Discover beautiful Champagne on board of Deluxe-hotel barge Panache for maximum 12 guests Visit famous champagneries
7 Days / 6 Nights
Itinerary * : Sunday, Day 1: Arrival to Paris, Welcome on Panache 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. Dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2: Cruise from Châlons-en-Champagne to Tours-sur-Marne This morning we cruise from Châlons-en-Champagne along the Canal Lateral à la Marne to our pretty mooring at Tours-sur-Marne. After lunch on board, we 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.
Tuesday, Day 3: Tours-sur-Marne to Dizy This morning we visit one of the best known Champagne houses in the world, Moët & Chandon, founded in 1743. We will have a guided tour through their vast underground cellars, the largest in the region. These cellars are famous for being carved out of the chalk to oﬀer the maturing wine the perfect temperature and humidity. We will then taste some of Moët’s renowned vintages in an elegant private salon, hosted by an experienced cellar master. Later we return to our ship Panache for lunch and continue our cruise along the canal. We have the opportunity for walks or bicycling en route, and moor at Dizy, near Epernay. Dinner onboard.
Wednesday, Day 4: Dizy to Damery After a leisurely breakfast, we visit the Domaine of Champagne Henriot, one of the oldest family owned houses in Champagne, originating in the late 1700s. On our way, we stop at a Henriot vineyard on the hillside above Epernay where we are met by one of their viticulture experts. He will be explaining us how their selected grapes create the house style. We 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, we enjoy an exclusive tasting of various Henriot champagnes before a gastronomic lunch in the chateau’s dining room. Mid-afternoon we return to the barge and continue our cruise along the Marne to Damery. Dinner on board.
Thursday, Day 5: Cruise from Damery to Dormans 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-Thiery and the American cemetery at Belleau Wood. This is the place where US forces fought one of their bloodiest battles during World War One. Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6: Cruise from Dormans to Château-Thierry This morning, we visit La Maison Pannier, a select champagne house with a labyrinth of medieval underground cellars, for a tour and a private tasting. After lunch on board, we cruise to our final mooring at Château-Thierry, an 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.
Saturday, Day 7: Return cruise from Château-Thierry After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Paris*.
*This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. Tour departure dates 2024: May 19 to June 30, 2024 weekly on Sunday
Rates 2024 per person in Junior Suite from 5.990 EUR to 6.990 EUR per week Single Supplement from 2.100 EUR to 2.600 EUR
Cruise includes: • local transfers to and from the hotel barge • a luxury 6 night cruise • all gourmet meals on board catered by the on board Master Chef • all wines/beverages served throughout the cruise • an open bar 24/7 with a large range of drinks • inspiring excursions and entrance fees as per the itinerary • the attentive services of 6 crew members • use of bicycles, spa pool, Wi-Fi (limited speed)
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