A Barge Lady favorite for multi-generational families, couples looking for a congenial cruise, and foodies interested in sampling local gourmet treats, Athos promises its guests a charming yet informal ambiance.
Festivity and fun are the calling cards of the congenial experience aboard the Athos. Owner-operated by Captain Julian and Barge Manager Dannielle Farrant, this delightful couple met on the Athos in 1997 when Julian was the Captain, and Dannielle was the Hostess. Fast forward to the present, and Julian is still the Captain, having traversed the Canal du Midi over 5000 times, while Dannielle now works behind the scenes to ensure that the cruises operate flawlessly.
Claiming the bragging rights for the barge with the largest deck on the Canal du Midi, guests enjoy this perfect spot to soak in the passing scenery, perhaps while enjoying a glass of locally-produced wine. Strolling and bicycling along the canal’s tree-lined towpath reveals the area’s abundant flora and fauna. Cozy cabins are “country French” in style, with a jaunty nautical theme.
Meals are celebratory affairs, with elaborate table settings and attentive service by the crew furthering the convivial atmosphere. The seasonally inspired lunch and dinner menus reflect the region’s rich flavors and Mediterranean influences, and the gourmet Chef pairs wines which are selected from among the many vineyards throughout the Languedoc.
A handcrafted sightseeing program showcases the best of the region’s sights and scenes; excursions include private tours of preserved landmarks, fascinating explanations of the area’s many Roman ruins, and of course epicurean tastings of both food and spirits. An attentive crew ensures that guests are comfortable and content at all times. Ultimately, the Athos fits perfectly into canal cruising’s wonderfully relaxed lifestyle. Read about one travel journalist’s extraordinary 2015 barge cruise on the Athos!
Last visited in 2017