Explore Authentic France with Belmond

Journey along the fabled canals of France on your very own luxury Barge

There are endless ways to experience France, but we think drifting along her famous canals and rivers sounds just about perfect. Board one of Belmond's barges to explore the very best of this medieval and beguiling country through the array of activities available. Discover the charm of each region through the experiences that celebrate them.

A serene exploration of France's waterways 

With Afloat in France, Belmond’s fleet of seven luxurious barges, you'll relax in stylish comfort and relish every moment of your journey as you glide along the picturesque French canals and rivers. As your private cruise begins, toast your friends and family with a glass of exquisite champagne. Spend time reconnecting with loved ones, relaxing on deck as you soak up the views. Then head ashore together on tailor-made excursions where you could discover the art of truffle hunting, go-karting or learn the secrets of Burgundy’s vineyards.


Perhaps you'd enjoy accompanying your chef to the market to help pick out fresh produce for the evening’s dinner. Celebrate good times with your cherished companions and let your cares drift away.


A private barge charter is the ultimate way to celebrate a special occasion or milestone with your closest friends. If you're looking for a family-friendly break, your Belmond crew will ensure you have an unforgettable, fun-filled adventure for all. 


All-Inclusive Experience

- All meals and complimentary beverages 

- All excursions including use of onboard bicycles 

- Private guide 

- Return transfer from Paris


The Fleet

Each boat in Belmond's fleet offers unique accommodation; however all share a heightened sense of elegance and luxury. Spacious cabins are punctuated by thoughtful details and every creature comfort. Look forward to gleaming en-suite bathrooms, state-of-the-art technology and more. Some barges enjoy heated pools, some are adorned with antiques and murals—and one even has a grand piano. These barges can accommodate 4 passengers up to 12 passengers.


You can choose from one of Belmond's inspiring 6 night itineraries or special interest cruises, or work with your travel advisor to create the perfect personalised journey. 


Our Recommended Afloat in France Itineraries 

 Be sure to contact your advisor for other journeys and a personalised quote

Champagne7 days

Chateau-Thierry to Chalons-en-Champgne | Pivoine, A Belmond Boat
Four generous cabins ~ Capacity: 8 passengers ~ Available for private charter only

Soak-up the spirit of Champagne on a cruise of luxurious indulgence. The riverside towns and villages of the Marne Valley harbor legends of champagne alchemy. Delve in and uncover the region’s rich cultural heritage and iconic sparkling wines. This itinerary visits Chateau-Thierry, Courcelles, Damery, Mareuil-Sur-Ay, Vraux, Charlons-En-Champagne.

Canal Du Midi7 days

Carcassonne to Beziers | Alouette, A Belmond Boat
Two beautifully furnished cabins ~ Capacity: 4 passengers ~ Available for private charter only

Journey along this UNESCO World Heritage French canal at the foot of the majestic Pyrenees. Tour ruined castles and restored monasteries, enjoy exquisite wine tastings. This itinerary visits Carcassonne (overnight), Minerve, Le Somail, Capestang and Beziers (overnight).

Burgundy7 days

St. Leger to Pontallier | Lilas, A Belmond Boat
Four generous cabins ~ Capacity: 8 passengers ~ Available for private charter only

Step ashore to visit medieval chateaux and world-class wineries, or while away the day enjoying the gentle pace of life along France’s waterways. Your journey through the heart of Burgundy, France's treasured wine region, will be one of pampered luxury and indulgence whatever you choose. This itinerary visits St. Leger Su Dheune. Chagny, Beaune, Rully, St. Jean De Losne, Dijon and Pontailler.

Provence7 days

Avignon to Tain L'Hermitage | Napolean, A Belmond Boat
Six sizeable cabins ~ Capacity: 12 passengers ~ Available for private charter or per cabin

Discover grand Roman ruins amid picturesque villages as you cruise the almighty Rhone river. The sunny region of Provence boasts vineyards, lavender covered hilltops and a characteristic Mediterranean culture. This itinerary visits Avignon, Arles, Nyons, Grignan, La Voulete and Tain L'Hermitage.

Terms & Conditions

Contact a travel advisor for full terms, conditions and pricing options. a. Flexible Booking Policy: Belmond Trains & Boats (Excluding Hiram Bingham, A Belmond Train, Peru and Andean Explorer, A Belmond Train, Peru) All guests with reservations made prior to June 30, 2021 for a future journey will be able to reschedule their journey up to 10 days prior to the scheduled date of departure without charge by Belmond. If, prior to the scheduled departure date, any new government travel restrictions or quarantine measures come into force that affect Belmond’s ability to operate, or our guests’ ability to travel (either in the guest’s country of departure or destination), guests will be able to either change their booking without charge, or cancel without charge and receive a full refund of any amounts paid to Belmond. Guests who choose to change a booking will be able to select a new departure date from the current published schedules for 2021 and 2022, and any initial deposit already paid will be valid for use against the revised booking. Please note that all bookings will be subject to availability and a price difference may apply. For group bookings, our reservations teams will work closely with you and/or your event planner to manage any changes on a case-by-case basis. Our hotel reservation teams are actively supporting customers to address the needs of each group. For more information on the terms and conditions of group contracts please contact us directly.


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