PROPERTY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Belmond Afloat in France fleet, comprising of 7 péniche-hotels cruises along the scenic rivers and canals of France, winding through Canal du Midi, Burgundy, Provence and Champagne. Live the dream with a serene exploration on France’s magnificent country waterways from April to October each year.
  • Our stunning barges accommodate between 4 to 12 guests in total comfort. Each are individually designed and some have heated, panoramic pools and sunbeds laid out on the attractive sun decks, while all are equipped with bicycles ready for riding along leafy pathways by the tranquil canals. All meals, beverages and excursions are included within your fare.
  • Relax in stylish comfort in bright, airy lounges, gazing at the views through the large picture windows, or drink in the vistas from the sun deck – also perfect for cocktails before dinner. Dine on sensational cuisine as you drift along picturesque riverbanks, then moor for tailor-made excursions including private wine tastings, golf, go-karting, hot air ballooning and horse-riding.
  • There’s a high crew-to-guest ratio and each of our seasoned staff is fluent in English and French. A personal guide is on board, ready to introduce you to the region’s highlights. You’ll be looked after by the barge’s chef, too, who carefully pairs fresh regional cuisine with local wines and cheese.
  • A champagne reception on deck marks the beginning of a remarkable voyage. Savour a slower pace of life as you spread out on deck or in the luxurious interiors. Then head ashore to discover the art of truffle hunting or the secrets of the Grands Crus vineyards. Accompany your chef to the market and pick out fresh produce for the evening’s feast.
  • Onboard and off, your personal guide make sure that every need and indulgence is taken care of, just sit back, and let your senses set sail.

EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE

We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.

  • Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
  • Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
  • Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
  • Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
  • Complimentary private airport transfers.
  • Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
  • Early check-in and late check-out.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.

A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.

ACTIVITIES:


Hot-Air Ballooning

Take to the skies in a hot-air balloon and glide over the rich and varied patchwork landscapes. Enjoy a bird’s-eye perspective of fairytale châteaux and picturesque vineyards as you discover this serene mode of travel.



Narbonne Market Tour

Enjoy a visit to the bustling covered market of Narbonne. Marvel the historic architecture of this charming city whilst you are escorted by your on-board chef through the stalls. Mingle with the locals as you help choose your dinner ingredients from the enticing array of produce on offer.



Ployez-Jacquemart Champagne Tour

Explore this family run Champagne house in Ludes with an exclusive tasting of their vintage champagnes and hosted by Laurence Ployez in the peaceful garden. Take the opportunity to visit the cellars of the house which were used to hide members of the Royal Air Force during World War II.



Truffle Hunting

Set off on a forest adventure to uncover the black jewel of Burgundy. Accompanied by an expert harvester and highly trained dog, you’ll hunt under trees for the elusive Truffle de Bourgogne. Afterwards, enjoy a degustation of this most aromatic prize.


Water Sports

Refine your skills on the water, or simply discover a new hobby. With a variety of water sports available for all ages and abilities, the cable-ski park in Condrieu allows everyone to have great fun without necessarily having great skill. From water-skiing to wakeboarding, it’s a chance to test your expertise on the water.

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Belmond Afloat Luxury River Cruise in Burgundy, France

The Belmond Afloat in France fleet, comprising of 7 péniche-hotels cruises along the scenic rivers and canals of France, winding through Canal du Midi, Burgundy, Provence and Champagne. Live the dream with a serene exploration on France’s magnificent country waterways from April to October each year. Relish every moment of your journey as you glide along on one of our seven luxurious barges. We make it a point of pride to ensure your every need is taken care of. Relax in stylish comfort and dine on sensational cuisine as you drift along picturesque riverbanks, then moor for tailor-made excursions. Our customised itineraries range from truffle hunting and go-karting to hot air ballooning and horse-riding.

Excursions are planned to suit your wishes. A personal guide is on board, ready to introduce you to the region’s highlights such as architectural landmarks or famous vineyards. An air-conditioned vehicle accompanies each barge for your onshore visits. Guests get exclusive access to private vineyards, gardens, antiques, markets and local beauty spots. The péniche also carry bicycles to enable independent exploration of the local region at leisure. If that wasn’t enough, there are opportunities to experience a hot-air balloon ride, go cycling or play golf.

Our stunning barges accommodate between 4 and 12 guests in total comfort. Each are individually designed and some have heated, panoramic pools and sunbeds laid out on the attractive sun decks, while all are equipped with bicycles ready for riding along leafy pathways by the tranquil canals. All meals, beverages and excursions are included within your fare. Relax in bright, airy lounges, gazing at the views through the large picture windows, or drink in the vistas from the sun deck – also perfect for cocktails before dinner. There’s a high crew-to-guest ratio and each of our seasoned staff is fluent in English and French. A personal guide is on board, ready to introduce you to the region’s highlights.

