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Belmond Pivoine

Belmond Pivoine

Famous for producing the bubbly, sparkling wine of the same name, Champagne offers more than just the sparkling wine it produces to visitors. Champagne is steeped in rich history and home to various landmarks such as Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte and the historic town of Chateau Thierry. Discover the the heart of Champagne on board the beautiful Belmond Pivoine.

  • Country / Region
    France / Champagne
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights or 4 Days/3 Nights
  • Cabins
    4
  • Max Passengers
    8

Famous for producing the bubbly, sparkling wine of the same name, Champagne offers more than just the sparkling wine it produces to visitors. Champagne is steeped in rich history and home to various landmarks such as Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte and the historic town of Chateau Thierry. Discover the the heart of Champagne on board the beautiful Belmond Pivoine.

  • Country / Region
    France / Champagne
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights or 4 Days/3 Nights
  • Cabins
    4
  • Max Passengers
    8
Description 
  • Cruise Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomActivityActivity Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary MealsMeals All meals included - authentic French cuisine and regional specialities plus a selection of fine winesDrinksDrinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksInclusionInclusion Sun deck with spa poolTransportation Transportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions ItineraryItinerary Cruise between Châlons-en-Champagne and La Ferté-sous-Jouarre or vice versaTransferTransfer Transfer from the airport/hotel or train station to the barge

Summary

Explore the heart of Champagne aboard the stylish, 8-passenger Belmond Pivoine. Belmond Pivoine is one of the newest additions in our barge fleet and set to cruise between Meaux and Châlons-en-Champagne along the River Marne and Canal Lateral de Marne. The barge offers 4 beautiful, en-suite cabins that can accommodate 8 passengers, a saloon or dining room and a lovely sun deck.  

 

Cruise Highlights

  • Private tour of the magnificent Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte.
  • Cruise to the town of Château-Thierry.
  • Visit Belleau Wood, site of a famous World War I battle
  • Explore the market of Epernay and Avenue de Champagne
  • Visit Dom Perignon's tomb.
  • Tour of Reims and its cathedral and Musee des Beaux-Arts.


Inclusions

  • Transfer from airport/hotel/train station to the barge;
  • Luxury accommodation for 3 or 6 nights.
  • Gourmet food, fine wines and beverages whilst on board. Each week’s menu includes regional specialities and seasonal delicacies unique to the particular  area of the country in which you are cruising.
  • Excursions and entry fees
  • Use of bicycles
  • Air conditioned mini van for sightseeing


Transfers

  • A private vehicle will transfer guests directly between Paris and the barge and vice versa on return.

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Dates & Prices 

2019 Departure Dates

March 24, 31
April 7, 14, 21, 28
May 5, 12, 19, 26
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
October 6, 13, 20

2019 prices on request. Contact our team for more information.

Terms & Conditions

Prices shown in Euros and will be converted in Australian Dollar (AUD) at time of payment using a daily ROE. An initial deposit of 20% of the total cruise fare for charters are payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 90 days as per our terms and conditions and as specified in our confirmation invoice, which will be despatched when the booking form has been processed. Cancellation policy applies to all bookings.

Itinerary 

Châlons-en-Champagne to La Ferté-sous-Jouarre

Day 1, Sunday
Before the cruise begins, your private chauffeur will meet you and drive you to the magnificent Château Vaux-le-Vicomte. Enjoy a tour of the baroque masterpiece, former home of 17th-century parliamentarian Nicolas Fouquet, and a leisurely walk through the spectacular gardens. Continue to the barge, where you’re welcomed aboard with an effervescent champagne reception, including a tasting session, and the chance to meet your captain and crew. Meanwhile, your chef is preparing your first gourmet dinner of the week.

Day 2, Monday
Following breakfast, set off on a guided tour of Châlons-en-Champagne, whose numerous attractions include the gothic Saint-Etienne Cathedral, museum of the Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Cloister with its remarkable statuary, and three glorious gardens. You then return to the barge for your first cruise, admiring the passing scenery along the canal as you enjoy a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, your guide takes you on a picturesque drive to the abbey in Hautvillers where Dom Pérignon’s tomb lies and from where you gain spectacular views over the vineyards. Before dinner, enjoy a tasting and a sabering demonstration at the family-run champagne house of Ployez-Jacquemart.

Day 3, Tuesday
This morning, we continue our leisurely journey along the canal. The slow pace means you can easily alight from the barge to stroll or cycle along the towpath. After lunch on board, enjoy a scenic drive to the house of Champagne J de Telmont, where you spend a fascinating afternoon participating in their unique oenological workshop.

Day 4, Wednesday
Rise early to accompany Chef to the charming covered market in Epernay. Here you can help select ingredients from the plump, seasonal produce available. While Chef returns to the barge to prepare lunch, stay and explore the attractive town. Wander down the Avenue de Champagne, an elegant street lined with prestigious champagne houses and swish courtyards. Enjoy a private tasting at Moêt & Chandon before returning to the boat for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is spent cruising to Jaulgonne, our mooring for the night.

Day 5, Thursday
After breakfast, enjoy a relaxed cruise along the winding River Marne to the charming village of Château-Thierry. Your guide will accompany you to a sumptuous Relais & Châteaux restaurant on the outskirts of Reims for lunch. Afterwards, enjoy a guided tour of the splendid city of Reims, not just an important centre of champagne production but where some 34 French sovereigns were crowned. Explore the beautiful gothic cathedral, the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the bountiful shops. Return to the barge for dinner.

Day 6, Friday
This morning, you set off on a picturesque drive to Belleau Wood, the site of a famous battle during World War I, when American troops halted the progression of the German army. Continue to the Aisne-Marne cemetery, containing the graves of 2,288 American soldiers. Before returning to the barge, head to the enchanting medieval town of Chézy-sur-Marne for a taste of the famous Brie de Meaux in a local fromagerie. Back on board, relax and enjoy a final gastronomic dinner as we cruise to Ferté-sous-Jouarre.

