Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • Five cabins 93 – 108 sq feet
  • Choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • Ensuite tiled baths with shower
Also in Each Cabin
  • Also in the Cabins
  • Teak flooring, Upscale toiletries
  • Egyptian cotton linens
Public Area
  • 100 Feet Long
  • Salon/dining room with picture windows
  • Large picture windows
  • Large sun deck with canopy
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • 10 bicycles
  • B-Twin Hybrid mountain/road bicycles with 18 gears

Itineraries

Travel from Argeliers to Marseillan on the Canal du Midi

Sunday
Private Chauffeured Transfer to the Bargesunday image
Private Chauffeured Transfer to the Barge
Travel: Beziers to Salleles D'Aude
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by Athos crew at the designated meeting point in Beziers. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in the petite hamlet of Salleles D’Aude. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first of many gourmet dinners aboard

Monday
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Captivating Carcassonne
Travel: Salleles D'Aude to Argeliers
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner aboard

This morning, your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to Carcassonne, a fortified Medieval fortress with a walled city. Explore the ancient castle and preserved ramparts to admire the mighty 53 Roman towers. Stroll the cobblestone boulevards into local cafes and specialty boutiques. Back onboard, this afternoon's cruise is the perfect time to laze on deck, or explore the tree-shaded towpath on bicycle or on foot. Visit Captain Julian in the wheelhouse and help him steer the barge! Cocktail hour precedes another gourmet dinner.

Tuesday
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Tasting and Touring
Travel: Argeliers to Capestang
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Today's excursions begin at "L'Oulibo", the local olive pressoir. Enjoy a private tasting of small batch olive oil and time to browse the onsite boutique. A short drive up the Gorge de la Cesse and into the hilltop village of Minerve precedes your return to the barge. This afternoon's unhurried cruise is the perfect time to rest on deck with a drink and admire the rustic scenery, or explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. Craft cocktails and a gourmet dinner are served onboard.

Wednesday
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A Grape Time was Had by All
Travel: Capestang to Fonserannes
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The day begins with a visit to Oppidum d'Enserune, a pre-Roman hill-top settlement and one of the most important archaeological sites in the region. Next, a wine tasting at a local vineyard reveals the complexities of the grapes grown along the Canal du Midi. Your Tour Guide chauffeurs you back to Athos, where an afternoon cruise awaits. Unwind on deck with a glass of wine, or explore the rustic countryside by bicycle on foot. Tonight, Chef presents another gourmet dinner.

Thursday
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A Capital of the Canal du Midi
Travel: A Capital of the Canal du Midi
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

The morning begins with a visit to Narbonne, a regional capital established in 118 BCE as a Roman colony. A study of European history and local modernity thriving side by side, Roman ruins are reverentially presented in public spaces, while the lively Narbonne Market reflects the region’s gastronomic bounty. This afternoon's cruise passes through a nine-lock "staircase" and then over the Orb River, presenting the perfect time explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. A festive cocktail hour and dinner await.

Friday
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Vermouth VIP
Travel: Villeneuve les Beziers to Agde to Marseillan
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning’s cruise is the perfect time to relax on deck, or traverse the towpath with by bicycle or on foot. Your Tour Guide takes you to the village of Agde, where you will explore the Romanesque Cathedral which overlooks the River Herault. The Athos then peacefully cruises towards Marseillan, entering the open waters of the Etang de Thau. Once moored, a tour of the Noilly Prat vermouth distillery culminates with a private tasting in the VIP lounge. Return to the barge for tonight's celebratory Captain's Dinner.

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer to Beziers
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast you will be chauffeured back to a designated drop off point in Beziers.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.

Travel from Argeliers to Marseillan on the Canal du Midi

Sunday
Private Chauffeured Transfer to the Bargesunday image
Private Chauffeured Transfer to the Barge
Travel: Beziers to Argeliers
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met at the designated meeting point in Beziers by Athos crew. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in the charming village of Argeliers. A traditional welcome with champagne -- and mocktails! -- awaits you. After the crew introduction, settle in before your first family dinner aboard.

Monday
Captivating Carcassonnemonday image
Captivating Carcassonne
Travel: Argeliers to La Croisade
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to Carcassonne, a fortified Medieval fortress with a walled city. Explore the ancient castle and preserved ramparts to admire the mighty 53 Roman towers. Return to the barge for an afternoon cruise, and stay busy with bicycle rides along the towpath and visiting Captain Julian in the wheelhouse. Tour Guide can even take you to a swimming hole at the Cesse River under the 17th century Canal Bridge. Upon mooring, cocktails and dinner culminate the day.

