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Crew
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Up to eight guests can be accommodated in the four contemporary en-suite cabins. Much like its sister barge, Pivoine also boasts an expansive deck with a heated swimming pool, inviting lounge, and sumptuous dining room. Travel in total luxury as you cruise between Meaux and Chalons-en-Champagne, past beautiful vineyards and enchanting villages. Famed not only for its world-renowned wineries, Champagne also boasts a range of fascinating historical sites that you will have the opportunity to explore.

Boat Details

Boat Size: 126 x 17.5 ft
Number of Cabins: 4
Crew: 6
Cruise Length: 6 nights
Departure Day: Sunday

Cabin Information

Suite 1
  • Twin or King
  • 280 sq ft
Suite 2
  • Twin or King
  • 280 sq ft
Suite 3
  • Twin or King
  • 280 sq ft
Suite 4
  • Twin or King
  • 280 sq ft
Note: All cabin sizes are approximate.

Boat Amenities

A/C
Bicycles
Sun Shade
DVD
Heater
Books & Games
Open Bar
Pool
Transfers
TV
WIFI
iPod docking station

Cabin Amenities

A/C
Hairdryers
Heating
Safe
Heated Towel Racks
Opening Portholes
Double Sinks

Pickup Location

2:30 PM, Your choice of location in Paris

Note: Pickup locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Dropoff Location

12:00 PM, Your choice of location in Paris

Note: dropoff locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Boat Diagram

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Meaux to Chalons-en-Champagne - CHAMPAGNE CRUISE
Sunday
Welcome Aboard! 
At the pre-arranged meeting point you will be met and escorted to the barge at its mooring in Meaux. The week begins in sparkling style with a champagne reception and a warm welcome from the Captain and crew. Tonight you enjoy your first gastronomic dinner on board.  
 
Monday
Courtaron 
After a breakfast of local specialities, alight from the barge to enjoy a private visit to the magnificent baroque Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, masterpiece of 17th-century parliamentarian Nicolas Fouquet and a location for the 1998 film "The Man in the Iron Mask". After the tour a morning-tea reception is hosted in the glorious gardens. Return to the barge for lunch and then enjoy a tranquil afternoon’s cruising to rural Courtaron. Dinner is served on board. 
 
Tuesday
Château-Thierry 
The day begins with a morning cruise to the town of Château-Thierry on the River Marne, giving you ample chance to relax on deck and soak up the lush scenery. Lunch on board is followed by a visit to Belleau Wood, site of a famous World War I battle, when American soldiers stopped the progression of the German army. Continue to the 420-acre Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial where 2,288 soldiers are buried. Return to the barge, where your private chef has prepared a delicious dinner. 
 
Wednesday
Cumières 
Today we cruise upstream to Cumières, mooring place for Hautvillers, “the birthplace of champagne”. It was at Hautvillers Abbey that the monk Dom Pérignon perfected the winemaking process leading to the effervescent drink we know and love today. Following lunch you visit the Champagne house of Billecart Salmon, where we enjoy a visit the vineyard and learn about the vinification process which is followed by a tasting of the house’s finest champagnes. Proceed to Hautvillers Abbey to visit Dom Pérignon’s tomb before enjoying a champagne picnic overlooking the picturesque town and river. In the evening a sumptuous dinner has been arranged at Hostellerie La Briqueterie, a Michelin-starred restaurant in the heart of the vineyards, just a short drive from the barge. 
 
Thursday
Tours-sur-Marne
Leaving the River Marne and joining the Canal Latéral à la Marne, the barge cruises east to Tours-sur-Marne. During this part of the journey you have the chance to stretch your legs along the scenic towpath, either on foot or by using one of the barge bicycles. Following lunch on board alight for an afternoon visit to the family vineyard of Champagne Ployez-Jacquemart in Ludes, visiting cellars that were used to hide members of the Royal Air Force during World War II. Enjoy an exclusive tasting hosted in the family home by Laurence Ployez, the founder’s granddaughter. Back on the barge another sparkling evening awaits, as an ambassador from Champagne Laurent-Perrier arrives to host a tasting of the champagne house’s famed collection. A local jazz group plays, and dinner is served on board. 
 