Day 7, Saturday
After breakfast, the crew bids you farewell as you disembark for your onward travel arrangements. We look forward to welcoming you back on board soon.


La Ferté-sous-Jouarre to Châlons-en-Champagne

Day 1, Sunday
Before the cruise begins, your private chauffeur will meet you and drive you to the magnificent Château Vaux-le-Vicomte. Enjoy a tour of the baroque masterpiece, former home of 17th-century parliamentarian Nicolas Fouquet, and a leisurely walk through the spectacular gardens. Continue to the barge, where you’re welcomed aboard with a champagne reception and a chance to meet the captain and crew. Meanwhile, your chef is preparing your first gourmet dinner of the week.

Day 2, Monday
Following breakfast, relax into your first cruise along the winding River Marne to the village of Château-Thierry. Lunch is followed by a visit to Belleau Wood, the site of a famous battle during World War I, when American troops halted the progression of the German army. Continue to the Aisne-Marne cemetery, containing the graves of 2,288 American soldiers. Before returning to the barge, head to the enchanting medieval town of Chézy-sur-Marne for a taste of the famous Brie de Meaux in a local fromagerie. Back on board, enjoy a champagne tasting on deck as your chef prepares a delicious dinner.

Day 3, Tuesday
Spend a leisurely morning on board as the barge winds its way past the glorious vineyards of this celebrated region. Alight for a short drive to the Michelin-starred Hostellerie La Briqueterie, on the slopes of the river, where you enjoy a wonderful lunch. Afterwards, a scenic drive takes you to the house of Champagne J de Telmont, where you spend a fascinating afternoon participating in their unique oenological workshop. On the way back, your guide takes you for a brief visit to the abbey in Hautvillers where Dom Pérignon’s tomb lies. Admire the spectacular views overlooking the vineyards before returning to the boat for dinner.

Day 4, Wednesday
Rise early to accompany your chef to the charming covered market in Epernay. Here you can help select ingredients from the plump, seasonal produce available. While Chef returns to the barge to prepare lunch, stay and explore the attractive town. Wander down the Avenue de Champagne, an elegant street lined with prestigious champagne houses and swish courtyards. Enjoy a private tasting at Moêt & Chandon before returning to the boat for lunch as we cruise towards to Condé-sur-Marne, our mooring for the night. This evening, before dinner, enjoy a tasting and a sabering demonstration at the family-run champagne house of Ployez-Jacquemart.

Day 5, Thursday
Having left the River Marne, we are now gliding along the canal. Take advantage of the slow pace and wide towpaths to alight for a walk or a cycle ride alongside the barge. After lunch, your guide will accompany you to the city of Reims, not just an important centre of champagne production but the place where some 34 French sovereigns were crowned. Explore the beautiful gothic cathedral, the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the bountiful shops. Return to the barge for dinner.

Day 6, Friday
The final leg of our journey brings us to the picturesque town of Châlons-en-Champagne, whose numerous attractions include the gothic Saint-Etienne Cathedral, museum of the Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Cloister with its remarkable statuary, and three glorious public gardens. Alight after lunch to explore at your leisure. Back on board, your chef is busy preparing a farewell gala dinner.

Day 7, Saturday
After breakfast, the crew bids you farewell as you disembark for your onward travel arrangements. We look forward to welcoming you back on board soon.


3-Night Cruise Itinerary

Mareuil-le-Port to Châlons-en-Champagne

Day 1, Wednesday
Before your cruise begins, you’ll be met by your private driver and taken to the magnificent Château Vaux-le-Vicomte. Enjoy a tour of the baroque masterpiece, former home of 17th-century parliamentarian Nicolas Fouquet, and a leisurely walk through the spectacular gardens. Continue to the barge, where you’re welcomed aboard with a champagne reception and a chance to meet the captain and crew. Meanwhile, your chef is preparing your first gourmet dinner on board.

Day 2, Thursday
Spend a leisurely morning on board as the barge winds its way past the glorious vineyards of this celebrated region. After lunch, accompany your guide on a picturesque drive to the abbey in Hautvillers where Dom Pérignon’s tomb lies. Admire the spectacular views over the vineyards. Continue on to the charming town of Epernay. Wander down the Avenue de Champagne, an elegant street lined with prestigious champagne houses and swish courtyards. Enjoy a private tasting at Moët & Chandon before returning to the barge for dinner.

Day 3, Friday
This morning, take advantage of the slow pace and wide towpaths to alight for a walk or a cycle ride alongside the barge. The final leg of our journey brings us to the picturesque town of Châlons-en-Champagne, whose numerous attractions include the gothic Saint-Etienne Cathedral, museum of the Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Cloister with its remarkable statuary, and three glorious public gardens. Alight after lunch to explore at your leisure. Back on board, your chef is busy preparing a farewell gala dinner.

Day 4, Saturday
After breakfast, the crew bids you farewell as you disembark for your onward travel arrangements. We look forward to welcoming you back on board soon.

Cruise Details 

Belmond Pivoine Deck Plan

Belmond Pivoine

  • Capacity: 8 passengers
  • Total length: 128ft/39m
  • Width: 16.567ft/5.05m
  • Decks: 2
  • Crew: 6
  • Sun deck with canopy and heated swimming pool
  • Lounge with large picture windows
  • Dining room
  • WiFi and computer with internet access
  • Bose iPod docking station
  • Selection of books, games, satellite TV, DVDs and CDs

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Prefer speaking to us over the phone? Our French Specialists would love to help you out!

AU 1300 858 304

Opening Hours:
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