Hotel Barges in France : Luxury Barges

Here are selected details of the most prestigious ******Supreme, *****Grande-Luxe and ****Excellence highest quality-level cruise barges taken from the french-waterways.com 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 $4,000 to $8,000 (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

Grand CruOwner Operated

  • Style: 6* Supreme
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: Saone‑South Burgundy

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

  • Style: 6* Supreme
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: Ouche Valley‑Cote d'Or

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

Lilas (Lilac)Belmond

  • Style: 6* Supreme
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: Alsace‑Ardennes

Belmond Lilas cruises past forests abundant with pine trees and small ruined castles on isolated hilltops between Arzviller and Strasbourg, a... Read more

Pivoine (Peony)Belmond

  • Style: 6* Supreme
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: Paris‑Champagne

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

La Nouvelle EtoileE W Fleet

  • Style: 6* Supreme
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: Paris‑Champagne

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

Amaryllis Belmond

  • Style: 6* Supreme
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: Ouche Valley‑Cote d'Or

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 Lys Belmond

  • Style: 6* Supreme
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: Saone‑South Burgundy

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

Napoleon Belmond

  • Style: 5* Grand Luxe
  • Capacity: 6 cabins / 12 guests
  • Cruising: Provence‑Camargue

The Belmond Napoleon is one of the finest cruising barges in Provence on the majestic river Rhône and the largest of the Belmond fleet. She has... Read more

FinesseE W Fleet

  • Style: 5* Grand Luxe
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: Saone‑South Burgundy

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

  • Style: 5* Grand Luxe
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: West Burgundy‑Loire

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

  • Style: 5* Grand Luxe
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: Midi‑Herault

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

  • Style: 5* Grand Luxe
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: West Burgundy‑Loire, North Burgundy

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

  • Style: 5* Grand Luxe
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: Saone‑South Burgundy

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

SavannahOwner Operated

  • Style: 5* Grand Luxe
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: Midi‑Herault, Short Stay Option

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

  • Style: 5* Grand Luxe
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: Provence‑Camargue, Midi‑Herault

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

Alouette Belmond

  • Style: 5* Grand Luxe
  • Capacity: 2 cabins / 4 guests
  • Cruising: Midi‑Herault

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

Style: 4* Excellence

LucioleOwner Operated

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: more than 6 cabins
  • Cruising: Nivernais

The Luciole makes everyone happy. With over 50 years cruising under her belt, Luciole knows exactly how to please, combining comfort, exceptional... Read more

Le PhenicienOwner Operated

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: more than 6 cabins
  • Cruising: Provence‑Camargue

Le Phenicien combines luxury cruising with perhaps the most varied and fascinating route of all hotel barges; great towns and cities of the Rhone... Read more

PanacheE W Fleet

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 6 cabins / 12 guests
  • Cruising: Alsace‑Ardennes, Paris‑Champagne

Panache is a stylish 12 passenger luxury hotel barge cruising all summer through Alsace and Lorraine, with some cruise in Champagne and Paris... Read more

La Belle EpoqueE W Fleet

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 6 cabins / 12 guests
  • Cruising: North Burgundy

La Belle Epoque is spacious and luxurious, just the perfect barge for 12 guests to explore the delightful Burgundy region. She has been designed... Read more

L’ImpressionnisteE W Fleet

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 6 cabins / 12 guests
  • Cruising: Ouche Valley‑Cote d'Or

A beautiful barge for up to 12 guests cruising in glorious southern Burgundy. She is richly decorated, with a wood-panelled saloon, comfy leather... Read more

La Reine PedauqueOwner Operated

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: Ouche Valley‑Cote d'Or

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

Hirondelle Belmond

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: Saone‑South Burgundy

The Belmond Hirondelle offers elegance and luxury whilst cruising the most beautiful parts of central France. Simply sit back and infuse the... Read more

Rendez-VousOwner Operated

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: Ouche Valley‑Cote d'Or

Hotel Barge Rendez-Vous offers high quality accommodation and cruising on the famous Burgundy canal. With fresh and tidy decor she provides 6 guests... Read more

Grand VictoriaOwner Operated

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: Ouche Valley‑Cote d'Or, Saone‑South Burgundy

Grand Victoria (formerly Hemingway) has been superbly refurbished to carry six guests on a luxuriously relaxing cruise through the Burgundy... Read more

Wine & WaterOwner Operated

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: Ouche Valley‑Cote d'Or

A superb cruise, especially if you are a wine enthusiast, in glorious southern Burgundy, the heart of the world renowned wine-making country. Wine... Read more

MeandererOwner Operated

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: West Burgundy‑Loire

Meanderer truly represents floating luxury - cruising the charming waterways of the Upper Loire region where the itinerary takes in its rich... Read more

SarocheOwner Operated

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: Paris‑Champagne, Ouche Valley‑Cote d'Or, Saone‑South Burgundy

Saroche is a classic barge with those graceful lines that make hotel barge cruising superbly elegant and stylish. As one on the largest hotel... Read more

Saint LouisOwner Operated

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: Garonne‑Bordeaux

Hotel barge Saint Louis provides a luxury cruise along the beautiful, calm waterways in the historic lands of Aquitaine and Gascony in south-west... Read more

EsperanceOwner Operated

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: Midi‑Herault

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

Clair de LuneOwner Operated

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: Midi‑Herault

Clair de Lune offers relaxed superior cruising for four to six guests, and has a choice of two routes along the iconic Canal du Midi. She is... Read more

AlegriaOwner Operated

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 2 cabins / 4 guests
  • Cruising: Midi‑Herault

Alegria is a very striking, much photographed hotel barge - unique along the Canal du Midi with her large round port-hole style picture windows -... Read more