johanna - champagne & upper loire

canal cruising in france

johanna - champagne & Upper Loire

hotel barge in france

The motorship Johanna is a recently beautifully converted hotel barge operating in Belgium
and France. On her different routes, she cruises on meandering rivers and calm canals from
Bruges to Paris or discovering the French Champagne and Loire regions. Experience peace
and tranquility as you pass trough quiet countryside, picturesque villages and historic towns.

canal cruising in france

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johanna - champagne & upper loire

Canal Barge in France

johanna main cruising routes

Bruges - Paris

14 days of leisure and peace. Visit many small villages and historic towns with their century old churches and cathedrals. We also do not forget the many WWI memorials along the route.

Champagne region

From Château-Thierry and Epernay to Reims. You will be learning all there is to know about wine growing and champagne production. Relax on board and enjoy the view of the vineyards. Visit some champagne houses to taste the bubbles...

Haute Seine to Loire

Two cruises in the beautiful area known as the food basket of Paris. Our northern cruise brings you from the Seine, along the river Loing to Montargis, Venice of the Gâtinais. Visit the castles of Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte. Our southern cruise from Montargis to Châtillon-sur-Loire takes us over the famous canal bridge of Briare and along the staircase locks of Rogny-les-7-ecluses. We also visit the city of Gien with its renowned faience museum. You can even combine the 2 cruises to a 14 day trip at a reduced price.


Johanna provides very comfortable accommodation for up to 6 guests in three spacious twin or queen-size bedded cabins with en suite bathrooms and reversible air conditioning throughout the ship. She is furnished in a contemporary style, creating a bright and airy atmosphere. There is a large dining room and saloon where picture windows offer a superb view on the surroundings. The demonstration galley allows guests to see the chef at work. CD/iPod sound system and Internet connection are available for guests’ use. Johanna has a spacious sun deck with alfresco dining area.

on board

itinerary - Champagne

15 June / 15 September

From Château-Thierry and Epernay to Reims. You will be learning all there is to know about wine growing and champagne. Visit some champagne houses to taste the bubbles...

SUNDAY - reims

Pick-up at central meeting point and transport to our mooring place in Reims. Welcome on board. Evening visit to Reims' illuminated cathedral.

MONDAY- 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.

TUESDAY - Condé-sur-Marne

Today we descend into the Marne valley, going down the 8 locks to Condé-sur-Marne. Afternoon excursion to Chalon-en-Champagne.


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 wines.


We finally 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.

FRIDAY - Chateau-Thierry

We enter Picardy region, following the meandering Marne to our final destination Chateau-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.

SATURDAY - Chateau Thierry
Farewell after breakfast. Return to central drop-off point in Reims.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

14 days itinerary - cruise Bruges to Paris

29 April / 12 May

14 days of leisure and peace. Visit many small villages and historic towns with
their century old churches, cathedrals and the many WWI memorials along the route.

SUNDAY - brugge
Welcome aboard. Visit the historic city center of Brugge, UNESCO world heritage

MONDAY- 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.


We pass through 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.


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...


Today brings us to the old university city of Douai with its famous belfry tower and carillon. Depending on your interests, we also visit the WWI memorials of Vimy or the city of Arras..

FRIDAY - Ruyaulcourt

Today, Johanna follows the Canal du Nord to the tunnel entrance of Ruyaulcourt. Meanwhile you visit the city of Saint-Quentin and the famous tunnel of Riqueval. Return across the Hindenburg Line to rejoin the ship for a hearty dinner in our quiet stop near Herrie.

SATURDAY - Péronne

After we have gone through 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 Frise, Éclusier-Vaux or Cappy (direction Amiens). An excursion to the lively historic city of Amiens is another possibility.

SUNDAY - Noyon

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.

MONDAY- Compiegne

Beautiful flowered city with a rich history. Here Jeanne d’Arc was captured by the Bourguignons on May 24, 1430. The 1918 Armistice was signed in the woods nearby ending the First World War.

TUESDAY - St-Leu d’Esserent

From Compiegne passing through Pont-Sainte-Maxence and Creil, we arrive at a very quiet mooring place in St-Leu d’Esserent with its beautiful abbey and church. Guided excursion to nearby Creil.

WEDNESDAY - Pontoise

From our mooring on the Oise River, you can look up at the old ramparts and the museum of the impressionist painter Pissarro. The North and South of the cathedral of St Maclou have been restored in 2014 and 2015 to their former beauty.

THURSDAY- Bougival

From Pontoise to Conflans-Sainte- Honorine (where our ships horn was made). Here we come on the river Seine which we sail upwards to Bougival on the outskirts of Paris. Versailles is only a 25 minutes drive away!

FRIDAY - 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!!!)

Farewell after breakfast.

  • 2018 cruise

    Bruges - paris - Champagne

    individual booking

    full boat 1 to 3 persons

    full boat 4 persons

    full boat 5 persons

    full boat 6 persons

  • upper loire & champagne
    6 nights all inclusive

    13 May - 15 Sep 2018

    US$ 8500 per cabin

    US$ 13250

    US$ 16000

    US$ 19250

    US$ 22500

  • bruges - paris
    13 nights all inclusive

    29 April - 12 May 2018

    on request

    US$ 26000

    US$ 31500

    US$ 38000

    US$ 44500

  • 2018
    short cruises

    full boat
    up to 6 persons

  • 4 days 3 nights
    all inclusive

    US$ 17500

  • 5 days 4 nights
    all inclusive

    US$ 19250

  • 6 days 5 nights
    all inclusive

    US$ 21250

Price for johanna includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath - chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge & return - all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning - all wines with lunch & dinner - open bar - daily escorted excursions - use of onboard bicycles.

These rates do not include:
• Insurance • Personal expenses • Gratuities to the crew (between 7 and 10%)

To avoid currency exchange fees

• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card. • New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card. • US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.


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Bon voyage!