Accommodations & Amenities View Deck Plan

Accommodations
  • 129 ft long, with 6’6” – 7’ 2” ceiling height throughout
  •  4 cabins, ranging 125 – 150 sq ft
  • Cabin 1, 150 sq ft, 7’2” ceiling height, with a queen bed
  •  Cabin 2,  138 sq ft, 7’0” ceiling height, choice of queen or two twin beds
  • Cabin 3, 125 sq ft, 6’7” ceiling height, choice of queen or two twin beds
  • Cabin 4, 125 sq ft, 6’7” two twin beds, L-shaped configuration
  • Ensuite bathrooms with shower
  • Adequate storage space in cabins
  • Salon
  • Dining area
  • Deck with canopy
  • Outdoor dining space and seating
Amenities
Chauffeured Guided Sightseeing
Chauffeured Guided Sightseeing
Daily Housekeeping
Daily Housekeeping
WiFi (service fluctuates)
WiFi (service fluctuates)
Private Chef
Private Chef
Open Bar
Open Bar
Bicycles and Helmets
Bicycles and Helmets
Air Conditioning/Heating
Air Conditioning/Heating
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Bathrobe
Bathrobe
Safe
Safe
Iron and Ironing Board (on request)
Iron and Ironing Board (on request)
Sound System
Sound System
220 volt outlets
220 volt outlets

Itineraries

Travel from Chateau Thierry to Chalons-en-Champagne on the River Marne and Canal Lateral a la Marne

Bicycling Opportunities:
Limited 
 (Bicycling is completely optional.)
Sunday
Welcome Aboardsunday image
Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Chateau Thierry
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of Hirondelle at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge moored in Chateau Thierry. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first of many gourmet dinners onboard.

Monday
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Military History Comes Alive
Travel: Chateau Thierry to Courcelles
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The adventure begins this morning with a leisurely cruise. Relax on deck with a freshly brewed cup of coffee and watch the scenery slipping by. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to Belleau Wood, scene of the second battle of the Marne in spring 1918, which ended the last German offensive of WWI. Continue to the peaceful Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, where the Memorial Chapel is built over the site of front-line battle trenches. Return to the Hirondelle and socialize over cocktails and canapes. Chef presents dinner onboard.

Tuesday
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Discover the Secrets of Making Tasty Bubbles
Travel: Courcelles to Damery
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Begin the day with a morning cruise through the glorious Champagne countryside. Relax on deck, and admire the scenery slipping by. This afternoon, meet the growers at a family-run house, Champagne J de Telmont, where an exclusive immersion into the rarefied world of sparkling wine awaits, including a private tour and special sampling. Your Tour Guide then accompanies you to the abbey of Hautvillers where the tomb of Dom Perginon lies. Return to the barge for cocktail hour. Dinner is served onboard.

Wednesday
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Gourmet Day
Travel: Damery to Mareuil sur Ay
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

A morning visit to Epernay, known as the jewel of Champagne, reveals an attractive and affluent town; the elegant boulevards of the Avenue de Champagne encourage strolling and shopping. Then tour the cellars at the champagne house Moet & Chandon, arguably the most famous of France’s producers, and enjoy a private tasting. return to the Hirondelle for an afternoon cruise. Tonight's dinner is enjoyed ashore at the celebrated bistro La Briqueterie. Bon appetit!

Thursday
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Reims Cathedral – Where French Royalty was Crowned
Travel: Mareuil sue Ay to Vraux
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Bonjour, it's time for bubbles after breakfast! A morning tasting of champagne starts the day's adventures. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you through Reims for a tour of the Cathedral with Chagall’s famous stained glass windows. Here is where the Kings and Queens of France were crowned! Art lovers will enjoy the Musee des Beaux Arts, while shoppers can browse the souvenir stores and local boutiques in the charming pedestrian area. Back onboard, Chef presents tonight's delicious dinner.

Friday
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French Treasures – Gothic Cathedral and Gardens
Travel: Vraux to Chalons-en-Champagne
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Cheers to a morning champagne tasting at a family-run house! This afternoon, your Tour Guide accompanies you to discover the charm of Chalons-en-Champagne. The Saint-Etienne cathedral of Gothic architecture is adorned with beautiful ancient stained glass windows; wander with wonder through the three public parklands, including a lovely French-style formal garden. Return to the Hirondelle and freshen up for cocktail hour as Chef puts the final touches on tonight's sumptuous Farewell Feast.

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Chalons-en-Champagne
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.

Travel from Epernay to Couvrot on the Canal Lateral a la Marne

Sunday
Welcome Aboardsunday image
Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Epernay
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Hirondelle at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first of many gourmet dinners onboard.

