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European Canal Barge Cruises

'Belmond Pivoine' 2018


7 days from $57,310

Limited to 8 guests

On its leisurely course between La Ferté-sous-Jouarre and Châlons-en-Champagne on the Marne River and Canal Latéral à la Marne, all-new ‘Belmond Pivoine’ hosts up to eight guests in four contemporary en-suite cabins. Its trompe l’oeil wall mural, embroidered Parisian bed covers and marble bathrooms provide a stylish vibe, while romantic yellows and whites echo the color of peonies and Champagne. Luxuriate on the expansive deck or relax in the heated plunge pool, and savor gourmet cuisine in the inviting lounge and the sumptuous dining room. Go ashore for strolls and bike rides along the towpaths, visit vineyards for Champagne tastings, and dine one evening at a superb Michelin-starred restaurant.
'Belmond Pivoine'

Vessel Information

126 feet long, 16.5 feet wide with air conditioning

Capacity for 8 in 4 king/twin suites, each outward facing with en suite bathroom

Salon with stereo system, television with assortment of CDs/DVDs

Sun deck, partially shaded for al fresco dining, with heated plunge pool

Bicycles provided

Internet access (limited in some areas)

All meals and beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) included

Deck Plan
Day 1
SUNDAY

Meet in Paris and transfer to ‘Belmond Pivoine,’ moored in La Ferté-sous-Jouarre. Enjoy a Champagne reception upon arrival. Tonight, dine on board, savoring a gastronomic tour de force.

'Belmond Pivoine'
Meals: Dinner
Day 2
MONDAY

After a breakfast of local specialties, go ashore to explore to the magnificent 17th-century Baroque Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, and then gather for a morning-tea reception hosted in the castle’s glorious gardens. Return to the barge for as you cruise to rural Courtaron. Dine tonight on board, moored beneath the stars.

'Belmond Pivoine'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
TUESDAY

Cruise to the town of Château-Thierry on the Marne River, where, after lunch on board, you disembark to visit Belleau Wood, the site of first large-scale battle of World War I involving American troops. Then, take time to reflect at the solemn Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial. Return to the barge for a delicious dinner prepared by your talented chef.

'Belmond Pivoine'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
WEDNESDAY

Glide upstream to Cumières, the mooring place for Hautvillers, a township touted as the birthplace of Champagne. Enjoy lunch on board before your excursion to the Champagne house of Billecart Salmon, where you learn about the vinification process and enjoy a tasting. Proceed to Hautvillers Abbey, where Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon worked to perfect the production of sparkling wine. Visit his tomb before indulging in a Champagne picnic overlooking the picturesque town and river. Tonight, savor a sumptuous dinner at Hostellerie La Briqueterie, a Michelin-starred restaurant in the heart of the vineyards.

'Belmond Pivoine'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
THURSDAY

Leave the Marne River for the Canal Latéral à la Marne, cruising east to Tours-sur-Marne. After lunch on board, visit the family vineyard of Champagne Ployez-Jacquemart in Ludes. Enjoy an exclusive tasting hosted in the family home by founder’s granddaughter. Return to your barge for a tasting hosted by an ambassador from Champagne Laurent-Perrier, followed by dinner.

'Belmond Pivoine'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
FRIDAY

Cruise toward Châlons-en-Champagne and disembark after lunch for a drive to Reims, an important center of Champagne production, where some 34 French sovereigns were crowned. Visit to the immense Gothic cathedral, where their glittering coronations took place, and then set out on 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.

'Belmond Pivoine'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
SATURDAY

After breakfast, transfer to Paris, as your luxurious sojourn by barge draws to a close.

Meals: Breakfast
Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.

2019 Travel | 2019 prices available on request. Please contact A&K for details.


Prices are in USD, per person and based on double occupancy unless noted as charter. Contact A&K for availability. 

  • Departing Every Sunday Between May 13- October 6, 2018
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Cabin Class
    6 night charter
    Price
    $73,680
    Single Supplement
    N/A
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  • Departing Every Sunday Between October 7 – October 27, 2018
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Cabin Class
    Private Charter
    Price
    $57,310
    Single Supplement
    N/A
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Journey Details

Reduced pricing available for Private Charters of 6-7 guests.

Special 3 night cruise available. Contact A&K for details.

Details and amenities are subject to change, as this barge is still under construction.


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