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Champagne region 7-day Luxury Barge Tour (PAN)
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.
A stylish 12 passenger hotel barge with spacious public areas and 6 comfortable double/twin ensuite cabins lavishly equipped with double hand basins and oversize showers..There are panoramic windows in the saloon, and the barge has been fitted our in traditional yacht style with brass and mahogany fittings. A large sundeck and a spa pool complete the picture..
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.
Enjoy a private winery tour and tasting at renowned Champagne houses.
Visit the village of Hautvillers where Dom Perignon discovered the Methode Champenoise
Tour the majestic cathedral in Reims, where the Kings of France were once crowned.
Cruise the pretty river Marne past waterside vineyards.
Visit the Champagne 'capital' or Epernay for a cellar tour and private tasting.
Visit Chateau-Thierry, the scene of fierce battles in World War I, and Belleau Wood.
Slow Tours offers a number of other Luxury Barge Tours in Europe
Guests are met early afternoon in Paris and transferred to the hotel barge moored in Châlons-en-Champagne. Enjoy a Champagne welcome while your Captain introduces you to the crew. Dinner on board.
Châlons-en-Champagne to Tours-sur-Marne
This morning we cruise from Châlons-en-Champagne along the Canal Lateral à la Marne to our pretty mooring at Tours-sur-Marne. After lunch on board, we visit the magnificent 800-year-old Reims cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece where the Kings of France were crowned, before some free time perhaps to wander around this delightful city with its grand squares and elegant shopping arcades. Dinner on board.
Tours-sur-Marne to Dizy
Today we continue our cruise along the canal, with the opportunity to explore on foot or bicycle en route, and moor at Dizy, near Epernay. After lunch, we visit the pretty hilltop village of Hautvillers. Known as the ‘cradle of Champagne’. It is here that the monk Dom Perignon discovered the ‘méthode champenoise’ and we enjoy a private tasting of champagnes and matching cheeses at a boutique in the village. Dinner ashore at a local restaurant.
Dizy to Damery
After breakfast, we head into the nearby town of Epernay, home to many of the major champagne houses for a cellar tour and tasting. There is time afterwards to explore the town and to do some shopping. After lunch on board, we head west along the beautiful River Marne, passing through the champagne vineyards to our mooring at Damery. Dinner on board.
Damery to Dormans
Today the hotel barge continues her cruise along the meandering Marne to moor at the pretty riverside town of Dormans, the site of a château, water mill and World War One memorial. In the afternoon, there is the option to visit the elegant Chateau de Conde with its sumptuous 18th century interiors, or the WWI battlefield and monument at Château-Thierry and the American cemetery at Belleau Wood. Dinner on board.
Dormans to Château-Thierry
This morning, we visit La Maison Pannier, a select champagne house with a labyrinth of medieval underground cellars, for a tour and a private tasting. After lunch on board, we cruise to our final mooring at Château-Thierry, an historic, strategically-situated town overlooking the river, surrounded by vineyards that produce some of the region’s famous sparkling wine. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Paris.
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|May 31 2020||Jun 06 2020||12||Single rooms||7,250€|
|Jun 07 2020||Jun 13 2020||12||Single rooms||7,250€|
|Jun 14 2020||Jun 20 2020||12||Single rooms||7,250€|
|Jun 21 2020||Jun 27 2020||12||Single rooms||7,250€|
|Jun 28 2020||Jul 04 2020||12||Single rooms||7,250€|
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