Belmond Afloat in France

Discover the waterways, canals and rivers of rural France in style with the Belmond Afloat in France program. Belmond’s seven barges are among the most luxurious in Europe and offer a unique way of seeing some spectacularly beautiful countryside.

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Belmond Afloat in France
  • These luxury all-inclusive river and canal cruises by Belmond have unrivalled service

  • Choose from 7 different luxury barges sailing different routes through Champagne, Burgundy and Provence

  • Perfect for a group of family stay, each spacious cabin features king or twin beds and has their own bathroom

  • Experience gourmet dining prepared on board with exquisite wine pairings


This has to be one of the most luxurious and relaxing ways to explore the rivers and canals of France – a beautiful appointed barge cruising at a stately pace through some of Europe’s most picturesque regions. Belmond’s collection of vessels operate from April to October on a variety of routes through Champagne, Burgundy and Provence. Sleeping from four to twelve guests, the seven ‘péniche-hôtels’ can be chartered by families or groups for sole use or booked on a cabin by cabin basis. Cruising in tandem is also possible for larger groups wishing to travel together.

There are set suggested itineraries which you can join as a couple or a smaller group, with itineraries which include the best in gastronomy, culture and landscape of each region. Alternatively, take one of the barges as a private charter: it’s like having your very own private villa, with a relaxed house-party atmosphere with your family and friends, but with the added benefit of ever-changing scenery outside the windows. Attentive guides, chefs and staff are on hand to make sure you get the most out of each port of call along the way. The high ratio of guests to staff means impeccable service is assured.

A highlight of any Belmond Afloat in France trip will be the opportunity to discover the gastronomic heritage of France, and all meals and drinks are included. On a week's cruise you can expect to be served at least 15 different wines and over 20 cheeses, all sourced from the very regions you sail through by day.

Your excursions are also included, along with the service of an expert tour guide who will discuss ideas with you in detail each day so that tours and visits match your preferences. The cabins are beautifully appointed, and larger vessels feature swimming pools and bicycles for your use during the trip.

Please speak to one of our Travel Consultants about the different route options available.

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With plenty of flexibility in the schedule you can easily hop off and enjoy excursions to nearby towns, villages and vineyards at your leisure with your on board guide, fully inclusive of the cost.

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