Friday
Châlons-en-Champagne 
A morning cruise towards Châlons-en-Champagne offers another chance to alight and walk or cycle along the canal path. After lunch you are driven to the splendid city of Reims, not just an important centre of champagne production but where some 34 French sovereigns were crowned. Enjoy a visit to the immense gothic cathedral, where the glittering coronations took place, before having a guided tour of the Musée des Beaux-Arts, an 18th-century abbey housing a rich collection of artworks. Return to the barge for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner and toast the end of a fascinating and enriching week. 
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
After breakfast disembark the barge for your onward journey. 

Sample Menu

Bisque de Tomates a la creme d’avocat

(Tomato bisque with avocado cream)

Cordon de truite, farci d’epinard et d’aneth, Mousse de Carottes a l’estragon, Haricots verts

aux amandes

(Trout stuffed with spinach, carrot mousse with basil, green beans with almonds)

Salades and fromages (st. Agur, Chabichon, Epoisses)

Salad and Regional Cheeses

Melon et sorbet au citron vert et framboise

Wines: Chateauneuf de Pape, Gigondas

Coffee/Tea & Chocolates

2019 RATES
ACCOMMODATION  HIGH VALUE   LOW
Charter 6 Passenger €53,000 €51,000 €45,900
Charter 7 Passenger €59,000 €57,000 €51,300
Charter 8 Passenger €65,000 €63,000 €56,700

 

2020 RATES
ACCOMMODATION  LOW REG
Charter 6 Passenger € 43,775 € 64,250
Charter 7 Passenger € 45,775 € 66,250
Charter 8 Passenger € 47,775 € 68,250

 

2020 DEPARTURE DATES
April 5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-2 LOW SEASON
May 3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30, 31-6 REG SEASON
June 7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-4 REG SEASON
July 5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1 LOW SEASON
August 2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-5 LOW SEASON
Sept 6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-3 REG SEASON
Oct 4-10, 11-17, 18-24 REG SEASON

Cruise cost includes

Six night accommodatoins, chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge and return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch and dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of bicycles

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 RATE SEASON
March 24 Epernay - Couvrot Low
March 31 Couvrot - Epernay Low
April 7 Epernay - Couvrot Low
April 14 Couvrot - Epernay Low
April 21 Epernay - Couvrot Low
April 28 Couvrot - Epernay Low
May 5 Chateau Thierry - Chalons High
May 12 Chalons - Chateau Thierry High
May 19 Chateau Thierry - Chalons High
May 26 Chalons - Chateau Thierry High
June 2 Chateau Thierry - Chalons High
June 9 Chalons - Chateau Thierry High
June 16 Chateau Thierry - Chalons High
June 23 Chalons - Chateau Thierry High
June 30 Chateau Thierry - Chalons High
July 7 Chalons - Chateau Thierry Value
July 14 Chateau Thierry - Chalons Value
July 21 Chalons - Mareuil sur Ay/Damery - Chateau Thierry** Value
July 28 Chateau Thierry - Chalons Value
August 4 Chalons - Chateau Thierry Value
August 11 Chateau Thierry - Chalons Value
August 18 Chalons - Mareuil sur Ay/Damery - Chateau Thierry** Value
August 25 Chateau Thierry - Chalons Value
September 1 Chalons - Chateau Thierry High
September 8 Chateau Thierry - Chalons High
September 15 Chalons - Chateau Thierry High
September 22 Chateau Thierry - Chalons High
September 29 Chalons - Chateau Thierry High
October 6 Epernay - Couvrot High
October 13 Couvrot - Epernay High
October 20 Epernay - Couvrot High

** Split week, two 3 night journeys