“Visiting famous champagne houses by barge is an exclusive experience that will need to be booked in advance. Talk to us about availability for your trip.”
The lovely thing about a barge holiday is that it travels unobtrusively to your next destination and the journey becomes part of the trip – riverbanks edged with wildflowers, birdlife flitting on the banks and a new perspective on French villages as you glide by. That said, the Belmond Barge also offers a unique opportunity to discover more about French way-of-life, through market tours, champagne house visits and tastings, truffle-hunting and medieval chateaux tours.
Your morning begins peacefully aboard your boat, with a tranquil breakfast riverside of steaming coffee and freshly baked croissants, fruit and eggs cooked to your liking. The chef will also confirm your evening meal with you. As the boat drifts onwards, you have the chance to walk or cycle on the towpath or else staff can recommend a route for you to explore quaint French villages and rural life by bike.
Lunch could be at a Michelin-starred restaurant before a tasting at a famous wine house or a one-to-one meeting with a wine-producer and a tour of the vines and estate. Or you may prefer to head into a medieval town to discover its gothic architecture, castles and cobbled streets. For something special, lift off in a hot air balloon at sunset to have a bird’s eye view of this beautifully rural land. Come back for a splash in the pool before a tranquil dinner under the stars with the chef’s gourmand creations, and a drop of wine, of course.
A Rail of Three Cities…in Italy
Sit back and enjoy the ride with cultural stops in Venice, Florence and Rome, private transfers between cities and stations and some of Italy’s finest hotels to relax in.
Booking with Bailey Robinson means access to the finest travel experiences. When planning your holiday we do all the hard work – in-depth research and meticulous organisation. You can be confident in the individual care for your holiday from your dedicated and experienced Personal Travel Designer and Concierge.