Accommodations & Amenities View Deck Plan

  • 126 ft long, with 6’5” – 6’9” ceiling height throughout
  • One upper deck cabin, 260 sq ft, with 6’9” ceiling height
  • Three lower deck cabins, all 260 sq ft, with 6’5” ceiling height
  • Choice of one king or two twin beds
  • Ensuite Bathroom with shower (one lower deck cabin features a shower and a tub)
  • Ample storage space in cabins
  • Sky-lit salon
  • Separate 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
Air Conditioning/Heating
Air Conditioning/Heating
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
heated spa pool
heated spa pool
Sound System
Sound System
220 volt outlets
220 volt outlets
Bicycles and helmets
Bicycles and helmets


Travel from Chateau Thierry to Chalons-en-Champagne on the River Marne and 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 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.

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

This morning, history comes alive at the region's moving military memorials. 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 peaceful Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, where the Memorial Chapel is built over the site of front-line battle trenches. Return to the Pivoine for a lazy afternoon cruise. Lounge on deck with glass of wine, or visit your Captain in his wheelhouse. Chef presents tonight's gourmet dinner onboard.

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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 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 where dinner is served onboard.

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Gourmet Day
Travel: Damery to Mareuil sur Ay
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 Pivoine for an afternoon cruise. Relax onboard over drinks and dinner tonight.

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Reims Cathedral: Where French Royalty was Crowned
Travel: Mareuil sur Ay to Vraux
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

During this morning’s 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.

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French Treasures: Gothic Cathedral and Gardens
Travel: Vraux to Chalons-en-Champagne
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The day begins with a special tasting at a local family-run champagne house. 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 Pivoine and freshen up for cocktails and canapes as Chef puts the final touches on tonight's sumptuous Farewell Feast.

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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

  • 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
  • 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
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Rates & Dates

Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise for 8 guests€47,775€68,250
Private Cruise for 7 guests€45,775€66,250
Private Cruise for 6 guests€43,775€64,250

2020 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season
Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

April5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-2
May3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30, 31-6
June7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-4
July5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
August2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-5
September6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-3
October4-10, 11-17, 18-24

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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