Athos hotel barge

The barge Athos

Accommodating up to 10 passengers

View of the Athos

Athos is rated 4 star

  • Private tour and tasting at a Minervois winery
  • See the spectacular hilltop village of Minerve
  • Narbonne: Via Domitia, roman museum, St Juste cathedral, and colourful market
  • Tour Carcassonne - the most complete medieval fortified city in existence
  • Organic olive tasking at L'Oulibo
  • Visit Pezenas, a hilltop village associated with playwright Moliere
  • Wildlife of the Petite Camargue: flamingo, Camargue horses, wild black bull, oyster beds
  • Tour the Noilly Prat vermouth distillery

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Brochure Factsheet Argeliers to Marseillan

Cruise information file for Athos


Crew members : 5

Boat size
Length 98′5″ ft (30 metres)
Width 16′7″ ft (5.05 metres)

Number of bicycles : 10


Up to 10 guests

Double cabins : 5


Central heating



2 Air-conditioned minibuses

Athos photos and videos

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About the barge "Athos"

Athos barge cruises

The Athos is a spacious barge offering comfortable accommodation for up to 10 guests in 5 ensuite staterooms, which can be configured as double or twin beds.
Dating from 1964, Athos was originally used to transport sand, grain and wine but has now been transformed into a beautiful hotel barge.
She now meanders gracefully through the beautiful Langedoc-Roussillon region of France.

With 5 crew, touring bikes and WI-FI, all is set for the a restful holiday.
Fully air-conditioned and centrally heated, you can be sure of a comfortable cruise whenever you join us.

5 crew
8-10 touring bikes
2 air-conditioned minibuses

Plan of Athos

Plan of the hotel barge Athos

Athos cruise routes & itineraries

Cruising between Argeliers & Marseillan on the Midi canal

Cruise map for Athos

Guests are met in Beziers and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Athos.
A full-crew Welcome Aboard, with Champagne and Mediterranean canapes.
Once you are settled into your cabin, you will be invited to your first 4-course dinner on board, prepared by your highly skilled chef.

Argeliers to La Croisade
Enjoy breakfast in a comfortable chair on the upper deck of the hotel barge, before we 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 Athos 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.

La Croisade to Capestang
After breakfast we enjoy a tasting at L'Oulibo, the local olive-oil press.
After tasting those organic and wholesome olives accompanied by a glass of rose wine, we 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 we cruise to Capestang, or you can enjoy a wine tasting at a local chateau, such as Chateau Cabezac.
Return to the barge for dinner on board and admire the floodlit Collegiale St Etienne.

Capestang to Fonserannes
After breakfast, we 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, visit the Roman museum, discover the beauty of St Juste Cathedral or simply relax in one of the many cafes.
Return to Athos for lunch on board and then we begin our cruise to Fonserannes. Dinner on board.

Fonserannes to Portiragnes
This morning we drive to the old market town of Pezenas, which was the first seat of the Lanquedoc court.
The architecture is particular to the town 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, we begin our negociation of a 17th century feat of engineering, the Fonserannes Lock Staircase with it's unique Oval locks.
Then we traverse the 18th century aqueduct over the river Orb.
The paved towpath and the many locks leading to our mooring make it an ideal afternoon for walking or cycling alongside the barge.
Dinner on board.

Portiragnes to Marseillan
This morning, we get underway earlier than usual, cruising through the area known as the Petite Camargue.
Bird watchers should look ou for the local species such as pink flamingos, African Rollers and Bea Eaters.
After passing through the exceptional round lock at Agde, a spectacular and appropriate seafood lunch awaits you as you enter the open waters of the Etang du Thau.
The Etang hosts Europes largest mussel and oyster beds.
As we moor in the port at Marseillan, you will notice the enclosure which makes up 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 Captains Farewell Dinner on board.

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Beziers.

Cruise rates

Argeliers to Marseillan dates and rates

USD rates 2020 for USA and CANADA residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 10 50000 USD 43900 USD
Whole boat charter for 8 46900 USD 41200 USD
Whole boat charter for 6 43800 USD 38500 USD
Stateroom per person 5290 USD 4750 USD
Single supplement 1800 USD 1550 USD
STERLING rates 2020 for UNITED KINGDOM residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 10 £39200 £32300
Whole boat charter for 8 £36700 £30200
Whole boat charter for 6 £34200 £28100
Stateroom per person £4150 £3450
Single supplement £1300 £1150
EURO rates 2020 ALL OTHER COUNTRIES Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 10 44500€ 39200€
Whole boat charter for 8 41700€ 36800€
Whole boat charter for 6 38900€ 34400€
Stateroom per person 4750€ 4150€
Single supplement 1600€ 1400€
Prices include: Local transfer between Beziers and the hotel barge (approximate transfer duration 30 minutes), a luxury 6-night cruise, all meals on board cartered for by the on-board Master Chef, an open barge 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non-alocoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise; excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of 4 crew and use of the barge facilities, which include bicycles.
Themed charters:
Art charters, 8 guests maximum: 4150 USD / £3000 / 3750€ supplement
Wine appreciation charters 5250 USD / £4000/ 4500€ supplement
Golf charter 600 USD / £450 / 525€ supplement per player
Tennis charter, 8 guests maximum: No supplement; includes pre-booked and pre-paid courts and transfers to and from the tennis clubs
- Departure Dates  2020-
Value March 29 to April 19
October 11 to October 25
Regular April 26 to October 4

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