Barges and river cruise
Discover a secret side to an iconic destination on a relaxing barge or river cruise. Drift by villages and vineyards, glimpse an authentic rural life and those hidden gems that pass many others by. Whether you want to explore the waters of the mighty Amazon, cruise through the untouched beauty of Burma’s Irrawaddy or sample the local delicacies of the Champagne region, we’ll find the perfect barge or river cruise for you.
Looking for an immersive adventure that doesn't scrimp on life's little luxuries? A high end river cruise has all of the amenities and service levels of a five-star hotel and we've been fussy about hand picking only those barges and river boats that will transport you to another world, take you off the beaten track and show you some of the world's most beautiful places from a whole new perspective.
Culture lovers, imagine floating along the Mekong, watching daily life unfold in the riverside villages of Vietnam and Cambodia, exploring monasteries during your on-shore excursions. Wildlife fans, picture yourself cruising on the Amazon, surrounded by millions of acres of rain forest and the chance to see hundreds of species, from the pink Amazon dolphin to the giant river otter. If cities are more your thing, how about a voyage along the Danube, soaking up the history, architecture and culture in locations such as Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest? Or why not charter a barge in the south of France with family and friends where medieval towns, mouthwatering meals and local wines await.
With a wide selection of barge and river cruises around the globe, we're ready to craft a bespoke itinerary just for you, whatever floats your boat.
Private cruise on the Seine
Set sail on the Seine in your very own private cruise along one of the most famous rivers in the world. Cruise past all the highlights of Paris and have a unique opportunity to see the city from a different perspective.
Backwaters - Experience Kumarakom
Backwaters, Kerala and Karnataka, India
Kumarakom is a village based on the edge of Lake Vembanadu. The village is beautifully laid out over a number of different picturesque islands and is a wonderful example of how people live in the backwaters.
Jazz Boat Tour
Prague, Czech Republic
The 'Jazz boat' boards at 8pm each night, summer and winter. Enjoy an evening cruise with a set dinner sailing along the Vltava River, and enjoying the sights and sounds of the city, with its monuments illuminated.
Kinabatangan River - Afternoon River Cruise
Kinabatangan River, Borneo, Malaysia
In the late afternoon set off by boat to explore the Kinabatangan River. Enjoy the scenery as the sun sets, watching the colors change across the sky. You may be lucky enough to spot the fireflies begin to twinkle along the riverbanks as night falls.
Lisbon by private yacht
Appreciate Lisbon from the sea, gaining a different view of the city’s sights while relaxing on board a private yacht. Discover the maritime history of the city that transformed Portugal into a colonial power with Lisbon at the heart of its empire.
Private boat trip on the Douro
Douro Valley, Portugal
Experience the beauty of the Douro Valley in style - cruise along the river in your very own private boat. Admire the incredible scenery en route and stop for a delicious traditional lunch.
Sukau Rainforest Lodge - River Cruise
Kinabatangan River, Borneo, Malaysia
Take a cruise along the Kinabatangan River, keeping an eye out for the local wildlife, which can include crocodiles, proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, hornbills and sometimes even the elusive orangutan.
4 Nights Nile Cruise
The Nile, Egypt
Experience the legendary river, passing through Egyptian heritage sites, including the West Bank as well as the temples of Karnak, Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo and Philae. In Aswan, sail by traditional Felucca to Agha Khan.
Activities at Matetsi Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls - the Zim side, Zimbabwe
Matetsi Victoria Falls is ideally located to be able to offer guests both a safari experiences such as game drives and boat cruises, as well as access to the iconic Victoria Falls and the activities available in the region.
Boat Ride at Qinhuai River
Nanjing, Shanghai and Eastern China, China
Enjoy a 50-minute boat cruise along the old historic buildings by the Qinghuai River.
Iquitos, Peruvian Amazon, Peru
Experience the Amazon Rainforest in Peru from the comfort of the luxurious Aqua Nera, the newest cruise vessel to operate in these waters. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as you explore the rich ecosystem of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
Gypsy, Mekong River Cruise
Mekong River, Northern Thailand, Thailand
Artfully crafted from teak and thatch, the exclusive two-suite Gypsy is a beautifully appointed vessel that charts a path along the Mekong River, stopping as and when you wish to curate a voyage of discovery between the Golden Triangle and Luang Prabang.
Nour El Nil Nile Cruises
Uncover the wonders of ancient Egypt on board one of Nour El Nil’s six elegant dahabiyas. Cruise for 6 nights in total comfort and style down the majestic River Nile from Luxor to Aswan.
Sanctuary Sun Boat III
The Nile, Egypt
Sanctuary Sun Boat III offers three- and four-night cruises in an intimate atmosphere. With just 18 cabins and suites, it is one of the smallest cruise boats on the Nile. Sun Boat III's elegant style is evocative of the River Nile's colonial past.
Sanctuary Sun Boat IV
Sanctuary Sun Boat IV has just 40 cabins and suites in total, with a chic art deco style. Offering three-, four- and 10-night itineraries, the boat sails between Luxor and Aswan offering guests the chance to explore the legendary sites along the Nile.
Mekong River - Vietnam & Cambodia
On board the Mekong's first floating boutique hotel, Aqua Mekong, journey up the river towards Cambodia or down towards Vietnam. En route you will explore the fascinating scenery and culture along the river during off-shore excursions.
Belmond Afloat in France
South of 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.
Belmond Road to Mandalay
Irrawaddy River, Burma
Belmond Road to Mandalay is a magical and iconic journey down the Irawaddy River, evoking times gone by. The splendour and grandeur of this mid size boat features in every detail, from the elegant furnishings to the wonderful service.
Iquitos, Peruvian Amazon, Peru
Cruise along the mighty Amazon River on board the luxurious Delfin III, a modern and elegant vessel which boasts 21 cabins and has all the amenities of a hotel, whilst allowing you to explore untouched corners of Peru's Amazon Rainforest in total comfort.
Luang Say Cruise
On the Mekong, Laos
Traveling by boat is the way to really explore the lush and more remote parts of this extraordinary and idyllic region. The Luang Say Cruise makes this journey from the comfort of a luxurious converted rice barge and is a highlight of any trip to Laos.
Siem Reap, Mekong River, Phnom Penh, Kirirom National Park, Koh Rong Archipelago
Glide through Cambodia on a glorious journey of ultimate luxury, serene landscapes, and palate tingling cuisine. Taking you to places few others have seen, staying at the most luxurious of properties with unprecedented service and all in effortless style. Kick-off in Siem Reap with private tours of the world-famous Angkor temple, head to Phnom...
Epic Laos and Northern Thailand
Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pakbeng, Luang Prabang, Bangkok
Explore glistening temples and bustling night markets, meet gracious saffron robbed monks and head into the jungle to hang out with Asia’s most famous and largest inhabitants! Take a river cruise down the mighty Mekong and shop ‘til you drop in buzzing Bangkok. This is an unforgettable adventure, made even more special by our choice of excellent...
Cruising the Irrawaddy in Style
Yangon, Mandalay, Irrawaddy River, Bagan
Cruise the Irrawaddy River in comfort and style aboard The Strand Cruise, combining onshore excursions, must-see sights and the height of onboard luxury as you sail from culture-rich Mandalay to the archaeological wonder of Bagan.
France by luxury barge
Lyon, South of France & Provence
Discover the waterways, canals and rivers of rural France in style on board a luxury barge. This itinerary offers a unique way to see France’s spectacularly beautiful countryside. The Barges operate from April to October on a variety of routes through Languedoc-Roussillon, Burgundy, Provence, Franche-Comté and the Rhône. Sleeping from four to...