European Waterways Announces Champagne Cruises

9th August 2016

European Waterways Announces Champagne Cruises

European Waterways are offering five new Champagne Cruises in Champagne, France, aboard the Panache luxury hotel barge in 2017. Departing on June 11th, 18th and 25th, and July 2nd and 9th, Panache can accommodate up to 12 passengers in luxurious comfort and features a crew of six, including an English speaking guide, gourmet chef and experienced captain.  The six-night itineraries are all-inclusive and priced at $6,190 per person, based on double occupancy. Charter bookings are also available.

Guests can expect to cruise gently along the River Marne through the heart of the Champagne region, and take excursions to the prestigious Champagne houses of La Maison Pannier and Domaine Ployez-Jacquement, where they will enjoy premium tours and tastings.  The cruise will also feature a tour of the village of Hautvillers, known as the ‘Cradle of Champagne’, where almost 350 years ago, the monk Dom Pérignon discovered the méthode champenoise, a special – and many consider the best – way of getting the sparkle into the wine. Guests will enjoy a degustation of Champagnes at a delightful boutique. Visits to the Baroque Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte and the city of Reims are also on the itinerary.

“Few places on Earth can boast the name recognition of Champagne in France,” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways. “This renowned region, famous for the sparkling white wine that bears its name, is also the birthplace of chivalric romance and has been at the crossroads of Europe since Roman times. You can taste the history, heritage and culture in every glass.”

Banks continued: “The Champagne region of France features the stunning landscapes that inspired Impressionist artists such as Renoir. Today it continues to draw visitors and wine aficionados from around the world who wish to sample the famous product that sets the gold standard for sparkling wines.”

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