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Luxury Holidays Afloat

We know all the top operators from Bali to Barbados and from the Arctic to Antarctica, and we will gladly tailor-make

the perfect holiday afloat for you. 

 

We offer a totally free service that looks after all your travel requirements - at prices the same or better than going direct. Think of us as your own private travel concierge, at no extra cost. Without the risk or the hassle. With expert knowledge and ATOL protection.

We feature a few ideas below, but suggest that the easiest and most enjoyable way of getting your water-borne adventure organised

and booked is to give us a call and chat through all the ingredients you're looking for. We'll do the rest.  

 

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Few countries have remained so untouched in their natural beauty and charm from one century to the next, and only recently has it become possible to explore Myanmar (Burma) in style and comfort aboard a luxury floating hotel. By providing an attractive combination of fascinating cultural talks, incredible sightseeing and reassuring luxury travel, Belmond offers a seamless way to see and appreciate the highlights of Myanmar - from Bagan to Mandalay. As the Belmond Road to Mandalay meanders along the Irrawaddy River, you can admire the stunning scenery which has been hidden from the world’s gaze for so long. We recommend your holiday afloat in Burma be part of a wider itinerary which we would, of course, be pleased to put together for you. For an idea, see our suggested 11 night Highlights of Myanmar: a luxury tailor-made journey exploring Yangon, the Irrawaddy River, Pakokku, Bagan, and Lake Inle.

We have a selection of 3, 4, 5 and 6 bedroom luxury gulets moored in Bodrum and ready to take you on a fabulous sailing holiday along Turkey's gorgeous Turquoise Coast or around Greece's Dodecanese Islands. All itineraries are tailored to suit you, whatever your preferences, and all our gulets come with (at the very minimum) a Captain and a cook. For inspiration and to see the quality of our boats, please take a look at our luxury 3 cabin Turkish gulet

Step aboard Dhahab, an elegant custom-built 27.5m luxury Omani dhow (with 3 spacious cabins accommodating a maximum of 6 guests) and explore the splendour of the Arabian Gulf and the extraordinary Musandam fjords, set against the backdrop of the mighty Al Hajar mountain range. You are looked after by a crew of 5, including a specialist chef, and will enjoy fine dining on deck to cuisine of your choice.

Apart from sunbathing, swimming and enjoying the spectacular scenery, there's world-class diving and snorkeling, kayaking, water skiing, cookery classes, yoga and spa treatments. Dhahab is owned and operated by Six Senses and you embark from the marina at Six Senses Zighy Bay. Find out more about cruising aboard Dhahab

Designed to embody the aesthetic of a five-star hotel, Aqua Mekong is the latest of Aqua Expeditions stylish fleet of ships, endeavouring to offer guests the utmost comforts for a sophisticated adventure along some of the world’s most fascinating waters. Specially designed to traverse the intriguing Mekong River, Aqua Mekong has fantastically spacious interiors, including an elegantly furnished sun deck with a forward facing infinity plunge pool, and an outdoor cinema for watching films under the stars. The cuisine on board is divine, with the kitchen under the guidance of Michelin-starred Australian chef David Thompson. 

All twenty Design Suites aboard
Aqua Mekong boast panoramic, river-facing floor-to-ceiling windows and a daybed, while eight suites also feature a private balcony. All are en suite. 

Discover the beauty of a slower pace with a Belmond River Cruise, where luxuriously appointed vessels travel tranquil waterways. Offering a wealth of expertise, in both destination knowledge and in providing world-class service, this is a river cruise experience for connoisseurs. Afloat in France comprises a fleet of 7 intimately sized barges, holding between four and twelve guests each, which are available for private charter or can be booked by the cabin.

 

Meandering through the beautiful rural regions of France, from Provence to Burgundy, this peaceful ride along narrow canals is both unique and engaging, allowing a personal experience into the heart of France, through blazing sunflower fields, lush vineyards and picturesque hillside chateaux. See Belmond Afloat France

The first 'dahabiya' built to international luxury standards, the Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau is one of the most luxurious boats sailing on the River Nile. The smallest of the Sanctuary fleet, with just 2 suites and 4 cabins, its boutique size means it can dock at smaller ports - so your fully-personalised itinerary can take you off the beaten track and away from the busy tourist spots. This is further enhanced by private docks in Luxor and Aswan. For exclusive hire only. Best time to go is September to May. 5 nights exclusive hire of Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau from around £14,000, including full board, resident Egyptologist, all guided excursions and entrance fees. If you'd prefer to simply book a cabin or two aboard a luxury, larger boat, there's plenty of choice. Try the 36 cabin Art-Deco styled Sanctuary Sun Boat IV or the more traditional 23 cabin Steam Ship Sudan (aboard which Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile was filmed).

Explore the beautiful Chobe River along the Botswana and Namibia border with a 2 or 3 night cruise aboard the fabulous Zambezi Queen. Enjoy fine dining and luxury accommodation (in one of just 14 suites) as you glide along the river with a dedicated team of experienced guides, chefs and hands-on staff on board. Land-based game viewing is available in 4x4's in Botswana's Chobe National Park and there's always lots of game viewing available from the boat. Combine your time afloat with a tailor-made land-based safari such as our 11 Night Classic Botswana Safari Our safari specialists can help you decide and create the perfect adventure for you.

