Champagne and The Great War cruise


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    A Cruise From Epernay To Paris

    Cruise the Marne Canal on a boutique hotel barge and visit the famous Champagne Tourist Route, the battlefields of the Marne, the Museum of the Great War and a tour of Les Invalides in Paris.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 PARIS – EPERNAY
    Become acquainted with the grandeur of Paris and soak up the iconic scenery in the capital before leaving via mini-coach to Epernay, where you board a private barge in the afternoon. After settling into your cabin, meet with your fellow shipmates and raise a glass together with a welcome cocktail and dinner. (D)

    Day 2 EPERNAY – DORMANS
    After breakfast, a languid morning stretches ahead as we sail through exquisite French scenery. Marvel at the gorgeous surrounds on this morning’s tour of Verdun, including a visit to Fort Douaumont and the Tranchée des Baïonnettes. Return on board in the afternoon and continue cruising towards Dormans where you remain overnight. (B, L, D)

    Day 3 DORMANS – CHÂTEAU THIERRY
    Awe-inspiring architecture, glorious gardens and world-class beverages – it all comes together today. After breakfast, take off on an excursion along the famous Champagne Tourist Route and partake in a guided tour of the village of Hautvillers – once home to Dom Perignon.  This picturesque village is located in the Montagne de Reims Regional Natural Park and is best explored on foot. Continue your visit to a prominent champagne house, with an incredible tasting included. After the tour, return on board and start cruising towards Château Thierry which will be reached in the evening. (B, L, D)

    Day 4 CHÂTEAU THIERRY – SAINT-JEAN-LES-DEUX-JUMEAUX
    Back on dry land, start the day with a visit to the Aisne-Marne Cemetery and Belleau Wood where Marines fought one of the first US actions of the Great War before returning on board and cruising towards Saint-Jean-Les-Deux-Jumeaux, passing by Drache and Champigny, cruising through the vineyard-dotted landscapes. Tonight, watch the sun dip below the canals and take the evening at your own pace. (B, L, D)

    Day 5 SAINT-JEAN-LES-DEUX-JUMEAUX – LAGNY-SUR-MARNE
    Cruise towards Meaux this morning and, in the afternoon, join a guided tour of the Battlefields of the Marne and the Museum of the Great War. The circuit of the Battlefields of the Marne takes you through the most important combat areas while the ship cruises towards Lagny-sur-Marne where you will return on board. (B, L, D)

    Day 6 LAGNY-SUR-MARNE – PARIS
    Today, head towards Paris as you near the end of our journey. Upon arrival in the afternoon, enjoy a final walking tour of Paris – one of the most impressive cities in the world. One of the major highlights of today’s escapes includes a visit to Les Invalides, which retraces history from 1871 to 1945, including the two World Wars. Back on the water, sit down for an evening gala dinner tonight and spend the night in port. (B, L, D)

    Day 7 PARIS
    Enjoy your last hearty buffet breakfast on board this morning before disembarking the boat and ending the tour in Paris. (B)

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