Stunning villages and sprawling vineyards await you on this 7-day France cruise. Begin in Chalons en Champagne and explore its historic buildings on a walking tour, then sail for Epernay, Dormans, Chateau Thierry, and more. As you cruise, stay on the top deck and marvel as the beautiful scenery of the Marne Canal passes by - the landscape is adorned with rolling hills, lush gardens, and charming villages.
Day 1 : Chalons en Champagne Day 2 : Chalons en Champagne / Tour-sur-Marne / Epernay Day 3 : Epernay / Dormans / Chateau Thierry Day 4 : Chateau Thierry / Saint Jean les Deaux Jumeaux Day 5 : Saint Jean les Deaux Jumeaux / Meaux / Lagny sur Marne Day 6 : Lagny sur Marne / Paris Day 7 : Paris
Board the MS Raymonde at 6:00 PM and attend a welcome cocktail on board after settling in to your cabin. Meet the crew, then enjoy dinner.
Day 2 Chalons en Champagne / Tour-sur-Marne / Epernay
After breakfast, set off on an optional visit of The Sparkling Venice: Chalons en Champagne. Pass through le Petit Jard, an oasis of greenery and get a different view of the Convent of Ste Marie and the Church of Notre Dame en Vaux. Embark on a guided walking tour of Chalons en Champagne to learn about its rich cultural heritage. Following the walking tour, attend a tasting of regional products from the Champagne - Ardennes area. Rejoin the boat in Tour Sur Marne for lunch, then spend the afternoon sailing for Epernay.
Day 3 Epernay / Dormans / Chateau Thierry
Depart on an excursion along the famous Champagne route. Explore the village of Hautvilliers, the birthplace of Champagne. Meet the boat in Dormans and re-board for lunch.
In the afternoon, cruise towards Chateau Thierry and admire the scenery along the banks of the Marne Canal. Cruise past the towns of Passy sur Marne, Jaulgonne, and Mazy-Moulins, and arrive in Chateau Thierry in the early evening.
Day 4 Chateau Thierry / Saint Jean les Deaux Jumeaux
Set off on foot for a visit to the Jean de la Fontaine Museum, then continue through the town of Chateau Thierry. Pass the castle walls and the Hotel Dieu where Jean de la Fontaine once lived. Return on board for lunch and set sail for Saint Jean Les Deux Jumeaux. As you sail, pass the towns of Drachy and Champigny, traveling through the heart of the Seine et Marne countryside, across which are dotted many Champagne vines.
Day 5 Saint Jean les Deaux Jumeaux / Meaux / Lagny sur Marne
Enjoy breakfast and lunch on board as the boat sails for Meaux. Arrive in the early afternoon and set off for an optional visit of this charming town, viewing Meaux Cathedral, the Bishops’ Palace, and the magnificent Bossuet Garden. Following the gardens, visit the Brie de Meaux Exhibition Room and see a film which explains the manufacture and processing techniques of Brie cheese. Enjoy a cheese tasting, then re-board the boat for dinner.
Day 6 Lagny sur Marne / Paris
Sail for Paris and enjoy breakfast and lunch on board. Once in Paris, take a guided tour of the city. Visit the Place de la Republique, the main boulevards, the Opera, the Place de la Madeleine, Place Vendome and the Louvre. Starting at the Palais Royal, take a walk along the prettiest covered walkways in Paris. Transfer back to the boat for dinner and overnight in port.
Day 7 Paris
Enjoy one last breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 AM.
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12 spacious cabins with window and private en-suite facilities.
This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary.
*All meals on board
*Unlimited mineral water, wine, beer and fruit juice
*Tea or coffee after each meal
*Drinks consumed in the lounge bar (excluding Champagne and wines on the wine list)
*All excursions mentioned
*Insurance covering emergency aid and repatriation
*All port taxes
*Drinks on the wine list
*Drinks during excursions or transfers
*Champagne ordered at the bar
*Cancellation and baggage insurance
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.