€32,000 Per Charter
- Country / RegionFrance / Canal du Midi
- Duration7 Days/6 Nights
- Cruise CodeATHWIN0816
- 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
The 10-passenger Athos offers a fabulous wine-themed cruise along the Canal du Midi. Visit the walled city of Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the towns of Minerve and Narbonne, wine tastings in Saint Chininan wineries, Beziers and more. Visit the famous L'Oulibo, a local olive oil producer.
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Note: Wine themed cruises are charter only.
- Tour of Carcassonne including a wine tasting at one of the caves.
- Visit L'Oulibo, a well-known olive oil producer (includes tasting).
- Cruise to Capestang and visit the local market.
- Visit the Saint Chinian wineries.
- Guided visit and wine tasting at Domain de la Colombette.
- Tour of Narbonne and its colourful market.
- Cruise to Petite Camargue and observe wildlife.
- 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. 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 our on board Chef and your guide will speak about the acclaimed Languedoc wines chosen for each meal.
Day 2, Monday
Enjoy your first breakfast sitting in a comfortable chair on the upper deck of Athos. The morning visit is a drive to 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! Finishing up the visit, your guide suggests a quick wine tasting at one of the Caves in the Medieval Cité. This will provide a starting point for browsing the region’s wine collections! While the captain gets Athos underway for an afternoon's cruise to Argeliers, Chef will serve up a local 3-course gourmet meal (perhaps including the famous duck confit stew, Cassoulet) By early evening you have arrived in Pigasse, where Athos' mooring is beside the picturesque Pont du Pigasse. A quick visit to the local wine co-operative where wine is served on tap! There is still time for a glass of the local rosé as an aperitif before al-fresco dining, under the shade of the plain trees would be nice.
Day 3, Tuesday
After breakfast, this morning's suggested visit is a tasting at 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. Your guide will regale you with the harrowing tale of the Cathar siege launched at Minerve during the 13th century. En route back to the Athos, your guide points out some of the many respectable Minervois wineries in the Gorge de la Cesse area, recommended by Wine Spectator is Chateau Coupe. Lunch on board and then the barge cruises to Capestang. Athos will be moored with a clear view of the flood lit St. Etienne cathedral. The village is a 5-minute walk. Dinner on board.
Day 4, Wednesday
After breakfast, we stroll into the village square where the morning market is being held? Taste some of the local winemakers’ fare, the local cheese-makers’ cheese, and the local butchers’ sausage. From the market, your guide suggests a tasting at one of the acclaimed Saint Chinian wineries: Cave Laurent Miquel. Return to the barge for lunch on board and then cruise to Fonserannes. This section of canal offers spectacular views of the Pyrenees across the sunny, clear plain. This evening’s mooring is the breath-taking viewpoint at the Fonserannes. A short drive into Beziers before dinner, where enthusiastic wine tasters can enjoy a guided visit and tasting at Domaine de la Colombette. Vignerons Mr Pugibet and his son are nationally and internationally acclaimed for their successful use of new wine technology, along with their superb Sauvignon Blanc and Lledoner Pelut. Returning to the Athos for a game of Pétanque before dinner on board.
Day 5, Thursday
Visit to 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, or, discover the beauty of St. Juste Cathedral, or, simply take a moment to blend into the scene. For wine enthusiasts who might like to purchase and ship certain bottles, Athos recommends our long-time Caviste at the Cave du Palais in Narbonne and offers to take those interested to look at this large collection. Although shipping is costly, it can be arranged from here for those who are interested. After lunch we begin cruising through the 17th Century feat of engineering, the "Neuf Ecluses" (or staircase locks). ATHOS 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. Coming up next is the 18thC Canal Bridge, which will carry the ATHOS over the Orb River. The evening's mooring will be at the small village of Portiragnes. The paved towpath and the many locks leading to this village make it an ideal afternoon for walking or cycling alongside the ATHOS. Dinner on board.
Day 6, Friday
From the scenic mooring at Portiragnes, we get underway earlier than usual, cruising through the Petit Camargue where bulls stand casually in fields, Pink Flamingos grace estuaries, and African Rollers fly overhead. 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. Your hostess has made sure that plenty of the local specialties, Picpoul de Pinet, is available to accompany the seafood according to the local pairing. As the barge comes to moor in the port at Marseillan, you will notice the enclosure which makes up the Noillly Prat Vermouth distillery. End a perfect day with a private tour of the Distillery -- and, of course, a taste of Noilly Prat vermouth! Chef's efforts are sure to make this evening worth remembering! Your Captain will join your party for your final dinner on board this evening, and your crew will have chosen particularly special wines for your final meal on board. During the evening, he will invite the crew to make a farewell toast with you.
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
20% off per cabin on June 3; July 1 & 8; August 12
Departure Dates Stateroom per person Single Supplement Book Before May 20, 27 4,380 Euros 1,490 Euros June 3 3,504 Euros 1,490 Euros 25 June 2018 June 10, 17, 24 4,380 Euros 1,490 Euros July 1, 8 3,504 Euros 1,490 Euros 25 June 2018 July 15, 22, 29 4,380 Euros 1,490 Euros August 5, 19, 26 4,380 Euros 1,490 Euros August 12 3,504 Euros 1,490 Euros 25 June 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)
20% off per charter on May 27; July 15 & 29; August 5, 19 & 26
Departure Dates Charter 6 ppl Charter 8 ppl Charter 10 ppl Book Before May 20, 27 35,800 Euros 38,500 Euros 41,200 Euros May 27 28,640 Euros 30,800 Euros 32,960 Euros 25 June 2018 June 3, 10, 17, 24 35,800 Euros 38,500 Euros 41,200 Euros July 1, 8, 22 35,800 Euros 38,500 Euros 41,200 Euros July 15, 29 28,640 Euros 30,800 Euros 32,960 Euros 25 June 2018 August 5, 19, 26 28,640 Euros 30,800 Euros 32,960 Euros 25 June 2018 August 12 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 Wine Appreciation Canal du Midi Charter up to 10 ppl 3,500 Euros per charter
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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