Two new river barges are joining Belmond’s fleet of luxury barges, Belmond Afloat, in France next year.
Scheduled to launch during the European summer in 2017, Belmond Lilas and Belmond Pivoine will cruise through the picturesque canals and rivers of Alsace and Champagne, taking in the best of the French countryside.
The six-night itineraries will feature exclusive highlights such as private visits to family-owned vineyards and breweries, as well as a visit to Châteaux.
Belmond Povoine, (Peony), will cruise between Meaux and Châlons-en-Champagne along the River Marne and Canal Lateral de Marne, passing charming canal-side villages and vineyards, with highlights including a visit to the historical city of Reims and famous Château Vaux-Le-Vicomte, with its beautifully landscaped gardens.
Belmond Lilas (Lilac) will pass by lush pine tree forests and small ruin castles as she sails along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin through the Alsace region. Guests will have the opportunity to visit small villages and towns along the canal, such as Lutzelbourg and Saverne, before arriving at the culinary capital of the Alsace region, Strasbourg.
Designed to enhance the experience of connecting with nature, the new barges have been individually designed to reflect the tones of the flowers and landscapes they represent, with spaces created to encourage guests to unwind, reflect and reconnect with the living, breathing world.
Pivoine organic and naturally shaped interiors reflect the soft, romantic yellows and whites of Peony flowers and champagne, while Lilas features the fresh, vibrant colours of the Lilac flower, with furnishings inspired by the rustic charm and wines of the Alsace region.
Intimate and exclusive, the barges host up to eight guests and feature four generously appointed cabins with luxury Parisian bedding and marble ensuite bathrooms, while the open decks provide a relaxing respite with the heated swimming pool, handmade furniture and potted gardens.
The two new barges will bring Belmond Afloat’s fleet to a total of seven, with tailor-made itineraries including Burgundy, Cote D’Or, France Comte, Saone and Provence, with activities such as cycling, market tours and cooking classes with the private chef.
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