Château Thierry (Charly) – Reims. River Marne and Marne Canal
Highlights: WW1 battlefield and cemetery of Belleau-wood and American monument, Epernay and Moet & Chandon, Haultevilliers- village of monk Dom Perignon. Additional tours can be arranged.
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.
After the traditional champagne welcome from the Captain and crew, there is time to unpack and take a stroll, before enjoying your gourmet dinner on board.
Chateau-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.
Cruise to Joulgonne
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.
Returning to the C’est La Vie for dinner aboard
Cruise to Mareuil sur Ay
After another delicious breakfast, our cruise takes us to Mareuil Sur Ay; we will leave the river Marne with its gorgeous landscape of villages, vineyards, pastures and forests and join the canal Lateral à la Marne. There is time for a stroll before lunch and then it is 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.
After breakfast, you’ll be chauffeured back to Paris for the end of the morning.
We hope to see you again on the “C’est la Vie”!
The 3-night Champagne 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.