Join an exciting 7-day cruise on board the Athos ship. Enjoy the different places along the way while cruising the Canal Du Midi. Explore the history of the walls in Carcassonne and browse artisans shops in Pezenas filled with painters, hat makers and costume designers. You might choose to bird watch in Petit Camargue, taste local wines, or enjoy lunch at Etang de Thau, which offers Europe’s largest mussel and oyster beds. Visit the weekly morning market in Narbonne or simply relax at a picturesque café in Fonserannes.
Tour Carcassonne, the most complete medieval fortified city in existence
Enjoy a wine tasting at a local château, such as Château Cabezac
Argeliers is a small village in Southern France situated in the Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon region. Guests are met in Beziers while waiting to be transferred to the ship by a private chauffeured minibus. Chilled champagne and Mediterranean canapés will be served as guests arrive on board where your accommodating crew awaits. Once on board, you will be invited to your first 4-course dinner prepared by the highly skilled chef.
After you've enjoyed a fresh and delicious breakfast on the upper deck of the hotel barge, you will visit the famous medieval double-walled city of Carcassonne. The first walls were built in Gallo-Roman times followed by additional walls that were added in the 13th and 14th centuries. Your knowledgeable guide will provide a full tour of this magical and historical place with enough time to browse some shops along the way. Return to the ship and enjoy a gourmet lunch that may even include the famous duck confit stew, cassoulet. In the afternoon, cruise to La Croisade where you can spend some time walking or cycling along the towpath. A delightful dinner will be served to end the day.
After a delectable breakfast, you will have the opportunity to taste some organic and wholesome olives accompanied by a glass of rosé at L’Oulibo. A short drive up the Gorge de la Cesse and into the hilltop village of Minerve is next on the list. Your guide will entertain you with the harrowing tale of the Cathar siege launched at Minerve during the 13th century. Relax on board after lunch while cruising to Capestang then enjoy a glass of wine at a local château such as Château Cabezac.
End the day with an elegant dinner on board and take in the views of the floodlit Collegiale St. Etienne.
Narbonne is a town in southern France on the Canal de la Robine. After breakfast, you will have the opportunity to explore the morning market in Narbonne but non-shoppers should not worry since Narbonne also offers entertainment. Explore and discover an excavated portion of Via Domitia, the first Roman road built in Gaul to link Italy and Hispania through what is now southern France. Explore the Roman Museum, the beauty of St. Juste Cathedral or just relax at one of many cafés nearby. You can have your lunch at the atmospheric market then return to the Athos to cruise to Fonserannes. Before the day ends, you will have a chance to view town of Beziers and the Cathedral St.Nazaire.
Drive to the old market town of Pezenas. a commune in the Hérault department in the Occitanie region in southern France. The architecture of Pezenas is distinctive because of the "Hotels Particuliers" or those mansions of the noble families who followed the Court. Filled with artisans' shops such as hat makers, painters, and costume designers, you will have time to browse these shops as well as learn historical information. After lunch, you will begin your exploration of the Fonserannes Staircase Locks then travel across the 18th-century aqueduct over the River Orb. Walking or cycling the paved towpath alongside your ship are optional activities.
Cruise through the area known as the "Petit Camargue" and keep your eyes peeled for local bird species such as pink flamingos, African Rollers, and Bee Eaters. The ship then cruises across the magnificent, "round lock" at Agde. A delightful seafood lunch awaits you at the Etang de Thau which humbly offers Europe’s largest mussel and oyster beds. While the ship moors at the port of Marseillan, you will have the chance to witness the enclosure of the Noilly Prat vermouth distillery. The tour ends with a tasting of Noilly Prat and Captain's farewell dinner on board.
We are so glad that we chose Adventure Life. The service is top-notch. Everything is well taken care of and we just have to print the documents and go. Franny even gave us timely updates on possible airport strike.