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European Canal Barge Cruises

'Panache' – Canal Latéral à la Marne & Marne River 2020

7 days from $6,590 per person

Limited to 12 guests

At midsummer, ‘Panache’ cruises in France’s fabled Champagne region. Explore the vast underground cellars of Moët & Chandon with a tasting of its renowned vintages. Partake of a sumptuous lunch ashore at Château Les Aulnois with a private tour of the 18th-century manor house. On an excursion to historic Reims, visit the magnificent Gothic cathedral that hosted centuries of French coronations.

Vessel Information

128 feet long and 15 feet wide with air conditioning throughout

Capacity for 12 in 6 double/twin cabins, each outward facing with en suite bathroom

Salon with stereo system, television, an assortment of CDs/DVDs and piano

Sun deck, partially covered for al fresco dining, with spa tub

Bicycles provided

Internet access (limited in some areas)

All meals and beverages (alcoholic and nonalcoholic) included

Deck Plan
Day 1

Meet in Paris, and transfer to 'Panache,' moored in Châlons-en-Champagne. After a welcome reception, enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board.

Meals: Dinner
Day 2

Cruise along the Canal Láteral à la Marne this morning to a pretty mooring at Tours-sur-Marne. After lunch on board, visit Reims and its 800-year-old cathedral. This Gothic masterpiece was the site of French coronations. After time at leisure to wander the squares and elegant shopping arcades, return to your comfortable barge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3

In Épernay today, visit Moët & Chandon. Founded in 1743, it is one of the best-known Champagne houses in the world. After a guided tour through the vast underground cellars, enjoy a private tasting in an elegant salon. During the afternoon cruise to Dizy, there are excellent opportunities for walking or cycling.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4

After a leisurely breakfast, visit Champagne Henriot, one of the oldest family-owned houses in the region, where a viticulture expert explains their grape selections. Continue to Château Les Aulnois for a private tour of the 18th-century manor house and a gastronomic lunch ashore, followed by an exclusive tasting.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5

‘Panache’ continues meandering along the Marne River today to moor in the charming riverside town of Dormans. After lunch on board, visit the 42-acre Aisne-Marne American Cemetery at Belleau Wood, a somber reminder of the atrocities of World War I.

Day 6

Enjoy a tour and tasting at La Maison Pannier today, a Champagne house with a labyrinth of medieval underground cellars. Then, cruise to Château-Thierry, surrounded by vineyards and strategically set overlooking the river. Tonight's gala farewell dinner celebrates the cruise week.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7

After breakfast, transfer back to Paris.

Meals: Breakfast

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

Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy unless noted as charter. Contact A&K for availability.

Book a 2021 cruise at 2020 pricing when you reserve by May 31, 2020. Contact A&K for details.

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Journey Details

Minimum age for Individual Travel is 12 years.
Reduced pricing available for Private Charters of 8–11 guests.

‘Panache’ also cruises in Holland from Mar 29 to May 10 and in Alsace from Jul 12 to Oct 25. Contact A&K for details.

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