Luxury barge cruise vacations on the French hotel barge ATHOS cruising the Canal du Midi in the South of France French Hotel Barge ATHOS Canal du Midi south of France -

French Hotel Barge ATHOS
Canal du Midi - France
Between Argeliers and Marseillan


The French Hotel Barge 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.

Athos crossing the River Orb
Athos crossing the River Orb

Athos is fully air conditioned and accommodates up to 10 guests in 5 staterooms. Twelve passengers are permitted if the charter group has 4 children. The 5 guest staterooms, with ensuite private bathrooms, can be configured as either 2 twins or a queen bed.

The traditionally decorated, comfortable salon, dining area, and bar are perfect places to relax.

The very large sundeck 16½ ft x 36 ft (5.05m x 12m) is equipped with 10 reclining chairs with foot-rests, and a large table for outside dining. A permanent large hydraulic canopy provides shelter from the sun and rain. This canopy lowers and raises when cruising under bridges and allows passengers to remain seated on deck. Very practical.

An English-speaking crew of five efficiently attends to your comfort and entertainment, ensuring an unforgettable experience. Your captain has piloted Athos on the Canal du Midi for more than 20 years.

Canal du Midi Map for Hotel Barge ATHOS
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Cruise Highlights
  • Tour Carcassonne, the most complete medieval fortified city in existence
  • Wine tasting at a local château, such as Château Cabezac
  • Visit Pezenas, an architectural gem
  • Passage through Fonserannes locks
  • Visit Narbonne with its Archbishop's Palace and lively covered market
  • Cross the 18th century Orb canal bridge
  • Excellent towpath for walking and cycling

In addition to their Standard Classic Cruise itinerary, ATHOS offers many themed cruises — Art/Painting cruise, Family cruise, Golfing cruise, Tennis cruise, and a Wine tasting & appreciation cruise. See the Itinerary Page for more details.

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