€2,900 Per Person
- Country / RegionFrance / Paris, Champagne & Loire Valley
- Duration7 Days/6 Nights
- Cruise CodeBTJOH1016
- ItineraryBruges - Paris, Reims - Château-Thierry
- Max Passengers6
- Cruise HighlightsAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomActivity Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary Meals All meals included - authentic French cuisine and regional specialities plus a selection of fine winesDrinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksInclusion Sun deckTransportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions Activity Use of bicyclesItinerary Cruise between Bruges and Paris.Itinerary Cruise between Reims and Château-Thierry.Itinerary Cruise between Seine and Loire.Inclusion WiFi on boardActivity Wine tasting sessions
Johanna is a beautiful hotel barge cruising in France and Belgium. She cruises in the canals and rivers from Bruges to Paris and the regions of Loire Valley and Champagne. The barge offers three spacious cabins that can accommodate up to six guests, a large dining area and saloon, a demonstration kitchen and a relaxing sun deck with al fresco dining area.
Bruges - Paris
- Visit the historic city of Bruges.
- Discover the beautiful city of Ghent.
- Visit the historic city of Ypres and attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.
- Explore the cities of Lillie and Douai.
- Visit the city of Cambrai including the Abbey of Vaucelles.
- Explore the historic town of Noyon.
- Tour the charming village of Auvers-sur-Oise.
- Cruise along the Seine River past the iconic landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre Museum.
- Discover Reims including its cathedral and vineyards.
- Excursion of Hautvillers where Dom Perignon the famous bubbly drink.
- Visit the historic monuments in Chateau-Thierry.
- Optional: Hot air balloon or visit Reims in Citroen 2CV.
Seine - Loire
- Visit the stunning Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte.
- Explore the charming village of Moret-sur-Loing including the magnificent Fontainebleau Castle.
- Visit Chateau Landon, the Notre Dame church and the royal abbey of Saint-Severin.
- Discover the historic village of Montbouy.
- Tour of Briare, a charming medieval village.
- All meals on board. (Exclusive 2 dinners at local restaurant)
- Coffee, tea and other beverages normally stored on board, except special wines, champagnes and liquors on request
- Standard excursions with minivan, including entrance fees.
- All sailing costs: harbor fees, local tax, tourist tax, fuel
- Full time crew of 2 or 3.
- Free use of equipment on board: bicycles, party games, audio, WiFi
- Transport pick-up/drop-off at central meeting point (Paris)
- Guided excursions in air-conditioned minibus including entrance fees
Pick-up & Drop-off Points
- Pick-up: Meeting point in Reims
- Drop-off: Reims
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Bruges - Paris
Day 1, Bruges
Welcome aboard. Visit the historic city center of Bruges, UNESCO world heritage.
Day 2, Deinze
Sailing along the beautiful canal from to Aalter where your guide awaits you for a trip to Ghent to see the Saint Bavo Cathedral and the Mystic Lamb of Van Eyck and other historic sites. Return to the ship in Deinze via picturesque Sint-Martens-Lathem on the meandering Lys.
Day 3, Menen
We pass trough Kortrijk and moor in the border city of Menen for the night. France is just on the other side. Visit of Ypres with the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate.
Day 4, Lille
Entering France into the Lille Metropole area. Sail with us on the rivers Lys and Deule and moor in the city center. The historic city of Lille is nowadays bustling with life and modern art. Wherever you go, there is something to see or visit, enjoy a coffee or listen to street musicians.
Day 5, Douai
Today brings us to the old university city of Douai with it's famous belfry tower and carillon. Depending on your interests, we also visit the WWI memorials of Vimy or the city of Arras.
Day 6, Ruyaulcourt
Johanna follows the Canal du Nord to the tunnel entrance of Ruyaulcourt. Meanwhile, you visit the city of Cambrai and the abbey of Vaucelles. Return across the Hindenburg Line to rejoin the ship for a hearty dinner in our quiet stop near Hermie.
Day 7, Péronne
After we have gone trough the tunnel of Ruyaulcourt, we reach our next port of Péronne. Here we visit the memorial of the Great War or explore the beautiful meandering Somme river to the lively historic city of Amiens.
Day 8, Noyon
Tour the Noyon, a circular town with Gallo-Roman ramparts and Medieval walls where Charlemagne was crowned, Hugo Capet was consecrated, where the future king Louis XVI married Marie-Antoinette and where Calvin was born.
Day 9, Compiegne
A beautiful flowered city with a rich history. Here Jeanne d’Arc was captured by the Bourguignons on mai 24, 1430. The 1918 Armistice was signed in the woods nearby ending the first World War.
Day 10, St-Leu d’Esserent
From Compiegne passing trough Pont-Sainte-Maxence and Creil, we arrive at a very quiet mooring place in St-Leu d’Esserent with it’s beautiful abbey and church. Guided excursion to nearby Creil and castle of Chantilly.
