stateroom per person Single Supplement
March 29 4,150 Euros 1,400 Euros
April 5, 12, 19 4,150 Euros 1,400 Euros
April 26 4,750 Euros 1,600 Euros
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 4,750 Euros 1,600 Euros
June 7, 14, 21, 28 4,750 Euros 1,600 Euros
July 5, 12, 19, 26 4,750 Euros 1,600 Euros
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 4,750 Euros 1,600 Euros
September 6, 13, 20, 27 4,750 Euros 1,600 Euros
October 4 4,750 Euros 1,600 Euros
October 11, 18, 25 4,150 Euros 1,400 Euros

Charter (Whole Barge)

Departure Dates Charter 6 ppl Charter 8 ppl Charter 10 ppl
March 29 34,400 Euros 36,800 Euros 39,200 Euros
April 5, 12, 19 34,400 Euros 36,800 Euros 39,200 Euros
April 26 38,900 Euros 41,700 Euros 44,500 Euros
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 38,900 Euros 41,700 Euros 44,500 Euros
June 7, 14, 21, 28 38,900 Euros 41,700 Euros 44,500 Euros
July 5, 12, 19, 26 38,900 Euros 41,700 Euros 44,500 Euros
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 38,900 Euros 41,700 Euros 44,500 Euros
September 6, 13, 20, 27 38,900 Euros 41,700 Euros 44,500 Euros
October 4 38,900 Euros 41,700 Euros 44,500 Euros
October 11, 18, 25 34,400 Euros 36,800 Euros 39,200 Euros

Theme Cruise Supplement

Theme Available for Supplement
Art Charter 8 ppl 3,750 Euros per charter
Family Charter 10 ppl None
Golf Charter 10 ppl 525 Euros per golfer
Tennis Charter 10 ppl None
Wine Appreciation Charter 10 ppl 4,500 Euros per charter

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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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