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Slowly Sail with Belmond

Experience the Canals of France Aboard a Floating Villa

Are the rich wine regions of Burgundy on your bucket list this year? Or maybe you’re looking to explore the natural beauty of Camargue in the South of France? Whether you have been to France once or are a frequent visitor, exploring the French countryside along the winding rivers and canals with Belmond is an experience like no other. Les Bateaux Belmond contains the same intimate luxuries, refined service, and customized experience the brand is known for, all aboard a small, luxury barge that carries no more than 12 guests. With itineraries catering to the wine connoisseur, the art enthusiast, and everyone in between, there truly is no better way to leisurely explore one of the world’s most vibrant regions.

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The Barges of Burgundy

The Barges of Burgundy

Given Burgundy is one of the most coveted destinations in France, it is no surprise Belmond has three unique, beautiful vessels that explore the different wonders of this region. Discover the lush wine region and charming river towns aboard the Amaryllis, which is fully decked out in the classic Baroque style reminiscent of the classic era and holds an intimate group of 8 guests max. Visit stunning castles and take in the views along the Canal du Centre and River Saôn aboard the Fleur de Lys, complete with four poster beds and a baby grand piano. For a more contemporary twist on the classic French style, sail on the Lilas where the airy and intimate atmosphere pair perfectly with the panoramic views. The best part: a private crew, chef, and local guide are with you throughout your journey, giving you that tailor-made experience from beginning to end.

A Day Aboard a Belmond Barge

Imagine waking up in your spacious stateroom, the view of the idyllic French countryside slowly drifting by outside your window. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a buttery croissant out on the ship’s sundeck as you leisurely make your way to the next off-the-beaten-path vineyard or historic chateaux. Spend the day exploring all Burgundy has to offer, such as truffle hunting, canoeing down the canals, or learning the history of regional châteaux like Clos de Vougeot or Château de Germolles. Wrap up the afternoon with a private wine tasting before returning to the boat for a refreshing dip in the heated pool onboard. End your day with a gourmet dining experience under the stars prepared by your private chef.

Sail to Hidden Gems

Sail to Hidden Gems

Beyond Burgundy, the intimate nature of Les Bateaux Belmond allows their barges to venture into smaller waterways to explore some of France’s untouched landscapes, like the Camargue region. Known as one of France’s sunniest spots and home to Europe’s largest nature reserve, Camargue is the perfect mix of wildlife and historic treasures. Sail through the world of sand dunes and salt marshes, with sightings of the famous Camargue bulls, white horses, pink flamingos, and freshwater tortoises around every bend. Set against this vibrant backdrop, the barge Pivoine reflects the natural landscapes, wildlife, and beauty of rural France with its soft, romantic feel. Along with the landscapes, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the sun-soaked vineyards and sleepy villages dating back to Medieval times – the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.

Exploring Camargue

History buffs and foodies alike will have the chance to indulge in their passions on Belmond’s journey through Camargue. Start your sailing in Avignon with a champagne toast and a leisure cruise past the medieval bridge Pont Saint-Bénezet before enjoying a delightful culinary experience filled with seasonal delicacies prepared by your private chef. Explore the charming commune of Vallabrègues, with a must-see stop at the infamous Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard. Continue your journey to the city of Arles which perfectly blends ancient ruins, colorful homes, and an artistic atmosphere that once inspired the likes of Vincent Van Gogh. Discover the complex history of the medieval town of Aigues-Mortes before sailing through the picturesque salt marshes, sand dunes, and lagoons. End your journey in Sète, a town that has been affectionately nicknamed the ‘Venice of Languedoc.’ Stroll through the intricate streets and enjoy an alfresco lunch serving the catch of the day before returning to the barge to enjoy an epicurean feast on your final night. Spend your final moments on board with a nightcap under the stars, relishing the beauty and history of your experience with your fellow passengers.

An Intimate Floating Villa

Along with the sensational cuisine, private crew, and unique ports, there are chances to personalize your experience based on your interests and passions. Whether you’re planning a girl’s getaway and want a private winery tour or are hoping to squeeze in a round of golf and horseback riding at one of the ports, we can help! As members of Belmond’s invite-only Bellini Club, Brownell advisors get exclusive benefits for all of their clients, meaning you get those added perks and special touches aboard your floating villa. Is a journey aboard a Belmond barge on your bucket list? Reach out to your Brownell advisor to start planning!