€3,980 Per Person
- Country / RegionFrance / Canal du Midi
- Duration7 Days/6 Nights
- Cruise CodeBTATH0816
- 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
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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 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
Athos Deck Plan
- 5 crew
- 31 metres long
- 5 twin/double en suite cabins (7-8 sqm)
- 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
10% off per cabin on May 26; July 21 & August 4
Departure Dates Stateroom per person Single Supplement Book Before May 19 4,510 Euros 1,540 Euros May 26 4,059 Euros 1,540 Euros 24 June 2019 June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 4,510 Euros 1,540 Euros July 7, 14, 28 4,510 Euros 1,540 Euros July 21 4,059 Euros 1,540 Euros 24 June 2019 August 4 4,059 Euros 1,540 Euros 24 June 2019 August 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)
Departure Dates Charter 6 ppl Charter 8 ppl Charte 10 ppl May 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 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
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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