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A Classic Cruise in Champagne (Paris to Conde sur Marne)

7 days with European Waterways   Rating: Deluxe

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Sunday, Day 1 Paris
Guests are met at our meeting point in Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Panache. Enjoy a Champagne welcome with canapés whilst your Captain introduces you to the crew. We then embark on a short evening cruise through Paris past some of its famous landmarks and under romantic, floodlit bridges. Dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Paris to Meaux
This morning we depart Paris and join the River Marne for some relaxed cruising to the town of Meaux. En route, we pass L’Ile de Franc with its ‘guignettes’, or small café-restaurants, immortalised in paintings by Impressionist artists such as Renoir. After lunch, we visit the Musée de la Grande Guerre in Meaux, a fascinating museum focussing on World War One, before some free time to explore the town of Meaux itself. Dinner on board. 

Tuesday, Day 3 Meaux to Courtaron
After breakfast, we visit the magnificent baroque Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte with its pioneering architecture that inspired Versailles. We walk through the stunning apartments with their exquisite décor 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 Ferté-sous-Jouarre, built on the site of a 9th century fortress. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Courtaron to Château-Thierry
We are now in the Champagne region and this morning the hotel barge cruises along the meandering Marne to moor at Château 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 Pannier, 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. 

Thursday, Day 5 Château-Thierry to Dizy
This morning we continue our cruise along the beautiful River Marne, passing through the champagne vineyards to our mooring at Dizy near Epernay. After lunch on board, 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’. We enjoy a private tasting of champagnes and matching cheeses at a boutique in the village. Dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Friday, Day 6 Dizy to Condé-sur-Marne
This morning, 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. After lunch, we cruise along the Canal Lateral à la Marne to our final mooring in Condé-sur Marne, with good cycling opportunities along the way. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Condé-sur-Marne
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to our drop-off location in Paris.
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All This Included
  • Local transfer to and from the barge
  • A luxury 6 night cruise
  • All meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef
  • An open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
  • All wines served throughout the cruise
  • Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary
  • The services of 4 crew and use of barge facilities, which includes bicycles and spa pool
Accommodations
Cruising: Cabin onboard Panache
Notes
  • This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
  • The designated meeting and drop off point is Paris. Other options are available for charter groups.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.