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Champagne region 7-day Luxury Barge Tour (LNE)
The river Marne flows from Epernay to Paris, meandering through the beautiful gardens of Champagne. There is a plethora of vineyards spread across the undulating plains as far as the eye can see and there will be plenty of opportunity to sample the sparkling wine to which the region has given its name, including a private, champagne tasting in the vast cellars of Moet et Chandon.
This is also a part of France that is rich in both modern and ancient history and during our voyage we visit a number of significant landmarks, chateaux and one of the finest Gothic cathedrals in the country where the kings of France were crowned.
The luxury barge has been designed to offer a very high level of comfort and convenience. The spacious saloon, with its dining area and attractive cocktail bar, features a warm teak interior and elegant furnishings. Each of the generous suites is lavishly equipped and the en suite bathrooms have double handbasins and oversized shower. There is also a lift, an exercise room and a spa pool on deck.
6 Nights accommodation on board in an air-conditioned, en-suite cabin.
The services of an experienced Captain / Host, Chef, Hostess(es), Driver/Tour Guide.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner aboard. A local meal ashore, once per week on most barges.
An excellent selection of fine regional and international wines and spirits, plus an all day open bar, tea and coffee.
Daily excursions by chauffeured minibus and entry fees to castles, vineyards, markets and other local places of interest.
Use of barge facilities such as bicycles, boules, barge library and on certain vessels, a spa pool.
Return transfers to and from the local meeting/drop off point.
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Guests are met in Paris and transferred to the hotel barge moored in the heart of Paris for a champagne welcome. Time to relax as we cruise past Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. This evening, enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board.
Paris to Meaux.
This morning we cruise out of Paris onto the River Marne. En route we pass l'Ile de Fanac with its 'guingettes' (small cafe/restaurants) immortalised in paintings by impressionist artists such as Renoir. After lunch we visit the Musee de la Grande Guerre in Meaux, a fascinating museum focussing on WWI.. Rejoin the barge in Meaux. Dinner on board.
Meaux to Courtaron.
After breakfast, we visit the magnificent baroque CHateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte with its pioneering architecture that inspired Versailles. We walk through the stunning apartments with their exquisite decor and period furniture, and explore the manicured formal gardens. After lunch back on board, we enjoy an afternoon cruise further upstream to Courtaron, near the little town of La Ferte-sous-Jouarre, built on the site of a 9th century fortress. Dinner on board.
Courtaron to Chateau-Thierry.
We are now in the Champagne region and this morning the hotel barge cruises along the meandering Marne to moor at Chateau Thierry, an historic, strategically situated town overlooking the river, surrounded by vineyards that produce some of the region's famous sparkling wine. In the afternoon, we visit La Maison Panier, a select champagne house founded in 1899 with a labyrinth of medieval underground cellars that were formed from 12th century stone quarries, for a tour and private tasting. Dinner on board.
Chateau-Thierry to Cumieres
Our cruise today on the River Marne winds its way through vine-covered hills dotted with small wine-growing communities to the delightful village of Cumieres, where there is the opportunity to explore on foot or bicycle. Lunch on board before our afternoon visit to one of the most select Champagne houses in the area south of Reims, Domaine Ployez-Jacquemart, which was established in 1930 by Marcel Ployez and his wife, Yvonne Jacquemart. We are given a private tour and or course, enjoy a tasting.. Dinner on board.
Cumieres to Conde-sur-Marne
After breakfast, we visit the pretty hilltop village of Hautvilliers. Known as the 'cradle of Champagne', it is here that the monk Dom Perignon discovered the 'methode champenoise'. We will also enjoy a degustation of champagnes at a delightful specialist boutique before rejoining the barge to cruise along the Canal Lateral a la Marne to our final mooring in Conde-sur-Marne. In the afternoon we visit the magnificent 800-year old Reims cathedral. a Gothic masteriece where the Kings of France were crowned. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to your drop-off point in Paris.
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
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