NEW FOR 2015
Great War itinerary
Chalons-en-Champagne - Epernay - Dormans- Chateau Thierry -
Saint-Jean-les-Deux-Jumeaux - Meaux - Lagny-Sur-Marne - Paris
May 28; July 8 and September 17, 2015
$2850 per person
An insight into the riches of French heritage.
The Canal Latéral a la Marne was built between 1840 and 1846 in order to improve navigation conditions and to promote trade. The canal is 67 km long, of which 16 km go through the Montagne de Reims Natural Park, it has 15 locks along its route and it is used most often nowadays as part of the network of "Green Ways", or cycle paths. This water way in north-eastern France is significant because it connects the Paris Basin to both the Rhine and Saone rivers. The Canal Latéral à la Marne links Vitry-le-François to Dizy, with the towns of Chalons-en-Champagne and Epernay and the village of Hautvillers, birthplace of Champagne, along the way. From that point onwards, the canal joins the Marne River which is navigable all the way to Paris, and passes through the towns of Chateau-Thierry and Meaux before it reaches the French capital city. The Marne canal and river form an important structuring axis for the areas and villages through which they pass, and they are intimately linked to the history, economy and social life in the valley..
CHALONS-EN-CHAMPAGNE to PARIS
DAY 1: PARIS
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. in Paris. After you've settled comfortably in your cabin, we'll present our crew to you before having dinner. We'll then enjoy dinner on board and stay overnight in Paris.
DAY 2: PARIS - LAGNY-SUR-MARNE
You'll have breakfast on board before leaving for a coach and foot tour of Paris. We'll visit Les Invalides, and the Musée de l'Armée, which retraces history from 1871 to 1945, including the two World Wars. The museum has over a thousand objects showing the diversity of its collections: French and foreign uniforms, including some having belonged to illustrious military leaders (Foch, Joffre, de Lattre, Leclerc) and objects used by ordinary soldiers in daily life — as well as marshal batons and ceremonial swords. During our visit, the ship will cruise to Lagny-sur-Marne. We'll return to the ship for lunch in Lagny-sur-Marne and continue our cruise toward Meaux. We'll arrive in Meaux during the evening, enjoy dinner on board, and remain in port overnight.
DAY 3: MEAUX - SAINT-JEAN-LES-DEUX-JUMEAUX
Enjoy breakfast on board before setting off on a 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. We'll chronologically follow the events and the direction of the troops as they advanced during the war. The Museum of the Great War houses one of the most unique collections in Europe and proposes an innovative vision of the Great War through modern techniques. Consisting of approximately 50,000 objects and documents, the collection allows visitors to appreciate the worldwide dimensions of the conflict, including 200 complete uniforms. We'll return to the ship for lunch and continue our cruise. We'll arrive in Saint-Jean-Les-Deux-Jumeaux during the evening, enjoy dinner on board and remain in port overnight.
DAY 4: SAINT-JEAN-LES-DEUX-JUMEAUX - CHATEAU THIERRY
We'll cruise through the morning and have breakfast and lunch on board, passing by Champigny and Drachy as we cruise through the vineyard-dotted landscapes of the Seine-et-Marne. This afternoon, we'll leave by coach for a visit to the Remembrance Museum of Belleau. When entering the museum, you'll first encounter the permanent exhibition presenting the American Military Cemetery, and the chapel built on the site of the trenches (Belleau Wood). In another room, you'll find temporary exhibitions about the First World War. We'll then continue on to visit the Aisne-Marne Cemetery at the foot of the wood, where 2,289 soldiers fell fighting during the summer of 1918. We'll return on board for dinner and remain in port overnight.
DAY 5: CHATEAU THIERRY - DORMANS - EPERNAY
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board as we spend the morning cruising toward Dormans. We'll arrive late in the morning and have lunch on board. This afternoon, join us for a tour on the famous Champagne Tourist Route. You'll partake in a guided tour of the village of Hautvillers, once home to the famous Dom Perignon, the legendary Benedictine monk who is frequently (but erroneously) credited with having invented sparkling champagne. Pay special attention to the unique 140 wrought iron signs hanging through the village; they tell a story about the inhabitants. We'll continue our visit to a prominent champagne house, with a tasting, of course. During this time, the ship will continue on to Epernay. After our tour, we'll return to the ship and enjoy dinner on board. We'll remain in port overnight.
DAY 6: EPERNAY - CHALONS-EN-CHAMPAGNE
The ship will leave early in the morning toward Chalons-en-Champagne. Enjoy breakfast on board and take in the lovely scenery as we cruise the Marne through the entire morning. You can continue to take in the sites as we lunch on board. We'll arrive in Chalons-en-Champagne at the start of the afternoon, and we'll leave by coach on a tour of Verdun. We'll begin the tour with a visit to Fort Douaumont, the largest and highest fort on the ring of 19 defensive forts protecting the city of Verdun up through 1915. We'll then continue on to the Douaumont ossuary, where the bodies of 130,000 World War soldiers from each side are at rest together for eternity. We'll finish the visit with the "Tranchée des Baïonnettes" (bayonet trench), a monument financed by the American George Rand. Following our afternoon tour, we'll return to the ship for our gala dinner and evening. We'll remain in port overnight.
DAY 7: CHALONS-EN-CHAMPAGNE
Enjoy one last breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.
Rate includes: 6 night cruise, all meals, wine with meals, drinks from the bar and excursions. Bicycles available for cycling.
|Accommodations||Rate Type||Rate Amount|
|Stateroom per person||6 night||2886|
|stateroom person 3-night||3 night||918|
|Single supplement||6 night||1200|
|Single supplement||3 night||407|
|Departure Dates (Thursday)||Rate Type||Route|
|Aug 25||6 night||Champagne France between Paris and Epernay|
|Accommodations||Rate Type||Rate Amount|
|Single supplement||6 night||1300|
|Stateroom per person||6 night||2925|
|Departure Dates (Tuesday)||Rate Type||Route|
|April 23, May 21 July 16, 30||6 night||Champagne France between Paris and Epernay|