LA NOUVELLE ETOILE
Hotel Barge LA NOUVELLE ETOILE
Cruising France, Holland, Germany & Luxembourg
~ CHAMPAGNE & BRIE CRUISE: Paris to Epernay ~
Sunday, Day 1
After your pick-up by our driver in Paris, you will be driven to the barge moored in the heart of Paris for a wonderful champagne welcome. Time to relax and cruise past Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. Moor the night in the Latin Quarter where you will enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2
Morning cruise out of Paris onto the River Marne. After lunch you visit the magnificent Chateaux of Vaux-le-Vicomte. Rejoin the barge in Meaux in time to stroll around and visit the cathedral.
Tuesday, Day 3
Morning cruise from Meaux to La Ferte and an afternoon visit to Coulommiers, one of the centers of Brie cheese-making. You will enjoy a tasting of the various Brie's of a master cheese maker, along with wines from his excellent cellar.
Wednesday, Day 4
We are now in Champagne and on our way to Charly-sur-Marne. Stop to enjoy the wonderful champagne of a small family vineyard before an afternoon cruise to Chateau Thierry, the scene of American battles in World War I. Optional visit to Belleau Wood battlefield.
Thursday, Day 5
The Marne takes us through covered hills dotted with small wine villages to the delightful little town of Damery. Afternoon visit to the cellars of Moet et Chandon for a private wine tasting.
Friday, Day 6
We leave the River Marne for a small canal leading to Epernay. Visit the Abbey of Hautvilliers where the monk Dom Perignon first made champagne. Afternoon drive to Reims Cathedral. Wonderful farewell celebration on board and your last gourmet dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7
After your last great breakfast on board you will be driven to either the airport or your hotel in Paris.
Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. The itinerary is in reverse direction on alternative weeks.
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