€2,230 Per Person
- Country / RegionFrance / Champagne & Paris
- Duration7 Days/6 Nights
- Cruise CodeBTRAY0816
- Max Passengers22
- Cruise HighlightsExcursions Excursions in the programAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomMeals All meals included - authentic French cuisine and regional specialities plus a selection of fine winesDrinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksInclusion Sun deck with spa poolTransportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions Activity Use of bicyclesItinerary Cruise between Epernay and ParisAmenity Restaurant on boardInclusion WiFi on board
Raymonde barge travels along the Marne Canal, the Seine and Canal Saint Martin. It has 11 large cabins, all with window that can accommodates up to 22 passengers. The ship's decor is functional and luxurious that also comes with spacious lounge area, separate dining room and a hot tub at the prow.
- All-inclusive 6-night/7-day cruise
- Daily excursions and entry fees to:
- Paris and its major sites
- Meaux, a historically and gastronomically important town
- Hautvillers, the village where the Benedictine monk Dom Perignon “invented” Champagne
- Epernay town and its Grand Avenue de Champagne
- Reims, its cathedral and Beaux-Arts Museum
- Château Thierry town and a falconry show
- All meals and open-bar 24/7
- Attentive service from 5 crew members
- Transfers between Paris and Raymonde
- Cruise year-round on specific departure dates
- Short cruises available from 3 nights
- Bookings available by the cabin. Alternatively, this barge may be fully chartered for the exclusive use of your group.
- Drinks on the wine list, champagne at the bar, drinks served during excursions or transfers
- Cancellation and baggage insurance
- Personal expenses
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Epernay to Paris
Day 1, Paris - Epernay
Transfer from Paris by coach to join the ship in Epernay. Passengers are welcome to board the ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, you'll be introduced to the crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner.
Day 2, Epernay - Dormans
You'll set off by coach for an excursion to Reims. You'll have a guided tour of the historic center and its cathedral. You'll return on board. The afternoon will be spent sailing to Dormans, reaching it in the evening.
Day 3, Dormans - Château Thierry
You'll join an excursion along the famous Champagne route. You'll set out on a discovery tour of the village of Hautvilliers, birthplace of Champagne. You'll visit a major Champagne house followed by a tasting* of champagne. You'll return on board and cruise to Château Thierry, through the beautiful Marne canal landscapes. You'll reach your destination in the beginning of the evening.
Day 4, Château Thierry - Saint-Jean-les-Deux-Jumeaux
You'll discover the town of Château Thierry and participate in a falconry show with live demonstrations(1). Afterwards, you'll return on board and cruise to Saint-Jean-Les-Deux-Jumeaux, reaching it during the evening.
Day 5, Saint-Jean-les-Deux-Jumeaux - Meaux - Lagny-sur-Marne
You'll cruise to Meaux. This afternoon, you'll set out on a guided tour of this charming town, followed by a tasting of the famous Brie de Meaux cheese. You'll return on board in Lagny-sur-Marne.
Day 6, Lagny-sur-Marne - Paris
Early this morning, you'll start cruising towards Paris. In the afternoon, you'll arrive in Paris and set out for an excursion through the major sites of the capital. You'll join an original walk along the prettiest covered walkways in Paris, allowing you to travel back through time and history around the Palais Royal. You'll return on board. Tonight is your gala dinner and evening.
Day 7, Paris
Buffet breakfast on board. Disembark at 9:00 a.m.
Paris to Epernay
Day 1, Paris
Passengers are welcome to board the ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, you'll be introduced to the crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner.
Day 2, Paris - Lagny-sur-Marne
You'll set out on an excursion through the major sites of the capital: the Place de la République, the main boulevards, the Opera, the Place de la Madeleine, Place Vendôme and the Louvre. You'll join an original walk along the prettiest covered arcades in Paris, allowing you to travel back through time and history around the Palais Royal. You'll return on board and start cruising towards Lagny-sur-Marne.
Day 3, Lagny-sur-Marne - Meaux - Saint-Jean-les-Deux-Jumeaux
This morning will be spent cruising to Meaux. This afternoon, you'll join a tour of this charming town, from the Cathedral to the Bishops' Palace, passing the Gallo-Roman ramparts and the magnificent Bossuet Garden, traditionally believed to be an early work of Le Nôtre. You'll discover and taste the Brie de Meaux cheese, hailed as "the King of Cheeses”. During this visit, the ship continues cruising to Saint-Jean-Les-Deux-Jumeaux where you will return on board.
Day 4, Saint-Jean-les-Deux-Jumeaux - Château Thierry
This morning will be spent cruising, passing Champigny and Drachy, through the heart of the Seine-et-Marne countryside and its Champagne vines. In the afternoon, you'll arrive in Château Thierry and set off for an excursion with a falconry show(1). You'll get the chance to discover an art that has been classified as Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Afterwards, you'll return on board.
Day 5, Château Thierry - Dormans
You'll start sailing towards Dormans. This afternoon, you'll join an excursion along the famous Champagne route. You'll start off with a guided tour of the village of Hautvillers. This picturesque village is located in the Montagne de Reims Regional Natural Park and is best explored on foot. You'll continue your visit to a prominent champagne house, with a tasting*.
