You will understand why France is known for its joie de vivre when you travel on board the charming Belmond Hirondelle luxury river barge.

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Life on France’s waterways flows at a gentle pace on a seven day itinerary, gliding from Chalons-en-Champagne to Epernay by barge on the Belmond Hirondelle. Recline on the teak deck and admire the picturesque landscape dotted with storybook medieval towns and historic champagne houses.

As soon as you board, you will served champagne and encouraged to toast the upcoming journey. Meet the captain and crew before sitting down to a delectable gourmet dinner on your first night on board the Belmond Hirondelle.

Spacious cabins offer creature comforts like en suite bathrooms and state-of-the-art technology. Open your large window to let the fresh breeze into your serene room. Embroidered fabrics, fine antiques, oak-paneled ceilings, and plush furnishings round out the plush interiors. Let your mind drift as you lay back on your bed, watching the tree-speckled vistas pass by.

On warm mornings, breakfast is enjoyed alfresco as the ship glides along the canal. Cocktails are sipped before sumptuous meals. Divine dinners are to always be expected on-board and in hand-picked restaurants during your journey on the Belmond Hirondelle. Sample artisan cheeses, go truffle tasting, and shop in lively markets. A glass of sparkling wine is never far out of reach. This is true wining and dining.

Each day a variety of historic and cultural experiences will introduce you to this wonderful area of France. Visit Reims, the crowning place of 34 French sovereigns and the prime location of champagne production. Shop in the boutiques and explore the Gothic cathedral.

Other days are spent leisurely strolling or bicycle riding. History is evident at every turn. In Chalons-en-Champagne you will explore the statue-filled gardens of the Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Cloister. The tomb of Dom Perignon presides over a spellbinding view of the vineyards. Learn about grape harvesting during an oenological workshop, and enjoy an exclusive tasting at Moet & Chandon’s champagne house. Your time on the Belmond Hirondelle luxury river barge will be a laid back French affair.

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