BARGING IN FRANCE
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WHERE Along the scenic rivers and canals of southern France. Wind through Burgundy, Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon while stopping at places of interest.
WHEN From April to October each year.
HOW Book an entire barge (or two in tandem) for exclusive use, or simply sail with us on a per-cabin basis.
Every night the péniche-hôtel berths in a new location. A gourmet dinner is served on board before settling down to sleep, comforted by the sound of the lapping waters.
Come morning the mist rises to reveal the sun as the craft slips its moorings. The barge continues on its way through picturesque locks and riverbanks lined with fishermen. A kingfisher darts past. A village baker cycles by, his dog perched in the wicker basket.
Lazy hours on deck beside the plunge pool are combined with excursions ashore. Bicycles are stored on board, ready for a gentle peddle to a nearby country market. For longer journeys, private transport is on hand, complete with driver and a knowledgeable guide.
A farewell dinner of regional specialities brings the cruise to a memorable close It’s the perfect chance to reflect on your trip, and to contemplate a future journey aboard one of Belmond Afloat in France's other crafts.
Choose Your Itinerary
Cruise the beautiful tree-lined Canal du Midi. Travelling between Carcassonne and Béziers, it’s the ideal barge for a family holiday.
Belmond Fleur de Lys
Traverse the classic Burgundy wine route bordering the Côte d’Or, with ample opportunities to visit famous vineyards en-route.
Experience some of the most picturesque waterways in Burgundy and Franche-Comté, including the River Saône, the Canal du Centre and Canal du Bourgogne.
Meander along the Canal de Bourgogne, the Canal du Centre, the Latéral a La Loire and the River Saône, some of the region’s most tranquil rivers.
Discover a region full of historic gems, including sophisticated architecture, ancient ruins and impressive aqueducts, as you cruise through the Rhône Valley.
Journey through the spectacular region of Champagne, taking in both the unmissable highlights and the oft-missed hidden gems.