Day 11, Pontoise
En route we visit the impressionists village of Auvers-sur-Oise where Vincent van Gogh spent the last days of his live. Experience the life of the impressionistss in a virtual tour at the local castle.
Day 12, Bougival
From Pontoise to Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. Here we come on the river Seine which we sail upwards to Bougival on the outskirts of Paris. Visit the impressionist museum Fournaise or the Castle of Monte Cristo, built by Alexandre Dumas.
Day 13, Paris
Entering Paris on the Seine river, we pass the Eiffel tower, Louvre, Notre Dame and the Canal Saint Martin to arrive at our mooring at La Vilette. Sit back on the sun deck and enjoy! (And don't forget your camera!)
Day 14, Paris
Farewell after breakfast.
Reims - Château-Thierry
Day 1, Reims
Pick-up at central meeting point and transport to our mooring place in Reims. Welcome on board. Evening visit to Reims' illuminated cathedral.
Day 2, Billy-le-Grand
After breakfast, we sail to the tunnel of Billy-le-Grand. Guided visit trough the vineyards of the Reims mountains to the Phare de Verzenay and the dwarf beeches of Verzy.
Day 3, Condé-sur-Marne
Today, we descend into the Marne valley, going down the 8 locks to Condé-sur-Marne. Afternoon excursion to Chalons-en-Champagne.
Day 4, Epernay
Mooring in the capital city of the Champagne region. Excursion to Hautvillers where Dom Perignon invented the bubbly drink. Visit to one of the big cellars and also to a small champagne house for a personal tasting in a family environment, presenting you very special wine.
Day 5, Dormans
We finaly sail on the river Marne with the vineyards visible above us. At the foot of the statue of pope Urbanus II, who called for the first crusade, you have a wonderful view on the river Marne with the Reims mountains in your back. At Dormans, we visit a local snail farm.
Day 6, Château-Thierry
We enter Picardy region, following the meandering Marne to our final destination Château-Thierry. To the West is the American WWI Monument. More to the North is the Belleau Wood memorial site. Or you can choose for an excursion to Conde-en-Brie with its historic castle, halles, church and old washing facilities.
Day 7, Château Thierry
Farewell after breakfast. Return to central drop-off point in Reims.
- Hot air balloon over the area. (Weather permitting)
- Visit of the Reims mountains in old timer Citroën 2CV.
Seine - Loire North
Day 1, Evry
Pick-up at central point in Paris and transport to our mooring place in Evry. The capital of the Essonne department has a very modern cathedral with 20 trees on the roof. Welcome aboard.
Day 2, Melun
Make a historic discovery tour of the city along the signed walking trail. Visit the castle of Vaux le Vicomte that was built by the same architects that later designed Versailles. As we are in the Brie cheese region, taste the “Brie de Melun”.
Day 3, Moret-sur-Loing
Moret-sur-Loing is home of the impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, the village is still as picturesque as ever. The castle of Fontainebleau is only 9 km away and more than worth a visit. It was the hunting castle of many French kings and residence of Napoleon.
Day 4, Nemours
Moored in the center of this medieval city, we visit the XII century castle (now museum), the church of Saint-John the baptist and the many small canals.
Day 5, Neronville/Chateau Landon
The delightful medieval fortified town of Chateau Landon is the historic capital of the Counts of the Gâtinais and a former pilgrimage site. Perched on a rocky promontory, its old houses, monuments, towers and pretty terraced gardens form a very scenic picture with the narrow Fusain river flowing past below. Also not to be missed is Notre-Dame church and the fortress-like old royal abbey of Saint-Séverin. The area is further known for its white stone that was used to build the Sacré Coeur and other monuments in Paris.
Day 6, Montargis
The town center has several notable sights to discover and is characterized by the canals and river that cross the town and provide much of its character. According to Montargis Tourist Office, there are 131 of these bridges and canal crossings in the town, which they have affectionately called the 'Venice of the Gatinais'.
Day 7, Montargis
Farewell after breakfast. Return to central drop-off point.
Seine - Loire South
Day 1, Paris/Montargis
Welcome on board. The second largest city of the Loiret department, after Orleans, is also known as the “Venice of the Gatinais”. The town is criss-crossed with small canals with 131 bridges and an abundance of flowers.
Day 2, Montcresson
After a short cruise experience, we stop at Montcresson to visit nearby Bellegarde with its castle of the 14-18th century.
Day 3, Montbouy
The typical french country-village of Montbouy, nested on the left bank of the Briare Canal, is full of history. Remains from antiquity are visible such as a Gallo-Roman amphitheater that could seat 6000 spectators.
Day 4, Rogny-les-7-Ecluses
Picturesque village, known and named after the staircase of 7 locks that was in use from 1642 till 1887 on the original canal. Traces of the original canal can still be found in the area above the locks.
