Belmond Hirondelle: Château-Thierry to Châlons-en-Champagne
Soak-up the spirit of Champagne on a cruise of luxurious indulgence. The riverside town’s of the Marne Valley harbour legends of champagne alchemy. Delve in and uncover the region’s rich cultural heritage and iconic sparkling wines.
Table d’hôte meals and complimentary beverages
All excursions including exclusive use of onboard bicycles
Return transfer from Paris
Our crew welcome you aboard the barge at Chateau-Thierry. Meet your captain and crew as you settle in to your luxurious surrounds. Tonight, Chef serves a gourmet feast to celebrate your first evening on board.
This morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast and spend time relaxing on the deck as we glide past picturesque rural villages. Lunch is followed by a scenic drive to Belleau Wood. It was here during World War I that American troops halted the progression of the German Army. 2,288 American casualties were buried in Aisne-Marne nearby. Today, the cemetery is a peaceful space to reflect on lives lost. That evening enjoy dinner onboard.
Enjoy life at a gentle pace this morning as we sail alongside the stunning vineyards of Champagne. Step from the barge onto the towpath for a stroll or cycle, or sink into a deck-chair and soak-up the sun. After lunch, take a scenic drive to the abbey at Hautvillers. Here lies the tomb of Dom Pérignon overlooking breathtaking views of the vineyards. After, head to the house of Champagne J de Telmont. Their unique oenological workshop promises a merry introduction to the champagne making process. Tonight, we berth in Mareuil-le-Port, while Chef prepares a sumptuous dinner on board.
This morning you’ll visit the jewel of the Champagne region, Epernay. Stroll along the Avenue de Champagne and admire the many elegant champagne houses. Founded in 1743, Moet & Chandon is one of the region’s oldest and finest. Step through the hallowed courtyard and enjoy an exclusive tasting session before you return to the barge for an indulgent lunch. This evening savour a dinner of sublime French cuisine at a celebrated local restaurant.
After breakfast join your guide on a tour of the city or Reims. Famous for its royal connection, 34 of France’s sovereigns were crowned here. Explore the impressive gothic cathedral and the Musée des Beaux-Arts. You’ll have free-time to wander among the many boutiques, each brimming with artisanal delights. After lunch at a local bistro return to the barge for a leisurely afternoon on board.
Rise this morning for an indulgent breakfast followed by a visit to a local family-run champagne house. After lunch, set off to explore Chalons-en-Champagne at leisure. Uncover the town’s architectural heritage with a visit to Saint-Etienne Cathedral and the museum of Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Cloister, or browse the many boutiques and pavement cafes. Back on board, Chef prepares a farewell feast for your final evening on board.
Awake to enjoy an indulgent breakfast. After, the crew bids you a fond farewell as you disembark for your onward travel arrangements.