€32,000 Per Charter
- Country / RegionFrance / Canal du Midi
- Duration7 Days/6 Nights
- Cruise CodeATHFAM0816
- ItineraryArgeliers to Marseillan
- Max Passengers10
- Cruise HighlightsItinerary Cruise between Argeliers to Marseillan.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
Spend an unforgettable cruising holiday with your family on board the beautiful Athos. This family-themed Canal du Midi cruise includes excursions and exciting activities for the entire family.
Receive a free signed copy of French Odyssey, one per cabin booked.
Note: Family themed cruises are charter only.
- Discover Carcassonne, a fortified city known for Cite de Carcassonne.
- Visit a local organic cheese farm in Combebelle.
- Visit Narbonne and its local market.
- Activities for the family - swimming, cycling, kayaking and more.
- Cruise along the beautiful waters of Etang de Thau.
- 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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Argeliers to Marseillan
Day 1, Sunday
Meet at the designated meeting point and transferred to where the Athos awaits you at her moorings in Argeliers. Crew welcome aboard, including an introduction to the ship’s dog, Jill. Toasting with either Champagne or soft drinks, the Chef will offer a selection of Mediterranean canapés fit for children and adults alike. Once you are settled into your cabin, we enjoy our first dinner on board.
Day 2, Monday
While coffee is available at any time from the bar, continental-style breakfast is served, at your leisure, beginning at 8:30am. A breakfast buffet offers a selection to please everyone: cereals, juices, yogurts, cold meats and cheese, and of course fresh pastries and bread from the local boulangerie! Your guide suggests an excursion to the famous medieval double-walled city of Carcassonne, which will include the legendary tales of Dame Carcas and a visit to the tombstone of Simon de Montfort. Time also to browse the shops before returning to the barge. During the cruise to Capestang the Chef serves lunch while the whole family relaxes on the sunny deck. If exercise and a swim are in order, cycling enthusiasts might like to hop off with bicycles and Jill the dog. Alternatively, a quick drive to the swimming hole at the Cesse River under the 17th century Canal Bridge for a swim. Dinner on board al fresco, under the shade of the plain trees.
Day 3, Tuesday
After breakfast, we begin cruising through the sprawling, surrounding vineyards with plenty of time for a cycle ride. Once moored we enjoy a game of Pétanque. After lunch, we continue our cruise. In the afternoon we visit the local organic Goat’s cheese farm at Combebelle. We then drive for 30 minutes into the Minervois hillside and visit the petting zoo in Combebelle, where everyone can watch the goats being milked, learn how the cheese is made, taste the products and of course, bring some back to Athos to eat! On the way back, your guide stops at Bize Minervois, where the locals swim in the river – a refreshing cool-down at the end of a busy day! Dinner on board.
Day 4, Wednesday
After breakfast, your guide invites enthusiastic swimmers and paddlers on an excursion into the Cevennes mountains, where large, wide kayaks float down the River Orb! After the scenic drive into the hills, everyone is handed a helmet and lifejacket, then set off in kayaking groups to navigate the mostly-shallow river bed. Chef has packed a superb picnic lunch to be served by crew members who have accompanied the trip. For those more enthusiastic about relaxing than kayaking, the captain invites you to stay on board for a leisurely cruise, lunch on deck, and a quiet time under the parasol. When kayakers return, cruising gets under way once again, making the way towards Fonserannes. This evening's mooring is the breath-taking view-point at the Fonserannes. Perhaps a little bicycle ride down to the staircase locks and the Canal Bridge before dinner on board.
Day 5, Thursday
After breakfast, we enjoy a trip to the weekly morning market in Narbonne. Even for non-shoppers, Narbonne offers much entertainment on a Thursday morning! Explore an excavated portion of the original Roman road, the Via Domitia, or browse through the well-compiled Roman Museum and discover the beauty of St. Juste Cathedral, sit and relax in one of the many cafés. Return to the barge and enjoy lunch during the cruise through the staircase locks. This 17th Century feat of engineering, the Neuf Ecluses (or staircase locks), is sure to impress! The crew expertly tie her up in each lock, and wait for the gates to close safely behind her before the water levels empty out and allow her to pass one locks into the next. But it's not over yet! Coming up next is the 18th Century Canal Bridge which will carry the barge over the Orb River. The paved tow path and the many locks leading to this village make it an ideal afternoon for walking or cycling alongside the barge. When we arrive at the evening's mooring just outside the small village of Portiragnes, your guide invites swimmers for a quick trip to the beach and a swim in the Mediterranean! Dinner on board
Day 6, Friday
After breakfast, the barge starts to cruise. Active family members may like to take the bicycles back to the beach for a quick swim and then return to Athos as she makes her way under the Portiragnes bridge. A spectacular seafood lunch arrives as you enter the open-waters of the Etang de Thau. The Etang hosts Europe's largest mussel and oyster park. The crew’s favourite swimming pool is the Etang! Join them and jump in to cool off! As Athos comes to moor in the port at Marseillan, you will notice the enclosure of the Noillly Prat Vermouth distillery. End a perfect day with a walking visit of the village, a romp around the seaside play park which is a stone’s throw from Athos’ mooring, or a leisurely cycle ride down the promenade. Captains Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 7, Saturday
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
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 Family Canal du Midi Charter up to 10 ppl None
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.
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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