BARGING IN FRANCE

There are endless ways to experience Belmond Afloat in France.

Browse through our selection of luxury cruises. Choose one of our inspiring itineraries or special interest cruises, or let us create the perfect personalised journey.

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.

Discover France

Afloat in France Cabins

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.

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Luxury Cruises by Belmond Afloat in France

Belmond Alouette
Cruise the beautiful tree-lined Canal du Midi. Travelling between Carcassonne and Béziers, it’s the ideal barge for a family holiday.

Béziers to Carcassonne
Avignon to Béziers

Belmond Fleur de Lys
Traverse the classic Burgundy wine route bordering the Côte d’Or, with ample opportunities to visit famous vineyards en-route.

Dijon to Vandenesse en Auxois 
Dijon to St Léger sur Dheune

Belmond Amaryllis
Experience some of the most picturesque waterways in Burgundy and Franche-Comté, including the River Saône, the Canal du Centre and Canal du Bourgogne.

La Semaine des Grand Crus
St Léger sur Dheune to Dijon

Belmond Hirondelle
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.

St Léger sur Dheune to Dole
Dole to Gissy-sur-Ouche

Belmond Napoléon
Discover a region full of historic gems, including sophisticated architecture, ancient ruins and impressive aqueducts, as you cruise through the Rhône Valley. 

Tain L'Hermitage to Arles
Lyon to Avignon 

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There is no better way to enjoy the splendour of France than by cruising along the rivers and canals that criss-cross the countryside.

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