Athos History

The Athos is an historic Canal du Midi barge specially designed to navigate the narrow Canal du Midi and its low 17th century bridges.  This is her story.

Athos was built in 1964 as a commercial grain and wine barge.  In 1982 it was converted into a luxury hotel barge. Athos was renovated again in 2007 and fully equipped with modern luxuries.  As one of the few traditional Canal du Midi barges left on the canal, cruising on the Athos awakens the romance and history of the Canal du Midi and Southern France.

In August 2018, Athos owners had an amazing experience when her original blueprints found their way from the USA to France!  If you’d like to know more about Athos’ history and origins, head over to our Blog to read Athos History: a Lovely Story and an Amazing Email Exchange.

Your Hosts

The Athos du Midi is owned and operated by Julian and Dannielle Farrant. Julian has captained the Athos for 25 seasons, traversing the canal more than 5000 times. While traveling in 1997, Dannielle worked aboard the Athos as a hostess. She was romanced by the Languedoc (and Julian), and made France her home. The Athos tour guide for eight years, she now works behind-the-scenes to ensure that cruising the Canal du Midi is your best holiday ever.

The Athos Crew

Led by Captain Julian, a professional crew of two hostesses, a tour guide and accomplished chef deliver first-class food, captivating excursions and fine service. The Athos crew has a well-earned reputation for hosting with charm and skill.

Inside the Athos

Each bright cabin, with en suite bathroom and shower, reflects the understated beauty of the French countryside. Fresh cut flowers and lavender body products are reminders that you’re taking in the best of the South of France. The salon is a comfortable, intimate place for relaxing with a book, sipping an aperitif, and enjoying a five-course meal.

On Deck

The Athos’ outdoor deck is the most spacious and comfortable of any vessel on the Canal du Midi. Dine in the shade of Plane trees or settle into a cushioned, hardwood deck chair for a post-lunch siesta in the warm Mediterranean sun. Feeling adventurous? Take an on-board bicycle and discover what’s up ahead on the towpath, the shore-side trail originally used by horses towing barges.