Luxurious cruising through Champagne's green and gorgeous countryside

The Belmond Hirondelle offers elegance and luxury whilst cruising the most beautiful parts of central France. Simply sit back and infuse the scents and gentle sounds as you glide through Hirondelle’s new route in the champagne region. She sets a high standards for wine lovers, too, with many private tastings at prestigious Champagne houses throughout the week.

Walk or cycle alongside Hirondelle and enjoy discovering the many villages and ancient buildings along this route. With accommodation for up to eight passengers in four delightful guest cabins she’s perfect for romantic couples, families or a special charter for small groups.

At a Glance

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Hotel Barge Hirondelle :: Key Features

  • Excellence class (4*)
  • River Marne and Canal Lateral a la Marne
  • One of the Belmond luxury fleet
  • Charter and cabin bookings, 6 nights, 7 days, March to October
  • 8 guests / 4 generous cabins with en-suite bathrooms
  • Air conditioning and heating throughout
  • Full board, on-board dining
  • Sun deck with loungers
  • 8 all-terrain bicycles
  • Wifi (limited in some places)
  • Air-conditioned minibuses for transfers and excursions

Hotel Barge Hirondelle Cruise Highlights

  • 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

What’s included:
6 nights accommodation, transfers to and from Paris, all meals and drinks on board, guided excursions, fees and associated transport

Not included:
Air fares to and within France; travel, medical and cancellation insurance; crew gratuities (5 – 10% suggested)

Hotel Barge Belmond Hirondelle: Two Cruises in Champagne

    

Itinerary 1.  Château-Thierry to Chalons
Savour the inspiring scenery as you cruise through this most famous of regions, Champagne!

Sunday, Day 1 Château-Thierry
Before the cruise even begins, your private chauffeur will drive you to the magnificent Château Vaux-le-Vicomte. Enjoy a tour of this baroque masterpiece, former home of 17th-century parliamentarian Nicolas Fouquet, and a leisurely walk through the spectacular gardens.

Continue to barge Hirondelle, where you’re welcomed aboard with a champagne reception and a chance to meet the captain and crew and settle in. Meanwhile, your chef is preparing your first gourmet dinner of the week.

Hotel Barge Pivoine Peony Champagne

Monday, Day 2 Château-Thierry
After breakfast, relax into your first cruise along the winding River Marne to the small town of Château-Thierry. Lunch 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.

Hotel Barge Pivoine Peony Champagne

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 Hirondelle, enjoy a champagne tasting on deck as your chef prepares a delicious dinner.

Tuesday, Day 3 Mareuil-le-Port

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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.

Wednesday, Day 4 Condé-sur-Marne

Hotel Barge Pivoine Peony Champagne

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 on board Hirondelle, enjoy a tasting and a sabre-ing demonstration at the family-run champagne house of Ployez-Jacquemart.

Thursday, Day 5 Juvigny

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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.

Friday, Day 6 Châlons-en-Champagne
The final leg brings us to the picturesque town of Châlons-en-Champagne, whose numerous attractions include the gothic Saint-Etienne 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. Back on board, your chef is busy preparing a farewell gala dinner.

Hotel Barge Pivoine Peony Champagne

Saturday, Day 7 Departure
After breakfast, disembark for your onward travel arrangements.

Please note: this itinerary is subject to availability, runs in the reverse direction on alternate weeks and is for guidance only


Itinerary 2. Epernay to Couvrot
Discover picturesque villages and acclaimed vineyards as you cruise along the Marne river and canal 

Day 1 Sunday Arrival
Your pick up is from your Paris hotel after lunch for private chauffeured transfer by executive mini-bus to Belmond Hirondelle, waiting for you at her mooring. Meet your crew over a delicious champagne reception and settle in before enjoying your first gastronomic dinner on board.

Day 2 Monday | Mareuil-sur-Ay

Hotel Barge Hirondelle Champagne

Relax over a leisurely breakfast and a morning cruise along the picturesque canal. After lunch, alight with your guide to visit Épernay, the jewel of Champagne. Wander down the Avenue de Champagne, an elegant street lined with prestigious champagne houses and swish courtyards and stop for a private tasting at Moêt & Chandon. Before dinner on the barge, another treat awaits: a tasting at the family-run champagne house of Ployez-Jacquemart.

Day 3 Tuesday | Vraux

Hotel Barge Hirondelle Chamapagne

Spend a relaxing morning on the water as the barge winds its way past the glorious vineyards of this celebrated region. Lunch is served on board, after which a scenic drive leads you 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 will take 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 | Châlons-en-Champagne

Hotel Barge Hirondelle Champagne

The next stage of the journey brings us to the attractive town of Châlons-en-Champagne, whose numerous attractions include the gothic Saint-Etienne Cathedral, museum of the Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Cloister with its remarkable statuary, and three glorious public gardens. Alight after lunch for a guided tour and time to explore at your leisure. Dinner is served back on board.

Day 5 Thursday | Pogny

Hotel Barge Hirondelle Champagne

Take advantage of the unhurried pace and wide towpaths to alight for a walk or a cycle ride alongside the barge. After lunch, disembark with your guide to visit La Mains de Massiges, an important World War I site. Explore the chalk-filled trenches, built in wavy lines to thwart gunfire, and the nearby cemetery. Return to the barge for dinner.

Day 6 Friday |Couvrot

Hotel Barge Hirondelle Champagne

After breakfast, alight with your guide to visit 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. Lunch will be enjoyed ashore before you return to the barge for a leisurely afternoon cruise. Meanwhile your chef is busy preparing a fabulous gala dinner.

