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The Champagne Canals by Barge

(Paris) CHALONS-EN-CHAMPAGNE ~ TOURS-SUR-MARNE ~ EPERNAY ~ DORMANS ~ CHATEAU THIERRY ~ SAINT-JEAN-LES-DEUX-JUMEAUX ~ MEUX ~ LAGNY-SUR-MARNE ~ PARIS

 

  


The Canal Lateral a la Marne was built between 1840 and 1846 in order to improve navigation conditions and promote trade.  It is 67 km long - 16 km flow through the Montagne de Reims Natural Park.  It has 15 locks along its route and is used most often nowadays as part of the network of Green Ways cycle paths.  This waterway is significant as it connects the Paris Basin to both the Rhine and Saone Rivers.  The Canal Lateral a la Marne links Vitrey-le-Francois to Dizy, with the towns of Chalons-en-Champagne and Epernay and the village of Hautvillers (birthplace of Champagne) along the way.  The whole area is intimately linked to the history, economy and social life of the valley.
 
DAYS: 7 Days
CODE: CNP_INT
NOTE: 2017 CRUISES INCLUDE THE "CLASSIC" SIGHTSEEING PACKAGE

BOAT: MS Raymonde


ITINERARY:
   
DAY 1   Paris ~ CHALONS-EN-CHAMPAGNE


Transfer from Paris by coach to join our ship in Châlons-en-Champagne. Boarding at the end of the afternoon. Crew presentation and welcome drink. Dinner on board. Overnight.

     
DAY 2       

CHALONS-EN-CHAMPAGNE ~ TOURS-SUR-MARNE  ~  EPERNAY

   

During the morning cruise to Tours-sur-Marne. In the afternoon, transfer by coach to Châlons-en-Champagne for a guided visit of the town often called the "Sparkling Venice". Discovery of the Marne River and the Mau and Nau Canals.  Passing through le Petit Jard, a real oasis of greenery and get a different view of the Convent of Ste Marie and the Church of Notre-Dame-en-Vaux. Guided walking tour of Châlons-en-Champagne to learn about its rich cultural heritage. Tasting of regional produce from the Champagne / Ardennes area. During this visit, the ship will sail along the Marnal canal to Epernay where we return on board. Overnight.

     
DAY 3  

EPERNAY ~ DORMANS ~ CHATEAU THIERRY

    Excursion along the famous Champagne route. Discovery tour of the village of Hautvilliers, birthplace of Champagne. Visit of a major Champagne house followed by a tasting of champagne. During this visit, the ship sails towards Dormans. Back on board in Dormans. The Afternoon is spent sailing to Château Thierry, through the beautiful Marne canal landscapes. Passing through Passy-sur-Marne, Jaulgonne and Mézy-Moulins. Arrival in the beginning of the evening. Overnight
     
DAY 4   CHÂTEAU THIERRY ~ SAINT-JEAN-LES-DEUX-JUMEAUX
    Visit to the Jean de la Fontaine Museum. Discovery of the town of Château Thierry passing the castle walls and the Hotel Dieu where Jean de la Fontaine also once lived. Return on board and departure to Saint-Jean-Les-Deux-Jumeaux. Afternoon spent sailing, passing Drachy and Champigny, through the heart of the Seine-et-Marne countryside and its Champagne vines. Arrival during the evening. Overnight.
     
DAY 5
  SAINT-JEAN-LES-DEUX-JUMEAUX ~ MEAUX ~ LAGNY-SUR-MARNE
   

Cruise to Meaux. Arrival in Meaux and in the afternoon, visit of this charming town, from Meaux Cathedral to the Bishops' Palace, passing the Gallo-Roman ramparts and the magnificent Bossuet Garden, traditionally believed to be an early work of Le Nôtre. Discovery of the Brie de Meaux Exhibition Room, followed by a tasting of the cheese, hailed as "the King of Cheeses". During this visit, the ship continues cruising to Lagny-sur-Marne where we will return on board. Overnight.

     
Day 6
  LAGNY-SUR-MARNE ~ PARIS
   

Departure of the boat to Paris. In the afternoon, arrival in Paris and excursion through the major sites of the capital: the Place de la République, the main boulevards, the Opera, the Place de la Madeleine, Place Vendôme and the Louvre. Original walk along the prettiest covered walkways in Paris. Travel back through time and history around the Palais Royal. Return on board. Gala evening. Overnight.

     
Day 7
  PARIS
    Buffet breakfast on board followed by disembarkation.
     

INCLUSIONS:

 



 

This offer includes: Your cruise with all meals from dinner D1 to breakfast D7 - drinks included in this price are water, wine, beer, fruit juices during the meal and coffee after both lunch and dinner for meals eaten on the boat - drinks from the bar, except for champagne or wines from our special list - double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom - assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess – transfers by coach from Paris to Chalons-en-Champagne D1 - excursions mentioned in the program - welcome cocktail - gala dinner - travel assistance and repatriation insurance- all port fees.

     
EXCLUSIONS:

 

This offer does not include:  Drinks from our wine list, champagne from the onboard bar, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers; insurance, personal expenses,

     
NOTE:


  CroisiEurope and the ship's Captain reserve the right to modify the cruising itinerary to ensure the safe navigation of the vessel.  The programme may be subject to modification depending on availability at ports of call or passing through the locks.
     
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