A gastronomic barge tour of Champagne

Large modern suites, an on-deck pool, a squadron of chefs – this is canal boating in serious style

One of the four suites on river barge Belmond Pivoine, which plies the backwaters of Champagne
One of the four suites on river barge Belmond Pivoine, which plies the backwaters of Champagne

Spend an indulgent week idling along the backwaters of the Champagne region in France, aboard a new river barge from Belmond (belmond.com; from €5,200 per person for a six-night all-inclusive cruise based on eight guests travelling). Belmond Pivoine sleeps eight in four large modern suites, with open‑air sitting and dining areas, a small but perfect pool on the aft deck and a squadron of chefs who disembark daily to scour the local markets for the finest produce (guests are welcome on these excursions).

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