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European Canal Barge Cruises

'C'est la Vie' - Marne River & Marne Canal 2019

7 days from $6,995

Limited to 8 guests

Relax in oversized cabins aboard lovely 'C'est la Vie,' toasting the journey with two Champagne tastings. Visit somber reminders of World War I, and explore Reims and its great cathedral. Indulge in inspired creations during an unforgettable dinner ashore at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
'C'est la Vie' - Burgundy Canal Vessel

Vessel Information

128 feet long, 16 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 and assortment of CDs

Sun deck, partially covered by a retractable canopy for al fresco dining

Bicycles provided

Internet access (limited in some areas)

All meals and beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) included

Deck Plan
Day 1

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.

'C'est la Vie'
Meals: Dinner
Day 2

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.

'C'est la Vie'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3

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.

'C'est la Vie'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4

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.

'C'est la Vie'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5

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.'

'C'est la Vie'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6

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.

'C'est la Vie'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7

After breakfast, disembark in Châlons-en-Champagne and transfer back to Paris.

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Alternate Routes:
Jun 23 - St-Florentin to Meaux
Aug 11 - Meaux to Montargis
Sep 29 - Montargis to St-Florentin
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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 Jul 7 - Aug 10, 2019
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Journey Details

Minimum age (for Independent Bookings) is 17 years old.

Independent Bookings available with a minimum of 2 booked cabins.

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

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