Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • Four cabins with walk in shower and individually controlled AC
  • Stateroom 1 – 150 sq feet, one queen bed
  • Stateroom 2 – 138 sq feet, one queen or two twin beds
  • Stateroom 3 – 125 sq feet, one queen or two twin beds
  • Stateroom 4 – 125 sq feet, two twin beds, L-shaped configuration
  • Hair dryer
  • Storage space
Public Areas
  • 128 Feet Long
  • Television, DVD and stereo sound system
  • Computer with Internet access, writing desk
  • Large deck with canopy
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • 8 Go Sport Crossroadbicycles and helmets

Itineraries

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

Sunday
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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

This morning, 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 French-American Friendship Monument and the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery. Then, indulge in Champagne's culinary bounty by sampling Brie de Meaux cheese at a local frommagerie, or enjoy a champagne tasting at the House of Pannier. Return to the Hirondelle for a lazy afternoon cruise. 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 le Port
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch 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. Proceed to celebrated restaurant La Briqueterie for lunch, then return to the Hirondelle for an afternoon cruise. Before tonight's dinner onboard, another treat awaits: a tasting at a local family-run champagne house!

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

Lounge on the deck with a good book and cup of coffee, or explore the towpath during this morning's cruise. 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

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

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. Before dinner on the barge, another treat awaits; a tasting at the family-run champagne house of Ployez-Jacquemart.

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 and freshen up 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, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's cruise provides the perfect opportunity to explore the towpath. This afternoon, your Tour Guide introduces La Main de Massiges, 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 now undergoing restoration by local volunteers. Return to the barge for drinks and dinner.

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. After lunch in a delightful bistro, return to the barge for a leisurely afternoon cruise. Enjoy aperitifs and appetizers as Chef puts the finishing touches on a gala Farewell Feast.

Saturday
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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
High Season
Private Cruise for 8 guests€37,378€41,531€44,331
Private Cruise for 7 guests€34,921€38,801€41,601
Private Cruise for 6 guests€32,400€36,000€38,800
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)€3,870€4,300€5,400
Single-Occupancy Supplement€2,322€2,580€3,240

2019 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season
Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season
Blue Bold Dates = High Season

Month
Days
March31-6
April7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-4
May5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
June2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-6
July7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-3
August4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31
September1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-5
October6-12, 13-19, 20-26

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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