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Plan the perfect holiday cruising along the rivers and canals of France, Holland, Belgium, Germany-Luxembourg and/or the U.K. Savour the beauty of the countryside at a leisurely pace. Enjoy lazy days, stunning scenery, and friendly service on board. These fleets of old trading barges have been converted into “boutique” luxury hotel barges designed specifically to cruise Europe’s beautiful inland waterways. Barges are fully-crewed and accommodate between just six and twenty passengers ~ creating the atmosphere of a congenial floating house party.

One may choose to charter the entire boat with friends or family, or join a small group of like-minded travellers on an individual cabin basis. We can also arrange themed cruises to accommodate special interests such as golf and wine appreciation. Gourmet meals, regional wines, an open bar, local transfers, and the use of bicycles to explore the towpaths are all included. Some vessels feature a spa pool for relaxation. Daily escorted excursions to off-the-beaten-track castles, wineries, markets, and historical sights of interest are also a part of the barge experience.

Travel in comfort and luxury across Europe's romantic waterways. Savour the beauty of the countryside at the leisurely pace it deserves. Enjoy lazy days, friendly service and stunning scenery. On-board chefs guide you through gastronomic delights.

Sample Specials:

  • Upper Loire - two free nights at the 4-star Hotel Westminster in central Paris for guests who charter luxury hotel barge Renaissance. The hotel stay includes breakfast and can be used either pre- or post-cruise.
  • Burgundy - 10% Off Cabins & Charters on select April, May, July & August departures
  • Canal du Midi - 10% Off Cabins & Charters on select March through August departures
  • Gascony - 10% Off Cabins & Charters on select April, May & June departures aboard Rosa
  • Alsace & Lorraine - 10% Off Cabins & Charters on select July & August departures aboard Panache
  • Holland - 10% Off Cabins & Charters on select March, April & May departures aboard Panache
  • Italy - 10% Off Cabins & Charters on select March, April & May departures aboard La Bella Vita
  • WWI Cruise - 10% Off Charter May departure aboard Panache in Belgium 
  • Single Traveler - No Single Supplement April departures aboard Panache in Holland                           

Fabulous Fleur De Lys

Past fields of blazing sunflowers, hilltop châteaux and verdant vineyards ... Take a voyage of discovery, all from the comfort of Belmond Fleur de Lys. Cruising between Dijon and St-Léger-sur-Dheune or Vandenesse-en-Auxois and Dijon, explore Château du Clos de Vougeot, sip wines at the vineyards where they're produced, visit scenic Châteauneuf-en-Auxois and take a walking tour of Dijon.

Enjoy the splendour of France as you float along its criss-crossing waterways. Discover stunning landscape, delicious food and wine and a warm welcome.

Every night your floating hotel berths in a new location. A gourmet dinner is served on board before settling down to sleep, comforted by the sound of the lapping waters.

Come morning the mist rises to reveal the sun as the craft slips its moorings. The barge continues on its way through picturesque locks and riverbanks lined with fishermen. A kingfisher darts past. A village baker cycles by, his dog perched in the wicker basket.

Lazy hours on deck beside the plunge pool are combined with excursions ashore. Bicycles are stored on board, ready for a gentle peddle to a nearby country market. For longer journeys, private transport is on hand, complete with driver and a knowledgeable guide.

A personal guide will introduce you to renowned local vineyards, architecture and activities.

Limited to 6 guests
Days: 7 | From: $40,000
Private Charters Only

All meals B-L-D included
Available April thru October


Meet at the Paris hotel chosen by the group for a Private Driver Transfer to Belmond Fleur de Lys, moored in Vandenesse-en-Auxois. A welcome reception awaits, with time to relax before a first delicious dinner on board.

Cruise the lovely Canal de Bourgogne this morning, passing forested hills and unspoiled villages. After lunch, visit 18th-century Château de Pommard, the largest privately owned vineyard in Burgundy, for a memorable tour and tasting.

Relax on board today as the barge cruises to the charming canal-side village of La Bussière. In Beaune, the region’s wine capital, tour Hôtel-Dieu, a famous 15th-century charity hospital.

After breakfast, cruise to Gissey for an excursion to the Abbey de la Bussière, dating from the 12th century. Stroll the lovely grounds before a gourmet lunch in the Michelin-starred restaurant. Return to the barge by way of the hilltop village of Châteauneuf-en-Auxois.

Today Belmond Fleur de Lys cruises through the impressive Côte d’Or region, planted with vines that produce some of the world’s best wines. Visit medieval Château du Clos de Vougeot to observe the winemaking process and enjoy a tasting.

In Dijon, the historical capital of Burgundy, enjoy a walking tour that includes the Ducal Palace, market and mustard shop. Cruise this afternoon while the on-board chef prepares a festive gala dinner to end the week.

After breakfast, a Private Driver Transfer to Paris marks the end of your journey.

Customize Your Journey

Explore the ships and cruising options. Tell us when and where you want to go and what you want to see and do at the outset and at the conclusion of your cruise ~ pre and post. You may want to take a few, or more than a few additional days on either end of your cruise to explore and enjoy the cities and regions where you will embark and disembark. We can customize a personal journey around your cruise itinerary with best pricing based upon your travel dates and the number of persons in your party.

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