Tuesday
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Giddy Up!
Travel: La Croisade to Capestang
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A morning outing to the local equestrian center, la Fount del Bosc, begins the fun today. Visit with sheep, goats, and chickens, and then cowboys and cowgirls of all sizes can go on a pony ride! Enjoy a relaxed trail-ride "en famille". Before returning to the barge, your Tour Guide accompanies you to the river at Bize Minervois for a refreshing swim. Back onboard, afternoon activities include bicycle rides, visiting Captain Julian in the wheelhouse, or playing a game of "boules" right beside the canal. Chef presents another family dinner.

Wednesday
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Water You Think About Kayaking?
Travel: Capestang to Fonserannes
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, optional picnic lunch ashore

This morning, Your Tour Guide takes enthusiastic swimmers and energetic paddlers into the Cevennes mountains for a kayaking adventure on the River Orb! Explore the mostly shallow riverbend via kayak, and work up an appetite to enjoy the special picnic lunch that Chef has prepared for your group. For those more keen on relaxing than kayaking, Captain Julian invites you to rest onboard during a leisurely cruise. Back on the Athos, an afternoon cruise precedes another dinner.

Thursday
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Market Day and Lunch Ashore
Travel: Fonserannes to Portiragnes
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The morning begins with a visit to Narbonne, a regional capital established in 118 BCE as a Roman colony. Roman ruins are presented in public spaces, while the lively Narbonne Market reflects the region’s rustic bounty. Enjoy lunch ashore at one of the most popular market stalls, the brasserie Chez Bebelle. Return to Athos in time for a cruise that passes through a nine-lock "staircase" and then over the Orb River, presenting the perfect time explore the towpath with a bicycle ride or brisk stroll. Chef serves dinner onboard.

Friday
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Fun and Sun
Travel: Portiragnes to Marseillan
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner ashore

A morning cruise presents the opportunity for an optional bicycle ride back to the beach for a swim in the waves of the Mediterranean. An afternoon cruise through the open waters of the Etang de Thau to tonight's final mooring, where active guests can bicycle along the seaside promenade and discover the charming port town. Chef's efforts are sure to make tonight’s Captain Dinner worth remembering, as Captain Julian joins your family as the special guest of honor!

Saturday
A Sad Farewellsaturday image
A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer to Beziers
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast you will be chauffeured back to a designated drop off point in Beziers.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • Salad of Fresh Greens and Roquette with Garlic Roasted, Peppers Pine Nuts
  • Moules Marinieres, White Wine Sauce, Parsley, Herb-Crusted Roast Potato Wedges
  • Moules Marinieres with White Wine Sauce and Parsley, Herb-Crusted Roast Potato Wedges
  • White Chocolate Mousse with Passionfruit Coulis
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas and Biscuits
  • 1 Lunch Ashore Inclusive of the cruise rate
Dinner
  • Foie Gras sauteed in Armangac on Brioche Toasts, Caramelized Pears, Melted Camembert
  • Rack of Lamb in a Dijon Mustard and Rosemary Crust, Polenta Cake, Mediterranean Vegetables, Tomato and Black Olive Salsa
  • Cheese Platter: Roquefort, Crottin de Chavignol and Laguiole
  • Cheese Platter: Roquefort, Crottin de Chavignol and Laguiole
  • Molten Fondant au Chocolat with Creme Anglaise
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
Wine
  • Hugues de Beauvignac
  • AOC Picpoul de Pinet
  • Domaine de la Barroubio
  • AOC Muscat St. Jean de Minervois
  • Chateau des Nouvelles, Fitou Fitou
  • Chateau Mire L’Etang Rosé

Rates & Dates

Accomodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Charter (up to 6 guests)$36,800$41,500
Private Charter (up to 8 guests)$39,400$44,500
Private Charter (up to 10 guests)$42,000$47,500
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)$4,550$4,990
Single-Occupancy Supplement$1,500$1,700
Family Fun - Private Charter (up to 6 guests)$36,800$38,825
Family Fun - Private Charter (up to 8 guests)$39,400$43,300
Family Fun - Private Charter (up to 10 guests)$42,000$47,650

2018 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season, Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season, Blue Bold Dates = High Season

Month
Days
April1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-4
May6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-2
June3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30
July1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-3
August5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
September2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-5
October7-13, 14-20, 21-27

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • transportation to and from Beziers to the barge
  • all meals – from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning
  • all wines with lunch & dinner
  • open bar
  • daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from France
  • transportation to the cruise route (we will assist you with this)
  • cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

*All rates are quoted in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise noted.

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