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Cruises in Champagne

Since the reign of the Emperor Charlemagne, the Champagne region has been one of the great heartlands of Europe and now thanks to its world famous sparkling wine, is a mecca for those who appreciate the best in gastronomy.

The region starts around 75 miles from Paris, around the city of Meaux and stretches along the beautiful River Marne to the city of Epernay, home of such renowned Champagne houses as Moet & Chandon. There is a plethora of vineyards spread across the undulating plains as far as the eye can see, brilliant green with the new leaves of spring, turning to gold as the grapes ripen in the autumn.

Cruises in Alsace & Lorraine

Alsace-Lorraine is a unique corner of France. Discover a land of storybook castles, rolling vineyards of Alsatian wines as well as Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque architecture. For centuries, the great empires of Europe confronted one another at this strategic and military crossroads. The area’s unique blend of French and German influences are strongly evident in its customs, cuisine, wines, architecture and language.


 

PANACHE BARGE IN CHAMPAGNE & ALSACE

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  • Deluxe Class Barge

  • 6 Cabins with 6 Crew

  • Price per person in a twin share cabin from: A$ 7,530

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PANACHE BARGE

Panache is a hotel barge that has been fitted out in traditional yacht style with brass and mahogany fittings in the spacious public areas and very comfortable cabin accommodation. In the saloon the panoramic windows let in plenty of natural light, and the tempting cocktail bar and comfortable leather sofas are enhanced by polished hardwood flooring. The separate roomy dining area provides a congenial setting for up to 12 guests to enjoy the gourmet meals and fine wines served on board.

Outside, the spacious sun deck is the perfect place to unwind and admire the passing scenery in one of the comfortable chairs, or to enjoy being served a long, lazy alfresco lunch at the outside dining table. The heated spa pool and plentiful number of bicycles for you to explore the towpath complete the picture.

She then cruising in Champagne for a number of weeks in May & June. The Champagne itineraries typically include Brie cheese tastings, a tour of the Cathedral at Reim, Epernay and of course, tastings at renowned Champagne houses.

In the Summer and Autumn, Panache cruises the beautiful and varied waterways of Alsace & Lorraine, a region of France offering a unique mix of French and German cultures, history and local gastronomy.

Panache’s voyage through Alsace & Lorraine will give you the opportunity to appreciate the very best of the region, passing storybook villages along the way, visiting places such as Strasbourg, renowned for their Baroque and Romanesque architecture and uniquely, experiencing Europe’s most famous boat elevator!

Cruise Highlights

Champagne (Late May & June)

  • Enjoy a private winery tour and tasting at renowned champagne houses
  • Visit the village of Hautvilliers where Dom Perignon discovered the Méthode Champenoise Tour the majestic cathedral in Reims, where the Kings of France were once crowned Cruise the pretty River Marne past waterside vineyards
  • Visit the champagne ‘capital’ of Epernay for a cellar tour and private tasting
  • Visit Château-Thierry, the scene of fierce battles in World War I, and Belleau Wood

Alsace & Lorraine (July to October)

  • Tour the beautiful city of Strasbourg and visit its Gothic cathedral
  • Explore the Route des Vins d’Alsace and a private wine tasting
  • Visit the Meteor Brewery, founded in 1640
  • Experience an ascent or descent of the unique Arzviller boat elevator
  • Visit the spectacular René Lalique Collection
  • Tour of Sarrebourg including a visit to the Chagall chapel
  • Enjoy a candlelit meal whilst cruising through the two Arzviller tunnels
  • Excellent towpath for walking

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Belmond Pivoine Champagne

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  • Luxury Class Barge

  • 4 Cabins with 6 Crew

  • Price per person in a twin  share cabin from: A$11,600 in low season

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PIVOINE BARGE 


DISCOVER THE JOYS OF THE CHAMPAGNE REGION ABOARD THE NEWEST ADDITION TO OUR FLEET. PIVOINE LAVISHLY ACCOMMODATES EIGHT GUESTS IN COOL, CONTEMPORARY STYLE.