Day 5, Ouzouer sur Trézee
On our route to Ouzouer, we make a stop at La Gazonne lock to visit the lakes that feed water to the summit pound of the canal. Visit the french style gardens of the Pont-Chevron castle with its 2 mosaics dating from the Roman era.
Day 6, Briare
A former medieval place that became a country little-known village. It developed during the reign of Henry IV who started the construction of the canal of « Loyre en Seine ». Visit the nearby town of Gien with its well known faience factory and museum and the old Mantelot lock where ships used to cross the river before the canal bridge was built.
Day 7, Châtillon-sur-Loire
After breakfast, we will cross the wild river Loire on the famous canal bridge of Briare to Châtillon-sur-Loire. Farewell and return to central drop-off point.
Johanna Deck Plan
- 106 Feet Long
- Three cabins with en-suite shower bath (Yellow Room - queen-sized bed, other rooms - twin/double)
- Individually-controlled AC
- One window and two opening portholes
- Demonstration kitchen
- Sun deck
- Dining table with chairs
- 6 bicycles
Dates & Prices
Rates for 2017
Duration Per Room (Double or Twin) Per Person 7-day Cruise 5,800 Euros 2,900 Euros 14-day Cruise (Bruges - Paris) 11,000 Euros 5,500 Euros
Charter (Whole Barge)
Duration Charter 4 ppl Charter 5 ppl Charter 6 ppl 7-day Cruise 14,600 Euros 15,200 Euros 15,800 Euros 14-day Cruise 26,600 Euros 27,800 Euros 29,000 Euros
Date Route June 11 - 17 Champagne (Reims - Ch - Thierry) June 18 - 24 Champagne (Ch -Thierry - Reims) June 25 - July 1 Champagne (Reims - Ch - Thierry) July 2 - 8 Champagne (Ch - Thierry - Reims) July 9 - 15 Champagne (Reims - Ch - Thierr) July 16 - 22 Champagne (Ch - Thierry - Reims) July 23 - 29 Champagne (Reims - Ch - Thierry) July 30 - Aug 5 Champagne(Ch - Thierry - Reims) Aug 6 - 12 Champagne (Reims - Ch - Thierry) Aug 13 - 19 Champagne(Ch - Thierry - Reims) Aug 20 - 26 Champagne (Reims - Ch - Thierry) Aug 27- Sep 2 Champagne(Ch - Thierry - Reims) Sep 3 - 9 Champagne (Reims - Ch - Thierry) Sep 10 - 16 Champagne(Ch - Thierry - Reims) Sep 17 - 23 Champagne (Reims - Ch - Thierry) Sep 24 - 30 Champagne(Ch - Thierry - Reims) Oct 1 - 7 Champagne (Reims - Ch - Thierry) Oct 8 - 14 Marne - Seine Oct 15 - 28 Paris - Bruges (14 days)
Special Offer! 20% off for bookings before October 1, 2017
Departure Date Destination Per Cabin
1 to 3 persons Per Person April 22 Bruges - Paris (14 days) 13,500 Euros 21,500 Euros 8,100 Euros May 6 Upper Seine 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 4,200 Euros May 13 Upper Loire 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 4,200 Euros May 20 Upper Loire 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 4,200 Euros May 27 Upper Seine 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 4,200 Euros June 3 Seine - Marne 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 4,200 Euros June 10 Thierry - Reims 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 4,200 Euros June 17 Reims - Thierry 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 4,200 Euros June 24 Thierry - Reims 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 4,200 Euros July 1 Reims - Thierry 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 4,200 Euros July 8 Thierry - Reims 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 4,200 Euros July 15 Thierry - Reims 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 4,200 Euros July 22 Thierry - Reims 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 4,200 Euros July 29 Reims - Thierry 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 4,200 Euros August 5 Thierry - Reims 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 4,200 Euros Augst 12 Reims - Thierry 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 4,200 Euros August 19 Thierry - Reims 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 4,200 Euros August 26 Reims - Thierry 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 4,200 Euros September 2 Thierry - Reims 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 4,200 Euros September 9 Reims - Thierry 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 4,200 Euros September 16 Thierry - Reims 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 4,200 Euros September 23 Reims - Thierry 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 4,200 Euros September 30 Marne - Seine 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 4,200 Euros October 7 Paris - Bruges (14 days) 13,500 Euros 21,500 Euros 8,100 Euros
Charter (Whole Barge)
Duration Charter 4 ppl Charter 5 ppl Charter 6 ppl 7-day Cruise 13,250 Euros 16,000 Euros 18,750 Euros 14-day Cruise 26,000 Euros 31,500 Euros 37,000 Euros
Terms & Conditions
Prices shown in Euros and will be converted in Australian Dollar (AUD) at time of payment using a daily ROE. An initial deposit of 35% of the total cruise fare for cabin or charter is payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 100 days as per our terms and conditions and as specified in our confirmation invoice, which will be despatched when the booking form has been processed.
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