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Phi Mu Foundation presents

Champagne in Spring
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

May 16: Paris - EPERNAY
Tuesday

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
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.

May 18: DORMANS - CHÂTEAU THIERRY
Thursday

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
Friday

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
Saturday

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
Sunday

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.

THIS IS NOT THE FULL BROCHURE

We invite you to call Sarah or Gwen at 1-800-762-4216 to request the full brochure. The brochure will include Important Traveler Information (and answers to most questions) and a Reservation Form. We can send the brochure through the Postal Service or as a PDF attachment. If you would like to receive a PDF, probably the best way to keep the message from going into a SPAM filter is to send a message to sarah@serioustraveler.com. If you are already on our mailing list, no need to complete the entire brochure request form.

 

Bourgogne Franche-Comté in the Autumn
Presented by Phi Mu Foundation

October 13 - 19, 2017 • $2350 from Besançon to Montébeliard, France Airfare Additional

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

The Breathtaking Doubs River Valley - Natural Scenery and Architectural Beauty

This cruise will guarantee a complete change of scenery along the Doubs River in completely natural and untouched surroundings. Franche-Comté's history has shaped the architectural landscape, leaving behind many amazing physical reminders over the years. A journey from Besançon to Montbéliard, our tour will take you from town to village as you discover the Doubs River Valley and its inhabitants. However, the Franche-Comté region is also known for its rich diversity of landscapes, from mountains and forests, to rapids and rivers. Here, you will relax in the great outdoors, walking and rambling through the countryside.
The region located just west of Switzerland is named after the Franche Comté de Bourgogne (Free County of Burgundy), definitively separated from the region of Burgundy proper in the fifteenth century. In 2016, these two halves of the historic Kingdom of Burgundy were reunited, as the region of Bourgogne-Franche Comté.

Preliminary Day by Day Itinerary

October 13: BESANCON
Friday

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

October 14: BESANCON - DELUZ
Saturday

Full board on board. Optional guided visit of the Besançon citadel (4), listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 2008. Back on board in Deluz. Free time in Deluz. Overnight

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 (3). Arrival in Baumes-les-Dames. Guided visit of the city, founded in the 5th century. Overnight.

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 (2). Back on board. Overnight.

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.

October 18: L’ISLE-SUR-LE-DOUBS - MONTBELIARD
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 Montbeliard. Optional walking tour in the historic quarter of Montbéliard (4). Gala evening on board. Overnight.

October 19: MONTBELIARD
Thursday

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

Our excursions included in the price of the cruise

Guided visit of the Besançon citadel.
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.

Baumes-les-Dames. Guided visit of the city, starting in the town center with its historic buildings, which are characteristic of the Franche Comté region. We will see the Abbey, founded in the fifth century by Saint Germain. This was the site of a miracle in the 13th century where Ste. Odile was cured of her childhood blindness. We will try some local products before returning to the barge.

Montbéliard - Walking tour in the historic quarter of Montbeliard, which was already thriving in 983 AD when it was part of the Holy Roman Empire. The historic Chateau of Montbeliard also pre-dates the 10th century and looms large over this medieval village. We’ll traverse the old town and see the Hotel de Ville and the Beurnier Rossel Mansion, which houses the Museum of Art and History.
We’ll also see St. Martin church, built in 1601, which is the oldest church in France following the teachings of the reformation.

Aboard MS Jeanine
With a capacity of 24 passengers, 12 spacious cabins with a window, MS Jeanine is 39 m long and 5.05 m wide. 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.
In an innovative design, this houseboat is undoubtedly one of the most modern boats sailing in Europe. Bicycles are also available onboard.

 

 

 

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