Belmond’s Fleet

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The Hirondelle is one of the five barges on Belmond’s current roster, which offers cruises in three contrasting regions.

Hirondelle

The <em>Hirondelle</em> moored at Verdun-sur-le-Doubs
The Hirondelle moored at Verdun-sur-le-Doubs - Photo by Hideaway Report editor

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.

Amaryllis

Lounge on the <em>Amaryllis</em>
Lounge on the Amaryllis - © JP Masclet

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.

Fleur de Lys

The <em>Fleur de Lys</em> in Burgundy
The Fleur de Lys in Burgundy - © F. Legrand

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.

Alouette

The <em>Alouette</em> in the town of Trèbes
The Alouette in the town of Trèbes - © Daniel Kennedy

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.

Napoléon

The <em>Napoleon</em> on the Rhône River
The Napoleon on the Rhône River - © Ryan Davies

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.

Lounge on the new <em>Lila</em> - © Inge Moore
Bedroom on the new Pivoine - © Inge Moore

Read more about our editor’s trip to Burgundy

By Hideaway Report Editor Hideaway Report editors travel the world anonymously to give you the unvarnished truth about luxury hotels. Hotels have no idea who the editors are, so they are treated exactly as you might be.
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