Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • Three cabins with ensuite shower bath
  • All 110 square feet
  • All with choice of one queen or two twin beds
Also in Each Cabin
  • Individually-controlled AC
  • One window and two opening portholes
  • Hairdryers
Public Area
  • Comfortable salon and dining room
  • Picture windows and skylight
  • Demonstration kitchen
Deck
  • 106 Feet Long
  • Sun deck with canopy
  • Dining table with chairs and deck chairs
  • 6 bicycles

Itineraries

Travel from Chateau Thierry to Reims on the River 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 the Johanna at the designated meeting point in Paris. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in Chateau Thierry. A champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits, including the barge cats, Babou and Coténoir, who are friendly and spend most of their time in the crew area. Explore the small town of Château-Thierry before Chef Patsie presents the first of many chocolate and Champagne dinners onboard.

Monday
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Choose Your Own Adventure!
Travel: Chateau Thierry to Dormans
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The adventure begins with a morning cruise, presenting the perfect opportunity to relax on deck with a cup of Chef Patsie's special chocolate coffee. A morning visit to Belleau Wood memorial site and the American WW1 memorial can also be arranged for those especially interested in Champagne's military history. The afternoon, enjoy the first of many champagne tastings ashore; time permitting, visit the local eco-museum, Chatillon-sur-Marne panorama, or the Dormans WW1 memorial. Back onboard, Chef Patsie's is preparing tonight's delicious dinner.

Tuesday
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Explore the Origins of Champagne
Travel: Dormans to Epernay (Dizy)
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboad, dinner ashore

During the morning cruise, foodies are invited to join Chef Patsie in her open kitchen to observe her techniques for cooking with chocolate. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to the village of Hautvillers where Dom Perignon first invented the famous drink! Enjoy Champagne samplings at houses both emerging and established while admiring panoramic views of rolling hills and endless skies. The area’s culinary bounty is on further offer tonight, as dinner is taken ashore at a local bistro.

Wednesday
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The Region’s Best Champagne, Uncorked
Travel: Epernay to Condé-sur-Marne
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

This morning, your Tour Guide accompanies you to the small city of Epernay, home of the world-famous Champagne Avenue. Tour the cellars and taste the bubbles at one of the renowned champagne houses. Return to the Johanna for an early afternoon cruise. Upon mooring, Champagne's extraordinary natural beauty is revealed during a mid-afternoon visit to the Reims Mountain National Park. Observe the Verzenay lighthouse and explore the world's principal reserve of dwarf beech trees. Back onboard, dinner culminates with a decadent chocolate dessert.

Thursday
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Explore Charming Chalons-en-Champagne
Travel: Condé-sur-Marne to Billy-le-Grand
Meals: Breakfast, lunch onboard, dinner ashore

As Johanna continues her lazy journey along the canal this morning, explore the towpath by bicycle or on foot. Afternoon visits to the charming village of Chalons-en-Champagne include a stop at its collegiate church, Notre-Dame-en-Vaux, which boasts a 56-bell carillon. From there, perhaps sample the suds at a local beer brewery, or take a scenic stroll in the “Petit Jard” and “Grand Jard” gardens. Dinner tonight furthers the local immersion, as it is taken ashore at a small brasserie.

Friday
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A Peek into the Past, and then a Final Repast
Travel: Dormans to Chateau-Thierry
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

During this morning's final cruise, hop off at a lock for a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to Reims for a tour of the Cathedral with Chagall’s famous stained glass windows. Here is where the Kings of Queens of France were crowned! Then, a tour of a recently restored mansion,"Villa Demoiselle”, can be combined with a sampling at the nearby Vranken champagne cellars. Return to the Johanna for the Captain's Dinner, with chocolate and Champagne served at every course!

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Reims
Meals: Breakfast onboard

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

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

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • Herb Stuffed Tomatoes with a Green Salad and Goat Cheese
  • Lentils with Grilled Aubergine
  • Roasted salmon with a gremolata of olives, pistachios and lemon zeste
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas and Biscuits
Dinner
  • Shrimp and Asparagus Salad
  • Lamb with a Red Wine Sauce, Spicy Zucchini Succotash, Freshly Steamed Carrots with Herbed Butter
  • Cheeses: Brie de Meaux and Valencay
  • Belgian Chocolate Mousse
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • 2 Dinners Ashore included in the cruise rate
Wine
  • Chateau Farquet 2014, St Emilion
  • Chateau St Paul 2012, Haut Medoc
  • L’Alaric 2014, Chateau Argenties, Languedoc
  • Chateauneuf du Pape 2013, Closerie de Vaudieu
  • Menetou Salon 2014, Loire
  • Macon Lugny 2014

Rates & Dates

Accommodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Charter for 6 guests-$23,700
Private Charter for 5 guests-$20,000
Private Charter for 4 guests-$16,600
Private Charter for 1 to 3 guests-$13,800

2019 Dates

Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
April28-4
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

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • transfers to and from the barge from the designated meeting point in Paris
  • all meals from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning
  • all wines with lunches & dinners served on board
  • wines/beers and soft drinks on board
  • daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from France
  • Crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)
  • Cancellation insurance

*All rates are quoted in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise noted.

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