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johanna - champagne
canal cruising in france
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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.
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johanna - champagneCanal Barge in France
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...
THE 6 PASSENGER BARGE Johanna
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.
itinerary - Champagne
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.
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.
WEDNESDAY - 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 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 ThierryFarewell 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.
best of champagne
Reims - Epernay
cabin for 2 PERSONS
1 to 3 persons
7 day / 6 night cruise
April - October
Reims - Chateau Thierry
US$ 4400 / person
US$ 5250 (upon availability)
US$ 13800 / whole boat
US$ 16600 / whole boat
US$ 20000 / whole boat
US$ 23700 / whole boat
Unique 14 day cruise
Bruges - Paris
7 - 20 April 2019
Reims - Bruges
20 Oct - 2 Nov 2019
US$ 8400 / person
US$ 5000 (upon availability)
US$ 26700 / whole boat
US$ 32500 / whole boat
US$ 39250 / whole boat
US$ 46500 / whole boat
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.