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FRANCE - CANAL DU MIDI

2015 Special Offer !
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(Deposit must be recieved by 22 May 2015)

Rates are for six nights on either: A whole boat charter basis or per person based on double occupancy per cabin for our GoBarging luxury hotel barge cruises with departures every Sunday, from March to November


2015 Rates in EUR ( Euros )
ACCOMMODATION Value Regular
Stateroom per person €3,360 €3,695
Single Supplement €1,000 €1,150
Charter 6 guests wholeboat €26,880 €30,100
Charter 8 guests wholeboat €30,100 €33,580
Charter 10 guests wholeboat €32,800 €36,950

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Rates, additional charges and conditions are subject to change, and to
currency fluctuation, without notice - Errors and Omissions Excepted


DEPARTURE DATES
(Sunday )
RATE ROUTE
April - 05 , 12, 19, 26 Value
Canal du Midi
May - 03, 10, 17, 24, 31 Regular
Canal du Midi
June - 07, 14, 21, 28 Regular
Canal du Midi
July - 05, 12, 19, 26 Regular
Canal du Midi
August - 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Regular
Canal du Midi
September - 06, 13, 20, 27 Regular
Canal du Midi
October - 04 Regular
Canal du Midi
October - 11, 18, 25 Value
Canal du Midi

THEMED CRUISES

BARGE AREA AVAILABLE FOR COST
Golf Cruises Canal du Midi All Bookings €365 per person
Individuals: Some departures are available for 1-2 people to book and join other golfers on board NOTE: Only those golfing pay the supplement. Not all persons on a golf charter must play golf. Golf cruises include 4 pre booked tee times and transfers to and from the clubs 
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Wine Appreciation Cruises Canal du Midi Charter (Max 10) €3,500 per charter
These supplements cover extra expenses which include a comprehensive and customisable wine itinerary, an upgrade of all wines served on board to include more Premier and Grand Cru wines and the services of a professional Wine Guide.
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Art Cruises
Canal du Midi
Charter (Max 10)
€3,650 per charter

CRUISE INCLUDES….
Price for Athos includes:
Local transfers between Beziers and the hotel barge, 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.

Cruise Highlights Cuisine Aboard
  • Visit the mediaeval 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

Regional Specialities
Magret de canard with an orange and ginger reduction,
creamy celeriac puree and julienned vegetables of carrots,
leeks and florets of broccoli.

Wine Cellar
Borie du Maurel Esprit d'Automne AOC Minervois,
Domaine Gaujal AOC Picpoul de Pinet,
Chateau Etang de Colombes, Rose Classique

Cheese Board
Pelardon , Roquefort Papillon;
Cathare au Chevre, Tomme au Piment d' Espelette

CRUISE MAP


ITINERARY - Marseillan to Argeliers

Sunday, Day 1 Marseillan
You will be met at the **designated meeting point and transferred to Athos moored in Marseillan. Captain and crew welcome you on board with a champagne welcome. 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.

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.

**The designated meeting point and drop off point is Beziers. Other options are available for charter groups.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
On alternate weeks, cruise will be in reverse

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CANAL DU MIDI GOLF CRUISE ITINERARY - 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. You will be treated to a full-crew Welcome Aboard, whilst toasting with Champagne and Mediterranean canapes. Once you are settled into your cabin, 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 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 yds 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 designated drop off 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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CANAL DU MIDI WINE CRUISE ITINERARY - Argeliers to Marseillan

Sunday, Day 1 Argeliers
You will be met at the designated meeting point and transferred to where the Athos awaits you at her moorings in Argeliers. A full-crew Welcome aboard follows, with Champagne and Mediterranean canapes. Once you are settled into your cabin, you will be invited to a 4-course dinner, prepared by our on board Chef and your guide will speak about the acclaimed Languedoc wines chosen for each meal.

