High quality and great value cruising: Champagne to Paris itinerary
Guided by decades of river cruise ship experience, Raymonde is one of CroisiEurope’s fleet of five up-to-the-minute hotel barges. She has eleven double cabins, each bookable on an individual basis with an outside view, air conditioning, TV, radio and safe, and an ensuite shower-room.
Raymonde cruises a scenic seven-day route between Paris and Épernay, along the Marne canal. The cruise will include a tour and tasting at a celebrated champagne house in Épernay, delicious sampling of the famous authentic Brie cheese at Meaux and the incomparable sights of Paris.
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Hotel Barge Raymonde :: Key Features
- Smart class (3*)
- Cruising between Paris and Épernay, in the Champagne region
- Charter and cabin bookings, 6 nights, 7 days, April to October*
- The Great War: Battlefields cruise available for charter parties only
- 22 guests / 11 cabins with en-suite bathrooms
- 1 x cabin on main deck for reduced mobility guests
- Individually controlled air conditioning and heating throughout
- Full board, on-board dining
- Sun deck with Jacuzzi
- Bicycles available
- Wifi (limited in some places)
- Air-conditioned coach for transfers and excursions
Hotel Barge Raymonde: Cruise Highlights
- Paris – visits to the more unusual sights to be seen
- Reims and the spectacular gothic Cathedral where many French Kings and Queens have been crowned
- Falconry show at Château-Thierry
- Champagne’s birthplace, Hautvillers, and the Champagne route
- Meaux, the origin of delicious Brie cheese
6 nights accommodation; transfer from Paris to Epernay; all meals and drinks on board (except for Champagne and special wines); excursion fees and associated transport
Air fares to Paris; transfer from Epernay back to Paris; travel, medical and cancellation insurance; tips for the crew (not expected)
Hotel Barge Raymonde: Classic Cruise between Paris and Épernay, Canal Lateral a la Marne
DAY 1: Paris to Épernay
Transfer from Paris by coach to join Raymonde, moored in Épernay for boarding at 18:00. After comfortably settling into your cabins, introduction to the crew and a welcome cocktail before dinner.
DAY 2: Épernay to Dormans
An excursion along the famous Champagne route for a discovery tour of the village of Hautvillers, birthplace of Champagne. Then, a visit to a major Champagne house followed by a delicious tasting of champagne. Return on board and cruise to Dormans, reaching it in the evening. Dinner on board.
DAY 3: Dormans to Château-Thierry
A morning excursion to Reims for a guided tour of the historic centre and its cathedral. Lunch on board and then sail to Château Thierry, through the beautiful Marne canal landscapes. Dinner on board.
DAY 4: Château-Thierry to Saint Jean-les-deux-Jumeaux
Walking tour of Château Thierry and then a stunning falconry show with live demonstrations (or if inclement, the Hotel-Dieu). Then cruise to Saint-Jean-Les-Deux-Jumeaux, reaching it during the evening. Dinner on board.
DAY 5: Saint Jean-les-deux-Jumeaux to Meaux and Lagny sur Marne
Cruise to Meaux with lunch on board and then a guided tour of this charming town, followed by a tasting of the famous Brie de Meaux cheese. Return on board Raymonde, now moored in Lagny-sur-Marne.
DAY 6: Lagny sur Marne to Paris
Cruise towards Paris with lunch on board. Then a delightful cruising tour of Paris followed by an unusual walk along the prettiest covered arcades. Return on board for a gala dinner evening.
DAY 7: Paris
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 09:00 for your onward journey.
Please note: This cruise is subject to change without notice and runs in the reverse direction on alternate weeks.
Hotel Barge Raymonde cruises through Champagne
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 Raymonde: Details and Facilities
- Dimensions: 128ft x 17ft
- All cabins: 110 sq ft including the bathrooms
- Twin beds only
- Fully Air Conditioned
- Sun Deck with loungers, parasols, Jacuzzi and BBQ
- Dining Room, Bar, Lounge
- Bicycles Available
- Professional English and French speaking crew of 5
Other items on board:
- TV and radio
- 220v Electricity
- Air Conditioning
- Telephone (for internal calls)
Hotel Barge Raymonde: Cuisine
One of the highlights of the cruise is the outstanding cuisine prepared by superb French chefs. Guests can indulge in three- or four-course lunches and dinners offering a variety of French and regional dishes that complement the region in which they are travelling. Guests also enjoy a selection of wines with their meals as well as at the bar (*excluding Champagne, special wines and fine brandies).
Per Cabin bookings
Saturday to Friday
April 7, 14, 21, 28
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
October 6, 13, 20, 27
Double Cabin: from 1,944 EUR per person
Single Occupancy Supplement: 861 EUR
Charter for up 22 guests: 29,900 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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