€33,000 Per Charter
- Country / RegionFrance / Canal du Midi
- Duration7 Days/6 Nights
- Cruise CodeATHTEN0816
- Max Passengers10
- Cruise HighlightsItinerary Cruise between Argeliers and 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
Indulge in an exciting cruise vacation that lets you admire the villages between Argeliers and Marseillan on board your floating hotel barge, Athos. This perfect deal allows you to play tennis at some wonderful riverside clubs like Argeliers Tennis Club, Beziers Tennis Club Barthes and Marseillan Tennis Club. Moreover, prepare yourself to be amazed by the famous city of Carcassonne, breathtaking view-point of the St. Nazaire Cathedral and the pink flamingos at Petite Camargue! A lot of discoveries await you!
Note: Tennis themed cruises are charter only.
- Play tennis at Argeliers Tennis Courts
- Olive tasting at Oulibo
- Visit the famous medieval double-walled city of Carcassonne
- Explore the quaint town of Pezenas
- Play tennis at Beziers Tennis Club Barthes
- Tour at Narbonne market
- Be amazed by the "Neuf Ecluses" (or staircase locks)
- Watch the pink flamingos at Petite Camargue
- Play tennis at Marseillan Tennis Club
- 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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Day 1, Sunday - Argeliers
You will be met at the designated meeting point and transferred to where the Athos awaits you at her moorings in Argeliers. A full-crew Welcome Aboard follows, with Champagne and Mediterranean canapés. Once you are settled into your cabin, you will be invited to a 4-course dinner, prepared by your highly acclaimed on board Chef.
Day 2, Monday - Argeliers to Capestang
Enjoy your first coffee of the day sitting in a comfortable chair on the upper deck of the barge. While coffee is available at any time from the bar, continental-style breakfast is served, at your leisure, beginning at 8:30am. The Argeliers Tennis Courts are a quick walk or bike-ride into the village from Argeliers port. Those who opt not to play may prefer a stroll around the village, or a cycle ride on this vineyard-surrounded part of the canal. Returning to the boat post-match, enjoy a relaxing cruise to Capestang through the locks and winding waterways. Drive to the Oulibo – the local olive oil pressoir. After tasting those organic and wholesome olives (accompanied, bien sûr, by a small glass of rosé!!), a short drive up the Gorge de la Cesse and into the hilltop village of Minerve is in order. Where your guide tells you the harrowing tale of the Cathar siege launched at Minerve during the 13th C. The minibuses arrive back in Capestang for pre-dinner drinks and there ought to be enough time for a stroll into the village before dinner on board.
Day 3, Tuesday - Capestang to Regismont le Haut
After breakfast, the proposed morning visit is the famous medieval double-walled city of Carcassonne. Your knowledgeable on-board guide will offer the historical & guided visit — making sure that you have time to browse those shops! A long lunch and an afternoon of relaxation await your return to the barge. Arrive early evening at Regismont le Haut. Only 5 minutes from this rural mooring is the village of Poilhes. Tennis courts are booked and available for a pre-dinner match. Dinner on board.
Day 4, Wednesday - Regismont le Haut to Fonserannes
A morning visit to the quaint town of Pezenas. After a tour of the 14thC Hotel Particuliers (or medieval court mansions), you make your way back to the boat for lunch and cruising. The afternoon promises spectacular views of the Pyrenees across the sunny, clear plain as the barge makes her way to the evening’s mooring: the breath-taking view-point of the St. Nazaire Cathedral from the Fonserannes. A short drive into Beziers Tennis Club Barthes and this afternoon’s Tennis matches are under way. Returning to the barge for cocktails and relaxation on deck, the hostess asks if you would prefer to dine al fresco this evening to take advantage of the scenery. A long gourmet dinner and wine in the fresh air finishes a perfect day.
Day 5, Thursday - Fonserannes to Portiragnes
Why not take a side-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, browse through the well-compiled Roman Museum, discover the beauty of St. Juste Cathedral, or simply take a moment to blend into the scene: sit and relax in one of the many cafés. Return to the barge for lunch and the barge begins her cruise. This 17thC 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 18thC Canal Bridge that will carry the barge over the Orb River. The evening’s mooring will be in the country, just outside the small village of Portiragnes. The crew suggest a break from tennis for today, in exchange for cycling, walking or jogging on the paved towpath that follows the cruise route. Dinner on board.
Day 6, Friday - Portiragnes to Marseillan
After breakfast, cruise towards Marseillan. You pass by the “Petite Camargue”, watching Pink Flamingos in the estuaries, and keeping your eye out for the famous African Rollers and other wetland birds. A spectacular (and appropriate!) seafood lunch awaits you, as you enter the open-waters of the Etang de Thau. The Etang hosts Europe’s largest mussel and Oyster Park. As the barge comes to moor in the port at Marseillan, you will notice the enclosure which makes up the Noilly Prat Vermouth distillery where you end a perfect day with a fascinating tour and tasting of Noilly Prat vermouth! Tennis enthusiasts will have a last opportunity for an end-of-week match on the well-maintained clay courts at Marseillan Tennis Club. Chef’s efforts are sure to make this evening worth remembering! Captains Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 7, Saturday - Marseillan
After breakfast transfer to the designated drop off point.
Tennis 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
10% off per cabin on March 31; April 7, 14, 21 & 28
Departure Dates Stateroom per person Single Supplement Book Before March 31 3,582 Euros 1,330 Euros 7 January 2019 April 7, 14, 21 3,582 Euros 1,330 Euros 7 January 2019 April 28 4,059 Euros 1,540 Euros 7 January 2019 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)
10% 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 29,700 Euros 31,770 Euros 33,930 Euros 7 January 2019 April 7, 14, 21 29,700 Euros 31,770 Euros 33,930 Euros 7 January 2019 April 28 33,183 Euros 35,685 Euros 38,160 Euros 7 January 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 Region Available for Supplement Tennis Canal du Midi Charter up to 10 ppl None
Tennis cruises include pre-booked and paid courts and transfers to and from the tennis clubs.
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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