The luxury hotel brand Belmond is launching two stunning new top of the range barges, adding to their expanding portfolio for summer 2017 adding to its current fleet of 5 barges.
The two truly glorious new boats, are called Pivoine and Lilas, and will cruise along the stunning canals and rivers in Alsace and Champagne. With 6 night itineraries featuring private visits to family-owned vineyards and breweries and opulent Châteaux.
Belmond Pivoine will cruise between Meaux and Châlons-en-Champagne along the River Marne and Canal Lateral de Marne, passing spectacular rolling hills filled with vines and pretty canal-side villages. Some of the highlights you will experience, include a visit to the historical city of Reims and Château Vaux-Le-Vicomte, famous for its beautifully manicured gardens and extensive grounds. Gracefully cruising the Canal de la Marne au Rhin through the heart of the Alsace region you will be overwhelmed by the jaw dropping scenery.
Belmond Lilas passes by lush green forests of pine trees and small castles (many are ruins) set on isolated hilltops between Arzviller and the beautiful city of Strasbourg. As you sail long the canal, guests can visit the small picturesque villages and towns including Lutzelbourg and Saverne before exploring Strasbourg, the culinary capital of the region.
The 2 new barges are inspired by Biophilia, a design approach that brings the outside world into the unique interior space. Each barge is perfectly designed to reflect the tones of the flowers and landscapes they represent.