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Cabins
3
Crew
3
From $4,400 per person

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Print Boat Info

The Johanna navigates the glorious region of Champagne. An enchanting journey between beauty, history and vineyards, with daily tastings of champagne and Belgian chocolates. Enjoy comfortable accommodations for up to 6 guests in three spacious twin or queen-size bedded cabins with en suite bathrooms. She is furnished in a contemporary style, creating a bright and airy atmosphere. She has a large dining room and salon with picture windows offering a superb view of the beautiful countryside. There is also a demonstration galley allowing guests to see the chef at work. Enjoy delicious regional cuisine, daily prepared on board with fresh local ingredients. Your hosts, Kris and Patsie look forward to welcoming you aboard and showing you this magical area of Champagne, which is best seen by barge.

Boat Details

Boat Size: 117 x 16.6 ft
Number of Cabins: 3
Crew: 3
Cruise Length: 13 | 6 nights
Departure Day: Sunday

Cabin Information

Cabin 1
  • Twin or Queen
  • 113 sq ft
Cabin 2
  • Twin or Queen
  • 113 sq ft
Cabin 3
  • Twin or Queen
  • 113 sq ft
Note: All cabin sizes are approximate.

Boat Amenities

A/C
Bicycles
Multiple Regions
Heater
Books & Games
Open Bar
WIFI
Music System

Cabin Amenities

A/C
Hairdryers
Heating
Opening Portholes

Pickup Location

4:00 PM, To Be Advised

Note: Pickup locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Dropoff Location

10:00 AM, To Be Advised

Note: dropoff locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Boat Diagram

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Chateau Thierry to Reims - Champagne Cruise
Sunday
Chateau-Thierry
In the morning, you will be met at a designated meeting point in Paris. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in Château-Thierry. A champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits, including the barge cats, Babou and Coténoir. (The cats are friendly but prefer to spend most of their time in the crew area.) Time to settle in and enjoy your first lunch onboard. This afternoon, we will set off on our first tour which may include Belleau Wood memorial site, the American WW1 memorial and the medieval castle of Château-Thierry or the Castle of Conde-en-Brie. Back on Joahnna, Chef Patsie is busy creating a magical welcome dinner!
 
Monday
Explore the origins of Champagne
During the morning cruise, those with a sweet tooth are invited to join Chef Patsie in her open kitchen to observe her techniques for cooking with chocolate. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to the village of Hautvillers where Dom Perignon first invented the famous drink! Enjoy Champagne samplings at houses both emerging and established while admiring the area’s panoramic views of rolling hills, lush vineyards, and endless skies. The area’s culinary bounty is on further offer tonight, as dinner is taken ashore at a local bistro (included in the program).
 
Tuesday
Condé-sur-Marne
We continue our journey on the Aisne-Marne canal and after passing the tunnel of Mont de Billy and going down 8 locks, we arrive at Condé sur Marne. Cyclists can follow the towpath or enjoy the vineyards passing trough Verzy, Trépail, and Vaudemange.
 
Wednesday
Champagne capital
This morning, your Tour Guide accompanies you to the small city of Epernay, home of the world-famous Champagne Avenue. Tour the cellars and taste the bubbles at one of the renowned champagne houses. Return to the Johanna for an early afternoon cruise. Upon mooring, Champagne’s extraordinary natural beauty is revealed during a mid-afternoon visit to the Reims Mountain National Park. Observe the Verzenay lighthouse and explore the world’s principal reserve of dwarf beech trees. Back onboard, dinner culminates with a decadent chocolate dessert.
 
Thursday
Going back, back into time
As Johanna continues her lazy journey along the canal this morning, explore the towpath by bicycle or on foot. Afternoon excursions to the charming village of Chalons-en-Champagne include a visit to its collegiate church, Notre-Dame-en-Vaux, which boasts a 56-bell carillon. From there, perhaps sample the suds at a local beer brewery, stop at the preserved XVII century Sainte-Croix gate, or take a scenic stroll in the “Petit Jard” and “Grand Jard” gardens. Dinner tonight furthers the local immersion, as it is taken ashore at a small brasserie (included in the program).
 
