Athos hotel barge

The barge Athos

Accommodating up to 10 passengers

View of the Athos

Athos is rated out of 5

  • Wine tasting at the Chateau Cabezac
  • See the spectacular hilltop village of Minerve
  • Narbonnes Via Domitia, roman museum,St Juste cathedral, and colourful market
  • Tour Carcassonne - the most complete medieval fortified city in existence
  • Visit an olive press to sample the famous Lucques olives
  • 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

Brochure

Cruise file for Athos

From 4550 USD per person

Charters from 36,800 USD

Specifications

Crew members : 5

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

Number of bicycles : 10

Accommodation

Up to 10 guests

Double cabins : 5

Also...

Central heating

Air-conditioning

Wifi

2 Air-conditioned minibuses

Athos photos and videos

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About the barge "Athos"

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

Argeliers
Sunday
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
Monday
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
Tuesday
After breakfast we enjoy a tasting at Oulibon 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
Wednesday
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
Thursday
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, FOnserannes Lock Staircase.
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.

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

Cruise rates


Argeliers to Marseillan dates and rates

Accommodation Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 10 47500 42000
Whole boat charter for 8 44500 39400
Whole boat charter for 6 41500 36800
Stateroom per person, based on double occupancy 4990 4550
Single supplement 1700 1500
2019
Whole boat charter for 10 48900 43200
Whole boat charter for 8 45800 40580
Whole boat charter for 6 42700 37900
Suite per person, based on double occupancy 5140 4690
Single supplement 1750 1545
Prices in USD
Sterling and euro prices available on request for non-US/Canadian citizens
 
Wine appreciation charter 4750 USD supplement
Golf charter: 600 USD supplement, per player
Tennis charter: No supplement
Art charter 4150 USD supplement
 
- Departure Dates -
Value April 2 to April 23
October 8 to October 22
Regular April 30 to October 1
 
- Departure Dates  2019-
Value March 31 to April 21
October 13 to October 20
Regular April 28 to October 6

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