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    France’s Waterways from Paris to Champagne CCR21

    Resort:France's Waterways from Paris to Champagne CCR21
    Operator: Great Rail Journeys
    Destination: Europe, France
    Price From: £2195.00

    Overview

    Cruising down the famous Champagne route of France on the
    elegant Raymonde hotel barge, with excursions to the birthplace of
    Dom Prignon and Meaux, this tour is a gastronomic delight. We also
    enjoy a grand tour of Paris during this all inclusive journey.

    Highlights

    • MS Raymonde
    • Jean de la Fontaine Museum
    • Local tastings of Champagne, cheese and other regional produce
    • Hautvillers, the Pearl of Champagne
    • Inspiring Chteau Thierry
    • Timeless Meaux
    • Romantic Paris including guided tour
    • All meals and drinks during the cruise
    • Gala Dinner

    whats Included

    • Standard Class Rail
    • All-Inclusive Board Basis
    • All Excursions
    • 6-night cruise on board the MS Raymonde
    • Standard Class rail travel throughout
    • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager up to embarkation & from disembarkation of the MS Raymonde
    • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras

    Itinerary

    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
    Marne.

    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
    Dormans.

    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
    gala dinner.

    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

    Paris

    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.

    Meaux

    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.

    Chteau Thierry

    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.

    Reims

    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.

    Hautvillers

    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.