The Hirondelle is one of the five barges on Belmond’s current roster, which offers cruises in three contrasting regions.
This four-cabin barge is among the most casual and relaxing, with relatively simple furnishings. Nevertheless, the food and service are at the same elevated level as the other barges, and the itineraries through Burgundy — Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune to Dole and Besançon to Chagny — are among the most tempting. Available for private charters or single-cabin bookings.
Also with four cabins, the Amaryllis cruises from Dijon to Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune. It is similar to the Hirondelle, but it has much more formal Louis XVI décor and can only be booked as a private charter. In addition, it has a small swimming pool at the bow.
Like the Amaryllis, this barge has a pool and a more formal atmosphere. It follows a more northerly route in Burgundy from Dijon to Vandenesse-en-Auxois along the River Ouche. Available for private charters; on certain dates its three cabins can be reserved individually.
The smallest barge in the Belmond fleet has just two cabins, and it is available for private charters only. It cruises a fascinating itinerary along the Canal du Midi in Languedoc between Carcassonne and Béziers. In addition to magnificent scenery, this region claims many of France’s most innovative winemakers.
Instead of cruising along a canal, this six-cabin barge plies the Rhône River between Tain-l’Hermitage and Arles. The itinerary includes many of Provence’s major sights as well as lesser-known villages, local markets and world-class wineries. Available for private charters and single-cabin bookings.
Two new barges will be added to the Belmond fleet in 2017. The Lilas will cruise through Alsace, while the Pivoine will take passengers from Meaux to Châlons-en-Champagne.