Love Boats: The World's Sexiest Cruises

by Jason Harper

The Moveable Feast

The Vessel: Amaryllis

The Circuit: Burgundy and Franche Comté

Perfect For: Floating gourmands

For some, food and love are inseparable. And since no one knows food—or love—like the French, this may be the perfect trip for a couple looking to indulge both pleasures. Orient Express's luxury barges float through Burgundy, home to arguably the most exemplary food and wine in France. Its 130-foot Amaryllis cuts a languorous route down the Canal du Centre or the Canal de Bourgogne, passing through historic towns like Chagny and Denevy and storied wine regions such as the Côte de Nuits or Côte de Beaune. The barge could fit 30 passengers but is outfitted for a mere eight very indulged guests; there are four large suites with French antique furniture and marble-encased bathrooms, a heated plunge pool, and a staff-to-guest ratio of one to one. That means they'll do pretty much whatever you desire: stop off at a village so you can bike along tree-lined lanes, set up a tasting of Grands Crus at Gevrey-Chambertin, tie up so you can savor an expertly prepared boeuf bourguignon at a little bistro in Rully. But beware: Meals onboard are often five courses and paired with wines. Overindulge in one pleasure, and you may have little energy for the other.
$45,000 per week for eight people, including food and wine

Orient-Express Hotels, Trains & Cruises
Tel: 800 524 2420

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