The Belmond Afloat In France Fleet
Two beautifully furnished cabins accommodate up to four guests in intimate style. Both feature double or twin beds and en-suite showers.
Soak up the views on the sun deck. Large picture windows in the lounge offer spectacular views of passing scenery. Enjoy delicious cuisine prepared by your cordon bleu chef using the freshest ingredients.
Belmond Alouette is available for private charter only.
Rich Indian fabrics and four-poster beds create a sumptuous décor. Three spacious cabins comfortably accommodate up to six guests. Each features an en-suite bathroom and dressing area.
By day, go for a dip in your private pool and watch the stunning scenery slip by. Cool off in the air-conditioned lounge.
Magnificent five-course dinners are served in the dining room. After, gather around the grand piano with a glass of wine for a truly elegant evening.
Belmond Fleur de Lys is available for private charter or can be booked per cabin.
Belmond Amaryllis carries up to eight guests in true French style. There are four generous cabins with king-size or twin beds and en-suite marble bathrooms. The boat is graced with antique Louis XVI furniture and trompe l’oeil wall murals.
On a sunny day, cool off with a dip in the pool. Come evening, dine in style in the formal dining room. Open the full-width lounge doors to enjoy a delightful alfresco dinner.
Belmond Amaryllis is available for private charter only.
From the freshly cut fowers on the table to the bottle of champagne chilling in the dining room, this is cruising at its most leisurely.
Tastefully decorated in soft country shades, Hirondelle has a relaxed atmosphere that is perfectly in tune with the scenery outside.
The barge can comfortably accommodate eight people in four spacious cabins, each with en-suite bathroom. Large picture windows let the sunlight flood into the bright airy lounge making it the ideal spot to relax and read up on the next destination on your itinerary.
On the sun deck, you can watch the day fade into evening over cocktails before dinner.
Belmond Hirondelle is available for private charter or can be booked per cabin.
Cocktail parties under the stars, sumptuous feasts in the stately lounge, idyllic hours spent in the outdoor Jacuzzi — Napoléon is perfect for convivial gatherings.
Hosting up to 12 passengers in six sizeable cabins,each with its own en-suite bathroom, this generously proportioned barge has a wealth of facilities to pamper its guests.
Mingle with your fellow passengers over a leisurely nightcap on the upper deck, enjoy candlelit alfresco dinners, while away an afternoon on the spacious sun deck and visit some of France’s most iconic wine châteaux.
Belmond Napoléon is available for private charter or can be booked per cabin.
CANAL DU MIDI
Channelling through south-west France to the Mediterranean is the Canal du Midi. On its way, it traverses rolling vineyards and fields of sunflowers, medieval castles and ancient, fortified towns. One such town is Carcassonne, an enchanting hilltop citadel that dominates the skyline with its majestic, turreted fortress, La Cité. The cobbled, 13th-century Ville Basse (Lower Town) hosts cafes, markets, boutiques and bistros. East of Toulouse, the plane-tree-lined canal enters the Minervois wine region. Along the canal, sun-dappled towpaths offer idyllic walking and cycling opportunities. Neighbouring Minervois is ruggedly beautiful whist Corbières is famed for its Cathar castles and rich, red wines. Branching off the Canal du Midi, the Canal de la Robine leads to Narbonne. The attractive town is home to an historic cathedral and the medieval Archbishops’ Palace. The fabulous indoor food emporium will delight your senses.
Impossibly seductive, Provence offers a heady mix of fragrant lavender and poppy fields, sunbaked hillsides and cavernous gorges and medieval villages and vibrant market towns. Rising from this sylvan scenery is the former papal city of Avignon, whose immaculately preserved ramparts protect the splendid Palaisdes, Papes, the summer home of a succession of Popes during the 14th century. Next to the palace is Avignon’s famous bridge, which, according to legend, was built by a shepherd — later Saint Bénezet, on instructions from God. Equally fabled is the wine, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which was produced for Pope Clement V and subsequent holy leaders.
Say the word “Burgundy” and most people will immediately think of wine — this region is synonymous with some of the world’s finest vintages. Although Burgundy’s vineyards cover some 23,000 hectares, the vignerons (winegrowers) tend to have petite vineyards, crafting small but perfect quantities of pinot noir and chardonnay. The crème de la crème are the “grands crus”, most of which lie between Gevrey-Chambertin and Vosne-Romanée. Wine lovers should make a beeline for Burgundy’s fun-loving wine capital, Beaune. Stay under the turrets and multicoloured, glazed tiled roofs of the Hôtel-Dieu des Hospices de Beaune, a former hospital of unsurpassed medieval magnificence.Some 40km north lies Dijon, also full of fine medieval and Renaissance buildings. The city is the world’s mustard capital. The daily market, in the 19th-century Les Halles, is foodie heaven.
Flanked by Burgundy and Switzerland, Franche-Comté enjoys some of France’s most breathtaking scenery. This region is characterised by pine forests and unspoilt plains, dotted with lakes, waterfalls, vineyards and mountains, as well as picturesque villages and fortified towns.Its vibrant capital, Besançon, dates from Roman times—hip bars and bistros sit beside Classical arches and Renaissance palaces. Its magnificent UNESCO-listed citadel, built in the 17th century, commands views of the entire area.Don’t miss the impressive Roman Battant Bridge, the Muséede Beaux Arts and the Cathedral of Saint-Jean, which houses the famous Astronomical Clock. Further along the Doubs is Dole, dominated by the Gothic Notre Dame church, which holds treasures, such as richly decorated Sainte Chapelle du Miracle de Faverney. Dole’s most famous son is Louis Pasteur; his former home is now a museum on the canal.