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Champagne tour

Day 1


A Historic Setting, Champagne Reception, and Gourmet Delights

Arrival on Aurora, moored on the Marne River at Chateau Thierry, scene of American Battle of WWI. Welcome reception by your Chef & Captain Steve Pope and the crew, with Champagne & petits fours. Possible afternoon visit of Belleau Memorial or participate to the spectacular show of the Eagle before the first gourmet dinner

  • aurora barge cruise
  • aurora river cruise in paris

Day 2


Cruise to Dormans through the picturesque vineyards of Champagne.

Possible excursions:

  • Early morning visit to the local Baker to assist to the making of French Baguette and croissants.
  • Excursion to the Chateau of Condé, privately owned historical monument, famous for its interior decors from the 17th & 18th c. Frescoes and “trompe l’oeil” painted by Watteau, Servandoni and other prestigious painters.
  • In Try sur Dormans discover the Museum of L’Escargot de Champagne, then our first culinary stop for a tasting of Terrine d’Escargot accompanied, of course, by a flute of Champagne.

  • bakery champagne tour
  • aurora jaccuzi deck outside
  • champagne tour canal water
  • champagne tour nature

Day 3


Cruise to Cumières

Possible excursions:

  • Visit the village of Hautvillers, where the famous monk Dom Perignon invented the Champagne method of fermentation, then Oeuilly, a village out of time with La Maison Champenoise, a traditional vintner’s house where you can see the life since the 18th cent.
  • Visit Reims, city of coronation its magnificent Cathedral, one of the greatest in the world, where the French kings used to be crowned. Visit one of the most famous Champagne Cellars Taittinger, Pomery or Veuve Clicquot
  • Our culinary visit brings us to the famous Cheese Specialist in Reims “Maison Charlet” with 300 variety of cheeses; then to the Biscuit Factory of Fossier, dating from 1756, famous for the “Biscuit rose de Reims”

  • aurora barge outside
  • nature champagne region
  • grapes champagne tour fields
  • field grapes wine

Day 4


Cruise to Mareuil sur Ay.

Possible excursions:

  • Visit the Market of St Martin d’Ablois with the Chef.
  • Excursion to Epernay and visit of the Dom Perignon cellars at Moet & Chandon
  • On the “Route des Blancs” in Oger, discover the “Museum of Traditions, Love and Champagne” with an amazing collection of traditional wedding accessories, bridal crowns, wedding dresses etc…
  • Today we can also participate in the preparation of “Paté en croûte de Jambon” by a local traiteur

  • aurora barge cruise view outside
  • city in the champagne region
  • champagne region city
  • village in the champagne region

Day 5


Cruise to Condé sur Marne

Possible excursions:

  • Airfield Museum of Vraux recalling the activities at the Airfield during WWII
  • Visit a chocolate factory in Pierry and sample the delicious bonbons
  • After a short stop in the amazing Forest of Verzy, visit a unique Whisky distillery in Louvois.

  • aurora barge cruise champagne
  • aurora barge river outside
  • village champagne cruise outside
  • grapes field champagne region

Day 6


Cruise to Châlons en Champagne, jewel of Roman & Gothic architecture

Possible excursions:

  • Visit the magnificent Renaissance Chateau de Montmort, with its draw bridge that crosses over a moat, and its vegetable garden
  • Afternoon visit of a traditional Champenoise Farm in the beautiful village of St Amand sur Fion
    followed by a visit to a goat cheese farm in La Chaussee-sur -Marne

  • aurora outside deck guests
  • aurora champagne glass
  • vineyard champagne region
  • regio champagne nature

Day 7


After last gourmet breakfast, return to Paris by private motor coach (about 1h45).

Note: Excursions are tailor-made to suit your interests.

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“Thank you for those people who make us happy for they are the gardeners of our souls! Thank you so very much for creating the ambience and barging our family through one of the most amazing weeks. We loved the food and the wine, the wonderful attention you gave us!”

- Lawrence Rockefeller, Rockefeller Centre, New York, USA -

“There is no water on the Moon! Canals on Mars are a hoax! Nothing can compare with a barge trip – a great relaxing trip with neat friends from Los Angeles. Thanks ever so much!”

- Buzz Aldrin, APOLLO XI

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- Robert de Niro, USA -
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