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.
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johanna - champagne & upper loireCanal 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.
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.
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 - Champagne15 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.
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.
14 days itinerary - cruise Bruges to Paris29 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 - bruggeWelcome aboard. Visit the historic city center of Brugge, UNESCO world heritage
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.
TUESDAY - Menen
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.
WEDNESDAY - 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...
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.
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.
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
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!!!)
SATURDAY - ParisFarewell after breakfast.
Bruges - paris - Champagne
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
bruges - paris
13 nights all inclusive
29 April - 12 May 2018
up to 6 persons
4 days 3 nights
5 days 4 nights
6 days 5 nights
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.