Friday
The crowning of kings
During this morning’s final cruise, hop off at a lock for a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to Reims for a tour of the Cathedral with the famous stained glass windows of Marc Chagall. Here is where the Kings of France were crowned! Then, tour the recently restored Art Nouveau “Villa Demoiselle”, which can be combined with a visit to the nearby Vranken champagne cellars for another private sampling. Return to the Johanna for the Captain’s Dinner, with chocolate and Champagne served at every course!
 
Saturday
Final Farewell.
Breakfast and farewell
Return to central drop-off point in Reims or Paris

Here is a scrumptios sample of menus from the Johanna:

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Menu 1

Country pâté from Furnes served with West Flemish brown ale

Spring Chicken in lean smoked bacon, stuffed with potatoes and sage

Chocolate ice cream with red and blue berries, whipped cream and Mikado sticks.

Coffee and thee

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Menu 2

Chicory salad with tomato and North Sea shrimps

Poached plaice in a nage of summer vegetables with orange oil

Chocolate moelleux with raspberry granité

Coffee and thee

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Menu 3

Cappuccino of asparagus

Rabbit stew with red beer, sour cherries and mashed potatoes

Iced coffee with belgian chocolates

Coffee and thee

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Menu 4

Hommelbier pate (or Oerbier pate) on a bed of young lettuce leaves

Mussels with chicory and wheat beer

Chocolate mousse

Coffee and tea

2019 RATES
ACCOMMODATION 6 Nights  13 Nights
Stateroom Per Person $4,400 $8,400
Single Occupancy $5,250 $10,000
Charter 1 to 3 $13,800 $26,700
Charter 4 Passenger  $16,600 $32,500
Charter 5 Passenger $20,000 $39,250
Charter 6 Passenger $23,700 $46,500
     
6 Nights: Includes two dinners ashore    
13 Nights: Includes five dinners ashore    

 

2020 RATES
ACCOMMODATION VALUE  REGULAR
Stateroom Per Person $7,900 $8,400
Charter 1 to 3 $11,700 $13,800
Charter 4 Passenger  $14,100 $16,600
Charter 5 Passenger $17,100 $20,000
Charter 6 Passenger $20,100 $23,700
     
6 Nights: Includes two dinners ashore    

 

2020 DEPARTURE DATES
April 5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-2 VALUE
May 3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30, 31-6 REGULAR
June 7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-4 REGULAR
June 21-7, 28-04 VALUE
July 5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-01 VALUE
August 2-8, 9-15 VALUE
August 16-22, 23-29, 30-05 REGULAR
Sept 6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-03 REGULAR
Oct 4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31 REGULAR

 

Cruise cost includes

Six night accommodations, all meals taken on board and in local restaurant, drinks, use of bicycles, WiFi, taxes, mooring fees, guided excursions, transport to/from the ship to meeting point. Only one pick-up and one drop-off point per cruise.

Cruise cost does not include

Airfare to and from your destination, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

2019 CRUISING SCHEDULE
DEPARTURE DATE     ROUTE
April 3 until Sept 29 Champagne Region

 

2020 CRUISING SCHEDULE
DEPARTURE DATE     ROUTE SEASON
April 5-11 Bruges to Peronne VALUE
April 12-18 Perone to Paris or Reims VALUE
April 19-25 Relocation Cruise VALUE
April 26-May 2 Champagne VALUE
May 3-9 Champagne REGULAR
May 10-16 Champagne REGULAR
May 17-23 Champagne REGULAR
May 24-30 Champagne REGULAR
May 31-June6 Champagne REGULAR
June 7-13 Champagne REGULAR
June 14-20 Champagne REGULAR
June 21-27 Relocation Cruise VALUE
June 28-July 4 Upper Seine VALUE
July 5-11 Upper Loire VALUE
July 12-18 Upper Loire VALUE
July 19-25 Upper Seine VALUE
July 26-Aug 1 Relocation Cruise VALUE
Aug 2-8 Champagne VALUE
Aug 9-15 Champagne VALUE
Aug 16-22 Champagne REGULAR
Aug 23-29 Champagne REGULAR
Aug 30-Sep 5 Champagne REGULAR
Sept 6-12 Champagne REGULAR
Sept 13-19 Champagne REGULAR
Sept 20-26 Champagne REGULAR
Sept 27-Oct 3 Champagne REGULAR
Oct 4-10 Champagne REGULAR
Oct 11-17 Champagne REGULAR
Oct 18-24 Reims to Peronne REGULAR
Oct 25-31 Peronne to Bruges REGULAR