An exclusive new barge cruise from Paris to Epernay on the majestic Marne canal through charming towns, the Champagne region and historic cities, tasting Champagne every day!
Day 1 - Paris
Day 2 - Paris/Lagny-sur-Marne
Day 3 - Lagny-sur-Marne/Meaux/
Day 4 - Saint-Jean-Les-Deux-Jumeaux/
Day 5 - Chateau Thierry/Dormans
Day 6 - Reims/Epernay
Day 7 - Epernay/Paris
The majestic Marne canal flows through the picturesque Montagne de Reims Natural Park and links with the Marne River. This is part of an important waterway linking the Paris Basin to the Champagne region and the Rhine river.
This cruise allows full enjoyment of the peace and quiet of the French countryside and local charm. Visit small villages and historic towns plus the great cities of Paris and Reims. Indulge in tastings of local produce including champagne and cheese on included excursions.
Discover ‘The Pearl of Champagne’, the village of Hautvillers, birthplace of Champagne where Dom Perignon perfected a method to produce ‘the best wine in the world’.
Of course Champagne is a vital ingredient of a Champagne cruise, so Jules Verne has specially arranged for our guests to enjoy daily a Champagne tasting or Champagne toast before the fine food and wines served at dinner.
Exclusive Small Ship Cruise
Free Cabin Selection
UNESCO: Reims Cathedral
UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 2 – 20
Day 1 Travel from London to Paris by Eurostar. Embark on the barge near the Eiffel Tower. Welcome Champagne reception and crew introduction. (D)
Day 2 Enjoy a tour of Paris from Place de la Republique, main boulevards, the Opera, Place Vendôme to the Louvre. Travel back through time and history on an original walk along some of the prettiest covered arcades in Paris. Afternoon cruise through central Paris towards Lagny-sur-Marne. Enjoy a glass of Champagne before dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Morning cruise to Meaux. Afternoon visit of the town including the Cathedral and the Bishops’ Palace, passing the Gallo-Roman ramparts and the magnificent Bossuet Garden, traditionally believed to be an early work of Le Nôtre. Taste the Brie de Meaux cheese, hailed as “the King of Cheeses”. Return on board at Saint-Jean-les-Deux-Jumeaux where the barge will be moored. Enjoy a glass of Champagne before dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Morning cruise through the heart of the Seine-et-Marne countryside and its Champagne vines. At the riverside town of Château-Thierry visit the Hôtel-Dieu and enjoy a Champagne tasting. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Sail towards Dormans. Afternoon excursion along the famous Champagne route with a visit to the picturesque village of Hautvillers located in the Montagne de Reims Regional National Park and birthplace of Champagne. Champagne tasting in a prominent Champagne house. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Morning sailing towards Epernay. Afternoon excursion to Reims, known as the ‘City of Coronations’. Guided visit of the historic centre and the Cathedral Notre-Dame where Kings of France were crowned for more than 1,000 years. A Champagne toast to your cruise and special farewell dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Disembark in Epernay. Transfer to Paris for your train journey to London. (B)
Cabins are available from 5pm on arrival and until 9am on departure (before/after this, luggage storage on board is possible).
Launched in 2014, Péniche Raymonde is a surprisingly spacious barge 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 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 (118 sq. ft.) with picture window, private facilities, hairdryer, safe and satellite TV.
A 4-star hotel in the centre of Paris close to the Opera and La Bourse. Bar, WiFi (free) with 50 air-conditioned rooms with mini-bar and satellite TV. An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently €2.88 per person per night.
per person in a twin Lower Deck cabin
Eurostar from London St. Pancras
Supplements per person
Single supplement £995
Standard Premier Class £195
Extra nights – Paris (2020 only)
Hotel Chess (per night) £125
Single Supplement £105 (Sep £125)
Departure transfer add £45
Rail travel, all port charges, 6-night cruise, breakfast daily, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, excursions, UK Tour Manager, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated rail fares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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