Each member of our fleet offers unique accommodation, however all share a heightened sense of elegance and luxury. Spacious cabins are punctuated by thoughtful details and every creature comfort. Look forward to gleaming en-suite bathrooms, state-of-the-art technology and more. Some barges enjoy heated pools, some are adorned with antiques and murals—and one even has a grand piano.

Belmond Afloat in France Alouette exterior
Belmond Afloat in France Alouette Bedroom

Belmond Alouette

Slip along the tree-lined Canal du Midi from Carcassonne to Béziers aboard intimate Belmond Alouette. Wake in luxury each day. Meander mysterious medieval fortresses. Drop by sun-drenched vineyards to sample the vintages. At bustling markets, pick out fresh ingredients for dinner alongside your private chef. If you’re looking for cosy intimacy and complete relaxation, this is the river cruise for you. Enjoy the finest of barge cruises aboard Belmond Alouette. Unwind in intimate cabins, where soft lighting, warm pastel tones and airy marble bathrooms set the scene for a restful stay. Cool off with an afternoon siesta, or stretch out with a classic cocktail as you watch the sun set through your picture windows. Perfect for a lazy South of France summer or for a romantic holiday, cosy Belmond Alouette has just two cabins. One twin and one double—each with an en suite shower room—provide sumptuous sanctuaries on board.

Belmond Afloat in France Amaryllis
Belmond Afloat in France Amaryllis Bedroom

Belmond Amaryllis

Wind the waters of Burgundy’s picturesque wine-making region, from Dijon to St-Léger, on this luxury barge. Uncover the secrets of historic chateaux hidden amid the leafy landscape. Lose yourself in elegant cities soaked in sunshine. Taste the spirit of Burgundy in its deep, complex wines. A dip in our on-deck pool is the perfect way to prepare for adventures ahead. After a full day, cosy cabins and sumptuous feasts tempt you back on board. Aboard Belmond Amaryllis you’ll look forward to settling in for the night. Grand cabins of muted palettes, fine fabrics and floral accents promote rest and relaxation. En suites are spacious and gleaming. By day, large picture windows ensure you stay connected to the beautiful Burgundy scenes drifting by. Generous king or twin beds make for a restful night’s sleep. En suites boast overhead showers or baths and dual vanities. Large windows give way to spacious decks. Unwind in the air-conditioned cool while the sun-dappled countryside passes by.

Belmond river cruises fleur de lys exterior
Belmond Afloat in France Fleur de Lys bedroom

Belmond Fleur de Lys

From historic Dijon to pastoral Vandenesse-en-Auxois, discover the region’s top castles and wineries in style. Not many barges boast four-poster beds, a stately lounge and a grand piano. Belmond Fleur de Lys is unique and full of character. Drift to captivating chateaux, charming port towns and sun-drenched vineyards. Along the way, discover the magic of Burgundy vintages and—with your private onboard chef—French cooking at its finest. Step into a spacious chamber where every last detail has been taken care of. From plush beds to oak-panelled ceilings, the interior’s soft aesthetic perfectly mimics the ambience of life on the waterways. Two cabins can be configured as twins or doubles––perfect for families or groups embarking on French barge trips. Step inside to oversized picture windows, four poster beds, sumptuous bedding and spacious en suites. Cool off or warm up with adjustable air-conditioning and heating. We’ve thought of everything.

Belmond Afloat in France Napoleon
Belmond Afloat in France Napoleon Bedroom

Belmond Napoléon

Cruising the majestic Rhône from Tain to Arles, take in the charms of Provence aboard Belmond Napoléon. Recline on the largest barge in our fleet, as peaceful meadows drift by and weeping willows dip into the water. Around-the-clock indulgence awaits. Sip cocktails under the stars and feast on local delicacies. Tour the postcard-perfect hillsides of Provence, then quench your thirst surrounded by world-class vines. Welcome aboard our flagship canal boat. Packed with every possible amenity for a superior sleep, cabins are designed for optimal space and serenity on the French waterways. Pen the day’s delights at your sun-dappled writing desk, or dream the day away on your plush double bed. Pamper and prep in the elegant en-suite before cocktails on deck. Our spacious twin or king cabins feature their own indulgent en-suite bathroom, large scenic window and controlled heating. All six cabins can be reconfigured to your needs––the perfect choice for groups or families.

