Belmond Afloat in France might be the most luxurious way to see France, especially if you gather up a group of friends and commission the entire barge. Opt for the Fleur de Lys for a trio of cabins decked out in four-poster beds and rich Indian fabrics, where during the day guests watch the French countryside glide by as they soak in a heated rooftop pool and in the evening feast on a five-course meal and explore the region’s varietals through tutored tastings. Seven-day journeys take routes through areas including Provence, Burgundy, Carcassonne and Franche-Comté.
Let’s say you find yourself waking up in Provence. From a plush king-sized bed, gaze onto vineyards and the fields of lavender that inspired Van Gogh and Renoir. Let the passing breeze rustle through your hair on the sundeck. Dine on tender Charlolais beef with a glass of Chatâeauneuf-du-Pape the consistency of silk. Take an after-dinner stroll on dry land through the Roman ruins of Arles.