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MERGANSER ITINERARIES - Season 2017
cruising in France
Merganser starts on Saturday and is scheduled to last six nights.
will be in place to transfer passengers from and to the
terminal in Paris
the start and finish of their cruise.
bookings from London may
be arranged on request.
Passengers may instead elect to be transferred from and to locations in
or the major
airports serving Paris.
£900 per person per week
includes all meals, wines,
bar drinks, guided tours and excursions, and transfers.
MERGANSER CRUISE AREA
During 2017 we are offering
cruises based on the
canals of the Champagne Region in France.
The Champagne cruise embraces the area
bounded by Reims, Bar le Duc and
Joinville. Reims, which we visit
during the cruise is a large regional capital and is notable for its
magnificent Cathedral. Not only an important centre of the champagne wine
industry it also has a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere with attractive shops
and cafés. To the South of Reims lies Châlons en Champagne,
an important and attractive town, where we moor close to the excellent town
centre with good shops and another fine cathedral; from here we visit the
nearby basilica of l’Epine, a remarkable example of 15th Century
Gothic architecture set in the middle of the chalky Champagne
fields. Vitry le François gives us a chance to visit the wood framed churches
of the champagne bocage, the Lac du Der and the 11th Century
Cistercian Abbey of Trois Fontaines. From Vitry we also visit our own champagne supplier located in the village of Bassuet, a small area to the South
of the vignoble which produces some of the finest wines of the region. The
route of our cruise is good for towpath
cycling and walking and offers, in addition to the planned visits, an
opportunity to visit local villages beside which we moor the barge.
should note that our inclusive tours depend on availability and the
date and no
particular visit is guaranteed; some champagne houses accept no tours
the harvesting of the grapes and local holidays may also limit our
options. In June 2016 the regional daily, L'Union, published a
double spread about the cruise. Text, images and translation may be
viewed at l'union-article
Canal Lateral à la
The wood framed churches
and the Trois Fontaines Abbey
House and the Lac du Der
20th May, 27th May, 3rd June, 10th June, 17th
24th June, 1st July, 8th July, 15th July, 22nd July, 29th July *, 5th August *, 12th August, 19th August, 26th August, 2nd
16th September, 23rd
Dates in red are fully booked
Cruises start and finish at Vitry le François except those marked
with an asterix which run between Vitry le François and Bar le
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We do not store credit card details nor do we share customer details
with any third parties
Booking deposit per person 50% of the total cruise cost, final payment
weeks before the cruise. Charter payment terms by arrangement.
there are three twin cabins and two single cabins. All cabins have
beds and private bathroom with shower, hand basin and flush WC.
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