As one of the greatest wilderness areas on the planet, the Amazon rainforest has inspired and compelled human curiosity since the beginning of time. Aria Amazon provides luxury adventures down the Peruvian Amazon River for up to 32 guests on board a contemporary-style luxury cruiser and boasts a crew of 24, including four English-speaking Naturalists and award-winning Peruvian Chef. Facilities include a lounge, dining room, an exercise room, observation deck and an outdoor lounge, complete with cold-water Jacuzzi – providing the perfect refreshment from the Amazon’s balmy heat. 


All sixteen Design Suites on Aria Amazon are elegantly furnished, featuring polished timber flooring, individual air-conditioning, 100% Peruvian cotton high thread count sheets, a window-side daybed and floor to ceiling windows.

Moored on Moyo Island, between Bali and Flores, Amanikan - a luxury custom-built 32m coastal cruiser with a crew of 10 - can be chartered from May to October to cruise through the beautiful Indonesian archipelago. Newly built but designed to look like a traditional teak spice trading vessel, Amanikan comes with every conceivable creature comfort. 

Once aboard this ultra-smart floating haven of teak, rattan and crisp linen, everything is organised around you - snorkel or scuba, picnic on remote islands, go island hiking, or simply sit back and enjoy the dazzling beauty of the passing islets. Amanikan has 3 vaulted, air-conditioned bedroom suites on the main deck - so no disappointingly small portholes through which to observe the sensational scenery on your voyage. Explore
Amanikan

Elegant and stylish, the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is perfect for relaxed cruising through spectacular and ever-changing landscapes. Carrying just 124 passengers, compared to the 300 plus accommodated on other cruise ships, the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer offers the finest and most personalised service on the river - in fact the vessel carries one member of staff for every guest on board. Sail from Chongqing to Yichang (4 days/3 nights) or vice versa (5 days/4 nights) and enjoy the breathtaking scenery including the 'ghost city' of Fengdu, the Shennong Stream and the Three Gorges Dam Project. The 3 night cruise is included in our 13 night Highlights of China Tour

Limestone karsts along the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo

The sheer limestone peaks rearing from the flat plain around the city of Guilin in southern China form a strikingly beautiful landscape that has, since classical times, formed a key motif of Chinese art and literature. The Li River winds its way through this dramatic scenery, past bamboo groves and villages where locals still fish with tethered cormorants. We recommend a cruise downriver from Guilin to the market town of Yangshuo (about 80km), a less commercial and more relaxed location, and a fabulous base from which to explore the stunning local countryside. We suggest staying at the elegant Banyan Tree Yangshuo. Nearby, set in the heart of the karst peaks are some exceptionally picturesque villages, including Fuli with its cobbled streets and traditional fan-making, that can be reached by boat or bicycle. 

Let us tailor-make your holiday in China. Simply get in touch and we'll get started.

MV Origin is the finest vessel traversing the Galapagos islands and with just 20 guests and two onboard expert naturalists to enrich your journey, has the best expert to guest ratio in the islands. So, with expert-led excursions for its guests on a choice of 7 night itineraries, MV Origin is an excellent option. The vessel has 10 guest suites, an observation deck, bar, 3 lounges, dining room, gym, and library, as well as a Jacuzzi deck. Have a look at our suggestion for a Luxury 12 Night Tour of Ecuador & The Galapagos

The 32m Necker Belle is a world-class mega-yacht accommodating up to twelve guests, with a staff of seven, sailing unrestricted, totally bespoke itineraries. Boasting fabulous on-board facilities, fine cuisine, child-friendly hospitality and a wealth of water sports, Necker Belle is one of the Caribbean's premier boating experiences. Itineraries are tailor-made to accommodate the requirements of every guest and the Necker Belle can sail at twenty knots per hour, ensuring the next breathtaking destination is never too far away.

 

Enjoy bespoke voyages through the Caribbean, weaving your way through the many exotic islands. Whether you class it as a sophisticated catamaran or as a deluxe super-yacht, Necker Belle sets an extremely high standard for luxury sea cruisers.

Four Seasons Explorer is a spectacular and luxurious 39m, three-deck catamaran with eleven guest cabins. With an on-board Marine Biologist to help you learn more about the fascinating surroundings as you embark on a wonderful island and reef-hopping experience, you will enjoy days gently cruising through the turquoise atolls of the Maldives.

 

The vessel navigates through some of the most sought-after dive and snorkelling locations in the Indian Ocean that team with neon-coloured fish and is naturally an excellent choice for marine adventurers. The cruise experience is equally perfect for those who simply wish to enjoy being pampered against a backdrop of breathtaking seascapes, interspersed with castaway massages on idyllic sandbanks. Cruises depart from Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa or the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru.

Discover Norway's coast and majestic fjords

There are several truly spectacular cruises to enjoy in and around Norway. A perennial favourite that enables you to experience the magic of the fjords and the sheltered waters of the Norwegian coastline is the Bergen to Kirkenes cruise. Departing from Bergen, it takes 6 nights to reach the Russian border town of Kirkenes. On the way you’ll stop at The Royal City of Trondheim, discover the wonders of the polar north, and cross in to the Arctic Circle to the Lofoten Islands. You’ll journey to Europe's most northern point where you’ll have the opportunity to travel out to the North Cape Plateau where you’ll get an eerie sense of being at the end of the world, as well as the chance to admire the birdlife. 

 

Best time to go is May to September. 6 nights from around £1,195 per person sharing a cabin.

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