Meet in Paris for transfer to the village of Meaux. After a welcome reception and crew introductions, settle into your spacious cabin before a gourmet dinner on board.
Cruise through wooded countryside to Saint-Jean-les-Deaux-Jumeaux. After lunch, tour the stunning 17th-century Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, a Baroque masterpiece designed by the architect of Versailles for finance minister Nicholas Fouquet.
This morning, cruise through a landscape of villages and vineyards to Château-Thierry. Visit the battle site of Belleau Wood and the beautifully-maintained Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial, commemorating the sacrifice of American marines in World War I.
Today, visit Épernay, home to many Champagne houses. Enjoy a tasting at the famed Möet & Chandon winery with its 18 miles of cellars, where some 30 million bottles are stored. Continue to the pretty village of Hautvillers, where monk Dom Perignon invented the Champagne-making process. Dinner is ashore this evening at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
After a leisurely morning cruise, take a scenic drive to a family-run vineyard for a tour and tasting. Later, enjoy another gourmet dinner aboard 'C'est la Vie.'
During today's excursion to Reims, visit the magnificent 800-year-old cathedral where French kings were crowned. Continue to the former palace of the Archbishops of Reims, now a museum, with time at leisure for individual exploration of the historic town.
After breakfast, transfer back to Paris, arriving in late morning.
Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.
'C'est la Vie' also cruises in the Upper Loire from Aug 18 to Sep 28 and in Burgundy from Apr 14 to Jun 22 & Oct 6-26. Contact A&K for details.
Jun 23 - St-Florentin to Meaux
Aug 11 - Meaux to Montargis
Sep 29 - Montargis to St-Florentin
Contact A&K for details.
2020 Travel | 2020 prices available on request. Please contact A&K for details.