€11,000 Per Charter
- Country / RegionFrance / Champagne & Paris
- Duration7 Days/6 Nights
- Cruise CodeBTJOH1016
- 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.Activity Daily tastings of Belgian chocolates in Champagne & Chocolate cruiseInclusion 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 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.
- Enjoy daily tastings of champagne and belgian chocolates in a special-themed cruise.
- Discover Reims including its cathedral and vineyards.
- Excursion of Hautvillers where Dom Perignon the famous bubbly drink.
- Visit the historic monuments in Chateau-Thierry.
- Commemorate history in a special battlefield cruise (WWI Special) upon request.
- Optional: Hot air balloon or visit Reims in Citroen 2CV.
- 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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Champagne and Chocolate Cruise
Château-Thierry to Reims
You will be met at a designated meeting point in Paris. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in Château-Thierry. A champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits, including the barge cats, Babou and Coténoir. (The cats are friendly but prefer to spend most of their time in the crew area.) Time to settle in and enjoy your first lunch onboard. This afternoon, we will set off on our first tour which may include Belleau Wood memorial site, the American WW1 memorial and the medieval castle of Château-Thierry or the Castle of Conde-en-Brie. Back on Joahnna, Chef Patsie is busy creating a magical chocolate and Champagne dinner!
The adventure begins with a morning cruise, presenting the perfect opportunity to relax on deck with a cup of Chef Patsie’s special chocolate coffee. The afternoon, enjoy the first of many champagne tastings ashore, if time permits, we will also visit the local eco-museum, Chatillon-sur-Marne panorama, and the Dormans WW1 memorial. Back onboard, Chef Patsie’s is preparing tonight’s delicious dinner.
During the morning cruise, those with a sweet tooth are invited to join Chef Patsie in her open kitchen to observe her techniques for cooking with chocolate. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to the village of Hautvillers where Dom Perignon first invented the famous drink! Enjoy Champagne samplings at houses both emerging and established while admiring the area’s panoramic views of rolling hills, lush vineyards, and endless skies. The area’s culinary bounty is on further offer tonight, as dinner is taken ashore at a local bistro (included in the program).
This morning, your Tour Guide accompanies you to the small city of Epernay, home of the world-famous Champagne Avenue. Tour the cellars and taste the bubbles at one of the renowned champagne houses. Return to the Johanna for an early afternoon cruise. Upon mooring, Champagne’s extraordinary natural beauty is revealed during a mid-afternoon visit to the Reims Mountain National Park. Observe the Verzenay lighthouse and explore the world’s principal reserve of dwarf beech trees. Back onboard, dinner culminates with a decadent chocolate dessert.
As Johanna continues her lazy journey along the canal this morning, explore the towpath by bicycle or on foot. Afternoon excursions to the charming village of Chalons-en-Champagne include a visit to its collegiate church, Notre-Dame-en-Vaux, which boasts a 56-bell carillon. From there, perhaps sample the suds at a local beer brewery, stop at the preserved XVII century Sainte-Croix gate, or take a scenic stroll in the “Petit Jard” and “Grand Jard” gardens. Dinner tonight furthers the local immersion, as it is taken ashore at a small brasserie (included in the program).
During this morning’s final cruise, hop off at a lock for a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to Reims for a tour of the Cathedral with the famous stained glass windows of Marc Chagall. Here is where the Kings of France were crowned! Then, tour the recently restored Art Nouveau “Villa Demoiselle”, which can be combined with a visit to the nearby Vranken champagne cellars for another private sampling. Return to the Johanna for the Captain’s Dinner, with chocolate and Champagne served at every course!
Farewell after breakfast. Return to central drop-off point in Reims or Paris.
- Hot air ballooning over the Reims mountains and vineyards
- Exploring the region in a Citroën 2CV “Ugly Duckling” car from the 60s
- Visit to Art Nouveau Villa Demoiselle (opens from Friday to Sunday, advance booking only)
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.
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
Departure Date Destination Single
Charter 1-3 ppl Charter 4 ppl Charter 5 ppl Charter 6 ppl April 7 Bruges - Paris (14 days) 8,100 Euros 13,500 Euros 21,500 Euros 26,000 Euros 31,500 Euros 37,000 Euros April 21 Paris - Champagne 4,200 Euros 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 13,250 Euros 16,000 Euros 18,750 Euros April 28 Champagne 4,200 Euros 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 13,250 Euros 16,000 Euros 18,750 Euros May 5, 12, 19, 26 Champagne 4,200 Euros 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 13,250 Euros 16,000 Euros 18,750 Euros June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Champagne 4,200 Euros 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 13,250 Euros 16,000 Euros 18,750 Euros July 7, 14, 21, 28 Champagne 4,200 Euros 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 13,250 Euros 16,000 Euros 18,750 Euros August 4, 11, 18, 25 Champagne 4,200 Euros 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 13,250 Euros 16,000 Euros 18,750 Euros September 1 Château Thierry - Reims 4,200 Euros 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 13,250 Euros 16,000 Euros 18,750 Euros September 8 Reims - Château Thierry 4,200 Euros 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 13,250 Euros 16,000 Euros 18,750 Euros September 15 Château Thierry - Chalons 4,200 Euros 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 13,250 Euros 16,000 Euros 18,750 Euros September 22 Chalons - Château Thierry 4,200 Euros 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 13,250 Euros 16,000 Euros 18,750 Euros September 29 Champagne - Paris 4,200 Euros 7,000 Euros 11,000 Euros 13,250 Euros 16,000 Euros 18,750 Euros October 6 Paris - Bruges (14 days) 8,100 Euros 13,500 Euros 21,500 Euros 26,000 Euros 31,500 Euros 37,000 Euros October 19* B&B in Bruges
*Not available for cruise. You can stay in a comfortable room while the converted cargo ship is moored. B&B in Bruges on October 19. Different rates apply.
Charter (Whole Barge)
Duration Charter 3 ppl Charter 4 ppl Charter 5 ppl Charter 6 ppl 7-day Cruise 11,000 Euros 13,250 Euros 16,000 Euros 18,750 Euros 14-day Cruise 21,500 Euros 26,000 Euros 31,500 Euros 37,000 Euros
Mini Cruises in Champagne Area
3 nights/4 days, Château-Thierry to Epernay
Half Board Full Board 1-4 passengers 5-6 passengers 1-4 passengers 5-6 passengers 7,300 Euros 8,550 Euros 7,500 Euros 8,850 Euros
Battlefield Cruises (WWI Special)
Duration Destination Availability 14-day Cruise Bruges - Reims Spring and autumn season 14-day Cruise Reims - Bruges Summer season (upon request) 7-day Cruise Reims - Péronne, Somme Summer season (upon request)
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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