Belmond Afloat in France launches “Epicurean Burgundy: A 12 Star Cruise”

Belmond NapoléonBelmond announces its most decadent cruise to date with the launch of its new “Epicurean Burgundy: A 12-star cruise” itinerary aboard luxury ‘Afloat in France’ barge.

Cruising through Burgundy and Beaujolais, from St-Jean-de-Losne to Lyon, guests are invited to dine at a different Michelin- starred restaurant each day – experiencing a total of 12 stars.

The cruise departs on 9th August 2020 aboard Belmond Napoléon and sees guests experience six different Michelin-starred restaurants throughout the week ranging from one Michelin-starred to those that have been awarded the highest accolade of three.


Located in Beaune, Le Jardin des Rempart offers a charming stopover in the heart of Côte d’Or. A true food lover, the Chef Christophe Bocquillon’s sole aim is ‘truth on a plate’ offering authentic, seasonal and locally-sourced cuisine.

Hay-Smoked pigeon is one of the unexpected dishes on offer at Aux Terrasses from Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Michel Carrette. Located in the centre of Tournus, Executive Chef, Jean-Michel took over from his father in the kitchen in 2005 and has developed an instinctive cuisine, using inherited techniques and adding his own flair with award winning levels of creativity and personality.


Situated just outside of Auxerre on the River Yonne, Jean- Michel Lorian’s La Côte Saint-Jacques conjures up beautifully colourful dishes which surprise in their exquisite simplicity. Guests can enjoy key dishes including Rosette of Lobster and Fresh Palm Nut Salad or Egg Parfait with White Alba Truffles and Puy Green Lentils.

On the last day of the cruise, guests will visit Lyon, the final dinner will take place at Restaurant Paul Bocuse where items including Black Truffle Soup – created for French President Valaery Giscard d’Estaing in 1975 – are highlights of the menu.


Maison Lameloise now boasting three-Michelin-stars, has been honouring traditional Burgundian heritage, with its exposed stone and wooden beams since 1921. Guests on board Belmond Napoléon will enjoy lunch here with exquisite cuisine by Executive Chef, Eric Pras. Key dishes include a Burgundy snail tart, fresh garden salad and seasonal vegetables, fizzy pickled garlic and nettle coulis giving Burgundy cuisine a fresh and light feel.

Holding three Michelin stars since 1982, Georges Blanc, has built up a reputation for revisiting classics in impeccable style. Guests can try Bresse Chicken reimagined or a reworking of Vonnas pancakes.


As well as visits to six Michelin-starred restaurants, highlights of the gastronomic week include a stop at the historic Clos de Vougeot where Cistercian monks first began making wine in the 12th Century, a private tour of the fabled Hotel-Dieu, venturing behind its splendid gothic façade to discover 500 years of Burgundian history and treasures and scenic cruising through the waterways of Burgundy including down the River Saone. Guests will also have a chance to visit the French towns of Chalon-sur-Saone, Tournus and Lyon – considered a must go for those with a love of French cuisine and the new home of Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie.

Belmond Afloat in France offers tailor-made itineraries around Burgundy, Provence, Champagne and Canal du Midi. The barges accommodate between four and 12 passengers and cruises are offered on an all-inclusive basis with a complete crew including chef, hostess, captain and tour guide. Twice a year, Belmond Afloat in France offers a dedicated Grand Cru journey on board Belmond Amaryllis where guests can sample from the 33 Grand Cru vineyards in Burgundy. Other activities available are cycling along the canal paths, visits to local Chateaux and markets, plus cooking classes.

A week’s ‘Epicurean Burgundy: A 12 Star Cruise’ starts from €7,333 per person on an allinclusive basis including all meals and a private transfer – based on 12 people travelling on board Belmond Napoléon. The 2020 season begins on 21 March and ends on 18 October.

About Belmond:

Belmond is a global collection of exceptional hotel and luxury travel adventures in some of the world’s most inspiring and enriching destinations. Established almost 40 years ago with the acquisition of Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, the Company owns and operates 46 unique and distinctive hotel, rail and river cruise experiences in many of the world’s most celebrated destinations. From city landmarks to intimate resorts, the collection includes Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg; Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro; Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya; and Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara. Belmond also encompasses safaris, six luxury tourist trains including the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, three river cruises and ‘21’, one of New York’s most storied restaurants.