Day 1 – To Paris and The Raymonde
We meet at our dedicated Departure Office at St Pancras then
leave for Paris, where we transfer to board our hotel barge, the
Raymonde, for a six night cruise on the Canal Latral la
Day 2 – Paris
Today we enjoy a guided tour of the splendid French capital of
Paris, one of the most iconic cities in the world. Our tour takes
us past many famed sights, including the Place de la Rpublique and
the Louvre. We set sail this afternoon for Lagny-sur-Marne, where
we moor overnight. Each evening on board is a special time, with
the sun deck the perfect place to soak in the evening sights with
your fellow passengers.
Day 3 – Meaux and cheese tasting
We cast off early today to begin cruising to Meaux. As we
travel, perhaps make use of the bicycles on board by taking a ride
alongside the Raymonde. After lunch on board, we arrive in Meaux
for a sightseeing tour. Later on, we visit the Brie de Meaux
exhibition room to learn how one of France’s most famous and
popular cheeses is made. Afterwards we taste some of this locally
made, distinctive soft cheese for ourselves.
Day 4 – Chateau Thierry
This morning is spent sailing, passing Champigny and Drachy,
through the heart of the Seine-et- Marne countryside and its
Champagne vines. In the afternoon we arrive into Chteau Thierry
and depart on foot for a tour of the Jean de la Fontaine museum,
situated in the poet’s family home. We follow this with a tour of
the town that became the site of two major battles first during the
Napoleonic wars and then in WWI. We take time to see the castle
walls and the Hotel Dieu where Jean de la Fontaine once lived.
Day 5 – To Dormans
This morning we continue on towards Dormans. We can then take an
excursion to Reims. Reims’ most famous landmark is the city’s
cathedral – Notre-Dame de Reims. Noted as one of Europe’s most
important Gothic buildings, the 13th century cathedral is today a
UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover the beautiful stained glass
windows, majestic sculptures and impressive architecture during our
visit to this pretty city today, where we enjoy a guided tour as
well as a visit to the cathedral. The ship overnights in
Day 6 – The Champagne Route and Dom Perignon
This morning we depart Dormans and sail towards Epernay. After
lunch onboard we take an excursion along the famous Champagne Route
including a visit to the village of Hautvilliers – the birthplace
of Dom Prignon, a Benedictine monk who created the Champagne
method of producing this distinctive sparkling wine. We continue
our education with a delicious tasting at one of the leading
Champagne houses in the area. We return to our ship for a fantastic
Day 7 – The journey home
After a buffet breakfast, we disembark our barge for the last
time at Epernay and transfer to the Gare du Nord railway station in
the centre of Paris. Here we catch the Eurostar service to London
St Pancras International. On arrival our tour concludes.
Shore Excursions – Included in your Tour
We begin our tour with a trip to the glamorous French capital,
home to some of the world’s most famous monuments. We also discover
the newer, more stylish side of this eclectic city.
This excursion takes us into the heart of Meaux’s historic Old
City, where we see many of its ancient remnants. This is where we
also enjoy another of France’s proudest exports – the excellent
Brie de Meaux cheese.
Despite its small size, Chteau Thierry has a long and colourful
history. It has survived two major wars and became the birthplace
of one of France’s most famous poets. Its rich culture is proudly
on display in the museum we visit here.
The capital of the Champagne region has a history dating back
thousands of years, and boasts many architectural splendours from
its colourful past. During our guided tour we also enjoy a visit to
its magnificent cathedral, widely regarded as one of Europe’s
finest Gothic structures. It was here that all of France’s monarchs
were crowned from the 11th century onwards.
This quaint village is the true home of Champagne. Here you can
still see the remains of the abbey where Dom Prignon was once the
cellar master. We also have our own Champagne tasting, trying some
of the best local vintages.