10 River Cruises to Remember
Afloat in France
What to Expect: These five barges are operated by Orient-Express, so it’s no surprise that the accommodations and accoutrements are ultra-luxurious, complete with luxury linens and plush furnishings. Carrying four to 12 passengers, they slowly cruise the historic canals of France. A private, well-trained chef is onboard each sailing, along with a very accommodating crew that makes sure you are never without a drink in hand. Excellent regional wines accompany meals. Three of the barges are reserved for full charters, so bring your friends and family.
Insider Tip: Ask for a printout to take home of the wines, cheeses, and recipes you’ve enjoyed on your cruise.
Deal: The historic six-passenger Fleur de Lys has many old-world details, including a grand piano in its salon. Charter her for $42,900 and spend six nights on the classic Burgundy wine route. For individual travelers, six-day cruises on the eight-passenger Hirondelle in Burgundy are priced from $4,620 for travel through October 2008.