Meet in Paris and drive to luxurious 'C’est la Vie,' moored in the hamlet of village of Meaux. After a welcome reception and crew introductions, settle into your spacious cabin before a gourmet dinner on board.
Cruise to Saint-Jean-les-Doux-Jumeaux, disembarking for a tour of the stunning 17th-century Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, a historic French Baroque masterpiece designed by the architect and decorator of Versailles.
On a day devoted to remembrance, cruise to Château-Thierry, where historic battles have been fought, from the Napoleonic era through the 20th century. Then, proceed to the solemn battle sites of Belleau Wood and the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial, which commemorate American Marines who fell while fighting in this region during World War I.
Moor in Épernay and disembark for a tasting at famed Moët & Chandon winery, with its 18 miles of cellars where some 30 million bottles are stored. Then, visit Hautvillers, a picturesque hilltop village where you learn about 18th-century Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon and his historic contributions to the méthode champenoise — the art of making Champagne.
After a leisurely morning cruise with time to walk or cycle along the towpath, disembark to experience a small, family-run vineyard for a tasting. Tonight enjoy dinner ashore at the three-star Michelin restaurant, L'Assiette Champenoise, where the renowned Chef Arnaud Lallement presents a menu that evolves with the seasons.
Today, visit Reims and its 13th-century Gothic cathedral, where French kings were once crowned, followed by time at leisure to explore on your own. Then, return to the barge for a gala Captain's dinner tonight.
After breakfast, disembark in Sillery and transfer back to Paris to depart.
Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.
'C'est la Vie' also cruises in Burgundy from Apr 15 to Jun 23 and in the Upper Loire from Jul 1 to Aug 25. Contact A&K for details.
2019 Travel | 2019 prices available on request. Please contact A&K for details.