Accommodations & Amenities

  • 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
  • 106 Feet Long
  • Sun deck with canopy
  • Dining table with chairs and deck chairs
  • 6 bicycles


Reims to Chateau Thierry on the River Marne

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Private Chauffeured Transfer to the Barge
Travel: Arrival at Reims
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met at the designated meeting point by Johanna crew. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in Reims. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits, including the barge cats, Babou and Coténoir. (If you would prefer that the cats are cordially invited to leave during your barge cruise, that is fine!) An evening excursion to Reims’ magnificently illuminated cathedral follows. Return in time for canapes and a gourmet dinner.

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Choose Your Own Adventure!
Travel: Reims to Billy-le-Grand
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A morning cruise presents the perfect opportunity to relax on deck, or explore the towpath by bicycle or foot. This afternoon's excursion is amidst the mountains and vineyards of Reims. Visit the "Lighthouse of Verzenay", and explore the National Forest of Verzy to visit the world's principal reserve of dwarf beech trees. Have a tipple at Guillon, a small batch whiskey distillery, or stop a snail farm and enjoy a special sampling of the iconic French dish, escargot! Back on board, Chef Patsie's is preparing tonight's dinner.

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Explore a Charming Market Town
Travel: Billy-le-Grand to Condé-sur-Marne
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboad, dinner ashore

During the morning cruise, visit the Captain Kris in his wheelhouse and help him steer the barge. Upon mooring, your Tour Guide escorts you to Chalons-en-Champagne to visit its collegiate church, Notre-Dame-en-Vaux, which boasts a 56-bell carillon. Foodies and Francophiles could select a visit to the lively covered market, while a stop at the XVII century Sainte-Croix gate appeals to those for whom European history is of interest. Dinner tonight is very special, as it is taken ashore at a local bistro.

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

This morning, laze on deck and watch the countryside slip by as the Johanna cruises the Marne. Active guests can enjoy a bicycle ride or brisk stroll on the towpath -- or even take a Pilates session from Patsie! In the afternoon, your Tour Guide escrorts you to the village of Hautvillers where Dom Perignon first invented the famous drink! Enjoy samplings of the region's signature wine at houses both emerging and established. Cheers! The region's bounty is on further offer tonight, as dinner is taken ashore at an area bistro.

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A Grape Time Was Had By All
Travel: Epernay to Dormans
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

As Johanna continues her gradual journey along the canal this morning, rest in deck or explore the towpath on a bicycle. Later, your Tour Guide presents your some choices for your afternoon excursion. Choose between a tour the Dom Caudron winery for a champagne and chocolate pairing, a visit to the "Ecomusee Champenois" to see antique distillery implements, or history buffs might be interested in an excursion to the WWI Battlefields of the Marne. Return to the barge for cocktails and dinner.

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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, enjoy a cup of coffee on the deck admire the bucolic countryside as it slips by. Today, your Tour Guide gives you options for your outing: visit the American WWI Monument and the Belleau Wood memorial site, or discover the collection of artworks, statures, and ceramics inspired by the French fable author Jean de la Fontaine. Back on board, canapes and cocktails are served, while Chef Patsie is putting the final touches on a celebratory Captain’s Dinner.

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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Chateau-Thierry
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured back to a designated drop off point in Paris or Reims.

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

Gourmet Dining

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Value Season
Regular Season
Private Charter for 1 to 3 guests-$13,250
Private Charter for 4 guests-$16,000
Private Charter for 5-$19,250
Private Charter for 6-$22,500

2018 Dates

Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

June17-23, 24-30
July1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-4
August5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
September2-8, 9-15

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 Reims
  • 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
  • transportation to the cruise route (we will assist you with this)
  • cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

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

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