Champagne Barge Cruise 2024


Champagne Barge Cruise 2024

Summary


Chalon en Champange to Chateau Thierry (Charly lock)

Highlights :WW1 battlefield and cemetery of Belleau-wood and American monument, Moet & Chandon, champagne house in Epernay, Haultevilliers- village of monk Dom Perignon, 2nd Champagne visit to a small family run winery, Ployez-Jacquemart, Reims and its Gothic Cathedral. La Chocolatier « Thibaut » in Pierry.

Restaurant: Les Crayeres in Reims (2 Michelin Stars).

Sunday


Paris stop on the Burgundy Cruise Route

Welcome to C’est la Vie!

You’ll be met at 3:00pm in the lobby of your Paris hotel and chauffeured to the C’est La Vie. 

For charter groups in the lobby of one hotel mutually agreed upon by the group.   

Guests on individual cabin sailings will be picked up  and returned to the Hotel Madison, 43 Boulevard St Germain,75006 Paris, Tel; +33 (0)1 40 51 60 00    

After the traditional champagne welcome from Captain Oliver Mégret and the crew, there is time to unpack and take a stroll, before enjoying the first of many gourmet dinners on board.

Chataeu-Thierry is 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 with Joan of Arc who entered through the town gates in 1421.

Monday


Belleau Wood WW1 Cemetery

Sightseeing, WW1 battlefield and cemetery of Belleau-wood and the American monument

Cruise to Dormans.

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 as C’est La Vie floats toward the village of Joulgonne, 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 French-American Friendship monument, built in 1929 it overlooks Chateau Thierry and the Marne valley, then we take a short drive to the WW1 battlefield and cemetery of Belleau-wood which was the scene of the second battle of the Marne in the spring of 1918, this battle ended the last German offensive of World War I. The cost was 8,000 American troops killed, missing or wounded. We will then pay our respects at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery.

Return to the C’est La Vie for dinner aboard

Tuesday


Moet & Chandon in Epernay on the Champagne cruise route

Sightseeing, Epernay, Moet & Chandon. Haultvilliers

Cruise to Damery.

After another delicious breakfast, cruise to Damery, a town on the banks of the Marne River, through a gorgeous landscape of villages, vineyards, pastures and forests. After lunch take a short drive to visit the 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.

Back on board for your gourmet dinner.

Wednesday


Chocolaterie Thibaut Pierry on our Champagne Hotel Barge cruise route

Sightseeing, Chocolaterie “Thibaut”

Cruise to Mareuil sur Ay.

Dinner at the Les Crayeres in Reims (2 Michelin stars)

After breakfast we take a short drive to the town of Pierry, where we will learn the art of Chocolate making and have the chance to make your own to take away with you.

Returning to the C’est La Vie for lunch and a relaxing afternoon cruise to Mareuil sur Ay, through scenery that could have been painted by the Impressionists, we will 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.

There’s plenty of time to prepare for your dinner shore at the 2-star Michelin restaurant Les Crayeres.

Thursday


Reims cathedral on the Champagne Hotel Barge Cruise Route

Sightseeing, Reims with the Cathedral

Cruise to Conde sur Marne.

After breakfast 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 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 sidewalk cafes and watch the world go by.

Afternoon cruise to Conde sur Marne.

There is time to walk or bicycle on the towpath as C’est La Vie winds its way along the canal,

Dinner aboard the C’est La Vie moored in Conde sur Marne.

Friday


Champagne stop on the Champagne Hotel Barge cruise route

Sightseeing, Family champagne domaine. Ployez-Jacquemart

Chalon en Champagne.

Another opportunity before lunch to put on your walking shoes or ride a bicycle along the tow path and catch the C’est la Vie at the next lock. We cruise on the canal the Lateral a la Marne arriving in the city of Chalon en Champagne. After lunch, driving through vineyards as far as the eye can see, we will pay a visit to a small family run vineyard, for the 2nd of your champagne tasting experiences, in the small town of Ludes at the house of Ployez Jacquemart.

Back to the C’est La Vie moored in for drinks and dinner.

Cruise this morning to Chalon en Champagne.

There is time to walk or bicycle on the towpath as C’est La Vie winds its way along the canal, 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 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 sidewalk 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!

Saturday


Return to Paris

Return to Paris

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured back to Paris.

We hope to see you again on the C’est La Vie!

Notes


The Champagne hotel barge cruise route is run in reverse on alternate weeks and can be different due to locale conditions.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Map (approximate)


C'est La Vie Luxury Hotel Barge Menus


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Testimonials


The whole crew were top notch

We had a wonderful, relaxing time on the barge. The whole crew were top notch, friendly and professional. The food, wine & cheese were outstanding; we also enjoyed the company of our fellow travellers. This was the 2nd barge trip for us, in totally different parts of France, C’est La Vie and the Marne itinerary […]

~ M&G M, VA USA

C’est La Vie est extraordinaire

In my North Carolina French – C’est La Vie est extraordinaire. The food, wine, accommodations, service, excursions and ambience were all superb and easily exceeded our lofty expectations. Olivier, Deb, Tom, Adam, Alix & Heloise seemed to anticipate our every need or desire, for drinks, food, this & that – and all with such warmth […]

~ B&S H, WA

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