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Athos 2017 Rates

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European Waterways - France 2017 Rates
Rates are shown in Euros
Rates are for six nights on either Per Person
based on double occupancy per cabin or Whole Boat Charter basis
ACCOMMODATION
VALUE RATE REGULAR RATE
Stateroom per person
€ 3,750 € 4,250
Single Supplement
€ 1,250 € 1,450
Charter 6 passengers Whole Boat
€ 31,100 € 34,800
Charter 8 passengers Whole Boat
€ 33,300 € 37,400
Charter 10 passengers Whole Boat
€ 35,500 € 40,000
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Rates, additional charges and conditions are subject to change, and to
currency fluctuation, without notice - Errors and Omissions Excepted


Athos
2017 Season Departure Dates
DATES
RATES
April - 09, 16, 23
Value
April - 30
Regular
May - 07, 14, 21, 28
Regular
June - 04, 11, 18, 25
Regular
July - 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
Regular
August - 06, 13, 20, 27
Regular
September - 03, 10, 17, 24
Regular
October - 01
Regular
October - 08, 15, 22
Value
Marseillan to Algeliers Canal du Midi Cruise
Marseillan to Algeliers Canal du Midi "Golf" Cruise


Rates Include:

  • Local transfers between local meeting point and the hotel barge,(approximate transfer duration 1hr)
  • a luxury 6 night cruise
  • all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef
  • an open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
  • all wines served throughout the cruise
  • excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary
  • the services of 4 crew and use of barge facilities
  • which include bicycles and spa pool.

Rates Do Not Include:

  • Air Fare
  • Airport Taxes
  • Visas
  • Health or Accident Insurance
  • Trip cancellation Insurance
  • Superior Chateaux vintage wine
  • Crew gratuities
  • Optional activities
  • Laundry
  • Communication charges or purchases

Cruise Map

Classic Canal du Midi Cruise - Marseillan to Argeliers:
Sunday, Day 1 - Marseillan
You will be met at the designated meeting point and transferred to where the Athos awaits you at her moorings in Marseillan. Crew Welcome aboard, whilst toasting with Champagne and Mediterranean canapes. Once you are settled into your cabin, we enjoy our first dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 - Marseillan to Portiragnes
After breakfast the proposed morning visit is a guided walk through the quaint fishing village of Marseillan and we end the visit with a taste of famous Noilly Prat vermouth, distilled right here at Marseillan port. When you return to the barge you find that a spectacular (and appropriate!) seafood lunch awaits you. The Etang hosts Europe's largest mussel and oyster Park. We cruise across the open waters of the Etang de Thau and onto the canal du Midi. This area of conservation land known as the"Petit Camargue" is home to unique bird species like Pink Flamingos, African Rollers and Bee Eaters. After a relaxing cruise we moor in Portiragnes which is only a short 2km ride to the sandy Mediterranean beach if you fancy a quick cycle before dinner. Dinner is on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 - Portiragnes to Fonserannes
A drive to the old market town of Pezenas, which was the first seat of the Languedoc court. The architecture is unique to the town because of the "Hotels Particuliers," or Mansions belonging to the noble families who followed the Court. Pezenas is filled with an eclectic mix of artisan shops, including potters, painters, hat makers, and costume designers. In addition to learning about the history of this exceptional town, your Guide will make sure there is plenty of time for browsing. Back on the boat, the Chef and the hostess begin serving up today's luxury meal while the Captain and his deck hand are busy getting ATHOS underway. Coming up next is the 18th C. Canal Bridge that will carry the ATHOS over the Orb River. The 17th C. feat of engineering, the "Neuf Ecluses" (or staircase locks), is sure to impress! ATHOS crew expertly tie her up in each lock and wait for the gates to close safely behind her before the water levels refill and allow her to pass from one lock into the next. We arrive early evening above the Fonserannes, the seven staircase locks at Beziers. Here you'll have a glorious evening view of the town of Beziers and the Cathedral St.Nazaire. The crew invite you for a quick game of Petanque and a glass of Pastis before being invited to seat for another delicious 4-course dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 - Fonserannes to Regismont le Haut
After a relaxing breakfast, why not take a side trip to the weekly morning market in Narbonne? Even for non-shoppers, Narbonne offers great entertainment on a weekday morning. Explore an excavated portion of the original Roman road, the Via Domitia, browse through the well-compiled Roman Museum, discover the beauty of the St. Juste Cathedral, or simply take a moment to blend into the lively, local cafe scene. When you return to the boat, the appealing smells of Chef's lunchtime creations tempt you into accepting a beautifully chilled glass of cold dry rose. After an alfresco lunch on Athos large upper deck, the Captain gets cruising underway and the shade of the canal lulls you into a happy siesta. By early evening, you have arrived in Capestang, and ATHOS will moor with a view of the floodlit and picturesque Collegiale St. Etienne. There ought to be enough time for a stroll into the village before the Chef starts serving up the next delight!.