Day 6, Dormans - Epernay
This morning will be spent sailing towards Epernay. This afternoon, you'll set off by coach for your excursion to Reims, known as the "City of Coronations”. You'll take part in a guided tour of the historic center as well as a guided visit of the cathedral, which receives about one million visitors annually. You'll return on board. Tonight is your gala dinner and evening.
Day 7, Epernay - Paris
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. Transfer by coach to Paris. End of cruise.
Paris to Paris
Day 1, Paris
Passengers are welcome to board the ship from 6:00 p.m. in Paris at the Grenelle wharf. During dinner this evening, you'll cruise through Paris to take in the romantic City of Light at night. You’ll remain overnight at the Bercy wharf.
Day 2, Paris - Evry
You'll set off by coach for an excursion and foot tour of Paris. Your tour of the city will bring you to some of the most important sites in the capital: the Place de la Republique, the grand boulevards, the Palais Garnier, the Madeleine Church, the Place Vendôme, and the Louvre. Leaving from the Palais-Royal, you'll walk through the unique Parisian covered walkways—pedestrian shortcuts with a life all their own within the heart of the bustling city. You'll be able to step back in time and history around the Palais-Royal. The galleries have retained their charm, but now the likes of Shiseido, Jean-Paul Gauthier, and Stella McCartney bring their own certain class. You’ll spend the afternoon cruising to your next destination, arriving in Evry at the end of the afternoon. After dinner, the evening is free to do as you please.
Day 3, Evry - Melun - Saint Mammes
You'll spend the morning cruising towards Melun. Sit back and enjoy the bucolic scenery along the Seine riverbanks. In the afternoon, you'll join a tour of the Palace of Fontainebleau and its magnificent gardens. All the kings and queens of France passed through Fontainebleau at one time or another. The château is a unique example of a residence that was inhabited regularly for more than eight centuries. The French gardens, fountains and flowerbeds will transport you back to the palace’s days of glory. You’ll also visit the cosmopolitan town which sprung up around the château to round out your tour. After your visit, you’ll return to the ship. You’ll remain in port overnight. After dinner, the evening is free to do as you please.
Day 4, Saint Mammes - Troyes and the Tourist Champagne Route - Melun
You’ll leave by coach for Troyes, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in France. The historic heart of the city overflows with charming half-timbered houses dating from the 16th century and adorned with lively colors. As you walk past many hôtels particuliers from the Renaissance, down narrow cobbled streets and secret passageways leading to small inner courtyards, you’ll be delighted by the colorful yet authentic wood and stone façades all around. The town’s majestic cathedral is not to be missed! A true kaleidoscope, Troyes is known as the “city of a thousand colors”. You’ll enjoy lunch at the restaurant today before setting off for the tourist Champagne route. You’ll travel through surprising landscapes where vines, forests and plateaus intertwine with picturesque villages, leading you to a wine cellar where you will indulge in a tasting of Champagne*, of course. You’ll return on board in Melun. The evening is free to do as you please.
Day 5, Melun - Evry - Paris Quai d'Orsay
You’ll get back on the road this morning headed towards the splendid Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. Commissioned by Nicolas Fouquet, the castle was designed by renowned artists such as architect Le Vau, painter Le Brun and landscaper Le Nôtre, all of whom are most famous for being the masterminds at work behind the legendary Palace of Versailles, built after the balanced grandeur of Vaux-le-Vicomte. Not only did this castle inspire Louis XIV, it was also a major reference in the whole of Europe for more than a century. You’ll spend all afternoon sailing towards Paris and remain at the Orsay wharf overnight.
Day 6, Canal Saint Martin
You’ll spend this morning sailing across the Canal Saint-Martin which flows through the most typical districts of authentic Paris. The former working-class area has kept all of its romantic charm from yesteryear. This afternoon, you’ll discover the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district through a guided tour. You’ll return on board for the gala dinner and evening.
Day 7, Paris Bassin de la Villette
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of cruise.
Raymonde Deck Plan
- 5 crew
- 39 metres long
- 11 Twin/Double en suite cabins (10 sqm)
- Centrally heated
- Sundeck with spa pool
- Bicycles available on board
- CD player, iPod dock and TV
- Wi-Fi (subject to local reception)
- Air-conditioned coach
Dates & Prices
RATES FOR 2019
10% off for 2019 departures. Book before 29 March 2019.
Departure Date Itinerary Cabin per person Single Supplement April 16, 30 Paris - Epernay 2 230 Euros 925 Euros April 23 Epernay - Paris 2 230 Euros 925 Euros May 7, 21 Epernay - Paris 2,250 Euros 925 Euros May 14 Paris - Epernay 2,250 Euros 925 Euros June 25 Paris - Epernay 2,250 Euros 925 Euros July 2,16, 30 Epernay - Paris 2,250 Euros 925 Euros July 9, 23 Paris - Epernay 2,250 Euros 925 Euros August 6 Paris - Epernay 2,250 Euros 925 Euros August 13 Epernay - Paris 2,250 Euros 925 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 30% of the total cruise fare for cabin or charter is payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 60 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. Cancellation policy applies to all bookings.
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