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Les Bateaux Belmond



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Luxury Holidays On Board Les Bateaux Belmond

Travelling by luxury barge is about enjoying a gentler pace of life; one that’s altogether slower and more pastoral. It’s about dining on gourmet dinners in the evening before settling down to sleep to the comforting sound of the lapping waters, waking up to a beautiful morning with the only taxing thought being whether to leave the barge for a stroll along a leafy towpath, or to jump on a bike and head to the market. Les Bateaux Belmond's fleet comprises seven finely crafted vessels, each one boasting spacious cabins, en suite bathrooms and state-of-the-art technology. A high ratio of crew-to-guests ensures impeccable service as you cruise along the arrow-straight, tree-fringed canals or scenic rivers, passing meadows filled with poppies, glades of poplar trees and sun-drenched vineyards, stopping en route to discover great cities, medieval villages and Renaissance châteaux.

  • Type: Luxury Barge
  • Summary: Set sail on an adventure aboard a luxury Belmond barge
  • Feature: Travel through four of France's finest regions
  • Rooms: Seven barges with between 2-6 luxury cabins
  • Nearest airport: Dependent upon barge and itinerary
Fleur de Lys Exterior

With seven luxury barges in total, sleeping between four and twelve guests in two to six well-appointed cabins, interior décor is subtly different across the fleet. However, all of the barges are beautifully elegant, incorporating a French countryside-style with unique rural characteristics, antique fixtures and comfortable furnishings. Guest cabins are spacious, offering anything from modest twin beds to ostentatious four-posters, while bathrooms are well-appointed; most offering tiled floors and large showers. Picture windows and sundrenched decks allow for amazing views of the passing scenery.

   Belmond Aloutte:expand_more
  • Room View: Waterway views
  • Facilities: Accommodating up to four guests across two beautifully furnished cabins, the charming Belmond Aloutte offers an intimate journey along the tree-lined Canal du Midi from Carcassonne to Bexiers. The cabins (one twin and one double) are characterised by soft lighting, pastel tones and marble shower rooms, with amenities including a spacious wardrobe, dressing table, BOSE iPod station, bathrobes and slippers, and L’Occitane toiletries. A sun-dappled deck offers the perfect place to unwind or dine, while possible activities on Aloutte itineraries include horse-riding through breathtaking scenery, touring medieval castles, or picnicking amid the olive groves of the Chateau Canet. Onboard bicycles offer a great way to explore. The Belmond Aloutte is for private charter only.
   Belmond Amaryllis :expand_more
  • Room View: Waterway views
  • Facilities: Located in the waters of Burgundy’s wondrous wine-making region, journeying from Dijon to St-Léger, this luxury barge comprises four generous cabins that sleep up to eight guests. Each cabin combines classic French styling – including antique Louis XVI furniture and trompe l’oeil murals- with marble en suite bathrooms and modern amenities, from L’Occitane toiletries to plush bathrobes and slippers. Up on the deck, take a dip in the swimming pool or enjoy river views as you sip lovely local wine. The Belmond Amaryllis is for private charter only.
   Belmond Fleur de Lys:expand_more
  • Room View: Waterway views
  • Facilities: Three generous cabins – complete with plush Indian textiles, four-poster beds and en suite bathrooms with luxury L’Occitane toiletries - sleep up to six guests for the ultimate luxury river cruise from historic Dijon to pastoral Vandenesse-en-Auxois. Filled with character, the barge also flaunts a stately lounge with an elegant grand piano. Explore the cities and chateaux of Burgundy, and sample wine in idyllic vineyards, as you journey in style along winding waterways. The Belmond Fleur de Lys is for private charter only.
   Belmond Napoléon:expand_more
  • Room View: Waterway views
  • Facilities: The largest barge in the fleet, six sizeable cabins sleep up to twelve passengers, each one boasting an en suite bathroom, writing desk, plush double bed and generous windows overlooking the waterways. A rooftop deck features loungers and a hot tub, while the barge adheres to sound environmental principles. The Napoléon journeys along the majestic Rhone from Tain to Arles, showcasing the beauty and charm of Provence. Possible adventures en route include a truffle hunting in Grignan, cycling through lavender fields or sampling southern French wine with an expert. The Belmond Napoléon is available for a private charter or per cabin.
   Belmond Hirondelle:expand_more
  • Room View: Waterway views
  • Facilities: Four generous cabins sleep up to eight guests aboard this charming barge, complete with a comfortable living area and polished teak deck with a dining table. Cabins boast double or twin beds, en suite bathrooms, dressing tables, wardrobes, bathrobes and slippers, and luxury L’Occitane toiletries. Voyage through the River Marne Valley of the Champagne region from Chalons-en-Champagne to Epernay, stopping to explore riverside towns, vintage vineyards and even the house of Moët & Chandon. The Belmond Hirondelle is available for a private charter or per cabin.
   Belmond Lilas:expand_more
  • Room View: Waterway views
  • Facilities: Understated and rustic, this charming barge houses four spacious cabins with twin or king beds, each one also offering en suite facilities, picture windows, a Bose iPod docking station, wardrobe, L’Occitane toiletries, and bathrobes and slippers. Feast on local cuisine on the deck or take a dip in the outdoor pool. This vessel travels through the Burgundy region from Dijon to Saint-Léger, inviting you to get the very most out of this beautiful area of France – whether sipping wine in the region’s finest vineyards, exploring legendary chateaux or marvelling at the medieval charm of a 12th century fortress. The Belmond Lilas is for private charter only.
   Belmond Pivoine :expand_more
  • Room View: Waterway views
  • Facilities: Glide in style through the Champagne region of France aboard this charming four-cabin barge that sleeps up to eight passengers. Cabins flaunt Parisian furnishings and gleaming marble bathrooms, as well as spacious wardrobes, Bose iPod stations, dressing tables, bathrobes and slippers, and L’Occitane toiletries. Other fabulous facilities onboard include a heated swimming pool on the deck and a charming, light-filled lounge. This barge sails from La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre to Châlons-en-Champagne, inviting you to stop off and explore vintage vineyards, sleepy villages and gorgeous countryside. The Belmond Pivoine is for private charter only.

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Hotel Experiences

As well as the incredible dining, service and facilities on board the barges, a wealth of adventures awaits onshore, depending on which vessel and route you select. These carefully curated and often exclusive experiences showcase the very best of these enchanting French regions and their historical, natural and culinary delights. Just a few examples include a visit to the bustling covered market of Narbonne to pick up ingredients for your dinner on deck, a tour of a family-run champagne house with an exclusive tasting, truffle hunting for the black jewel of Burgundy, or watersports at the cable-ski park in Condrieu.

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Dining & Gourmet

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.



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