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The 12-passenger Panache barge

Panache – Champagne Cruise

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The 12-passenger Panache barge
Visit one of the most celebrated regions of France, Champagne, aboard the beautiful Panache barge during this 7-day cruise.
France
Cultural
Barge

Highlights

Visit Reims Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Enjoy a tour and tasting at the most famous Champagne houses - Moët & Chandon, Henriot & Maison Pannier.

Visit a World War I American cemetery at Belleau Woord.

Tour and private tasting at Le Maison Pannier

Discover the essence of the Champagne region aboard the charming barge of Panache on this exciting, 7-day cruise, definitely a must for wine lovers. Panache meanders along the Canal Lateral a la Marne, making way though lush vineyards, renowned Champagne houses and beautiful chateaux.

Panache is a beautiful barge offers 6 comfortable Junior Suites that can accommodate up to 12 passengers. Each Junior Suite is furnished with en-suite bathroom, toiletries, wardrobe, bedside table, desk and TV.

Unwind on the barge’s spacious sun deck and appreciate the passing scenery or enjoy a sumptuous al fresco lunch.

During your Champagne cruise, visit the beautiful Reims Cathedral, discover some of the world’s most celebrated Champagne houses, visit a World War One memorial and enjoy wine tastings.

2020 Departure Dates

  • 24 & 31 May
  • 7, 14, 21 & 28 June
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Included

7-day cruise from aboard Panache
Comfortable accommodation in an air-conditioned, suite with bathroom and shower
Gourmet meals prepared by the on-board chef, fine wines and an open bar
Daily escorted excursions to places of interest and private wine tastings
Local transfers with designated drop-off and pick-up points
On-board facilities – small library, spa pool & bicycles

On-board Facilities

  • Maximum of 12 passengers
  • 6 Junior Suites
  • Sun deck with spa pool
  • Hi-fi stereo with CD player, radio & iPod dock
  • 12 bicycles
  • Small library of books & maps
  • Collection of board games
  • Nordic walking sticks (on request)
  • TV with built-in DVD in each suite

Itinerary

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Day 1
Châlons-en-Champagne
You are met early afternoon in Pari and transferred to the hotel barge moored in Châlons-en-Champagne. Enjoy a Champagne welcome while your Captain introduces you to the crew. Dinner on board.
Dinner
Day 2
Châlons-en-Champagne – Tours-sur-Marne
This morning, cruise from Châlons-en-Champagne along the Canal Lateral à la Marne to our pretty mooring at Tours-sur-Marne. After lunch on board, visit the magnificent 800-year-old Reims cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece where the Kings of France were crowned, before some free time perhaps to wander around this delightful city with its grand squares and elegant shopping arcades. Dinner on board.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Tours-sur-Marne – Dizy

This morning, visit one of the best known Champagne houses in the world, Moët & Chandon, founded in 1743, where you are guided through their vast underground cellars, the largest in the region, which were carved out of the chalk to offer the maturing wine the perfect temperature and humidity. This is followed by a tasting of some of Moët’s renowned vintages in an elegant private salon, hosted by an experienced cellar master.

Later, return to the barge for lunch and continue your cruise along the canal, with the opportunity to explore on foot or bicycle en-route, and moor at Dizy, near Epernay. Dinner on board.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Dizy – Damery

After a leisurely breakfast, visit the domaine of Champagne Henriot, one of the oldest, family-owned houses in Champagne, originating in the late 1700s. En route, stop at a Henriot vineyard on the hillside above Epernay where you are met by one of their viticulture experts who will explain how their selected grapes create the house style. Then, move on to the beautiful Château Les Aulnois in the nearby village of Pierry where, after a private tour of this 18th century manor, enjoy an exclusive tasting of various Henriot champagnes before a gastronomic lunch in the chateau’s dining room.

Mid-afternoon, return to the barge and continue our cruise along the Marne to Damery. Dinner on board.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Damery – Dormans

Today, the hotel barge continues her cruise along the meandering Marne to moor at the pretty riverside town of Dormans, the site of a château, water mill and World War One memorial. In the afternoon, visit the 42-acre World War I American cemetery at Belleau Wood, it was here that US forces fought one of their bloodiest battles during World War One. Dinner on board.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Dormans – Château-Thierry

This morning, visit La Maison Pannier, a select champagne house with a labyrinth of medieval underground cellars, for a tour and a private tasting. After lunch on-board, cruise to your final mooring at Château-Thierry, an historic, strategically situated town overlooking the river, surrounded by vineyards that produce some of the region's famous sparkling wine. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Château-Thierry – Paris

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Paris.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
French
Currency
EUR
6 nights
from AUD9,640
per person, twin share
Châlons-en-Champagne or Château-Thierry (Sunday)
24 May - 28 June 2020

Important notes

  • This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks, the cruise runs in reverse direction.
  • Private charter bookings and themed cruises are also available.

Pick-up Point

  • Cabin bookings - The Hotel Westminster, Paris at 4:15 p.m.
  • Charter bookings - One location of the group's choice in Paris at 4:15 p.m.

Drop-off Point

  • Cabin bookings - The Hotel Westminster, Paris at 12:00 noon
  • Charter bookings - One location of the group's choice in Paris at 12:00 noon

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