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Champagne region 7-day Luxury Barge Tour
Champagne (with or wthout Chocolate tasting) barge cruise from Château-Thierry to Reims on the Marne river and canal. An enchanting journey between beauty, history and vineyards, with daily tastings of champagne, great food on board and a variety of options which the guests (6 on board in 3 cabins) may select from. Visit cathedrals and wine cellars or WWI memorials. Take your time and enjoy your canal cruise on the sundeck. Explore the region in the afternoon on your guided minibus tour. Finish the day with a sumptuous dinner on board.
The Champagne region is full of delicious contrasts. On one hand there’s the drink; that gold-hued, sparkling elixir eternally associated with decadence and luxury. Then there’s the countryside; 86,000 acres of sleepy, undulating hills striped with low-slung trestled vines of pinot-noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay grapes. They are tended to by families whose members are far more likely to greet you with fresh mud on their boots than adhere to the glamour their champagnes inspire. And in the valley is the meandering river Marne which gives the region it’s fertile soil.
This tour goes in reverse on alternate weeks.
Ask us about chartering this 3 x cabin 6 x guest barge for Champagne cruising 18750 EUR (3125 EUR p.p.) [email protected]
Normal pricing: 3 May to 18 July 2020 and 16 August to 17 October 2020
Value pricing: 5 April to 2 May 2020 and 19 July to 15 August 2020
14 day charter at 5% discount
Prices on request for shorter or longer cruises (from 4 days to 14 days or longer), cruises as B&B or half board, with or without guided minibus excursions or only self guided visits by bycicle or on foot, just relaxing on board, adaptable navigation hours... Affordable alternatives. Contact us for availability, conditions and prices...
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You will be met at a designated meeting point in Paris. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in Château-Thierry. A champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits, including the barge cats, Babou and Coténoir. (The cats are friendly but prefer to spend most of their time in the crew area.) Time to settle in and enjoy your first lunch onboard. This afternoon, we will set off on our first tour which may include Belleau Wood memorial site, the American WW1 memorial and the medieval castle of Château-Thierry or the Castle of Conde-en-Brie. Back on board Chef Patsie is busy creating a magical chocolate and Champagne dinner!
Start your adventure:
The adventure usually begins with a morning cruise, presenting the perfect opportunity to relax on deck with a cup of Chef Patsie’s special chocolate coffee. The afternoon, enjoy the first of many excursions ashore. Back onboard, Chef Patsie’s is preparing tonight’s delicious dinner.
Explore the origins of Champagne:
During the morning cruise, those with a sweet tooth are invited to join Chef Patsie in her open kitchen to observe her techniques for cooking with chocolate. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to the village of Hautvillers where Dom Perignon first invented the famous drink! Enjoy Champagne samplings at houses both emerging and established while admiring the area’s panoramic views of rolling hills, lush vineyards, and endless skies. The area’s culinary bounty is on further offer tonight, as dinner is taken ashore at a local bistro .
This morning, your Tour Guide accompanies you to the small city of Epernay, home of the world-famous Champagne Avenue. Tour the cellars and taste the bubbles at one of the renowned champagne houses. Return to the barge for an early afternoon cruise. Upon mooring, Champagne’s extraordinary natural beauty is revealed during a mid-afternoon visit to the Reims Mountain National Park. Observe the Verzenay lighthouse and explore the world’s principal reserve of dwarf beech trees. Back onboard, a sumptuous dinner awaits you.
Going back, back into time:
As your barge continues her lazy journey along the canal this morning, explore the towpath by bicycle or on foot. Afternoon excursions to the charming village of Chalons-en-Champagne include a visit to its collegiate church, Notre-Dame-en-Vaux, which boasts a 56-bell carillon. From there, perhaps sample the suds at a local beer brewery, stop at the preserved XVII century Sainte-Croix gate, or take a scenic stroll in the “Petit Jard” and “Grand Jard” gardens. Dinner tonight furthers the local immersion.
The crowning of kings
During this morning’s final cruise, hop off at a lock for a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to Reims for a tour of the Cathedral with the famous stained glass windows of Marc Chagall. Here is where the Kings of France were crowned! Then, tour the recently restored Art Nouveau “Villa Demoiselle”, which can be combined with a visit to the nearby Vranken champagne cellars for another private sampling. Return to the barge for the Captain’s Dinner.
A sad farewell:
Farewell after breakfast. Return to central drop-off point in Reims or Paris.
The tour excursion are variable and flexible according to the interests of those onboard.
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