Imagine gliding through the serene country waterways of France, where each bend of the river reveals another picturesque vista—this is the enchanting world of Belmond Barges. Often overshadowed by their larger river cruise cousins, these intimate vessels (with space from 4-12 passengers) offer a uniquely luxurious experience that is as much about the journey as the destinations, whether it is in Champagne, Burgundy or France’s southern regions.
Staying on an Art Nouveau Belmond barge feels more like you’re in a chic, small hotel that happens to be on the water. As each day breaks, you’ll start with views of sunshine sparkling on the surface and the anticipation of a new place to explore just beyond the horizon. The onboard atmosphere is personal, serene, and delightfully uncrowded. The boat is so small you can charter one so that only you, your friends, and your family are onboard, sharing the experience.
On a Belmond barge, the beauty around you is so close and vivid you can almost touch it. Picture yourself sipping a hot beverage or glass of champagne on the deck, watching quaint villages, historic castles, and verdant vineyards slowly pass by. You’re deeply connected to the scenery; it’s as if there’s almost no separation between you and the views around you.
And the excursions are top-notch: hop off the boat to explore the world’s oldest champagne house, its vineyards and its secrets. With Coquelicot, anticipate a journey like no other. From truffle-hunting in Burgundy to hot air ballooning above châteaux and vineyards, be swept away by incomparable luxury river cruise itineraries that suit your unhurried pace.
Each Belmond barge is designed to reflect the waterways it explores. Cabins are sumptuously appointed with plush furnishings and all the amenities you could wish for. The decor, infused with local character and meticulously finished, is both a luxurious retreat and an homage to the region’s culture and history.
As an artisanal chef skillfully melds ingredients into a symphony of flavor, so does a Belmond barge cruise harmonize the elements of your journey. I have a unique passion for all things culinary, and a Belmond barge is a vessel for the gastronome’s soul. Sumptuous meals prepared by onboard chefs feature prominently, showcasing the finest local produce and regional specialties paired with impeccable wines.
The size of a Belmond barge offers unparalleled privileges. You gain insider access to private châteaux, vineyards, and markets that are simply unreachable by larger vessels. It’s an exclusivity that extends beyond the shore, ensuring private docking locations that larger river cruises might glide right past.
The small size also translates to a bespoke service. The crew consists of professionals who excel at personalization—expect to be addressed by name, your preferences remembered, and your experiences tailored. You are the designer of each day, with the flexibility to lounge or explore as you see fit.
Belmond Barges endorses the artistry of slow travel. Disembark at leisure to cycle along the towpaths or into the heart of the landscape. Picnics can be arranged under the bough of an ancient tree or amidst the splendor of a secluded vineyard. It’s a rhythm of travel dictated by your heartbeat, not a timetable.
The advantages of such an intimate setting are numerous:
Your trip is custom-made and tailored to your unique tastes and preferences—not a one-size-fits-all package.
Smaller groups mean deeper connections with locals and a more authentic taste of the region’s lifestyle.
You’ll happen upon places that larger ships would never touch, creating moments of unexpected wonder.
With fewer passengers, the hush and calm allow you to truly unwind and immerse in the journey.
Forget long embarkation lines and crowded decks; this is seamless travel where you are catered to in every sense.
Whether it’s a significant birthday, an anniversary, or simply celebrating the ‘joie de vivre,’ a Belmond barge can be a private floating pavilion for your special event. Every detail is meticulously planned and executed with a touch of the extraordinary, from the blooms that grace the tables to the carefully selected vintage of your wine.
It is impossible to capture your Belmond barge experience wholly in words; you must live it to understand it.
An example of one of these cruises includes the Grand Crus Cruise through Burgundy:
Journey through Burgundy sampling from the 33 Grand Cru vineyards in the region. As you enjoy the slower pace of life on the water, take exclusive tours of Châteaux and be joined on-board by wine experts who offer years of experience and knowledge on the special Grand Cru vines.
Next time you think about a memorable vacation (ahem, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!), don’t just default to the usual river cruise. Look at the unique and personal experience a Belmond Barge can offer. Let Premiere Luxury Travel design a trip ideally suited to your individual preferences. Why just travel the world when you can enjoy it in comfort and style?
Sailing on a Belmond Barge is more than a cruise; it’s a tailor-made adventure where you are the VIP, surrounded by beauty, and every detail is carefully and thoughtfully planned. Welcome aboard!
Our bespoke itineraries are uniquely designed to completely immerse you in your destination, with delightfully unexpected surprises along the way.
We have a special passion for all things culinary—and we would love to introduce you to your destination’s distinct (and delicious!) food and wine traditions through one-of-a-kind culinary experiences. The best part? You won’t have to do a thing except relax, recharge, and create memories that last a lifetime!
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