let’s afloat in france

A Belmond luxury river cruise experience…

The idyllic way to discover the hidden canals and waterways of France. Relax in stylish comfort and dine on sensational cuisine as you drift along picturesque riverbanks.

A haven on the river….

Relish every moment of a serene exploration of the picturesque riverbanks of France.

Experience true indulgence as you traverse the waterways of Burgundy, Provence, Alsace, Champagne, Franche-Comté, and the Languedoc.

Seven luxurious barges make up the Afloat in France fleet. Each has its own rich, unique character; from the adventurous spirit of the grand Napoleon to the Provençal charm of the petite Alouette.

Spacious cabins are punctuated by thoughtful details and every creature’s comfort. Some barges enjoy heated pools, some are adorned with antiques and murals—and one even has a grand piano.

Your daytime indulgence continues as night descends.

Each cabin is a luxurious sanctuary. Double beds. En-suite facilities. Spacious wardrobe/storage space. Dressing/desk table and chair. Bose iPod docking station. Natural air ventilation System. L’Occitane toiletries. Bathrobes and slippers. Hairdryers.


Explore vintage vineyards and pretty riverside towns as you glide along from Chalons-en-Champagne to Epernay on Hirondelle.

Belmond Pivoine is one of the best river cruises in Europe offering indulgence and adventure in perfect harmony. Enjoy the sights, sounds, scents, and world-renowned wines whilst traveling in style through Champagne.


Slip along the Canal du Midi from Carcassonne to Béziers aboard intimate Belmond Alouette and wake in luxury each day.

Discover a landscape brimming with flavour and heritage on Belmond Lilas from Dijon to Saint-Léger.

Wind the waters of Burgundy’s picturesque wine-making region, from Dijon to St-Léger, on Amaryllis.