Monday
Champagne Tasting in Elegant Epernaymonday image
Champagne Tasting in Elegant Epernay
Travel: Epernay to Mareuil-sur-Ay
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

During this morning’s cruise, lounge on the deck with a good book and cup of coffee, or visit the Captain in his wheelhouse. An afternoon visit to Epernay, known as the jewel of Champagne, reveals an attractive and affluent town; the elegant boulevards of the Avenue de Champagne encourage strolling and shopping. Then tour and taste in the cellars of Moet & Chandon, arguably the most famous of France’s major producers. Return to the Hirondelle and freshen up for dinner ashore at the celebrated bistro La Briquette.

Tuesday
Discover the Secrets of Making Tasty Bubblestuesday image
Discover the Secrets of Making Tasty Bubbles
Travel: Mareuil-sur-Ay to Vraux
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Begin the day with a morning cruise through the glorious Champagne countryside. Relax on deck with a cup of freshly brewed coffee and admire the scenery slipping by. This afternoon, meet the growers at a family-run house, Champagne J de Telmont, where an exclusive immersion into the world of sparkling wine awaits, including a private tour and tasting. Your Tour Guide then accompanies you to the Abbey of Hautvillers where the tomb of Dom Perignon lies. Return to the barge for cocktail hour. Dinner is served onboard.

Wednesday
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French Treasures: Gothic Cathedral and Public Gardens
Travel: Vraux to Chalons-en-Champagne
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Explore the region's flora and fauna along the towpath by bicycle or on foot this morning's cruise. This afternoon, your Tour Guide accompanies you to discover the charm of Chalons en Champagne. The Saint-Etienne cathedral of Gothic architecture is adorned with beautiful ancient stained glass windows; wander through the three public parklands, including a lovely French-style formal garden. Return to the Hirondelle for cocktails and canapes as Chef puts the final touches on tonight's delicious dinner.

Thursday
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Military History Comes Alive
Travel: Chalons-en-Champagne to Pogny
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

This morning, your Tour Guide introduces La Main de Massignes, a series of preserved battlefield trenches from World War I. Buried and forgotten after the war, this labyrinth of passageways that had once been created by French and German soldiers is a fascinating example of European military history. Having been recently discovered, it is undergoing restoration by local volunteers. After luncheon ashore, an afternoon cruise provides the perfect opportunity to explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. Drinks and dinner are served onboard.

Friday
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Reims Cathedral: Where French Royalty was Crowned
Travel: Pogny to Couvrot
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

This morning, your Tour Guide escorts you through Reims for a tour of the Cathedral with Chagall’s famous stained glass windows. Here is where the Kings and Queens of France were crowned! Art lovers will enjoy the Musee des Beaux Arts, while shoppers can browse the souvenir stores and local boutiques in the charming pedestrian area. Return to the barge for a leisurely afternoon cruise. Socialize in the salon with aperitifs and appetizers as Chef puts the finishing touches on a gala Farewell Feast.

Saturday
A Sad Farewellsaturday image
A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Couvrot
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • Mussels Mariniere
  • Shrimp and Celeriac Remoulade
  • Watercress, Frisee, Fennel and Orange Salad
  • Grilled Vegetable, Artichoke and Ricotta Tart with Fruit Chutney
  • Insalata Caprese, Mozzerella, Basil, Tomato, Spanish Onion Vinaigrette
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas and Biscuits
Dinner
  • Quail Egg and Caviar Tartlet
  • Spiced Red Pepper Soup
  • Filet d’Boeuf et Foie Gras En Croute with Feta and Rosemary Potato Smash, Roasted Tomatoes, Wilted Spinach
  • Cheeses: St. Maur, Epoisses and St.Agur
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • 1 Dinner Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
Wine
  • Chorey les Beaune Domaine Drouhin
  • Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Chateau de Chassagne
  • Corton Grand Cru Domaine Pernaud
  • Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Domaine Perroneau
  • Meursault Domaine Drouhin
  • St Aubin Chassagne 1er Cru Chateau de Chassagne

Rates & Dates

Accommodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise for 8 guests€31,032€44,331
Private Cruise for 7 guests€29,032€42,331
Private Cruise for 6 guests€27,032€40,331
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)€5,616€5,616

2020 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season
Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
April5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-2
May3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30, 31-6
June7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-4
July5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
August2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-5
September6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-3
October4-10, 11-17, 18-24

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge & return
  • all meals – from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning
  • all wines with lunch & dinner
  • open bar
  • daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from France
  • cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

*Rates for this barge are quoted in Euros.

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