The five luxury barges, or péniche-hôtels, of Belmond Afloat in France are your passport to the heart of France. The barges travel on canals and rivers in France’s Côte d’Or, Burgundy, Franche-Comté, Saône, Provence, Vallée du Rhone, Midi-Pyrénées and Camargue and carry from 4-12 passengers. The five barges visit towns and cities including Dijon, Besançon, Carcassonne and Arles. There are stops at countryside sites of interest en route.
Every night the péniche-hôtel 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.