Accommodations & Amenities

  • 100 ft long, with 6’3″ – 6’7″ ceiling height throughout
  • 2 cabins, 120sq ft  and 136sq ft, with 6’5″ – 7′ ceiling height
  • Choice of one King or two twin beds
  • Ensuite bathroom with shower
  • Adequate storage in cabins
Public Areas
  • Salon and dining room
  • Deck with canopy
  • Outdoor dining space and seating
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
Sound System
Sound System
220 volt outlets
220 volt outlets


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

Bicycling Opportunities:
 (Bicycling is completely optional.)
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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 Le Papillon 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.

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

After a short morning cruise, your Tour Guide escorts you to Belleau Wood, scene of the second battle of the Marne in 1918, which ended the last German offensive of WWI. Then it’s back to Le Papillon and an afternoon cruise to Trelou-sur-Marne. Upon mooring, take a short walk to the family-owned (four generations!) Champagne Meteyer Pere et Fils. Meet the Champagne producers and stay for a special private tasting. Then cruise to Dormans where you can take a stroll in this charming village before cocktails and dinner.

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Champagne Tasting in Delightful Epernay
Travel: Dormans to Epernay
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

Begin the day with a morning cruise through glorious Champagne countryside. Relax on deck, and admire the scenery slipping by. This afternoon, your Tour Guide presents Epernay, center of the area’s Champagne trade. Enjoy a private tasting in the beautifully renovated cellars of Champagne Boizel, owned by the same family since 1834. Return for dinner ashore at the Michelin-rated Le Bellevue Restaurant and Bar. Take aperitifs on the terrace with magnificent views over the vineyards, followed by dinner in their unique contemporary venue.

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Champagne + Chocolate = Intoxicating Substances
Travel: Epernay to Mareuil-sur-Ay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning your Tour Guide introduces Hautvillers, where Dom Perignon first invented the famous drink. Family-owned champagne houses and artisanal shops pepper the streets. Return to cruise on Le Papillon and then it's off to sample chocolate champagne corks and other sweet delights at La Chocolaterie Thibaut. Afterward enjoy a tasting at Champagne Lenique, owned by the same family since 1768, and supplier to French barges for many years. Back on board, Chef is putting the finishing touches on tonight’s gourmet dinner.

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Where French Kings Were Crowned
Travel: Mareuil-sur-Ay to Vraux
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A highlight of the week is this morning's visit to Reims Cathedral, famed for its magnificent stained glass windows, its defining Gothic architecture and for hosting thirty-three sovereign coronations in just over 1000 years! Then enjoy a private cellar tour and tasting at Veuve Cliquot, founded in 1772 by Madame Cliquot, who is considered the “mother of champagne.” There’s time to shop in the Place Drouet d’Erlon before returning to Le Papillon for lunch and an afternoon cruise. Relive the day’s adventure over cocktails and dinner on board.

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One Last Cruise, One Last Tasting!
Travel: Vraux to Chalons-en-Champagne
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Delight in passing scenery on this morning’s cruise. Then your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to Bouzy, home of famed Grand Cru Pinot Noir grapes for one last tasting at Champagne Herbert Beaufort. The Beaufort family can trace it’s winemaking history to the 16th century. Today this house produces both champagnes and a red wine called Bouzy Rouge. Return to Le Papillon, where Chef is putting finishing touches on tonight’s Farewell Feast, ending your cruise in style. Linger in the memories of good times, good friends, and lots of champagne!

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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.

Gourmet Dining

    • Crispy Chicken Skin Salad with Confit Chicken
    • Burrata, Heirloom Tomatoes, and Avocado with Housemade Basil Aioli
    • Cheeses: Delice de Pommard and Regal du Bougogne
    • Seasonal Fruit Platter
    • A Selection of Coffees, Teas, and Biscuits


  • Seared Scallops with Sweet Potato Puree
  • Roasted Lamb with Roast Potatoes with Leek and Onion Tarte
  • Cheeses: Valencay, Comté, Roquefort
  • Caramelized Peaches with Ice Cream
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • 1 Dinner Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
  • Vosne Romanée 1er Cru Les Chaumes, Jafflin
  • Saint Romain Sous le Château
  • Chablis Grand Cru le Clos, Robin
  • Blagny, Sous le dos de l’Ane Matrot
  • Beaune 1er Cru, Château de Meursault
  • Pouillly Fuissé, Les Cras Roger

Rates & Dates

Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise for 4 guests-$32,000
Private Cruise for 3 guests-$27,200
Private Cruise for 2 guests-$23,000

2025 Dates

Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

April13-19, 20-26, 27-3
May4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31
June1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-5
July6-12, 13-19

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • Round trip chauffeured transfers to and from Paris
  • A dedicated onboard crew consisting of a Captain, Chef, Tour Guide, and Hostess
  • All onboard meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast the final morning
  • All wines with lunches and dinners served onboard
  • Open bar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Daily escorted excursions including admittance fees
Not included in the rate
  • International airfare
  • Cancellation insurance – A Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) policy is recommended
  • Suggested crew gratuity of 5-10% of the cruise price

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

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