Day 7 Departure
After breakfast, disembark for chauffeured transfer to Paris and onward travel.

Please note: This itinerary is subject to availability and is for guidance only. It runs in the reverse direction on alternate weeks.

Hotel Barge Belmond Hirondelle cruises through Burgundy


Barge Cruising – The Saone and South Burgundy

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River Saone – Canal du Centre – Doubs/Canal Rhone-Rhine

The Saone is one of the most attractive rivers in France: wide, sleepy and unhurried, it wends its way from the mountains of the Vosges to the Rhone, linking up with the Burgundy Canal, the River Doubs and the Rhone au Rhine Canal and passing through delightful countryside replete with wildlife – herons, kites and the pale Charolais cattle that come down to the waterside to drink. Macon offers an ideal base for discovering the Beaujolais – a rolling crest of hills famous for the production of light red wine, or if you prefer fuller Burgundy reds then a rendezvous at Clos Vougeot will provide ample opportunity for tasting. Beaune is another major centre for viticulture and the town’s ancient hospital with its dazzling glazed tiled roof is an unmissable attraction.

Formerly an outpost on the border between the historic kingdoms of France and Burgundy, Verdun sur le Doubs is now better known for the delicious stew made from locally caught river fish – Pochouse. Also on the River Doubs, Dole retains much of its medieval character and Besancon, with its spectacular citadel designed by the French military architect Vaubun, is worth the journey further upstream.

Fans of photography will be keen to visit Chalon-sur-Saone, the home of Nicéphore Niepce and thus regarded as the birthplace of this popular art form: the colourful Sunday market offers perfect opportunities for taking vivid holiday snaps.

Getting There
Hotel barges often collect and return guests to a pre-agreed Paris or Dijon hotel. The primary French international airport is at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and there are European-flight airports at Dole and Lyon. There are also TGV express train stations at Dijon, near Dole, Macon, Le Cruesot (near Montchanin) and Lyon; and many other towns in the region have railway connections.

– [below] In the region: Besancon, Dole, Verdun sur le Doubs, Chalon-sur-Saone, Macon, Clos Vougeot, Beaune, Germolles –

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Hotel Barge Belmond Hirondelle: Details and facilities

Hotel Barge Belmond Hirondelle, Burgundy

      • Dimensions: 128ft (39m) x 16.5ft (5m)
      • 4 cabins with tiled ensuite bathrooms:
        1 fixed queen-size 138 sq ft
        2 queen-size or twin-bedded 123 and 141 sq ft
        1 fixed twin-bedded in L-shape 123 sq ft
      • Hairdryer and L’Occitane toiletries
      • All windows open
      • Expert and professional English-speaking crew of 5

Other items on board:

  • 8 bicycles
  • Sundeck with dining area
  • Selection of books and board games
  • Computer for guest use and Wifi (may be limited in some areas)
  • Music system and CDs
  • Tennis racquets, balls, fishing equipment
  • TV, DVD player and DVDs

Hotel Barge Belmond Hirondelle: Cuisine

Hotel Barge Hirondelle Champagne region

Hotel Barge Hirondelle Champagne region

Wining and dining is a highlight of every cruise and the five-course candlelit dinners are a special treat. The table d’hôte menus are of the very highest quality and include many regional specialities and wines picked to complement the dinner.

You will enjoy a buffet style continental breakfast, large lunch including pâtés, cheeses, cold meats, tarts, terrines and salad. Dinners are always plated with at least four courses and complementary wines. You will also enjoy a buffet style continental breakfast, large lunch including pâtés, cheeses, cold meats, tarts, terrines and salad.

Hotel Barge Hirondelle Champagne region

Hotel Barge Hirondelle – 2018 Rates  ➤ 2019 Rates

Charter and Cabin bookings
Sunday to Saturday

Value rate weeks:

March 25
April 1, 8, 15, 22
October 7, 14, 21

6 guest charter: 26,418 EUR
7 guest charter: 28,273 EUR
8 guest charter: 30,128 EUR

Per cabin bookings
Double cabin: 3,741 EUR per person
Single Occupancy Supplement: 2,245 EUR

Regular rate weeks:

April 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

6 guest charter: 33,966 EUR
7 guest charter: 36,351 EUR
8 guest charter: 38,736 EUR

Per cabin bookings
Double cabin: 4,810 EUR per person
Single Occupancy Supplement: 2,886 EUR


Hotel Barge Hirondelle – 2019 Rates

Charter and Cabin bookings
Sunday to Saturday

Low rate weeks:

Mar 24, 30
April 7, 4, 21, 28

6 guest charter: 32,400 EUR
7 guest charter: 34,921 EUR
8 guest charter: 37,378 EUR

Per cabin bookings
Double cabin: from 3,800 EUR per person
With Single Occupancy Supplement: 2,280 EUR

Value rate weeks:

July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25

6 guest charter: 36,000 EUR
7 guest charter: 38,801 EUR
8 guest charter: 41,531 EUR

Per cabin bookings
Double cabin: from 4,300 EUR per person
With Single Occupancy Supplement: 2,580 EUR

Regular rate weeks:

May 5, 12, 19, 26
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
October 6, 13, 20

6 guest charter: 38,800 EUR
7 guest charter: 41,601 EUR
8 guest charter: 44,331 EUR

Per cabin bookings
Double cabin: 5,400 EUR per person
Single Occupancy Supplement: 3,240 EUR


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