Belmond’s Luxury Cruise a French Michelin-Starred Odyssey

By Paul Joseph

Luxury hospitality operator Belmond has launched a stunning new cruise offering that invites discerning guests to embark on the gastronomic trip of a lifetime.

Called the “Epicurean Burgundy: A 12-Star Cruise”, the trip transports passengers to six different Michelin-starred restaurants across France aboard a luxury barge called The Napoléon.

Jean-Michel Lorian’s two Michelin-starred La Côte Saint-Jacques, outside of Auxerre on the River Yonne, is the first stop, before your party moves on to Maison Lameloise in Chagny on day 2.

Those who like to experiment with local flavours will relish day 3, which takes you to Le Jardin des Ramparts in Beaune.

On day 4, lovers of game will savour the delightful treat hay-smoked pigeon at Aux Terrasses in Tornus, before heading to the greatly acclaimed Georges Blanc in Vonnas.

The food odyssey ends with a dinner at Restaurant Paul Bocuse, prized for its black truffle soup, created in 1975 for French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing.

The trip also includes visits to popular French wine regions like Burgundy and Beaujolais, local markets and chateaux, cycling along the scenic canal paths, and fun cooking classes.

In total, the barge has six luxurious cabins with en-suite bathrooms and giant windows, as well as an outdoor hot tub.

The entire barge can be chartered for $96,000 for a maximum of 12 people, or individual cabins can be rented for $8,000 per person.

By Paul Joseph