The Athos will now transfer passengers from Beziers instead of Montpellier. Now the drive time to this lovely barge will be much shorter.
There is a direct TGV train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Beziers arriving at 4:28 PM. An escort from the Athos can tranfer you from here the day of departure. If you prefer to stay a night or two before your cruise, the Athos recommends a chic Chateau just outside of Capestang and only 15 minutes from the train station.
They have 28 suites, apartments and villas with panoramic views. Now we're talking!
The Chateau can arrange to pick you up from the train station, the taxi fare is between 35-50 euroes.
Chateau Les Carrasses is just beautiful. If you stay here make sure to mention Athos when making reservations. Take a look at their website: http://www.lescarrasses.com/index.php.