Luxury barging in Champagne and Alsace

In Travel News by The H4C Team

The Pivoine and Lilas are the two latest luxury boats joining the fleet of luxury barges, Belmond Afloat in France.

Just in time for summer 2017, Belmond Lilas (Lilac) and Belmond Pivoine (Peony) are set to cruise along the picturesque canals and rivers throughout Alsace and Champagne.

Travelling with Belmond Afloat in France is an escape from the everyday, a chance to slow down and savour the moment, gently gliding through the beautiful French countryside.

Belmond Pivoine will cruise along the River Marne and Canal Lateral de Marne between Meaux and Châlons-en-Champagne. The region of Champagne is not only famous for its sparkling namesake but is home to rich and cultural locations that played an important part in historical events in the early 20th century. Highlights include a visit to the historical city of Reims and Château Vaux-Le-Vicomte, famous for its beautifully manicured gardens and grounds.

Belmond Lilas will take travellers cruising the Canal de la Marne au Rhin through the heart of the Alsace region, past forests abundant with pine trees and small ruin castles on isolated hilltops between Arzviller and Strasbourg. Along the canal, guests can visit small villages and towns including Lutzelbourg and Saverne before exploring Strasbourg, the culinary capital of the Alsace region and highlight of the cruise.

The new barges are inspired by Biophilia, a design approach that brings the outside world into the interior space, with each barge individually designed to reflect the tones of the flowers and landscapes they represent.

Both feature open decks evoking the sense of being in secret floating garden, with handmade furniture and a swimming pool surrounded by potted plants. Accommodating eight guests in four en-suite cabins, the barges offer an intimate and unique experience with exclusive personal service and a space to take time and reconnect with things that matter most.

The two new barges will bring the fleet to a total of seven. Belmond Afloat in France also offers tailor-made itineraries around Burgundy, Cote D’Or, France Comte, Saone, Provence, Valle du Rhone and Canal du Midi. The barges can accommodate between four and 12 passengers each with an experienced crew, en-suite cabins, living space and dining room. Other activities available are cycling along the canal paths, market tours and cooking classes with the private chef.

For further information please visit the website here to register interest.