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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast, transfer to Paris, as your luxurious sojourn by barge draws to a close.
2020 Travel | 2020 prices available on request. Please contact A&K for details.