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European Classic Cruise - Champagne

Example 7 Day Cruise aboard Panache
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Explore Champagne aboard the Panache and taste not just its world-class wines but their gastronomic products such as creamy Brie and Coulommiers cheeses and mustards. Visit the gothic Reims cathedral, an 800-year-old structure where the Kings of France were crowned. Cruise along the Canal Lateral a la Marne and have an opportunity to explore the area on foot or on a bicycle. See the hilltop villages of Hautvillers known as the 'cradle of champagne'.
 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Châlons-en-Champagne | Embark
Day 2 : Châlons-en-Champagne to Tours-sur-Marne
Day 3 : Tours-sur Marne to Dizy
Day 4 : Dizy to Damery
Day 5 : Damery to Dormans
Day 6 : Dormans to Château-Thierry
Day 7 : Château-Thierry | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy a private winery tour and tasting at renowned champagne houses
  • Visit the village of Hautvilliers where the Kings of France were crowned
  • Visit Epernay for a cellar tour and private tasting

Ship

Panache

Places Visited

  • Europe
  • France
  • Chalons en Champagne
  • Chateau Thierry
  • Damery
  • Dizy
  • Dormans
  • Tours-sur-Marne

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Vineyards in France Sail across France aboard the Panache Admire stunning european landscapes aboard the Panache Wine cellar Delicious cheeses and wines await you on your small ship cruise

Day 1 Châlons-en-Champagne | Embark

Guests are met early afternoon in Paris and transferred to the hotel barge moored in Châlons-en-Champagne. Enjoy a Champagne welcome while your Captain introduces you to the crew.

Day 2 Châlons-en-Champagne to Tours-sur-Marne

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning you will cruise from Châlons-en-Champagne along the Canal Lateral à la Marne to our pretty mooring at Tours-sur-Marne.  After lunch on board, you will visit the magnificent 800-year-old Reims cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece where the Kings of France were crowned, before some free time perhaps to wander around this delightful city with its grand squares and elegant shopping arcades. Dinner on board.

Day 3 Tours-sur Marne to Dizy

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning visit one of the best known Champagne houses in the world, Moët & Chandon, founded in 1743, where you are guided through their vast underground cellars, the largest in the region, which were carved out of the chalk to offer the maturing wine the perfect temperature and humidity. This is followed by a tasting of some of Moët’s renowned vintages in an elegant private salon, hosted by an experienced cellar master. Later return to the barge for lunch and continue your cruise along the canal, with the opportunity to explore on foot or bicycle en route, and moor at Dizy, near Epernay. Dinner on board.

Day 4 Dizy to Damery

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After a leisurely breakfast, visit the domain of Champagne Henriot, one of the oldest family owned houses in Champagne, originating in the late 1700s. En route, stop at a Henriot vineyard on the hillside above Epernay where you are met by one of their viticulture experts who will explain how their selected grapes create the house style. Then move on to the beautiful Château Les Aulnois in the nearby village of Pierry where, after a private tour of this 18th Century manor, enjoy an exclusive tasting of various Henriot champagnes before a gastronomic lunch in the chateau’s dining room. Mid-afternoon return to the barge and continue your cruise along the Marne to Damery. Dinner on board.

Day 5 Damery to Dormans

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today the hotel barge continues her cruise along the meandering Marne to moor at the pretty riverside town of Dormans, the site of a château, water mill and World War One memorial. In the afternoon, there is the option to visit the elegant Chateau de Conde with its sumptuous 18th century interiors, or the WWI battlefield and monument at Château-Thierry and the American cemetery at Belleau Wood, it was here that US forces fought one of their bloodiest battles during World War One. Dinner on board.

Day 6 Dormans to Château-Thierry

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, you will visit La Maison Pannier, a select champagne house with a labyrinth of medieval underground cellars, for a tour and private tasting. After lunch on board, you will cruise to our final mooring at Château-Thierry, a historic, strategically-situated town overlooking the river, surrounded by vineyards that produce some of the region’s famous sparkling wine. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7 Château-Thierry | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Paris.

Panache

Per person starting at
$6,590
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Junior Suite
150 sq ft including en suite facilities including TV/DVD, Double sink in bathroom and air conditioning/ heating, WiFi (subject to location)

Notes

Cruise includes: Accommodation with private shower, all meals, selected regional wines and alcoholic beverages consumed aboard, all sightseeing tours and admittance fees as stipulated, use of the Vessels’ bicycles and other facilities, and round-trip transfers from the specified meeting point.

Cruise does not include: Air transportation, airport taxes, visas, health or accident insurance, trip cancellation insurance, superior Châteaux vintage wines, crew gratuities, optional activities such as hot air balloon flights or items of a personal nature such as laundry, communication charges or purchases.
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