Two new barges will join Belmond’s fleet in France in 2017.
Launching next summer will be the Belmond Lilas and Belmond Pivoine, both of
which will hold eight passengers and be available exclusively for private
The Lilas and Pivoine will bring Belmond’s French fleet to
seven and will ferry travelers through the regions of Alsace and Champagne,
respectively. Sample itineraries for the former include vineyard tours, a visit
to the Vosges cathedral and a tasting at Meteor Brewery, which dates to 1640.
The Pivoine, meanwhile, will cruise to the site of WWI battles, the birthplace
of champagne and the city of Reims.
Both barges have four cabins, a lounge, a dining room and
outdoor deck with heated swimming pool. Cruises on the two vessels will start
at $6,673 per passenger for six-night departures.
Belmond is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of its “Belmond
Road to Mandalay” river cruise in Myanmar this fall with a four-night sailing
that follows the trip’s original route from Bagan to Mandalay. Belmond is
donating 5% of each ticket for the journey to the Belmond Myanmar Foundation to
support a new hospital in Bagan.