Highlights
  • Visit the Abbey of Hautvilliers where the monk Dom Perignon first made Champagne
  • Visit to the world famous cellars of Moet and Chandon for a tour and tasting
  • Visits to small family-run vineyards
  • Visit Meaux and Coulomniers, one of the centres of Brie cheese
  • Visit the magnificent Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte

Barging through Northern France is a relaxing and fun way to explore the French countryside. Join our barge cruise and visit many of the French sites made famous by impressionists of the late 1800's, including Monet and Van Gogh. This luxury barge cruise falls in the hotel barge class and carries up to 12 passengers in 6 cabins, each with a private bathroom. Plenty of open areas onboard let you kick back and relax as the beauty of France drifts slowly by.

Countries
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport
Rivers & Seas
  • Seine River

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River Cruise to Northern France

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Best Vacation Ever! August 2017

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The Family Magic Trip down the lower Salmon River in August was AMAZING! The guides were awesome! So knowledgeable, funny, and resourceful. The food was better than most restaurants and my kids loved it (as did I)! The River Jester (Lily) was such a sweet yet stern and fun lady that kept the kids entertained and they loved her. They setup camp for us each day at these amazing beaches! I have never been rafting, and they were there to make it seem easy and doable! I loved that they taught us about the local history and environments. A stop at Spalding was awesome start to the trip! I enjoyed the paddle boats, inflatable kayaks, and the oar boats. I even became part of the swim team but it was a good experience having the guides there to ensure our safety. I loved cliff jumping, the short hikes, swimming the rapids, and swimming in the river with the kids. The time with friends and family was great. It was so relaxing and good to meet so many different people I feel that I can call my friends now. Best part was sleeping under the stars with my family hearing the rushing river next to us. The guides made the trip so personal and they were caring! Thanks so much Mark, Max, Connie, Jonas, Curtis, Lily, and Bethany! Absolutely recommend going on a trip with ROW and I plan to with my children again, it was worth every penny! Thanks Jason for helping plan the trip for me!
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A great way to get off the beaten path! January 2017

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ROW Adventures is a great way to get off the beaten path and experience our wonderful wilderness with a set of wonderful guides. I am not sure which was the best part of our 6 day trip on The River of No Return; the guides, the food, meeting new people, the river... But all seemed to fall into a wonderful rhythm that perfectly complimented each other. My family was very concerned that we even signed up for this type of vacation. It is one thing to go floating in the wild in your young, but quite different when you are many years down the road and suffer from chronic pain. For some reason, the cooler water if the river, time to give back to ur soul, the daily stops to visit the hot springs, the wonderful healthy great tasting food, and encouragement of our guides all seemed to bring back the youth of our younger days gone by. We smiled, giggled, shared great drink and laughed at the joke after joke. But most of all, it was the guides that made our trip as each day unfolded. Each guide brought back the youth of our soul through the morning stretches, the stories of past explorers, and the shared fishing tackle! Now my next wish is to embark on a new ROW adventure with my son so we can share a new chapter of complete happiness in our beautiful wilderness...Maybe Hells Canyon or their adventure that offers trail riding and fast river rafting! Either way, it is something for everyone no matter what your age!
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Love Row! January 2017

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Love all the people at Row. Professional and fun. They really give you a hands on experience. Can't wait to spend the summer again with next year!!!

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Well organized trip! January 2017

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They are well organized, served a great lunch and have guides that know the river and have a great sense of humor! Thanks Neil for a fun day!

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See you again! January 2017

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Had a blast last year on Snake River. Very professional and fun guides. The canyon was on fire and they just took this in stride and adjusted.See you July 30 for Middle Fork of Salmon.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Meals: Dinner

Cumieres

Guests are met from the designated meeting point and transferred to Savoir Faire moored at Cumieres, 2km from the heart of Epernay. After an introduction to your captain and crew with a champagne welcome, there will be time to stroll through the village before dinner on board.

Day 2

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Cumieres to Damery

This morning, we visit Reims and its magnificent cathedral. We then return to the hotel barge for lunch and a cruise to the delightful little town of Damery, with its 13th century church, which was part of a former Benedictine priory. Later this afternoon we visit the Abbey of Hautvilliers where the monk Dom Perignon first made Champagne. Dinner on board.

Day 3

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Damery to Chateau Thierry

We are now entering the true Champagne region. Your hosts have arranged a pre-lunch visit to the world famous cellars of Moet and Chandon for a tour and tasting. We then continue to cruise to Chateau Thierry, were we shall moor for the night. This pretty town offers a promenade along the original walls of the town with views over the Marne Valley. The area was the scene of American battles in World War One. Nearby is the American Monument that was built in 1929, at an altitude of 660 feet.  The monument keeps alive the memory of the American troops who fought in World War One. (Optional visit to Belleau Wood battlefield and the American cemetery). Dinner on board.