Belmond Afloat in France Hirondelle exterior
Belmond Afloat in France Hirondelle bedroom

Belmond Hirondelle

Explore vintage vineyards and pretty riverside towns as you glide along from Chalons-en-Champagne to Epernay. Tour the best of the Marne Valley on the largest lock barge in our fleet. Take a seat on the polished teak deck and slip into a more tranquil pace. Or unlock your inner connoisseur under the guidance of our well-versed crew. A variety of unique curiosities and experiences await off-board to enchant your whole party. After a day of adventure, close the door on your own private sanctuary for the perfect night’s sleep. Exquisite embroidered fabrics and fine antique furniture define our French river cruise’s style. Wake to birdsong and the gentle sounds of the river. Open curtains to tree-speckled vistas, calm waters and blue skies. Designed with tranquility in mind, each cabin ensures a supremely relaxing cruise. Sit back under oak-panelled ceilings on plush furnishings, or pen the day’s highlights from your writing desk. An oversized picture window coaxes sun-dappled daydreams.

Belmond Afloat in France Lilas
Belmond Afloat in France Lilas bedroom

Belmond Lilas

Discover a landscape brimming with flavour and heritage on a luxurious cruise from Dijon to Saint-Léger. Launching in 2018, Belmond Lilas invites you to step into a world of understated indulgence. Soft furnishings and rustic timbers echo the surrounding landscape of Burgundy. Take a dip in the outdoor pool, or savour divine local delicacies on deck. Each sensational adventure explores the region’s finest vineyards and legendary chateaux. Blending rustic timbers and handcrafted details with a vibrant colour palette, Belmond Lilas’ soothing ambience is felt inside and out. Following a day of organic wine tastings, exploring medieval ruins or simply relaxing in the on-deck pool, four spacious cabins provide the perfect sanctuary to revive. Experience one of the country’s finest small luxury cruises. After a day spent under local vines or biking beside the waterways, there’s no finer haven to return to. Four generous en-suite cabins feature inviting king or twin beds, a writing desk and a large picture window.

A Gourmet Escape on the French Waterways – Take a seat on our sun-dappled barges, and slink leisurely through waterways flanked by Grand Cru vineyards. Savour rare vintages on our exclusive wine tours. Then hop off to sample artisan cheeses, go truffle tasting or peruse the best French markets. From Narbonne to Burgundy, each Belmond itinerary promises the most sublime of culinary vacations. Treat family, friends or colleagues to a show-stopping celebration in France. Onboard our luxury European river cruises, sumptuous dining is set to be a highlight. Your cruise begins in style with a champagne reception to welcome you on board. Guests can tailor menus to their tastes, or even hone their culinary skills with a cooking class. Exploring off board? Have us arrange a picnic in a sun-soaked vineyard or the grounds of grand château. All meals, beverages and excursions are included in our fare.

You’ll be looked after by the barge’s chef, too, who carefully pairs fresh regional cuisine with local wines and cheese. Dining is a highlight of every cruise and you can dine alfresco when the weather permits. With a highly skilled chef on board, you can look forward to gourmet delights, from tasty breakfasts and delicious lunches to five-course candlelit dinners. Our chef sources the freshest ingredients from local markets and will tailor the cuisine to your tastes. You can also visits the markets with the chef.

Belmond Afloat in France Dining
Belmond Afloat in France Dining
Belmond Afloat in France Dining
Belmond Afloat in France Dining
Belmond Afloat in France Dining
Belmond Afloat in France Dining
Belmond Afloat in France Dining
Belmond Afloat in France Dining Champagne

Dining

Join us on board and cook up a storm. At cosy classes in our barge kitchens or scenic stops en-route, your chef will uncover the secrets of classic dishes and local specialities. For wine connoisseurs, our Semaine des Grands Crus tour will be irresistible. Sample 33 of Burgundy’s top vintages over six nights. Wine classes, tours of famous cellars and special dinners with our resident experts and the winemakers themselves are an added treat.

Some of our barges have grand pianos, others heated, panoramic pools. Our cabin facilities include iPod docking station, DVD players, computers and WIFI – this really is boating with a difference. The mini-van transfer or train transfer from Paris to the river cruiser, all table d’hote meals, complimentary beverages, all excursions stated in the itinerary and accommodation are included in the cost.

Belmond amaryllis pool
Belmond Afloat in France Plunge Pool
Belmond Afloat in France Napoleon deck

Pool / Jacussi

Area & Location

Area, Country
Chalons en champagne, France
Nearest Airport
Paris-Vatry Airport
Local Currency
Euro
Time Change
GMT+01:00
Language
French
Best time to go
April through October

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