Hotel barge in the Champagne region

C’est La Vie CHAMPAGNE cruise

Meaux to Silery, season 2018

7 days, 6 nights
Highlights
Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte,WW1 battlefield, cemetery of Belleau-wood & American monument, Moet & Chandon champagne house in Epernay, Haultevilliers- village of monk Dom Perignon, Champagne visit in small family run winery, Reims and its Gothic Cathedral.
Restaurant: L’Assiette Champenoise in Reims (3 Michelin Stars).

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Day by day program

on your Champagne discover cruise

Sunday

Welcome to C’est La Vie.

Paris to the “C’est La Vie” Moored in Meaux
Paris to Meaux

You’ll be met at 3:00pm in the lobby of your Paris hotel and chauffeured to the C’est La Vie at anchor in the village of Meaux. After the traditional champagne welcome from Captain Oliver Mégret and the crew, there is time to unpack and take a stroll around town before enjoying the first of many gourmet dinners on board.

Monday

Sightsseeing: Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte.

Cruise to St. Jean-les-Deux-Jumeaux.

Begin the day with our breakfast buffet featuring village-baked pastries just warm from the oven! Then relax on deck while cruising on the River Marne to St. Jean-les-Doux-Jumeaux. C’est La Vie floats through heavily-wooded countryside. Adorable villages hug the shore and patient fisherman wave as we pass. After lunch (served on deck weather permitting) we’ll visit the Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte, an enormous privately-owned property with grand gardens and an intriguing history. Built by Nicholas Fouquet, finance minister to Louis XIV, the chateau became a lightening rod for the jealous king. Fouquet landed in jail for the rest of his life and the king built Versailles in retaliation! Could Fouquet have been the man in the iron mask, some people certainly think so?

Return to the C’est La Vie for dinner aboard.

Tuesday

Sightseeing: WW1 battlelfield and cemetery of Belleau-Wood.

Cruise to Chateau Thierry

After another delicious breakfast, cruise to Chateau Thierry through a gorgeous landscape of villages, vineyards, pastures and forests. Nestled into the champagne-producing slopes, this ancient town is associated with the Frankish king Charles Martel whose castle here was built in the 8th century and Joan of Arc who entered through the town gates in 1421.

Afternoon excursion to nearby World War I sites. Belleau Wood was the scene of the second battle of the Marne in spring 1918, which ended the last German offensive of World War I. The cost was 8,000 American troops killed, missing or wounded. Overlooking Chateau Thierry is the massive French-American Friendship Monument and the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery.

Back on board for your gourmet dinner.


Wednesday

Sightseeing: Epernay, Moet & Chandon.

Cruise to Damery

Morning cruise on the River Marne, through scenery that could have been painted by the Impressionists. Vineyards, fields and farmhouses cling to distant hills, while villages and gardens line the river. After lunch take a short drive to visit famed champagne producer Moet & Chandon in Epernay. This elite company was founded in 1743 by Claude Moet and was characterized from the beginning by international markets and such high-level contacts as Madame Pompadour and Napoleon. Now it dominates Epernay with a complex of historic buildings and a billion bottles of bubbly stored in eighteen miles of tunnels! We’ll tour and then taste!

Next visit Haultevillers, a pretty champagne village perched high over the vineyards. Tour the unassuming church of monk Dom Perignon, credited with inventing the champagne producing process

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Back to the C’est La Vie in time cocktails and dinner.

Thursday

Sightseeing: Family champagne domaine
Dinner at the L’Assiette Champenoise in Reims (3 Michelin stars)

Cruise to Tours sur Marne

This morning’s cruise we leave the river Marne for the canal Lateral a la Marne, perfect time to put your working shoes on or ride a bicycle along the tow path and catch the C’est la Vie at the next lock.

After lunch we will pay a visit to a small family run vineyard, for the 2nd of your champagne tasting experiences. Driving through vineyards as far as the eye can see. We return to the C’est La Vie in plenty of time to prepare for your dinner shore at the 3 star Michelin restaurant the L’Assiette Champenoise, delicately chosen by Olivier.

Friday

Sightseeing: Reims with the Cathedral

Cruise to Sillery

Cruise this morning on the canal is going to take us through a small tunnel. There is time to walk or bicycle on the towpath as C’est La Vie climbs up a flight of locks. After lunch, we drive to Reims, an important city from Roman times onwards. Visit the great Reims Cathedral, which is even larger than Notre Dame in Paris and where the many of the French kings were crowned. Visit the Archbishops place which has been turned into a museum and step back in time.

Walk along the pedestrian streets in this vibrant city, or take a coffee in many of the side walk cafes and watch the world go by.

Head back to the C’est La Vie for The Captain’s Dinner which ends your cruise in style!


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