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SUMMER 2017’S TOP TRAVEL TREND: THE LUXURY BARGE

One of the hottest new trends in luxury travel is river cruises, so it’s good to see that international travel company Belmond is getting in on the act too, launching two luxury barges in Champagne and Alsace in summer 2017

The two new luxury boats, Pivoine (Peony) and Lilas (Lilac), will be joining their fleet of luxury barges, Belmond Afloat in France. The boats are set to cruise along the picturesque canals and rivers throughout Alsace and Champagne. Six-night itineraries feature private visits to family-owned vineyards and breweries and spectacular Châteaux.

To further enhance the trip, the new barges are inspired by Biophilia, a design approach that brings the outside world into the interior space. Each barge is individually designed to reflect the tones of the flowers and landscapes they represent.

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Both boats feature open decks, with handmade furniture and a swimming pool surrounded by potted plants. Accommodating eight guests in four en-suite cabins, the barges offer an intimate and unique experience with exclusive personal service and amazing regional food, cooked by a great local chef.

Prices start from €5,200 per person for a six-night cruise on an all-inclusive basis based on eight guests travelling.

belmond.com

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