Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • 128 ft long, with 6’8” – 8’8” ceiling height throughout
  • 3 cabins, all 190 sq ft, with 6’8” ceiling height
  • Choice of Queen or two twin beds
  • Ensuite Bathroom with shower
  • Ample Storage
Public Area
  • Salon and dining room
  • Wood burning fireplace in the salon
  • Deck with canopy or umbrellas
  • Outdoor dining space and seating
Amenities
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
Bicycles
Air Conditioning/Heating
Air Conditioning/Heating
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Bathrobe
Bathrobe
Fire Pit
Fire Pit
Sound System
Sound System

Itineraries

Cruise from Vandieres to Soulange-en-Marne on the Marne River

Sunday
Welcome Aboardsunday image
Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Vandieres
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Saroche at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in Vandieres. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first of many gourmet dinners onboard. Enjoy a nightcap on the deck by the firepit to end the day!

Monday
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Explore a Private Hunting Lodge
Travel: Vandieres to Cumieres
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Today your Tour Guide escorts you to the chateau of Conde en Brie. This 16th century hunting lodge has hosted Kings, Queens, and all kinds of characters both well-known and unknown. An afternoon cruise presents the perfect opportunity to relax on deck, or explore the towpath with a bike ride or leisurely stroll. Join Chef Dawn in her show kitchen for the first of many cooking lessons. Captain Jason introduces you to "bubbles du jour" with a champagne tasting, preceding tonight's gourmet dinner.

Tuesday
Champagne and Chocolate, Bien Sur!tuesday image
Champagne and Chocolate, Bien Sur!
Travel: Cummiers to Tour-sur-Marne
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, your Tour Guide accompanies you to a chocolate making lesson at the boutique chocolatier Thibaut. Spend the morning creating artisanal chocolate with the master chocolate maker, famous as the last chocolatier to make the alcohol-filled chocolate champagne cork. Back onboard, laze on deck and admire the bucolic countryside, or explore the towpath by bicycle or on foot. Chef Dawn offers another culinary demonstration, while Captain Jason presents a new champagne sampling with canapes before dinner.

Wednesday
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Moor, Tour, and Taste
Travel: Moored in Tour-sur-Marne
Meals: Breakfast and dinner onboard; lunch ashore

The first of many excursions today begins in the Eisenhower War Rooms, an important yet little-known museum where the first treaty to end the World War II was signed. Then visit the Cathedral of Reims, where the Kings of France were crowned. Lunch is ashore in the Jardin Brasserie at Domaine Les Crayeres, once home to the Pommery family, and currently of the best small hotels in the world. En route back to Saroche, stop at a small champagne house for a tasting preceding another gourmet dinner on board.

Thursday
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A Private Sampling of Champagne
Travel: Tour-sur-Marne to Chalon-en-Champgane
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The day begins with a visit to a boutique champagne house. Tour and taste! Your Tour Guide chauffeurs you back to the barge for an afternoon cruise, which is the perfect time to laze on deck or join Captain Jason is his wheelhouse. Chef Dawn offers another cooking demonstration in her open kitchen, and after “bubbles du jour” another delightful dinner awaits. Enjoy a nightcap under the stars while relaxing by the firepit.

Friday
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World War I Trenches and History
Travel: Chalon-en-Champagne to Soulange-en-Marne
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A morning cruise is the perfect time to laze on the deck or explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. Upon mooring, your Tour Guide escorts you to the World War I trenches at the Mains de Massiges, an archeological dig that is as authentic as it is mysterious. These trenches are the newest discovery involving Champagne’s history in the war. Back onboard, preparations have been taking place to present a festive cocktail hour and celebratory Captain’s Dinner to culminate your cruise.

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Soulange-en-Marne
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

Lunch
  • Salad of Tomato, Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, and Olive Oil
  • Quiche Lorraine
  • Red Fruits of the Forest Marinated in Creme de Cassis Creme Fraiche
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas, and Biscuits
  • 1 Lunch Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
Dinner
  • Roasted Red Peppers with Tapenade
  • Roasted Leg of Lamb Studded with Garlic and Rosemary, Gratine Dauphinoise, Port Jus and Seasonal Vegetables
  • Cheeses: Delice de Pommard, Regal du Bougogne, Camembert
  • Chocolate Fondant with Cream Anglaise
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
Wine
  • 1999 Santany 1er Cru, Domain Bachey Legros
  • Chilled Dry Reisling
  • Hospice de Beaune Cuvee Nicolas Rolin
  • 2012 Paul Kubler Grand Cru Zinnkoepfle Pinot Gris
  • White Montagny 1er Cru, 2002
  • 2009 Santany 1er Cru, Domain Bachey Legros

Rates & Dates

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