La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre to Châlons-En-Champagne (7 Days)

Cruise Line: Belmond Cruises
La Ferte-sous-Jouarre, France to Châlons-en-Champagne, France
La Ferte-sous-Jouarre, France

Before the cruise begins, your private chauffeur will drive you to the magnificent Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte for a tour of this Baroque masterpiece. Afterwards join the barge for a champagne reception, meeting your captain and crew. Meanwhile, your chef is preparing your first gourmet dinner of the week.

Château-thierry, France

Relax as you cruise along the winding River Marne to the village of Château-Thierry. Lunch is followed by a visit to Belleau Wood, the site of a famous World War I battle, and the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial. Head to the enchanting medieval town of Chézy-sur-Marne for a taste of the famous Brie de Meaux in a local fromagerie. Back on board, enjoy a champagne tasting on deck as your chef prepares dinner.

Mareuil-le-port, France

After a leisurely morning, alight for a short drive to the Michelin-starred Hostellerie La Briqueterie—the venue for today's lunch. Continue to the house of Champagne J. de Telmont for a unique oenological workshop. On the way back, your guide takes you for a brief visit to the abbey in Hautvillers where Dom Pérignon's tomb lies.

Condé-sur-marne, France

Rise early to accompany your chef to the charming covered market in Épernay, selecting the best seasonal produce for lunch today. While the chef returns to the barge, stay and explore the attractive town. Enjoy a private tasting at Moêt & Chandon. Enjoy a tasting and a sabering demonstration at the family-run champagne house of Ployez-Jacquemart before returning to the boat for dinner.

Juvigny, France, France

As we leave the River Marne and join the canal, take advantage of the slow pace and wide towpaths to alight for a walk or a bicycle ride alongside the barge. After lunch, your guide will accompany you to the city of Reims. Explore the beautiful Gothic cathedral, the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the bountiful shops. Return to the barge for dinner.

Châlons-en-Champagne, France

The final leg of our journey brings us to the picturesque town of Châlons-en-Champagne. Attractions include the Gothic Saint-Étienne Cathedral, museum of the Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Cloister, and three glorious public gardens. Alight after lunch to explore at your leisure. Back onboard, your chef is busy preparing a farewell gala dinner.

Châlons-en-Champagne, France

After breakfast, the crew bids you farewell as you disembark for your onward travel arrangements.

La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre to Châlons-En-Champagne map

About the Ship

Belmond Afloat in France - Hirondelle
Belmond Afloat in France - Belmond Pivoine

A new addition to the Belmond Afloat in France fleet our luxury barge is an opulent floating haven invoking peonies and champagne in the luxuriant design. Featuring four expansive cabins Belmond Pivoine accommodates up to eight guests. Take a dip in the heated onboard pool, and dine on gourmet cuisine as you cruise between Meaux and Chalons-en-Champagne.

What's Included


  • Transfers from Paris to barge.

  • All meals, drinks and excursions as stated in the itinerary

  • Selection of books, games, satellite TV, DVDs and CDs

  • Bose iPod docking station

  • WiFi and computer with internet access

  • Elegant dining room

  • Lounge with large picture windows

  • Sun deck with canopy and heated swimming pool

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