This is the most charming way to see the South of France. On a barge cruise, you travel down small canals on a . boat that feels like a bed and breakfast. This is the Athos, a barge that was built in the 60s and travels through Roussillon along France’s most historic canal–the Canal du Midi, which passes through enchanting cities: like Carcassonne, a fortified city with Roman and Medieval history, Narbonne, famous for its market, and Marseillan, where you can taste vermouth at one of the world’s best-known distilleries. Every excursion is led by a personal tour guide and the Athos crew are welcoming hosts, including Captain Julian who sometimes brings his dog aboard. On the journey, the Athos navigates locks, some of which are hundreds of years old. As the biggest ship on the canal, the Athos always draws a crowd. Barge cruises are about taking things slow and savoring every moment. Meals are prepared by the onboard chef, always paired with local wine and follow by a cheese course. The food can be heavy, but the bikes are always available so you can end each day with a sunset ride.
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