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
Meaux to Châlons-en-Champagne, River Marne and Canal Lateral à la Marne
Sunday, Day 1 Meaux
At the pre-arranged meeting point you will be met and escorted to the barge at its mooring in Meaux. The week begins in sparkling style with a champagne reception and a warm welcome from the Captain and crew. Tonight you enjoy your first gastronomic dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2 Courtaron
After a breakfast of local specialities on board, a private visit to the magnificent baroque Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, masterpiece of 17th-century parliamentarian Nicolas Fouquet and a location for the 1998 film ‘The Man in the Iron Mask’. Then, a morning-tea reception in the glorious gardens. Lunch on board Pivoine and then a tranquil afternoon’s cruising to rural Courtaron. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3 Château-Thierry
Morning cruise to the town of Château-Thierry on the River Marne, with ample chance to relax on deck and soak up the lush scenery. Lunch on board is followed by a visit to Belleau Wood, site of a famous WWI battle, when American soldiers stopped the progression of the German army. Continue to the 420-acre Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial where 2,288 soldiers are buried. Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 Cumières
Cruise upstream to Cumières, the mooring place for Hautvillers, ‘the birthplace of champagne’ where Dom Pérignon perfected the winemaking process. After lunch visit the Champagne house of Billecart Salmon to enjoy a visit the vineyard and a tasting of the house’s finest champagnes. Then, a champagne picnic overlooking the picturesque town and river. In the evening a sumptuous dinner at Hostellerie La Briqueterie, a Michelin-starred restaurant in the heart of the vineyards, just a short drive from the barge.
Thursday, Day 5 Tours-sur-Marne
Leaving the River Marne and joining the Canal Latéral à la Marne, the Belmond Pivoine cruises east to Tours-sur-Marne. A chance to walk or cycle along the scenic towpath here.. Following lunch on board a visit to the family vineyard of Champagne Ployez-Jacquemart in Ludes, visiting cellars that were used to hide members of the Royal Air Force during WWII. Enjoy an exclusive tasting hosted in the family home by Laurence Ployez, the founder’s granddaughter. Back on the barge another sparkling evening awaits, as an ambassador from Champagne Laurent-Perrier arrives to host a tasting of the champagne house’s famed collection. A local jazz group plays, and dinner is served on board.
Friday, Day 6 Châlons-en-Champagne
Morning cruise towards Châlons-en-Champagne and another chance to alight and walk or cycle along the canal path. After lunch an excursion to the city of Reims, where some 34 French sovereigns were crowned. See the immense Gothic cathedral, where the glittering coronations took place, before having a guided tour of the Musée des Beaux-Arts, an 18th-century abbey housing a rich collection of artworks. Return to Belmond Pivoine for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner and toast the end of a fascinating and enriching week.
Saturday, Day 7 Châlons-en-Champagne to Paris
Disembark after breakfast for transfer to the drop-off point for onward travel.
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
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 – 2017 Rates ➤ 2018 Rates
Charter bookings only
Sunday to Saturday
Value rate weeks:
October 1, 8, 15, 22
6 guest charter: 41,094 EUR
7 guest charter: 45,822 EUR
8 guest charter: 50,552 EUR
Regular rate weeks:
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27
September 3, 10, 17, 24
6 guest charter: 51,365 EUR
7 guest charter: 57,299 EUR
8 guest charter: 63,189 EUR
Charter bookings only
Sunday to Saturday
Value rate weeks:
April 1, 8, 15, 22
October 7, 14, 21
6 guest charter: 41,388 EUR
7 guest charter: 46,151 EUR
8 guest charter: 50,920 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: 52,392 EUR
7 guest charter: 58,422 EUR
8 guest charter: 64,456 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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