The Napoleon consistently provides a top experience, cruising deep within Provence. Explore the culinary, cultural, and historical treasures of this region on this elegant vessel.
Napoleon brings the best of barge cruising and river cruising together in a uniquely elegant hybrid. As the only vessel in our French fleet to cruise exclusively on a river, as opposed to a man-made canal, the Napoleon’s route covers 150 miles, revealing a dazzling plethora of Provence’s cultural bounty and historical treasures. Eminent Roman ruins, exact scenes painted by Impressionist artists, and charming hilltop villages — indeed, the region is rich with prized relics and artisan delights waiting to be discovered.
The palatial vessel boasts three levels, including a spacious deck devoting 800 square feet to the recreational pleasures of outdoor living; guests enjoy the comforts of a hot tub, reclining deck chairs, and a special “al fresco” dining area. Exquisite French-style furnishings and accent pieces define the supremely comfortable salon, while the indoor dining room boasts what is perhaps the most interesting decor in all of barging: colorful murals depicting the life of Napoleon Bonaparte, as well as personalities associated with Provence.
Cabins are tastefully decorated with country cottage flair, boasting clever storage and beautifully tiled bathrooms. Cuisine focuses on the region’s rustic Provincial fare through a modern presentation, and wine pairings specific to the Rhone Valley are served often. Gourmands and epicureans will adore the private wine tastings, black truffle hunting, and the trip to the local produce market with Chef. An attentive crew catering to every need furthers the many amenities found onboard barge Napoleon.
Note that Napoleon cruises on a petite river as opposed to a man-made canal, so biking opportunities, while daily, are not as plentiful compared to traditional canal cruising.
Last visited 2018