Cruising along the sun-dappled waterways of France is slow travel at its finest. This is the experience with Les Bateaux Belmond, a fleet of seven luxurious Belmond barges that offer serene cruises in Burgundy, Champagne and Provence. Between four and 12 passengers can be accommodated across a range of individually designed boats.

Guests relax on deck soaking up views of celebrated vineyards or hilltop castles. A dedicated crew, including a private chef and guide, take care of every need. Sumptuous onboard dining includes local, seasonal specialties and can be tailored to guests’ particular tastes.

Airy, comfortable cabins with lavish en suite bathrooms are exquisitely decorated. Heated pools and canopies on deck, a jacuzzi and even a piano are among the facilities that make every voyage a slow boat to bliss. Itineraries can be customized to suit guests’ tastes, whether it’s horseback riding, châteaux tours, browsing vibrant markets with the chef or planning family-friendly activities.

A number of special-interest cruises are available, ranging from gastronomic adventures taking in Michelin-starred restaurants to oenological outings with prized grand cru tastings. As the boat glides along at a sedate pace, it’s often possible to step off the barge and stroll or cycle along the towpath, as each barge has its own bicycles.

At the end of every day, a chilled aperitif, divine dinner and often a spellbinding sunset await on board. The barge moors for the night in tranquil villages and towns, where guests might play a game of pétanque with the staff or stroll off to admire the other pleasure craft.

Member Benefits

  • Onboard local gift, valued at $100 per person
  • Bookings of $5,000 or more earn a $500 gift voucher towards future Belmond travel (Terms and Conditions apply)

Contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office to book this cruise partner as part of your next vacation.