Orient-Express’ Afloat in France Cruises into the 2009 Season with New Itineraries for all Tastes

Orient-Express’ Afloat in France Cruises into the 2009 Season with New Itineraries for all Tastes

Golfing Experience
New for 2009 is a golfing experience ideal for Tiger Woods enthusiasts. Two journeys offer some of the finest golf courses in Europe. Spend an afternoon at the picturesque nine hole course at Lamamou les Bains in Beziers, which is located beneath the Caroux mountains in the foothills of the Cevennes, or similar spectacular settings for a unique golfing spectacle. Follow a round of golf with exclusive wine tastings, gourmet food and service, and a leisurely scenic cruise for the ultimate unforgettable holiday abroad.

The golfing itinerary is offered on two routes from the medieval city of Carcassonne to Béziers onboard Alouette or the scenic route from Escommes to Dijon onboard Amaryllis and Fleur de Lys, and costs from £3,900 per person (excluding green fees) for an all inclusive journey. 
Culinary Excellence
Also new for 2009, Alouette offers journeys of culinary excellence giving guests a chance to learn French cooking techniques with their very own onboard chef as they float past the vineyards and chateaux of the Languedoc-Rousillon. With a kitchen specially designed to hold cooking classes, the newly refurbished Alouette accommodates four guests, ensuring personal attention to all who take part. The chef indulges guests with typical French cuisine cooking as well as light Mediterranean style cooking techniques. A visit to a colourful French market brings fresh juicy ingredients to the classes and onto the dinner table for all to savour. Itineraries are tailored to the guests’ interests and a variety of skill levels are offered.

The journey from Béziers to Carcassonne onboard Alouette is all inclusive and costs from £3,650 per person. 

Family Friendly
Spending time with loved ones is increasingly important and the whole family is welcome onboard Afloat In France with the new family itinerary. Abundant activities keep the most energetic kids occupied, from cycling and horse riding in open fields to spending an afternoon in a water park, enjoying the adventure of tree top climbing and being entertained by an onboard magician. Heated swimming pools ensure the kids time onboard is well spent with hours of fun splashing in the sun - this and many more activities are on offer when gliding the waterways from St.Leger to Dijon onboard Amaryllis or Fleur de Lys at an all inclusive cost from £3,600 per person.

A new route – the scenic Loire Valley
As the luxury péniche-hotels navigate and explore the understated beauty of the waterways in France, Afloat In France has introduced a new journey along the scenic canals in the Loire Valley onboard Hirondelle. The picturesque region of the Loire Valley is renowned for its land of rich vineyards and magnificent châteaux once owned by French monarchs. This region is also called ‘The Garden of France’ due to the fertile land along the river lending itself as the perfect setting for a new cruise. An all inclusive itinerary costs from £2,400 per person for one of six new journeys including Digion, Pont Canal Du Guétin and Rogny. 


The Grand Cru Cruise onboard Napoléon
The Grand Cru Cruise journey was introduced in 2008 and due to its enormous success is repeated once again this year. The journey begins onboard the larger Napoléon barge and includes an exclusive flavorsome tour of four family-owned vineyards in the Burgundy area escorted by a wine expert. The journey is an unmissable opportunity for the wine connoisseur to taste the 33 Grand Crus of Burgundy, including Bonne Mares, Montrachet and Romanée Conti. Exercise the taste buds with a journey from Mâcon to Saint-Jean-de-Losne at an all inclusive cost of £3,900 per person departing on 19th July. 

Afloat in France operates bespoke cruises with a fleet of five deluxe barges namely Napoléon, Alouette, Hirondelle, Amaryllis and Fleur de Lys, which glide on some of the most beautiful inland waterways of France. Each péniche-hotel is individual in design and lavishly appointed, can accommodate four to 12 guests and offers high quality dining and tailor-made six night itineraries beginning on Sundays.

Each péniche-hotel is available for private hire between April and October, giving guests the opportunity to have their own floating house party. Individual cabins can also be booked onboard Napoléon and Hirondelle, and all have an atmosphere conducive to complete relaxation.