€3,980 Per Person
- Country / RegionFrance / Canal du Midi
- Duration7 Days/6 Nights
- 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
Athos is a 99 ft long hotel barge that can accommodate up to 10 passengers. She has 5 staterooms that can be either a twin or queen-size double bed configuration. All cabins can be configured with twin beds or a double bed. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available on board for guests bringing their own appliances. Connectivity can be limited in remote locations.
The crew includes the captain, a master chef, tour guide and housekeeper.
- Tour of the medieval city of Carcassonne
- Private tour and tasting at a Minervois winery
- Organic Olive Tasting at L’Oulibo
- Cruise through the natural haven that is the “Petit Camargue”
- Tour and tasting at the Noilly Prat vermouth distillery
- Excellent towpath for walking and cycling
- 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
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
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
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Dates & Prices
Rates for 2019
Departure Dates Stateroom per person Single Supplement March 31 3,980 Euros 1,330 Euros April 7, 14, 21 3,980 Euros 1,330 Euros April 28 4,510 Euros 1,540 Euros 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)
20% 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 26,400 Euros 28,240 Euros 30,160 Euros 18 February 2019 April 7, 14, 21 26,400 Euros 28,240 Euros 30,160 Euros 18 February 2019 April 28 29,496 Euros 31,720 Euros 33,920 Euros 18 February 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 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 per per passenger or 25% of the total cruise fare for charters is payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 90 days (for cabin) or 120 days (for charter) 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.
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
If you are a family with children, a bespoke itinerary is created and a maximum of 4 excursions from the Classic Cruise Itinerary is substituted with your preferred family activities.
The following activities can usually be arranged on-board directly with the barge Captain and included in your itinerary without any extra charge, unless otherwise stated:
Aqualand Park – Cap d’Agde (3 years+)
Situated on the southern peninsula of the ancient seaside town of Agde this outdoor water park includes a large pool, several slides, a wave pool and a shaded relaxation area.
Prehistoric Caves at Limoussis
The prehistoric Caves at Limoussis are a series of underground tunnels dating back over 100 years. They also boast the largest array of aragonite crystals in the world. A fair level of fitness is required as the paths within the cave are relatively steep.
Tennis & Badminton
The International Centre of Tennis in Agde has 22 exterior tennis courts – 4 with Astroturf, 12 with grass and 6 with clay. The centre also has 4 badminton courts.
Parc des Dinosaurs & Museum, Meze
The largest Museum-Park in Europe devoted to dinosaurs in the middle of an outstanding paleontological site. An extraordinary voyage in time and a wonderfully interactive way of learning the history of dinosaurs.
Located between Vias and Sérignan, the seaside resort of Portiragnes is one of the lesser known resorts in the Languedoc-Roussillon. Gorgeous beaches stretch for 2km and woods, wetlands and walking paths abound, plenty to do and see for the whole family.
Other activities* – shown below – can be arranged but, due to their nature, they should be booked directly by the client with the activity provider. These activities are:
Horse Riding at La Fount del Bosc
This stunning equestrian centre located in the hills of Argeliers is the ideal spot for a horse or pony ride and caters to all different abilities.
Kayaking on the River Orb
With more than 40km of tree lined water there is something for everyone on the glorious River Orb, from rapid falls to serene stretches, it is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
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)
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