Food & Beverage+
Fine dining plays a large part in every Afloat in France itinerary, especially when the produce is fresh and available in abundance. On board, a host of expert staff will prepare and deliver a superb table d'hôte menu and carefully chosen wines. Choose from sumptuous continental breakfasts, French-inspired lunches and extravagant multi-course dinners prepared by your very own on-board Chef. On shore, a number of wonderful culinary experiences await, including sampling chocolate, going truffle hunting and visiting the vineyards of exquisite fine wines, while every evening meal is rounded with a daily selection of delectable regional cheese.
Belmond Orcaella and Belmond Road to Mandalay serve innovative dishes inspired by fresh local ingredients, incorporating Burmese, Thai, Indonesian, Indian and European specialities. Food is taken care of throughout the day, from morning tea and coffee served in your cabin, before a hearty buffet breakfast, and on to an extensive buffet lunch, served with complimentary soft drinks, beer or house wine. The end of the journey is celebrated by a Gala dinner on the final night, featuring a specially designed menu to toast your time spent aboard.
Relaxation & Education+
Luxury barges in the Afloat in France fleet offer the chance to relax in pure comfort as you gently cruise past the beautiful landscapes of Burgundy. With an intimate number of passengers aboard, enjoy the peace and quiet from the sun deck, where some vessels feature a swimming pool or Jacuzzi, making a tranquil way to lazily traverse these idyllic waterways. Bicycles are stored on board for a gentle peddle through nearby villages and markets, while private transport can be arranged for longer journeys, with the assistance of a driver and knowledgeable guide.
Belmond Orcaella and Belmond Road to Mandalay both feature a refreshing pool on their sun decks, perfect for soaking in the views. They also offer a spa treatment menu, featuring manicure, pedicure and blow-dry services, while Belmond Orcaella offers yoga and tai chi sessions out on the deck and at special locations along the shore. In addition, handpicked guest speakers may also join you on board, sharing their knowledge on unique aspects of the destination with insightful lectures and accompanying excursions and performances from local audiences.
Afloat in France
Routes vary and take guests along waterways that meander through four French regions; Burgundy, Franche-Comté, Languedoc-Roussillon and Rhône-Alpes. Itineraries and activities en route to suit your party can be prearranged, whether your interests are food and wine, history and culture, architecture and antiques, cycling or horse-riding. You can select from set cruise itineraries or charter a vessel for custom-made cruising; each vessel can be chartered singly, or in tandem for larger groups - with this option you'll feel as if you're staying in your own private floating villa.
Belmond Orcaella travels along the Ayeyarwady River and one of its tributaries, the Chindwin River in the remote, northern part of Burma. A cultural and visual wonder, the river begins in the Chindwin Valley, a sparsely populated area where centuries-old traditions persist, carts are pulled by bulls, houses are constructed of bamboo and the subsistence villagers grow their own fruit, vegetables and medicinal plants. It then meanders along the foothills of the Himalayas, passing pristine areas of dense jungle, majestic mountains and sheer cliff faces. Cultural highlights include Mahar Min Kyaung Monastery, built in 1912 to a European design and boasting Italianate windows; the Magicians’ Caves which, according to folklore, were the home of forest-dwelling men who gained supernatural powers by meditation, and Bodhi Tahtaung, a complex comprising over one-thousand trees and Buddha statues, including its amazing centrepiece, the 300ft-long reclining Buddha. Gold is still panned in the Chindwin River and your souvenirs may well be decorated with its precious metal.
Road to Mandalay
Belmond Road to Mandalay sets sail from the royal city of Mandalay and cruises between the ancient capital of Bagan, in the south, and Bhamo, with its thriving market scene, in the north. The route allows you to observe villages and cities as the lives of the Burmese people unfold before you; farmers ploughing fields with oxen and carts, children splashing about at the river’s edge, fishermen in their little boats, tradesmen transporting goods on bamboo rafts, not to mention some spectacular scenery, including forest-covered gorges and valleys dotted with monasteries and temples.