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European Canal Barge Cruises

'Belmond Pivoine' 2019

7 days from $78,550

Limited to 8 guests

On its leisurely course through France's renowned Champagne region, ‘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 enjoy a superb lunch at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
'Belmond Pivoine'

Vessel Information

126 feet long, 16.5 feet wide with air conditioning throughout

Capacity for 8 in 4 king/twin cabins, 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 and non-alcoholic) included

Deck Plan
Day 1

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.

Meals: Dinner
Day 2

Cruise to the historic town of Château-Thierry. Disembark to visit Belleau Wood, the site of the 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 another delicious dinner prepared by your talented chef.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3

Today's memorable lunch ashore is at the Michelin-starred Hostellerie La Briqueterie. Then, visit the family estate of Champagne J. de Telmont for a unique oenological workshop. Return to your barge by way of Hautvillers, a charming village where monk Dom Pérignon first made Champagne in the 18th century.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4

Early risers can accompany the chef to the covered market in Épernay to select the best seasonal produce for today's lunch. Later, explore the town, surrounded by vineyards and known the world over for its Champagne houses. Enjoy a private tasting at Moët & Chandon and a sabering demonstration at the family-run house of Ployez-Jacquemart.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5

This morning's canal cruise offers opportunities for walking or cycling along the towpath. Then, visit Reims where the Gothic cathedral hosted coronations of French kings with glittering pageantry. Visit the Musée des Beaux-Arts and take time to explore the shops before returning to your barge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6

After a leisurely cruise to Châlons-en-Champagne today, spend time in the picturesque town, with its timber-framed façades, ancient collegiate church and glorious public gardens. Back on board your barge, the chef prepares a sumptuous dinner for this evening's gala farewell to the cruise week.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7

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.

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
    Cabin Class
    6 night charter
    Single Supplement
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Journey Details

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

Alternate Routes:
Mar 24 to Apr 28 and Oct 6 to Oct 20: Épernay to Couvrot or reverse
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Special cruises are offered on Apr 14, Jul 21 & Aug 18 aboard 'Belmond Pivoine' and 'Belmond Amaryllis,' combining a three-night cruise in Champagne with a three-night cruise in Burgundy. Contact A&K for details.

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