ON BOARD
Named after the peony flower, Pivoine offers the ultimate in chic design and blissful comfort,
combining soft champagne tones with petal whites. Each light-filled cabin on this unique barge features
a tiled en-suite bathroom and king or twin beds. The onboard dining room is perfect for a gourmet
banquet. For breezy socialising, the lounge has a surround-sound stereo as well as full-width doors
which open onto the generous deck for alfresco dining. Swim in the heated pool or relax in the
shade of the canopy.
THE CABINS
The four guest cabins are relaxing sanctuaries offering home-from-home comforts. Facilities include:
- King-size beds (configured as twins if desired)
- En-suite bathrooms with twin wash basins and WC.
One bathroom has a bathtub with an overhead shower and three have a walk-in shower
- Bedside tables
- Dressing/desk table with chair
- Wardrobe
- Armchairs
- Safe and hairdryer
- Sockets suitable for two-pin 220-volt plugs
- Individually controlled air-conditioning/heating unit
so you can adjust the temperature to your liking.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Vehicle transfer or train transfer from Paris to the Barge (if applicable). Private hire transfers are also available from Lyon and Geneva
  • Table d’hôte meals – each week’s menu includes regional specialities and seasonal delicacies unique to the area you’re cruising through
  • Complimentary beverages
  • Accommodation
  • Excursions stated in the itinerary, fully escorted by the experienced onboard guide
EXCURSIONS
The essence of travel with Belmond Afloat in France is that your time is relaxed and any excursions will be tailored to your personal tastes and requirements. Our itineraries include visits to local attractions, such as stately châteaux and bustling markets, with add-on activities such as hot-air ballooning. During the cruise, your barge is accompanied by an air-conditioned vehicle ready to take you and your private guide on
your chosen tours.

Belmond Hirondelle Champagne

Reference: Barge

  • First Class Barge

  • 4 cabins with 5 Crew

  • Price per person in twin cabin from: $6,350 in law season to $8,850 in high season

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HIRONDELLE

 

CRUISE THE SERENE WATERWAYS OF CHAMPAGNE IN SUPREME COMFORT, TAKING IN THE GRAND CHÂTEAUX AND BOUNTIFUL VINEYARDS THAT DOT THE LANDSCAPE.


ON BOARD

Hirondelle takes you on an idyllic journey through the  Champagne region. Your route meanders effortlessly along some of the area’s most tranquil waterways. The soft décor of the barge perfectly complements the scenery outside. Hosting eight guests, our four cosy cabins feature oak-panelled ceilings, fine antique furniture and en-suite bathrooms. Relax in the light filled lounge with our crisp sound system, television and WiFi, or recline in a deckchair on the splendid teakdeck beneath the shady canopy.

THE CABINS

Our spacious barge features four guest cabins, each a restful haven with exquisitely embroidered fabrics and sumptuous luxuries. One is a double, one is a twin, and the other two can be configured with twin or king beds. This makes the boat ideal for families or groups travelling together.

Facilities include:

  • - En-suite bathroom with shower, single washbasin and WC
  • - Bedside tables, wardrobe
  • - Safe and hairdryer
  • - Sockets suitable for two-pin 220-volt plugs
  • - Individually controlled air-conditioning/heating unit so you can adjust the temperature to your liking.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Vehicle transfer or train transfer from Paris to the Barge (if applicable). Private hire transfers are also available from Lyon and Geneva
  • Table d’hôte meals – each week’s menu includes regional specialities and seasonal delicacies unique to the area you’re cruising through
  • Complimentary beverages
  • Accommodation
  • Excursions stated in the itinerary, fully escorted by the experienced onboard guide
EXCURSIONS
The essence of travel with Belmond Afloat in France is that your time is relaxed and any excursions will be tailored to your personal tastes and requirements. Our itineraries include visits to local attractions, such as stately châteaux and bustling markets, with add-on activities such as hot-air ballooning. During the cruise, your barge is accompanied by an air-conditioned vehicle ready to take you and your private guide on
your chosen tours.

La Nouvelle Etoile in Alsace

Reference: Barge

  • Ultra Deluxe Barge

  • 4 Cabins with 5 Crew

  • Price per person twin share cabin from: A$ 11,780

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La Nouvelle Etoile has been designed to offer a very high level of comfort and convenience, to provide an on board blend of traditional elegance and modern-day facilities.

The spacious, air conditioned saloon with its attractive cocktail bar, piano and elegant furnishings provides a truly sophisticated setting, while other amenities include an exercise room and a lift. Each of the four generous 200 sq ft cabin suites is lavishly equipped and the en suite bathrooms feature double hand-basins and oversized showers. On deck there is a large sun deck with comfortable loungers and a hot tub, as well as bicycles for you to pedal along the nearby towpath.

This cruise on the luxurious La Nouvelle Etoile is a journey back in time through a picturesque landscape along two delightful canals, including France’s oldest, the Canal de Briare. She also cruises in Alsace, Champagne, Holland, Belgium, Picardy, Germany and Luxembourg in Spring and Autumn.

Cruise Highlights

 Holland (April & May)

  • Tour Keukenhof Gardens
  • Visit fascinating Zaanse Schans
  • Visit the Royal Delft pottery

Burgundy (June & July)

  • Visit Château de Fontaineblea
  • Cross the river on the Pont Canal de Briare
  • Tour of Château Saint Fargeau

Germany & Luxembourg (September & October)

  • Visit Burg Eltz, the 12thC Queen of German Castles
  • Tour Trier, Germany’s oldest town and see the Porta Nigra
  • Finish the cruise in Luxembourg with a visit to its capital

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