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 along the Canal du Midi, 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 of the medieval city of Carcassonne
  • Private tour and tasting at a Minervois winery
  • Organic Olive Tasting at L’Oulibo
  • Cruise through the natural haven that is the “Petit Camargue”
  • Tour and tasting at the Noilly Prat vermouth distillery
  • Excellent towpath for walking and cycling

Classic Cruise Itineraries

Classic Cruise – Canal du Midi


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The barge, the crew, the food (we had a number of dietary restrictions that were handled seamlessly), the tours, the accommodations and the weather...

Ms Sheena Naomi Pennie

Expensive but worth every penny for that personalized special treatment. This is something that everyone should try at least once. Athos and her crew were...

Mr Paul Cope , Swansea, Wales, UK

The barge cruise was inclusive and it truly was.

Jim , Middleton, WI

This cruise was a wonderful adventure. Crew support was exceptional from the Captain to the crew members including the Tour Guide and Cook....

Mr Richard Gunderson

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

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

For Family groups Athos can accommodate up to 12 passengers – 4 children (must be under the age of 18) can share Narcissou-Fontfroide cabin which will be converted to hold 4 bunk beds. Please contact us for more details.

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