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7. Hotel barge cruise

L’Art de Vivre was once a munitions carrier in Scotland but now lives a dreamy existence as an eight-passenger luxury hotel barge in Burgundy. Cabins are roomy, en-suite and have brass portholes. The dining room is a rich mix of hardwoods and antiques, while on deck are steamer chairs, a hot tub and table for al fresco meals in the warmth of a southern French evening.

A seven-day Burgundy Cruise from Gurgy to Châtel Censoir, with regular departures March to November, starts at £2,750pp, all-inclusive with drinks, regional wines with dinner, chauffeured tours and transfers from Paris but not international travel, from eWaterways (0808 168 1458; ewaterways.co.uk).