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Champagne and the Great War Cruise

7 days with SITA  Rating: First Class

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 - Paris - Epernay 
Become acquainted with the grandeur of Paris and soak up the iconic scenery in the capital before we leave together via mini-coach to Epernay, where we board our private barge in the afternoon. After settling into your cabin, meet with your fellow shipmates and raise a glass together with a welcome cocktail and dinner. (D) 
Day 2 - Epernay - Dormans 
After breakfast, a languid morning stretches ahead as we sail through exquisite French scenery. Marvel at the gorgeous surrounds on this morning's tour of Verdun, including a visit to Fort Douaumont and the TranchEe des Baïonnettes. We'll return on board in the afternoon and continue cruising towards Dormans where we remain overnight. (B,L,D) 
Day 3 - Dormans - Chateau Thierry 
Awe-inspiring architecture, glorious gardens and world-class beverages - it all comes together today. After breakfast, we take off on an excursion along the famous Champagne Tourist Route as we partake in a guided tour of the village of Hautvillers - once home to Dom Perignon, a famous French Benedictine monk who made important contributions to the production and quality of champagne as we know it today. This picturesque village is located in the Montagne de Reims Regional Natural Park and is best explored on foot. We'll continue our visit to a prominent champagne house, with an incredible tasting included. After our tour, we'll return on board and start cruising towards Château Thierry which we'll reach in the evening. (B,L,D) 
Day 4 - Chateau Thierry - Saint-jean-les-deux-jumeaux 
Back on dry land, start the day with a visit to the Aisne-Marne Cemetery and Belleau Wood where Marines fought one of the first US actions of the Great War before returning on board and cruising towards Saint-Jean-Les-Deux-Jumeaux, passing by Drache and Champigny as we cruise through the vineyard-dotted landscapes. Tonight, watch the sun dip below the canals and take the evening at your own pace. (B,L,D) 
Day 5 - Saint-jean-les-deux-jumeaux - Lagny-sur-marne 
Cruise towards Meaux this morning and, in the afternoon, join a guided tour of the Battlefields of the Marne and the Museum of the Great War. The circuit of the Battlefields of the Marne takes us through the most important combat areas while the ship cruises towards Lagny-sur-Marne where we will return on board. (B,L,D) 
Day 6 - Lagny-sur-marne - Paris 
Today, our eyes are set towards Paris as we near the end of our journey. Upon arrival in the afternoon, our journey takes us on a final walking tour of Paris - one of the most impressive cities in the world. One of the major highlights of today's escapes includes a visit to Les Invalides, which retraces history from 1871 to 1945, including the two World Wars. Back on the water, we sit down for an evening gala dinner tonight and spend the night in port. (B,L,D) 
Day 7 - Paris
Enjoy your last hearty buffet breakfast on board this morning before disembarking the boat and ending the tour in Paris. (B)
Tour Map
All This Included
Cruise the Marne Canal on a boutique hotel barge and visit the famous Champagne Tourist Route, the battlefields of the Marne, the Museum of the Great War and a tour of Les Invalides in Paris.
  • 6 nights on board a boutique hotel barge
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily European-style breakfast (B), daily lunches (L), daily evening meals including farewell gala dinner (D)
  • Selected drinks during the cruise including water, wine, beer, fruit juice and coffee
  • Bicycles available on board
  • Belleau and the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery
  • The Battlefields of the Marne and the Museums of the Great War
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Raymonde
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.

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