The very best hotel barges cruising in France

Here are selected details of the most prestigious 6 Star Supreme and 5 Star Grande Luxe highest quality-level cruise barges taken from the comprehensive list of hotel barges in France. Each linked hotel barge page has descriptive information prepared from owners’ own words – plus some key facts. Links enable you to request more information, by email form or phone.

Guide price levels for these uniquely memorable cruise experiences are within the approximate range $5,500 to $7,000 (per person, per cruise week) – a booking enquiry response will provide accurate quotations for the type of boat and time of year that interests you. Some barges book ‘Hotel Sailings’ (by the cabin) and others ‘Charter Sailings’ (the entire boat)..

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Style: 6* Supreme - average price per person from 6,150 USD

Grand CruOwner Operated

Although cruising deep within Burgundy’s lush landscapes and ancient canals, Grand Cru’s modern design provides the clean lines and open... Read more

ProspéritéOwner Operated

Timeless cruising on tree-lined in the Cote d' idyllically beautiful route aboard one of the finest hotel barges in... Read more

Lilas (Lilac)Belmond

Belmond Lilas offers a wonderful route in southern Burgundy. Her cruise carries you along the calm and dreamy waters of the Saône river, through... Read more

Pivoine (Peony)Belmond

Belmond Pivoine cruises the gorgeous Champagne region, through undulating striped hills of vines and pretty canal-side villages. Steeped in... Read more

La Nouvelle ÉtoileE W Fleet

La Nouvelle Étoile is a superbly furnished and decorated hotel barge with very spacious accommodation for just eight passengers. She offers a... Read more


Belmond Amaryllis is luxury personified - a delightful combination of traditional decor and contemporary comfort to cosset 8 lucky guests in true... Read more

Fleur de LysBelmond

Elegant, graceful, superbly appointed and super-spacious, the Belmond Fleur de Lys cruises the classic Burgundy route through France's Cote d'Or -... Read more

Style: 5* Grand Luxe - average price per person from 5,775 USD


The Belmond Napoléon is one of the finest cruising barges in Provence on and the largest of the Belmond fleet. Her three decks accommodate 12... Read more

La Reine PedauqueOwner Operated

La Reine Pedauque, newly refurbished and sailing once more in the heart of Burgundy, offers an exceptional barge cruise for just 8 guests. Take a... Read more

FinesseE W Fleet

Finesse: the name says it all. She is the perfect vessel on which to meander through the lush undulating countryside of southern Burgundy. Enjoy... Read more

RenaissanceE W Fleet

Hotel Barge Renaissance accommodates just eight guests in elegant, country-house style where fine furniture and fabrics have been specially chosen... Read more

EnchantéE W Fleet

A simply enchanting hotel barge offering exceptionally spacious accommodation for up to 8 passengers. With luxury oozing from all quarters and... Read more

C’est la VieOwner Operated

C'est la Vie offers a fabulous chance to float serenely through the French countryside and escape the demands of everyday life. Drift past infinite... Read more

Après ToutOwner Operated

An exceptionally smart and elegant barge offering the very best of luxury cruising for the discerning traveller in central Burgundy. With two... Read more

Grand VictoriaOwner Operated

Grand Victoria carries six fortunate guests on a luxuriously relaxing cruise through the Burgundy region. She offers a choice of itineraries,... Read more

SavannahOwner Operated

Savannah cruises along the world-famous Canal du Midi and is a stunning hotel barge, her warm exterior colouring attracting envious looks all... Read more

Roi SoleilOwner Operated

Roi Soleil is possibly the most distinctively elegant hotel barge - a true river yacht - cruising the French waterways. She is curvaceous on the... Read more

EsperanceOwner Operated

Luxury hotel barge Esperance offers delightful cruising for up to 6 guests looking for a real French experience on board an authentic but... Read more


Just four privileged passengers can charter this luxurious Belmond barge to progress regally along the reknowned 17th century Canal du Midi. The... Read more