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European Canal Barge Cruises

'Belmond Hirondelle' - Marne River & Marne Canal 2019

7 days from $6,530

Limited to 8 guests

Live graciously on 'Belmond Hirondelle' as you discover the essence of the Champagne region. Visit historic Reims, the centuries-old place of French coronations. Explore the sobering sites of World War I. Visit a fromagerie to sample delicious local cheese in the charming medieval town of Chézy-sur-Marne. And — of course! — tour Épernay with exclusive tastings of its most famous effervescent wines. Return to your cozy barge each evening for a gourmet dinner and perhaps a nightcap under the stars.
'Belmond Hirondelle' - Canal du Centre, Saône River & Canal du Rhône au Rhin Vessel

Vessel Information

  • 128 feet long and 16.5 feet wide with air conditioning throughout
  • Capacity for 8 guests in 2 double/twin cabins, 1 double cabin and 1 twin cabin, each outward facing with en suite bathroom
  • Salon with stereo system and assortment of CDs
  • Sun deck, partially shaded for al fresco dining
  • Bicycles provided
  • Internet access (limited in some areas)
  • All meals and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) included
Deck Plan
Day 1:

Meet in Paris for a Private Driver Transfer to ‘Belmond Hirondelle,’ moored in Châlons-en-Champagne. Enjoy a welcome reception as your crew welcomes you. Later that evening, enjoy a sumptuous gourmet dinner on board.

Meals: Dinner
Day 2:

This morning, tour Châlons-en-Champagne, visiting its gothic cathedral and the Cloister Museum at Notre-Dame-en-Vaux with its remarkable statuary. Return to the barge for lunch and an afternoon cruise, visiting a local family-run Champagne house for a tasting en route.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3:

Enjoy a relaxing cruise this morning, followed by an excursion to the historic city of Reims, an important center of Champagne production. Visit the Cathedral, where some 34 French kings were crowned, and the Musée des Beaux Arts. Return to the barge for a late afternoon cruise with cocktails on deck, followed by another gourmet dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4:

Visit Épernay to wander its Avenue de Champagne, an elegant street lined with pretigious houses and charming courtyards. Stop at Moét & Chandon for an exclusive tasting with lunch ashore at the celebrated restaurant, La Briqueterie. Back on board 'Belmond Hirondelle,' unwind during the afternoon cruise to Courcelles, the overnight mooring.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5:

Relax this morning as your barge cruises in style through scenic landscapes with opportunities to walk or cycle along the towpath lining the canal. After lunch on board, drive to the picturesque abbey in Hautvillers with its spectacular views over the local vineyards. It is here that Dom Pérignon, the Benedictine monk credited with inventing Champagne, is buried. Continue to the house of Champagne J. De Telmont for a unique and fascinating oenological workshop.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6:

Cruise at leisure to Château-Thierry for a picturesque drive to Belleau Wood, site of a famous World War I battle where American troops halted the German army's progression. Also visit Aisne-Marne Cemetery to view the graves of 2,288 American soldiers buried there. Then continue to the enchanting medieval town of Chézy-sur-Marne for a taste of the famous Brie de Meaux at a local fromagerie. Back on board the barge, your chef has prepared your gala farewell dinner, a fitting close to your wonderful week of cruising.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7:

After breakfast, a Private Driver Transfer to Paris marks the end of your journey.

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

2020 Travel | 2020 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 September 1 - October 26, 2019
    Cabin Class
    Single Supplement
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    Single Supplement
    Cabin Class
    6 night charter
    Single Supplement
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Journey Details

Minimum age (for Independent Bookings) is 12 years old.

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

Alternate Routes:
Mar 24 to Apr 28 and Oct 6 to Oct 20: Couvrot to Épernay or reverse
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