Monday, Day 2 Ageliers to Pigasse
Enjoy your first breakfast sitting in a comfortable chair on the upper deck of ATHOS. The morning visit is a drive to the famous medieval double-walled city of Carcassonne. Your knowledgeable on-board guide will offer the historical & guided visit -- making sure that you have time to browse those shops! Finishing up the visit, your guide suggests a quick wine tasting at one of the Caves in the Medieval Cite. This will provide a starting point for browsing the region's wine collections! While the Captain gets ATHOS underway for an afternoon's cruise to Argeliers, Chef will serve up a local 3-course gourmet meal (perhaps including the famous duck confit stew, Cassoulet?) By early evening you have arrived in Pigasse, where ATHOS' mooring is beside the picturesque Pont du Pigasse. A quick visit to the local wine co-operative where wine is served on tap! There is still time for a glass of the local rose as an aperitif before al-fresco dining, under the shade of the Plain trees would be nice?

Tuesday, Day 3 Pigasse to Capestang
After breakfast, this morning's suggested visit is a tasting at the Oulibo - the local olive oil pressoir. After tasting those organic and wholesome olives (accompanied, bien sur 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 guide will regale you with the harrowing tale of the Cathar siege launched at Minerve during the 13th C. En route back to the Athos, your guide points out some of the many respectable Minervois wineries in the Gorge de la Cesse area, recommended by Wine Spectator is Chateau Coupe. Lunch on board and then the barge cruises to Capestang. ATHOS will be moored with a clear view of the flood lit St. Etienne cathedral. The village is a 5-minute walk. Dinner on board.

 Wednesday, Day 4 Capestang to Fonserannes
After breakfast, we stroll into the village square where the morning market is being held? Taste some of the local winemakers' fare, the local cheese-makers' cheese, and the local butchers' sausage. From the market, your guide suggests a tasting at one of the acclaimed Saint Chinian wineries: Cave Laurent Miquel. Return to the barge for lunch on board and then cruise to Fonserannes. This section of canal offers spectacular views of the Pyrenees across the sunny, clear plain. This evening's mooring is the breath-taking viewpoint at the Fonserannes. A short drive into Beziers before dinner, where enthusiastic wine tasters can enjoy a guided visit and tasting at Domaine de la Colombette. Vignerons Mr Pugibet and his son are nationally and internationally acclaimed for their successful use of new wine technology, along with their superb Sauvignon Blanc and Lledoner Pelut. Returning to the Athos for a game of Petanque before dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 Fonserannes to Portiragnes
Visit to weekly morning market in Narbonne? Even for non-shoppers, Narbonne offers much entertainment on a Thursday morning. Explore an excavated portion of the original Roman road, the Via Domitia, or, browse through the well-compiled Roman Museum, or, discover the beauty of St. Juste Cathedral, or, simply take a moment to blend into the scene. For wine enthusiasts who might like to purchase and ship certain bottles, Athos recommends our long-time Caviste at the Cave du Palais in Narbonne and offers to take those interested to look at this large collection. Although shipping is costly, it can be arranged from here for those who are interested. After lunch we begin cruising through the 17th Century feat of engineering, the "Neuf Ecluses" (or staircase locks). ATHOS 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 one locks into the next. Coming up next is the 18thC Canal Bridge, which will carry the ATHOS over the Orb River. The evening's mooring will be at the small village of Portiragnes. The paved towpath and the many locks leading to this village make it an ideal afternoon for walking or cycling alongside the ATHOS. Dinner on board

 Friday, Day 6 Portiragnes to Marseillan
From the scenic mooring at Portiragnes, we get underway earlier than usual, cruising through the Petit Camargue where bulls stand casually in fields, Pink Flamingos grace estuaries, and African Rollers fly overhead. 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. Your hostess has made sure that plenty of the local specialties, Picpoul de Pinet, is available to accompany the seafood according to the local pairing. As the barge comes to 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 private tour of the Distillery -- and, of course, a taste of Noilly Prat vermouth! Chef's efforts are sure to make this evening worth remembering! Your Captain will join your party for your final dinner on board this evening, and your crew will have chosen particularly special wines for your final meal on board. During the evening, he will 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.

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