Thursday, Day 5 - Regismont le Haut to Capestang
This morning's suggested visit is a tasting at the Oulibo, the local olive oil pressoir. After tasting a variety of delicious olives, accompanied by a small glass of rose, it is just a short drive up the Gorge de la Cesse and into the hilltop village of Minerve. Your Guide will delight you with the harrowing tale of the Cathar siege launched at Minerve during the 13th C. In the afternoon, you may choose to either relax after a long lunch and an afternoon of cruising, or perhaps your Guide's invite to a sociable wine-tasting at the local Chateau will appeal to you? After the wine-tasting outing, Chef has once again prepared a stunning 4-course dinner as a finale to your day.

Friday, Day 6 - Capestang to Argeliers
After breakfast we tour famous the Medieval double-walled city of Carcassonne. Ample shopping opportunities! We cruise to the rustic port of Argeliers whilst Chef will serve up another local, gourmet 3-course meal (perhaps including the famous duck confit stew, Cassoulet) By early evening, you have arrived at your final mooring. The Captain will join your party for a final dinner on board this evening, and he will invite the crew to join you in a farewell toast.

Saturday, Day 7 - Argeliers
After breakfast, transfer to the appointed destination point.

On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

Classic Canal du Midi "Golf" Cruise - Marseillan to Argeliers:
Sunday, Day 1 - Marseillan
You will be met at the designated meeting point and transferred to where the Athos awaits you at her moorings in Marseillan. Crew Welcome aboard, whilst toasting with Champagne and Mediterranean canapes. Once you are settled into your cabin, we enjoy our first dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 - Marseillan to Portiragnes
After an early breakfast we transfer to the well-acclaimed "La Grande Motte". It is made up of two 18-hole courses and one 9-hole, designed by Robert Trent-Jones (Senior) in 1987. On your return, a spectacular seafood lunch awaits you, as you move from last evening's mooring and enter the open-waters of the Etang de Thau. The Etang hosts Europe's largest mussel and oyster park. Having cruised across the Etang and on to the Canal du Midi itself, the barge comes to its evening's shady, pretty moorings at Agde. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 - Portiragnes to Fonserannes
After breakfast, transfer to Golf de Fontcaude. We suggest a slightly later start and golf through lunch. An 18-hole international course, par 72 and 6,881 yds long, it was designed by Chris Pitman in 1991. The Clubhouse is a modern complex where you can stop for lunch when you are ready. Athos begins moving through the famous round lock at Agde and heads towards Beziers. Golfers return to join the last leg of the cruise which is the exciting climb up the staircase locks to scenic Fonserannes. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 - Fonserannes to Regismont le Haut
After breakfast, transfer to "St. Thomas". This course was designed in 1992 by Patrice Lambert. It is 6704 yds long and a par 72. Along with the beautiful views, it includes an interesting blend of groomed greens, and natural, open and wooded landscape. Athos begins cruising and you meet us at the Malpas Tunnel, and enjoy the traverse through the tunnel as well as a relaxing late-afternoon of cruising towards Regismont le Haut. Your Captain stops the barge momentarily, and we hop off for a short wine-tasting at one of the few remaining traditional-method 19th C wineries. Return to the barge and cruise to the charming village of Regismont le Haut. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 - Regismont le Haut to Capestang
After breakfast transfer to Oulibo - the local olive oil pressoir. After tasting the organic and wholesome olives (accompanied, by a small glass of rose), a short drive up the Gorge de la Cesse and into the hilltop village of Minerve is in order. Your tour guide will regale you with the harrowing tale of the Cathar siege launched at Minerve during the 13th C. A long lunch and an afternoon of relaxation and by early evening we arrive in Capestang, There ought to be enough time for an invigorating game of petanque (over cocktails) or a brisk stroll into the village before dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 - Capestang to Argeliers
After breakfast transfer to Golfe de Carcassonne was designed by JP Bascuro and is 6297 yards long. If you are still feeling energetic after golfing, your guide suggests a quick stop-off at the Cite of Carcassonne and a quick look around the Medieval City where you are offered a guided historical visit by your knowledgeable on-board guide. After a look around the city together, there will still be time for browsing those shops, or a refreshing drink in the cafes while watching the busy crowds go by. A late lunch is waiting when you return for the final afternoon of cruising to Argeliers. Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 - Argeliers
After breakfast, transfer to the appointed destination point.

On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
 

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