Accommodations & Amenities View Deck Plan

Cabins
  • Four cabins with ensuite shower bath
  • All 280 sq ft
  • All with choice of one king or two twin beds
  • Individually controlled AC and heat
Also in Each Cabin
  • Hair dryer
  • Double sinks
  • Heated towel racks
  • Opening portholes
Public Area
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Skylit salon and dining room
  • Large windows
  • TV/DVD
On Deck
  • 126 Feet Long
  • Partially shaded deck with dining table
  • Heated plunge pool
  • Bicycles

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 Pivoine 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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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 luscious Brie de Meaux cheese at a local frommagerie, or enjoy a champagne tasting at the House of Pannier. Return to the Pivione for a lazy afternoon cruise. Lounge on deck, or visit your Captain in his wheelhouse. Chef presents dinner onboard.

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

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 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, lunch, & dinner onboard

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 Pivoine for an afternoon cruise. Before tonight's dinner onboard, another treat awaits: a tasting at a local family-run champagne house. Cheers!

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

During this morning’s relaxed cruise, lounge on the deck with a good book and cup of coffee, or explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. 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 glorious public parklands, including a lovely French-style formal garden. Return to the Pivione and freshen up for cocktails and canapes 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 back 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
  • New Roast Potatoes in Garlic olive oil and Rosemary
  • Tomatoes with Feta cheese and Olives
  • Smoked Chicken Salad with Kiwi, Blueberries, Grapefruit, Chives, Celery and Cucumber
  • Stuffed Gougeres with Sundried Tomatoes and Mozzerella
  • Cheese: Brie de Meaux
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas and Biscuits
Dinner
  • Canapes
  • Foie gras Torchon with Fig Chutney
  • Demi Pintade, White Onion & Spinach Veloute, Boudin Noir, Dauphinoise
  • Assortment of French Cheeses
  • Chocolate Fondant
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
Wine
  • Beaune 1er Cru 2008 ‘les chouacheux’ domaine chantal lescure
  • Bourgogne Epineuil 2007
  • Santenay Maladiere 1er Cru 2007 domaine prieur brunet
  • Montagny 1er Cru 2008 domaine montuchot
  • Bourgogne Aligote 2007
  • Chablis 1er Cru 2007 ‘beauroy’ domaine geoffroy

Rates & Dates

Accommodation
Value Season
Regular Season
High Season
Private Cruise for 8 guests€56,700€63,000€65,000
Private Cruise for 7 guests€51,300€57,000€59,000
Private Cruise for 6 guests€45,900€51,000€53,000

2019 Dates

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

Month
Days
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 boat are quoted in Euros.

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