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May 16-22, 2017 • $2650 per person double occupancy from Epernay to Paris. Airfare additional

A deluxe French Barge trip for 22 Phi Mus, family and invited friends

Cruise on the Marne Canal from Epernay to Paris

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May 16 PARIS - EPERNAY
Tuesday

Transfer from Paris by coach to join our ship in Epernay. Boarding in the late of the afternoon in Epernay. Enjoy a presentation of the crew and welcome cocktail. Dinner on board. Overnight.

Aboard MS Raymonde

May 17 EPERNAY - HAUTVILLIERS - DORMANS
Wednesday

Full board on board. Excursion along the famous Champagne route. Discovery tour of the village of Hautvilliers, birthplace of Champagne. Visit of a major Champagne house followed by a tasting of champagne. Return on board and cruise to Dormans. Arrival in the evening. Overnight.

Aboard MS Raymonde

May 18 DORMANS - REIMS - CHÂTEAU THIERRY
Thursday

Full board on board. We’ll leave by coach from Dormans for Reims, which is known as the “City of Coronations”. The excursion to Reims begins with a guided tour of the historic center and its cathedral. Reims played a prominent role in French monarchical history as the traditional site of the crowning of the kings of France. Many notable champagne-producing houses have their headquarters in Reims. We’ll enjoy a guided tour on foot and discover the Place Royale, Place Du Forum (Roman forum) and the Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, etc. The cathedral became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the former Abbey of Saint-Remi and the Palace of Tau, in 1991.

We’ll take part in a guided visit of the cathedral, which receives about one million visitors annually. Built in the 13th and 14th centuries, this work of art is unique in its unity of style, stained-glass windows of rare magnificence (including one by Marc Chagall installed in 1974), and the “Smiling Angel” statue.

At the end of our tour, we’ll return to the ship in Dormans. The afternoon is spent sailing to Château Thierry, through the beautiful Marne canal landscapes. Arrival in the early evening. Overnight.

Aboard MS Raymonde

May 19 CHÂTEAU THIERRY
Friday SAINT-JEAN-LES-DEUX-JUMEAUX

Full board on board. Visit to the Jean de la Fontaine Museum. Discovery of the town of Château Thierry passing the castle walls and the Hotel Dieu where Jean de la Fontaine also once lived. Return on board and cruise to Saint-Jean-Les-Deux-Jumeaux. Afternoon spent sailing, passing Drachy and Champigny, through the heart of the Seine-et-Marne countryside and its Champagne vines. Arrival in the evening. Overnight.

Aboard MS Raymonde

May 20 SAINT-JEAN-LES-DEUX-JUMEAUX
Saturday MEAUX - LAGNY-SUR-MARNE

Full board on board. Cruise to Meaux. Arrival in Meaux and in the afternoon, visit of this charming town, from Meaux Cathedral to the Bishops’ Palace, passing the Gallo-Roman ramparts and the magnificent Bossuet Garden, traditionally believed to be an early work of Le Nôtre. Discovery of the Brie de Meaux Exhibition Room, followed by a tasting of the cheese, hailed as the “King of Cheeses”. During this visit, the ship continues cruising to Lagny-sur-Marne where we will return on board. Overnight.

Aboard MS Raymonde

May 21 LAGNY-SUR-MARNE - PARIS
Sunday

Full board on board. Continue our cruise to Paris. In the afternoon, arrive for our excursion through the major sites of the capital: the Place de la République, the main boulevards, the Opera, the Place de la Madeleine, Place Vendôme and the Louvre. Original walk along the prettiest covered walkways in Paris. Travel back through time and history around the Palais Royal. Return on board. Gala evening. Overnight.

Aboard MS Raymonde

May 22 PARIS
Monday

Buffet breakfast on board. Disembark in the morning.

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Join your Phi Mu sisters, spouses and friends for
7 days on the Deluxe French Barge, MS Jeanine
Cruise Through the Breathtaking Doubs River Valley


October 13 - 19, 2017

$2,350 per person, (sharing) beginning at the Barge in Besançon and ending at the Barge in Montbéliard.
Airfare and transfers are additional
Single Traveler? We’ll arrange shares!

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October 13 BESANÇON
Friday

Boarding from 6.00 p.m. in Besançon. Presentation of the crew and welcome cocktail. Dinner on board. Overnight.

Aboard MS Jeanine

October 14 BESANÇON - DELUZ
Saturday

Full board on board. Today enjoy a guided visit of the Besançon citadel, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 2008. Besançon is a beautiful city sitting in a crook of the River Doubs. The barge passes through the old town. Transfer by coach and walk to the citadel, one of Vauban’s great masterpieces. See the cathedral with its amazing astronomical clock and the old town cemetery. The citadel was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2008. It sits high above both the town and river with a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. The citadel is also home to the city zoo and several interesting museums.

Back on board in Deluz. Free time in Deluz. Overnight.

Aboard MS Jeanine

October 15 DELUZ - BAUMES-LES-DAMES
Sunday

Full board on board. Morning spent cruising. Take the time to use the bicycles available on board to go for a cycle ride along the EuroVelo 6 Cycle Route. Arrive in Baumes-les-Dames.

We have a guided visit of the city, starting in the town center with its historic buildings, which are characteristic of the Franche Comté region. See the Abbey, founded in the fifth century by Saint Germain. This was the site of a miracle in the 13th century where St. Odile was cured of her childhood blindness upon her baptism. We will try some seasonal produce, featuring charcuterie and cheeses before returning to the barge. Overnight.

Aboard MS Jeanine

October 16 BAUMES-LES-DAMES - CLERVAL
Monday

Full board on board. Morning spent cruising. In the afternoon, arrival in Clerval. Time at leisure to discover the hiking path to the Altar Chapel. Back on board. Overnight.

Aboard MS Jeanine

October 17 CLERVAL - L’ISLE-SUR-LE-DOUBS
Tuesday

Full board on board. Morning spent cruising. Stop at l’Isle-sur-le-Doubs. Time at leisure to discover this pretty town in its hilly, woodland setting at your own pace. Overnight.

Aboard MS Jeanine

October 18 L’ISLE-SUR-LE-DOUBS - MONTBéLIARD
Wednesday

Full board on board. Morning spent cruising. Take the time to relax and admire the beautiful scenery in the Doubs Valley, or to walk or cycle along the canal paths alongside the boat. Arrival in Montbéliard.

Enjoy a walking tour in the historic quarter of Montbéliard, which was already thriving in 983 AD when it was part of the Holy Roman Empire. The historic Château of Montbéliard also pre-dates the 10th century and looms large over this medieval village. We’ll traverse the old town, a former Wüttemberg principality, and see the Hotel de Ville and the Beurnier Rossel Mansion, which houses the Museum of Art and History. You will travel back in time through four centuries of a royal destiny, along streets filled with charm and fantasy.

We’ll also see St. Martin church, built in 1601, which is the oldest Lutheran church in France following the teachings of the reformation. Gala evening on board. Overnight.

Aboard MS Jeanine

October 19 MONTBéLIARD
Thursday

Buffet breakfast on board. Disembarkation is at 9.00 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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