Meet in Paris, and transfer to 'Panache,' moored in Châlons-en-Champagne. After a welcome reception, enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
After breakfast, transfer back to Paris.
Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.