6 nights from

£2425

Péniche Champagne

With a taste of Champagne every day of the tour, this joyous journey is an exclusive barge cruise, sailing along the majestic Marne Canal, visiting intriguing villages and exploring iconic towns, from the capital of the country to the ‘capital of Champagne’, Épernay

A relaxing float enhanced by a renowned fizz, your cruise is aboard the Péniche Déborah, each spacious vessel complete with stylish lounge bar and dining room, sun deck and jacuzzi terrace, and ten well-equipped cabins. The meandering Canal de la Marne teams the tranquillity of its rural journey with the taste of the best Champagnes, and tours of historic towns, on a route from proud landmarks in the heart of Paris to prestigious Champagne houses in Épernay. Constructed in the mid-19th century, it is a delightful fusion of form and function, its first port the ancient city of Lagny-sur-Marne, focused on an abbey and a Jeanne d’Arc legend. Majestic façades meet the water’s edge at Meaux, famed for its episcopal status and for its Brie cheese; while grandeur gives way to a gentler tempo in the tiny rural town of Saint-Jean-les-Deux-Jumeaux and amid the charming streets of Chateau-Thierry, nestled beneath sun-soaked vineyard slopes. Monuments in Dormans mark its cultural heritage; Hautvillers, ‘the Pearl of Champagne’, feeds body and soul with the wines and abbey of Benedictine monk Dom Perignon; and regal Reims trumpets a thousand years of history in a feast of Gothic glory.

Overview

  • Day 1  - Paris
  • Day 2  - Paris/Lagny-sur-Marne
  • Day 3  - Lagny-sur-Marne/Isles-les-Meldeuses/Saint-Jean-Les-Deux-Jumeaux
  • Day 4  - Saint-Jean-Les-Deux-Jumeaux/Chateau Thierry
  • Day 5  - Chateau Thierry/Dormans
  • Day 6  - Reims/Epernay
  • Day 7  - Epernay/Paris
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Tour Highlights

  • Exclusive Small Ship Cruise
  • Free Cabin Selection
  • UNESCO: Reims Cathedral
  • Excursions Included
  • Drinks Included
  • Champagne Daily

With a taste of Champagne every day of the tour, this joyous journey is an exclusive barge cruise, sailing along the majestic Marne Canal, visiting intriguing villages and exploring iconic towns, from the capital of the country to the ‘capital of Champagne’, Épernay

Notes:

Cabins are available from 5pm on arrival and until 9am on departure (before/after this, luggage storage on board is possible).

The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.

Vessels

Peniche Deborah

Launched in 2016, Péniche Déborah is registered in France with a mainly European crew. For 20 years Jules Verne has been the main UK partner of the innovative French cruise company, CroisiEurope, established 40 years ago, now boasting the largest European river and barge fleet (over 40 ships), yet still operated by the same family. All drinks, except premium brands are included throughout the cruise. Enjoy International and French cuisine with a choice of French wines in an elegant one-sitting dining room. Breakfast is a buffet, lunch and dinner waiter service. Reception, lounge bar, sun terrace with Jacuzzi and sundeck, WiFi (free/limited). Bicycles are available for use when the vessel is moored. The vessel does not sail at night. 10 air-conditioned lower deck cabins (96 sq. ft.) with picture window, private facilities, hairdryer, safe and satellite TV. 1 air-conditioned double upper deck cabin (118 sq. ft.) with picture window, private facilities, hairdryer and safe.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin Lower Deck cabin
Eurostar from London St. Pancras

June
June 26 (Wednesday)
  • 4 Places Remaining
September
September 18 (Wednesday)
  • Sold out
Price Includes:

Rail travel, all port charges, transfers, 6-night cruise, breakfast daily, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, excursions, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated rail fares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • Single Supplement
  • £1295
Rail Options
  • Eurostar Standard Premier Class
  • £225

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