There is no better way to enjoy the splendour of France than by cruising along the rivers and canals that criss-cross the countryside. Past fields of blazing sunflowers, hilltop châteaux and verdant vineyards... take a voyage of discovery, all from the comfort of your ‘péniche-hôtel’.
These luxury barges offer a high crew-to-guest ratio and a personal guide to introduce you to renowned local vineyards, architecture and activities.If you are travelling with family or friends, you can charter two or three vessels together.
Every night the péniche-hôtel berths in a new location and a gourmet dinner is served on board. During the day the barge continues on its way through picturesque locks and riverbanks lined with fishermen. 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.
BARGING IN TANDEM
If you are in a large group, you can charter two or three vessels together. With added space and shared facilities, it offers exceptional flexibility.
Belmond Fleur de Lys and Amaryllis can travel together to accommodate up to 14 guests. Book Belmond Fleur de Lys, Amaryllis and Hirondelle together and invite up to 22 people.
Belmond Afloat in France can arrange excursions, menus and schedules to suit everyone.