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Athos- Canal du Midi
sleeps: 2-10
bedrooms: 5
bathrooms: 5
amenities:
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Athos- Canal du Midi
The 10 passenger Athos was built in 1964 as a commercial sand, grain and wine barge and was converted into a luxury hotel barge in 1982. Her association with wine continues today as she gracefully meanders through the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. She is air conditioned throughout, has bikes available for passenger use a spacious sundeck to enjoy the passing scenery. Her five en-suite staterooms can be in either twin or queen-size double bed configuration and offer all modern comforts. The spacious, traditionally decorated saloon, dining area and bar are perfect places to relax.
An English-speaking crew of four efficiently attends to your comfort and entertainment and ensures an unforgettable experience. Your captain has piloted Athos on the Canal du Midi for more than 20 years and his experience shows though his leadership of the master chef, tour guide and housekeeper.

Cruise Highlights
* Visit the medieval city of Carcassonne * Wine tasting at Domaine de Guery * Visit Pezenas, an architectural gem * Passage through Fonserannes locks * Visit Roman Narbonne * Cross the 18th century Orb canal bridge * Excellent towpath for walking and cycling
Sunday, Day 1 Argeliers
You will be met at the **designated meeting point and transferred to where the Athos awaits you at her mooring in Argeliers. A full-crew Welcome Aboard follows, with Champagne and Mediterranean canapés. Once you are settled into your cabin, you will be invited to a 4-course dinner, prepared by our highly acclaimed on board Chef.
Monday, Day 2 Argeliers to Capestang
Enjoy breakfast in a comfortable chair on the upper deck of the barge. After breakfast 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 barge for an afternoon's cruise to Capestang, whilst your chef will serve up a gourmet lunch (perhaps including the famous duck confit stew, cassoulet. By early evening we have arrived in Capestang, where we moor with a view of the flood-lit and picturesque Collegiale St. Etienne. Time for a brisk stroll into the village before dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3 Capestang to Régimont le Haut
After breakfast we enjoy a tasting at “Oulibo”, the local olive oil pressoir. After tasting those organic and wholesome olives accompanied by a glass of rosé, 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 Régimont le Haut or you can enjoy a wine tasting at a local château, such as Château Cabezac. Return to the barge for dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 Régimont le Haut to Fonserannes
After breakfast, why not take a side-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 well-compiled Roman Museum, discover the beauty of St. Juste Cathedral or simply take a moment to blend into the scene and sit and relax in one of the many cafés before lunch ashore at a local auberge. Later in the afternoon we cruise to Fonserannes. From our mooring tonight you will have a glorious view of the town of Beziers and the Cathedral St. Nazaire. Dinner on board.
Thursday, Day 5 Fonserannes to Portiragnes
This morning we drive to the old market town of Pezenas, which was the first seat of the Languedoc 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 negotiation of the Fonserannes Staircase. This 17thC feat of engineering, the "Neuf Ecluses" (or staircase locks), is sure to impress! The crew expertly tie her up in each lock, and wait for the gates to close safely behind her before the water levels empty out and allow her to pass from one lock into the next. But it's not over yet! Coming up next is the 18thC Canal Bridge which will carry us over the Orb River. The evening's mooring will be just outside the small village of Portiragnes. The paved tow path and the many locks leading to this mooring make it an ideal afternoon for walking or cycling alongside the barge. Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6 Portiragnes to Marseillan
From the shaded and scenic mooring of Portiragnes, we get underway earlier than usual, cruising through the area known as the “Petit Camargue”. Bird watchers look out for the local species such as Pink Flamingos, African Rollers and Bee Eaters that frequent the surrounding estuaries. After crossing through the exceptional “round lock” at Agde, you find that a spectacular (and appropriate!) seafood lunch awaits you, as you enter the open-waters of the Etang de Thau. The Etang hosts Europe's largest mussel and oyster park. As we moor in the port at Marseillan, you will notice the enclosure which makes up the Noillly Prat Vermouth distillery. End a perfect day with a fascinating tour of the distillery and, if you choose, a taste of Noilly Prat vermouth! Your captain will join your party for your final dinner on board this evening. During the evening, he will also invite the crew to make a farewell toast with you.
Saturday, Day 7 Marseillan
After breakfast transfer to the **designated drop off point.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. **The designated meeting and drop off point is Beziers. Other options are available for charter groups.

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