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Belmond Pivoine Champagne

Reference: Pivoi Barge

  • Luxury Class Barge

  • 4 Cabins with 6 Crew

  • Price per person in a twin-share cabin from: A$9,500 in low season




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 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 washbasins 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.



  • Visit the historic city of Reims, its gothic cathedral and Musee-des-Beaux-Arts
  • Wine tastings at world-renowned Champagne houses
  • Visits to the poignant WW1 and WW2 battlefields and memorials
  • Private visit to baroque Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte famous for its beautifully manicured gardens and grounds
  • Walk and cycle the towpaths, relax on deck and enjoy the unfolding French countryside


  • 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
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.

Pivoine deck plan
  • Dimensions: 128ft (39m) x 16.5ft (5m)
  • 4 cabins with tiled en-suites (1 cabin with bath)
  • 4 queen size beds that can all be configured as doubles or singles
  • Hairdryer and L’occitane toiletries provided
  • Windows are fixed shut but all cabins have individually operated air conditioning

Other items on board:

  • English speaking crew of 6
  • Selection of books and board games
  • Computer for guest use and Wifi (may be limited in some areas)
  • Music system and CDs, TV for playing DVDs in saloon
  • Tennis racquets, balls, fishing equipment available if requested in advance
  • 8 bicycles
  • Air-conditioned executive minibus for transfers and excursions

From $9,500 per person twin share

Based on an 8 people charter

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    Day 1 — Sunday
    Arrival at La Ferté-sous-Jouarre

    Join the barge for a champagne reception, meeting your captain and crew. Relax and settle in and perhaps take a short stroll along the tow-path. Meanwhile, your chef is preparing your first gourmet dinner of the week.

    Day 2 — Monday
    Cruise to Chateau-Thierry | Visit Belleau Wood

    After breakfast, relax into your first cruise along the winding River Marne to the city of Château-Thierry, site of pivotal battles in 1814 and 1918, and now at the heart of the champagne region. Lunch on board is followed by a visit to Belleau Wood, the site of a famous battle during World War I, when American troops halted the progression of the German army. Continue to the Aisne-Marne cemetery, containing the graves of 2,288 American soldiers.

    Before returning to the barge, 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 a delicious dinner.

    Day 3 — Tuesday
    Cruise to Mareuil-le-Port | Participate in oenological workshop | Lunch at Michelin starred restaurant

    Spend a leisurely morning on board as the barge winds its way past the glorious vineyards of this celebrated region. Alight for a short drive to the Michelin-starred Hostellerie La Briqueterie, on the slopes of the river, for a wonderful lunch. Afterwards, a scenic drive to the house of Champagne J de Telmont, where you spend a fascinating afternoon participating in their 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. Admire the spectacular views overlooking the vineyards before returning to the boat for dinner.

    Day 4 — Wednesday
    Cruise to Conde-sur-Marne | Excursion to Epernay market and wine-tasting

    Rise early to accompany your chef to the charming covered market in Epernay. Here you can help select ingredients from the plump, seasonal produce available. While Chef returns to the barge to prepare lunch, stay and explore the attractive town. Wander down the Avenue de Champagne, an elegant street lined with prestigious champagne houses and swish courtyards. Enjoy a private tasting at Moêt & Chandon before returning to the boat for lunch as we cruise towards to Condé-sur-Marne, our mooring for the night. This evening, before dinner, enjoy a tasting and a sabre-ing demonstration at the family-run champagne house of Ployez-Jacquemart.

    Day 5 — Thursday
    Cruise to Juvigny | Walking tour of Reims

    Having left the river Marne, we are now gliding along the canal. Take advantage of the slow pace and wide towpaths to alight for a walk or a cycle ride alongside the barge. After lunch, your guide will accompany you to the city of Reims, not just an important centre of champagne production but the place where some 34 French sovereigns were crowned. Explore the beautiful gothic cathedral, the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the bountiful shops. Return to the barge for dinner.

    Day 6 — Friday
    Cruise to Châlons-en-Champagne | Discover the town with free time

    The final leg brings us to the picturesque town of Châlons-en-Champagne, whose numerous attractions include the gothic Saint-Étienne Cathedral, museum of the Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Cloister with its remarkable statuary, and three glorious public gardens. Alight after lunch to explore at your leisure and perhaps find those souvenirs. Back on board, your chef is busy preparing a farewell gala dinner.

    Day 7 — Saturday
    Departure from Châlons-en-Champagne

    After breakfast, disembark at 9am for your onward travel arrangements.

    Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks.

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