Day 4

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Chateau Thierry to La Ferte

Our cruise today will take us through picturesque landscapes so loved by both the French and visitors abroad. Today we have arranged a tour of some of our favourite places and a selection of visits to small family-run vineyards so that you can try their fine selection of champagnes. Our mooring for the night is at La Ferte, which offers beautiful, refreshing promenades along the river. Dinner on board.

Day 5

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

La Ferte to Meaux

Today we cruise to Meaux, in the very heart of Brie, famous for its wonderful cheeses of the same name. Nearby, on the route to Soissons, stands a monument that commemorates the 5th September 1914, the extreme point of advance of the German troops and the date of the French counter-attack. We visit Coulomniers, one of the centres of Brie cheese. Your personalized visit to a master cheese maker, will enable you to see the cheese-making process first hand and to sample a variety of the world famous Brie cheese, along with wines from his excellent cellar. Dinner on board.

Day 6

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Meaux to Paris

This morning we leave Meaux and head towards the mighty River Seine, which will take us into the very heart of Paris. Our cruise will take us past Coupvray, the birthplace of Louis Braille, the inventor of the alphabet for the blind. At St Maur des Fosses, we pass through the tunnel, which enables us to bypass the shallow waters of the Marne Loop. After lunch we visit the magnificent Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte. The wonderfully-proportioned chateau and its exquisite gardens are the highlight of this visit. Built between 1656 and 1661 for finance minister Nicolas Fouquet. return to the hotel barge enjoy and an exclusive evening cruise through Paris. Savoir Faire glides past the magnificent church of Notre Dame, the resplendent Louvre art gallery and the symbolic Eiffel Tower.  Our final mooring is in the Arsenal, a stones throw from the Bastille.  Captains Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7

Meals: Breakfast

Paris

After breakfast we transfer you to the designated drop off point.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 4,975

Price Per Day:

$ 711 per day
 
  • Deposit Price: $ 500
  • Departs Sundays from April 3 - October 23.  Specific dates by request.
  • 7-Day Guided Barge Tour
  • Departures: By request, please call
  • Adult Price: from $4975
  • Rates vary depending on number of guests, routes and time of year, please call for current rates and availability.
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Ship Description

Thoughtful and excellent touches make living on this spacious barge supremely comfortable and the week’s cruise a joy. In addition to 2 spacious sundecks, there’s a great aft bar lounge that’s a favorite gathering place for all to talk about the day.

The 6 pleasant staterooms boast plenty of storage space, 220V and US 110V outlets and a unique “split” bathroom design. Each room is decorated beautifully with plenty of personal touches, including drawings by the owner. The Savoir Faire offers an extensive library and individual DVD facilities in each bedroom.

Internet, bikes, 2 air-conditioned minibuses and a crew of 6 add to the abundance of offerings aboard this truly unique barge.

Deck & Cabin Plans

Trip Excludes
  • International Flights
  • Personal Expenses
Optional Activities

What activities can I expect?

Every day will see guided tours to historical or cultural sites including chateaux's, vineyards, market towns, gardens and museums. Some cruises have a special theme like golf, wine tasting. Guests can stroll along the tow path or cycle into neighboring towns and just play catch up with the barge.

Meals Included:

6 breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 6 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Accomodations

What is a Luxury Hotel Barge?

The Hotel Barge of today was the cargo barge of yesteryear - these barges were built to carry goods along shallow and narrow waterways. Today these remodeled hulls are luxury accommodations for small groups of travelers looking to enjoy life at a slower pace. The cruises include all gourmet meals with wine, all shore excursions, "open bar" and bicycles for the use of the guests and various other luxury facilities.

Start City
Paris
End City
Paris
Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation Policy:

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, please notify us as soon as possible. If written cancellation is received by ROW (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of deposit. Deposits are non-refundable. If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded. You are welcome to find a replacement for yourself. Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved spaces to other individuals or groups. Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies. For this reason we a strongly recommend you consider purchasing a travel protection plan.

 

Trip Protection Plan

We offer a comprehensive cancellation and trip protection plan through our office and recommend this coverage which protects your payments if you have to cancel for medical or other covered reasons.

Additional Information:

**On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.

This is a sample itinerary is subject to change.

The designated meeting and drop off point is Paris.

Trip ID#: RivCruRow

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