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French Hotel Barge ATHOS
Canal du Midi, France
~ ABOUT THE BOAT ~

Traditionally built in 1964 as a commercial sand, grain and wine barge, the ATHOS was designed especially for the Canal du Midi. ATHOS was converted into a luxury holiday vessel in 1982, and now has 5 guest cabins (maximum 10 passengers).  Each cabin has an ensuite bathroom and a choice of twin or double beds. ATHOS's main saloon is comprised of a ounge, bar, and a large dining area. The spacious upper deck is furnished with recliners, dining table, chairs, and umbrella. Since her 1982 conversion, ATHOS has undergone a number of redecorations and renovations, keeping her in her well-reputed classy condition.
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  • 103 FEET LONG, 18 FEET WIDE
  • 4 CREW
  • UP TO 10 PASSENGERS (12 if family with kids)
  • 5 DOUBLE/TWIN STATEROOMS
  • AIR CONDITIONED / CENTRAL HEAT
  • SUN DECK WITH LOUNGERS
  • 8/10 TOURING BIKES
  • WI-FI (Subject to local reception)
  • 2 AIR CONDITIONED MINIVANS 

GUEST CABINS

Up to 10 guests  (12 guests if a family charter with 4 children)

NUMBER AND TYPES OF CABINS:
5 staterooms all with choice of 2 single beds or a double bed and each with en suite bathroom.
(Stateroom 5 is a little larger and it’s possible to replace the bed with 2 x bunk beds for 4 children thus allowing a 12 pax family charter of 8 adults and 4 children if required.)

SIZES OF THE CABINS:
Staterooms are all approximately the same size but the bow stateroom is a little larger.

  • Cabin 1, 2, 3 and 4: 93 sq ft
  • Cabin 5 (Narcissou-Fontfroide): 102 sq ft

Note: All measurements are approximate

SIZE OF THE BEDS:
  • As single beds they are each 6 ft 4 long and 2ft 7 wide (190 cm x 80cm).
  • As a Double bed they measure 6ft 4 long x 5ft wide (190 cm x 160 cm).

BATHROOMS: All cabins have a full-sized wash basin, WC and a shower. They are fully tiled in Provencal blue & white tiles and supplied with towels, shampoo, shower gel, moisturiser, soap and conditioner.

AMENITIES: Each guest cabin has closet space, luggage storage space, hair dryer and 220-volt electricity for French two-pin plugs. The cabins do not have safes but there is a crew member on board at all times.

ELECTRICITY: 220 volt electricity (French two-pin plugs). The barge is wired for 220 and 240 volts but not 110 volts.  It is suggested that you bring an adapter for your particular appliance, which corresponds to the standard French.  If you wish to use an electrical appliance on board, please ask one of the crew when you arrive on board to ensure that it is suitable to the barge’s electrical system.  We cannot be held responsible for unforeseen voltage fluctuations which sometimes occur when swapping from one voltage system to another.

PUBLIC ROOMS

SALOON/DINING ROOM DIMENSIONS: 16 ft 6 ins x 30 ft (5.5m x 10m)

SUNDECK: Very large sundeck 16’ 6” x 36 ft (5.5m x 12m) equipped with 10 reclining chairs with foot-rests, a large table for dining outside. Sundeck canopy 6m x 3m.

LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT
  • Hi-Fi system and CD’s
  • Boules
  • 8 Touring Bikes with sloping top tube and 21 gears.We can arrange children’s bikes and child bike seats and child-trailer, if required. Please notify us in advance to make arrangements.
  • A small library of books, CDs, DVDs, maps, and a collection of board games
  • Wi-Fi internet access is available for passengers bringing their own appliances (this is subject to availability in some remote areas)
  • Binoculars for watching the bird life

CYCLING & WALKING
Passengers are welcome to walk or cycle using the on board bicycles as often as they like.  Most people choose to disembark the barge at a lock and visit local villages, returning to the canal and meeting the barge a little further along.  The barge travels very slowly and therefore catching up will not be a problem.

HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES
The region ‘Athos’ cruises in is not suitable for hot air ballooning.

EXCURSIONS BY MINIBUS
2 air conditioned minivans, seating 6 passengers each.

FOR THOSE NOT WISHING TO ATTEND EXCURSIONS
You are welcome to stay behind on the barge if you would like. You can use the bikes, go for a walk or just sit on the shaded sundeck or in the spa pool with a glass or wine.

THEMED CRUISES
Golf, Tennis, Wine appreciation, and Family cruise itineraries are available for charter groups, please the ITINERARIES page for more details. Special interest cruises often have a supplement and further information can be found on their RATES page.

COMPUTER & TELEPHONE FACILITIES
Wi-Fi is available on board for passengers to connect to the internet if they bring their own appliances. This is subject to availability in more remote locations. There are no passenger telephones aboard Athos.

PASSENGERS WITH MOBILITY RESTRICTIONS
There are 6 steps from deck to saloon, and 3 steps from saloon to cabin level. There are sturdy hand rails on the 6 steps. The crew will assist in every way they can.  Please advise us at least 10 weeks before cruising if a wheelchair is required. Athos can hire this from the local pharmacy for a small charge of approximately 100 Euros. Payment should be made directly to the barge Captain once on board.

SMOKING
Our barges have a strict non-smoking policy. Smokers are asked not to smoke inside the barge as this may give offence to your shipmates.  Smoking is categorically not permitted in the cabins for safety reasons.  If you would like to smoke you are requested to smoke outside on deck or on the tow path, away from fellow passengers.

 
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