Athos is a first class 10 passenger hotel barge that cruises on the Canal du Midi

Hotel Barge Athos

Athos was originally built as a commercial sand, grain and wine barge and 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.

Her intimate saloon is the perfect place to relax on a comfortable sofa with a good book, or to sip an aperitif before enjoying another gourmet meal at the elegant dining table. The barge is air-conditioned throughout and the five bright staterooms, each with a modern en suite shower room, offer all modern comforts and can be in either twin or queen-size double bed configuration.

Outside, her spacious sundeck has a large, adjustable canopy to offer shade during a long, lazy lunch. There are comfortable hardwood deckchairs in which to relax and admire the slowly-passing Midi countryside and, of course, bicycles for the more energetic to venture along the towpath to the next lock or two.

Athos is one of the most traditional hotel barges cruising the Canal du Midi and her welcoming onboard ambience will make your gentle voyage through the Languedoc landscape truly memorable.

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

Classic Cruise Itineraries

Classic Cruise – Canal du Midi

Typical Cuisine & Wine


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

Wine Cellar

Domaine Pierre Cros Les Costes AOC Minervois; Les Costières de Pomerols AOC Coteaux de Languedoc Picpoul de Pinet
Cheese Board

Cheese Board

Pélardon; Roquefort Papillon; Cathare au Chèvre; Tomme au Piment d’ Espelette


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Wonderful friendly crew and excellent food

Mr Robert Heller

I could say that it is a bit expensive, but then again with such service and food, I can only say lovely comments. We did...

Mrs Kitty Rode , Bal Harbor, Florida

10 stars for Athos staff and captain - couldn't have been happier with the experience. Highly recommend.

Mrs Linda Corey

The Athos was a beautiful, well-maintained barge with a terrific, knowledgeable crew. We thoroughly enjoyed our week on the Canal du Midi.

Mr David McCracken


Dr Atul Mahableshwarkar , Riverwoods, illinois

See above review. Athos is amazing

Ms Nancy Hartounian

Ottimo sotto tutti i punti di vista

Mr Agostino Castiglioni , pensionato

The barge itself was very well appointed. Especially liked the canopy, that raised up or down as needed under bridges. Much better...

Mrs Sheila Olsen , Jupiter, Florica

Staff was wonderful

Mr Ray Thweatt

Deck Plan

First Class 10 Passengers 5 Crew More Details

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