a taste of champagne - 2 day mini cruise
from €1,109 per person
Whether you only have a few days available, are on a limited budget or are struggling to persuade your travel companions that barge cruising is for them (they'll become converts in no time!) - this two day trip is the perfect introduction to both the fabulous Champagne region and canal barging.
As well as visiting the cellars of a world famous champagne house, we’ll explore the vineyards and learn how champagne is made on a tour of a boutique family run winery. You'll also enjoy a gourmet dinner at a Michelin recommended restaurant.
Day 1 - Morning
We’ll meet you in Reims between 9am and 10am (either at the train station or your hotel) and drive you to where the barge is moored. After a brief welcome from the Captain there is a glass of champagne and canapes as the barge as we start our cruise along the meaning and picturesque canal.
Traveling at around 6km/h (3 mph) Serenity is in no hurry, giving you the opportunity to truly get away from it all and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Built in the 19th century to transport wine and other goods to Paris, the canal passes through rolling countryside and charming villages. Lunch is your opportunity to sample local products including Reims ham, regional cheeses and pates, accompanied by creative salads and tasty fresh breads. Served platter-style it’s a relaxed affair, perfect for savouring on the sundeck with a glass of chilled wine.
Day 1 - Afternoon
After lunch we head out into the vineyards. On our way to a family run winery, we’ll make stops in a charming village, at a panoramic viewpoint and take a brief walk among the vines. As you tour the cellars and vat room your guide will explain how champagne is created using the traditional “Méthode Champenoise”. To end the visit you’ll enjoy a tutored tasting of a range of champagne styles.
Day 1 - Evening
This evening is a gastronomic treat with dinner at a Michelin recommended restaurant, a short drive from the barge. Back on board, why not end your day with a nightcap and chocolates on deck or a soak in the jacuzzi.
Day 2 - Morning
A feast of fresh croissants, gorgeous pastries, baguette, fresh fruit, yogurts and cereal awaits you this morning as the barge starts to cruise along the canal. Again as the barge cruises, you have the opportunity to relax on deck and soak in the scenery or, if you want, ‘join the crew’ and help with the ropes or try your hand at steering the barge.
Day 2 - Afternoon
After lunch onboard you’ll visit a Grande Maison Champagne house, one of the region’s most iconic names. On a group tour through the cellars you’ll learn about the history of the house and see the immense quantity of bottles slowly maturing underground in the atmospheric cellars. Depending on your personal preference and availability, you’ll be touring either Moet & Chandon, Tattinger, Mumm or Pommery.
Before you depart, there’s just time to discover the sparkling city of Reims. Settled since Roman times, Reims is awash with history and we start our walking tour at the towering gothic cathedral, where the kings of France were traditionally crowned. Depending on the time of your train back to Paris there may also be time for souvenir shopping and a stop at a patisserie.
for 1 or 2 people
for 3 or 4 people
for 5 or 6 people
Private use of the barge for your group
1 x breakfast and 2 x lunch abaord
Set menu dinner at Michelin recommended restaurant
Champagne, wine, beer and soft drinks aboard
Two morning cruising along the canal, typically 4-5 hours
Visits to an iconic champagne house and a small artisan producer
9 seater vehicle with driver
Pick-up and drop-off in Reims
Use of all onboard amenities including bikes, hot tub and wifi
All taxes, fuel and mooring charges
how to book your cruise
You can book a 'Taste of Champagne' mini-cruise on any available date during our 2020 season - check our availability calendar to see when the barge is free.
Book your cruise by emailing - a 30% deposit is required to confirm your booking, with the balance due 60 days before departure. Various methods of payment are available: credit card, bank wire transfer/internet banking transfer or Paypal.
It is strongly advised that travel insurance is taken out when you make the deposit booking payment. Please read carefully our cruise cancellation and refund policy.