May 16: Paris - EPERNAY
Transfer from Paris by coach to join our ship in Epernay. Boarding in the end of the afternoon in Epernay. Presentation of the crew and welcome cocktail. Dinner on board. Overnight.
May 17: EPERNAY - DORMANS
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.
May 18: DORMANS - CHÂTEAU THIERRY
Full board on board. Departure by coach for the excursion of Reims, guided tour of the historic center and its cathedral. We’ll leave by coach from Dormans for Reims, known as the “City of Coronations”. 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 beginning of the evening. Overnight.
May 19: CHÂTEAU THIERRY - SAINT-JEAN-LES-DEUX-JUMEAUX
Full board on board. Visit to the Jean de la Fontaine Museum (1). 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 during the evening. Overnight.
May 20: SAINT-JEAN-LES-DEUX-JUMEAUX - 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.
May 21: LAGNY-SUR-MARNE - PARIS
Full board on board. Departure of the boat to Paris. In the afternoon, arrival in Paris and 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.
May 22: PARIS
Buffet breakfast on board. Disembark in the morning.
Prices of $2650 Includes
Your cruise with all meals from dinner D1 to breakfast D7 • drinks included in this price are water, wine, beer, fruit juices during the meal and coffee after both lunch and dinner for meals eaten on the boat • drinks from the bar, except for champagne or wines from our special list • double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom • excursion mentioned in the program • assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess • welcome cocktail - gala dinner • transfers by coach from Epernay to Paris (Day 7 of PCE) the shore excursions mentioned in the program • all port fees • Tips for crew • Accepting the following credit cards: Visa American Express, Master Card
Prices Do Not Include: Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers) • Champagne ordered at the bar and all drinks on the wine list • all drinks taken while on excursions or transfers • Travel Cancellation Insurance • Gratuities • Personal expenses
Aboard MS Raymonde
The MS Raymonde is 39 m long and 5.05 m wide and with a capacity of 24 passengers, and with 12 spacious cabins with a window. Each cabin with an outside view is equipped with a bathroom, shower and toilet, a TV, a radio, an indoor telephone a safety deposit box and air conditioning.
On board, everything has been designed to be convivial with a lounge bar, a restaurant, a sun deck with loungers and parasols, a Jacuzzi and a barbecue deck at the front of the boat for outdoor pleasure. spacious lounge with bar - restaurant - sun deck with loungers and parasols - barbecue deck - Jacuzzi at the prow of the barge - bicycles on board available for use by passengers - wifi onboard.
In an innovative design, this houseboat is undoubtedly one of the most modern boats sailing in Europe. Bicycles are also available onboard.