Immerse yourself in Belmond's new luxury Champagne cruise
Belmond Pivoine cruises the gorgeous Champagne route, through undulating striped hills of vines and pretty canal-side villages. Steeped in history, Champagne is not only famous for its sparkling namesake but is home to many poignant locations that played such an important part in historical events of the early 20th century.
From the trompe l’oeil wall mural, to the embroidered Parisian bed covers, to the marble bathrooms, Belmond Pivoine is a stylish haven. The soft, romantic yellows and whites echo the colour of peonies and champagne, creating a space perfect for relaxation.
Up to eight guests can be accommodated in the four contemporary en-suite cabins. Much like her sister barge, Belmond Lilas, the Belmond Pivoine also has a spacious deck with a heated swimming pool, inviting lounge, and sumptuous dining room.
Style: The 'nature' of the hotel barge. Outline subjective guidance as to the quality or comfort level that might be expected on board.
Price Band: Per person. Outline guidance only, on a relative or comparative basis. The bands do not represent accurate low or high season rates.
Available from 25 March 2018, Charter only
Hotel Barge Pivoine :: Key Features
- Grand Luxe class (5*)
- Part of the Belmond luxury fleet
- Meaux to Châlons-en-Champagne, river Marne and Canal Lateral à la Marne
- Charter and cabin bookings, 6 nights, 7 days, March to October
- 8 guests / 4 king-size double or twin cabins with en-suite bathrooms
- Individually controlled air conditioning and heating throughout
- Full board, on-board dining with personal chef
- Upper deck with open dining area, loungers, canopy and heated pool
- 8 bicycles
- Wifi (limited in some places)
- Transfers to and from Paris included
- Air-conditioned executive minibus for transfers and excursions
Hotel Barge Belmond Pivoine: Cruising 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
6 nights accommodation, pick-up in Paris and transfer to the barge, all meals and drinks on board, all excursion fees and associated transport
Air fares to and within France; travel, medical and cancellation insurance; crew gratuities (5-10% suggested)
Hotel Barge Belmond Pivoine Cruises in Champagne
La Ferté sous Jouarre to Châlons-en-Champagne, River Marne and Canal Lateral à la Marne
Sunday, Day 1 Ferté-sous-Jouarre
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 the barge, where you’re welcomed aboard with a champagne reception and a chance to meet the captain and crew. Meanwhile, your chef is preparing your first gourmet dinner of the week.
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. 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.
Tuesday, Day 3 Mareuil-le-Port
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
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.
Thursday, Day 5 Juvigny
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.
Saturday, Day 7 Departure
After breakfast, disembark 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.
Hotel Barge Pivoine cruises from Paris to the heart of Champagne, central France
Barge Cruising – Champagne and Marne
River Marne – Marne Lateral Canal
Cruising up the river Marne from Paris then along the Aisne à la Marne to Reims follows a route whose rural simplicity belies the elegance of its associations. Starting in France’s glamorous capital where the Eiffel Tower, the Musee d’Orsay and the Louvre are among the irresistible magnets that attract the visitor, the hustle and bustle of the City of Light is quickly left behind.
The drowsy beauty of the landscape fringing the Marne has inspired artists from Cezanne to Corot and from Dufy to Pissaro. The river is the longest in France and meanders through golden fields of grain before it reaches the undulating vineyards of the most famous wine growing region in the world – Champagne, and part of the pleasure of the journey is to spot the names of famous producers on marker posts at the end of every row of vines. Epernay is certainly the place to learn about the world’s favourite drink and well-known brands from Moet to Mercier offer cellar tours and tastings. Reims is also a byword for champagne and for more than a thousand years French monarchs were crowned in its ancient cathedral.
There’s more to the region than its sparkling wine: both a succulent brie and a zesty mustard can be found in Meaux and further upstream La Ferte-sous-Jouarre is associated with the production of millstones – there is a different kind of grit to be found here too, at the imposing memorial to British soldiers who died during the Battle of Mons in the First World War.
Hotel barges usually collect and return guests to a pre-agreed Paris hotel. The primary French international airport is at Paris-Charles de Gaulle. There are also TGV express train stations at Champagne-Ardenne (near Reims) and Chalons; and many other towns in the region have railway connections.
– [below] In the region: Paris, Reims, Epernay, La Ferte-sous-Jouarre, Meaux, the Marne –
Hotel Barge Belmond Pivoine: Details and facilities
- 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
- English speaking crew of 6
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 available if requested in advance
- TV for playing DVDs in saloon
Hotel Barge Belmond Pivoine: Cuisine
Great care and expertise is taken in planning the menus aboard Pivoine.
All meals on board are freshly prepared by Cordon Bleu trained chef with fresh ingredients using local suppliers. They are served either in the dining room or up on deck, accompanied by carefully matched wines from the region. Vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan and non-allergenic dishes can be arranged given at least 8 weeks notice prior to departure.
Hotel Barge Pivoine – 2018 Rates ➤ 2019 Rates
Charter bookings only
Sunday to Saturday
Value rate weeks:
April 1, 8, 15, 22
October 7, 14, 21
6 guest charter: 36,675 EUR
7 guest charter: 40,894 EUR
8 guest charter: 45,120 EUR
Regular rate weeks:
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: 47,153 EUR
7 guest charter: 52,577 EUR
8 guest charter: 58,008 EUR
Charter bookings only
Sunday to Saturday
Value rate weeks:
March 24, 31
April 7, 14, 21, 28
October 6, 13, 20
6 guest charter: 37,775 EUR
7 guest charter: 42,121 EUR
8 guest charter: 46,474 EUR
Regular rate weeks:
May 5, 12, 19, 26
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
6 guest charter: 48,567 EUR
7 guest charter: 54,154 EUR
8 guest charter: 59,748 EUR
All rates and prices will be confirmed at time of booking. Special Offers are available from time to time – contact us
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