Everything you need to know about a Belmond Barge River Cruise!

As one of the most exceptional ways to eat and tour your way through Europe, barge cruising is the best all-inclusive vacation you’ve never heard of. There are many ways to explore the French countryside, but nothing as incredible is on a private barge with Belmond. Whether vacationing with family or friends, it is a perfect trip for between 4 and 12 passengers depending on the vessel. Imagine spending six nights immersing yourself in charming villages on a barge that functions as floating boutique hotels. While only needing to unpack once, every detail of the all-inclusive experience is designed for your tastes.

Expect an intimate experience allowing for an insider’s view of France’s towns, cultural treasures, and local landmarks during guided tours by day whether walking or biking. Perhaps you would like to walk with the chef to the local market or take a tour of a local vineyard. In the evening you will relish in a gourmet meal in a most spectacular setting, whether you choose to dine inside or on the deck. The best part is how you spend your time is up to you – it is your private barge! While the start and finish are set, you have options on where to stop along the way. Or you can opt for a pre-made itinerary. And regardless of what you do, you can expect Belmond’s attention to detail, top-notch cuisine, and exceptional service throughout the trip.

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Belmond barge pool

Imagine lounging in a Belmond barge pool!


Ships:  7 Fully Appointed Barges


Number of Passengers:


Length of trip:

6 nights

Where did you go:

Canals and rivers, France

On-board highlight:

The finest service, exceptional food and wine, some of the best tour guides in Europe! The all-inclusive experience is second to none.

Destination highlights: 

  • The tree-lined Canal du Midi from Carcassonne to Béziers
  • Burgundy’s picturesque wine-making region, from Dijon to St-Léger, on this luxury barge
  • From historic Dijon to pastoral Vandenesse-en-Auxois, discover the region’s top castles and wineries in style
  • Cruising the majestic Rhône from Tain to Arles, take in the charms of Provence aboard Belmond Napoléon
  • Explore vintage vineyards and pretty riverside towns as you glide along from Chalons-en-Champagne to Epernay.
  • Discover a landscape brimming with flavor and heritage on a luxurious cruise from Dijon to Saint-Léger.
  • Glide in style through Champagne, savoring the sights, sounds, scents, and world-renowned wines
Belmond Barge

Belmond Barge Alouette

Why is a barge trip ideal for this destination?

Taking a barge vacation marries the exclusive comforts of a boutique hotel with a serene river cruise floating past lush vineyards and historic towns and villages as one of the most unique, immersive trips you will ever take. 

Insider tips for this cruise:  

Belmond will pick you up in Paris in a private car for barges sailing near the city or provide you with a train ticket to the nearest city and pick you up at the station.

Know Before you go:   

If there are any dietary restrictions or particular spirits or wines you prefer or do not like, let your Beyond Boutique travel advisor know beforehand.

Packing Tip:

Pack comfortably, take good walking shoes, a jacket, a rain jacket, and a bathing suit.  Bring casual clothes, with slightly dressier clothes for the evening if desired – it is your cruise, so you decide!

Who would like this trip:

Everyone, but especially someone who enjoys outstanding food, wine and spirits, and the beauty of the rural countryside and waterways of France.  Groups of couples, a girl’s trip, and families. There is opportunity for plenty of walking and biking – 1-10 miles/day – or for leisurely sitting and enjoying the countryside – so each passenger can be as active or non-active as desired.

If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind exclusive experience, look no further than a Belmond Barge vacation! Click here to read about our Amawaterways blog.

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