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Cruise In France On The Burgundy Canal In Southern Burgundy And In Champagne On The Marne River And Canal de l'Aisne A La Marne Aboard The Deluxe Hotel-Barge SAROCHE


See fabulous new 13-day Anglo-French Wine Tour under Itineraries below!


BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
The 6-passenger SAROCHE is owned and operated by Jason Ashcroft and Dawn Coles, who for many years owned and operated the 6-passenger barge "Who Knows" in Burgundy and Champagne. Jason and Dawn bring with them their enthusiasm about the fun and enjoyment of barge cruises along with their extensive professional experience in barging. Dawn applies her culinary skills to each meal and her attention to detail ensures that the barge runs like clockwork. Jason's many skills qualify him as an experienced sommelier, Chef, professional bilingual tour guide and barge Captain. Along with Jason as pilot and tour guide and Dawn as chef, they also have a hostess and deckhand to assist in the day-to-day running of the barge. Together they ensure that cruising the waterways of France aboard Saroche is a relaxing, comfortable, informative and truly unique gourmet experience. We have known Jason and Dawn for many years, stayed on board the Who Knows when they owned it, and stayed on the Saroche with its previous owner. We think that Jason and Dawn and the Saroche provide an outstanding cruise -- you won't find a more knowledgeable tour guide than Jason or a more welcoming host and chef than Dawn!

Saroche has three staterooms, each measuring about 200 square feet including an ensuite bathroom. Each stateroom can be made up with either a queen-sized bed or two twin beds, and provides all of the comforts of a luxury hotel. The staterooms have large wardrobes with ample hanging and shelf space. Bathrooms contain extra large fully-tiled shower cubicles with high ceilings and easy access glass doors. All cabins have opening windows, central heating and individually controlled air conditioning. There is a large sundeck with hot tub, a dining table for 'al fresco' meals, loungers for relaxing and an awning covering part of the deck. In the split level salon/dining room are eight large windows and a hexagonal skylight which flood the room with sunshine and fresh air. The comfortable armchairs, wood burning fire, fully-stocked bar, stereo/CD player, satellite TV, video and DVD player and library complete the cozy atmosphere.

The Saroche cruises from May through July in Champagne on the Marne River and a nearby canal and then from August through October in Southern Burgundy on the Burgundy Canal. In Burgundy, Jason will take you on a guided visit to the famous Cistercian winery of Clos du Vougeot and nearby vineyards, as well as to Beaune, with its famous Hospice and wine cellars. And if you like, there will also be plenty of time to walk or bike along the canal as the barge cruises. In Champagne, you will visit World War I battle sites, tour Reims and its famous cathedral, enjoy tastings at the champagne houses and cruise past the vineyard-covered hills owned by many famous champagne houses.

France is world renowned for its gourmet cuisine and grand wines and a vacation aboard the Saroche allows you to experience the very best offered by two of its iconic regions, Burgundy and Champagne. A highlight of each day will be the deliciously prepared meals you will indulge in on board. Dawn will cater to all of your culinary needs and you will be delighted by the meals she produces from the Galley. Also as part of your week aboard Saroche you will dine out at one of the area's renowned gastronomic restaurants. Drawing on France's wonderfully varied selection of wines, you will have a chance to sample the excellent wines that represent Burgundy, Champagne and many of France's other wine producing regions. As a wine enthusiast and trained sommelier, Jason has tracked down the best vineyards and wine houses for clients to taste and enjoy the finest products in the area.


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Dining Aboard The Saroche:
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A taste of the gourmet
cuisine served aboard the Saroche.




Passenger Comments:

Excellent food, wine and service. One of our best trips ever!!!
R&P.J. VT USA, October 2017

The overall trip was wonderful! Dawn and Jason were incredible hosts. I can't think of any way they could have made our trip any better.
M.M., MO, USA, May 2012

What an amazing experience, every day was better than the previous, we cannot speak highly enough of our experience. Dawn and Jason excelled. Amazing meals, well-organized day tours and travel program, Jason is a wonderful guide.
I & S B., Australia, September 2011

SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Burgundy: Canal de Bourgogne
Escommes to Gissey-sur-Ouche 2018

This very special itinerary captures the essence of France, starting near Dijon. Visit the magical vineyards of the world famous Côte d'Or, experience wine tasting, truffle hunting and medieval history. Cruise through unspoiled canals, mooring up in quaint hamlets and villages, enjoying fabulous food and Grand Cru wines along the way.

Sunday - Escommes

Be met by your private chauffeur in Paris, Geneva, Lyon or Dijon for your groups transfer to the Saroche, moored at Escommes on the Canal de Bourgogne. This canal, a historical monument, was conceived in 1605, completed in 1774, is 150 miles long and has 189 locks. It's a feat of amazing engineering that has survived The Revolution and two World Wars. Upon arrival you will be welcomed by the owners, Jason and Dawn, together with their crew. Be introduced to Saroche with a Champagne reception and have plenty of time to settle in before Dawn, your personal chef, presents you with the first of many gourmet meals.

Monday - Escommes to Châteauneuf en Auxois

Today's cruise takes you down the flight of locks from the summit pound to our unique mooring at the foot of beautiful Châteauneuf en Auxois. Saroche is the largest vessel that cruises these waterways and squeezing her into the locks is an impressive experience to behold, with plenty of opportunity to walk or cycle as we cruise. After lunch Jason will drive you to the UNESCO world heritage site of the Abbey of Fontenay founded in 1118 with its nearly intact Romanesque architecture, magnificent forge and serene gardens. Fontenay holds a special place in Dawn and Jason's hearts as this is where Jason proposed to Dawn. A relaxing drive home takes you past Alesia, famous for the battle of Alesia in 52 BC where Julius Caesar defeated the Gauls. We arrive back at Saroche with time to freshen up before cocktails on the deck in the shadow of Châteauneuf en Auxois. For those who are interested, Dawn will be doing a soufflé demonstration in the kitchen just before dinner; one can guess what the starter will be this evening? Finish the evening with a digestif on deck in full view of the elegantly lit chateau! Perhaps indulge in a Cuban cigar from Jason's on board humidor?

Tuesday - Châteauneuf en Auxois to Pont D'Ouche
This morning's visit is to Châteauneuf en Auxois. This 11th century château is a famous landmark in the area and hides a quaint hamlet behind it. Classified as "one of France's prettiest villages", the views of the surrounding areas are breathtaking. The Hamlet of Châteauneuf is home to artists, potters, sculptures and weavers -- there is plenty of time to visit and explore the small labyrinth of houses. On the way back to Saroche, Jason will stop off at a small artisanal chocolate maker for a visit and of course, a tasting! For those with energy to expend, you can enjoy a walk back to Saroche where lunch on deck awaits. In the afternoon we set sail and head downstream to Pont d'Ouche, with more opportunity to enjoy the scenery from the deck, or by foot or bicycle, along the towpath, as we navigate downstream through 10 locks. In the early evening Dawn will demonstrate the art of pâté and terrine making before enjoying a pre-dinner cocktail on deck or, in the Jacuzzi, as the sun sets before dinner.

Wednesday - Pont d'Ouche to Veuvey-sur-Ouche

Today we leave the Saroche and head over the hills to Beaune. This is the capital of wine production in Burgundy, however, it all hinges around the Hospice du Beaune, which Jason will expertly guide you around. Famous for its wines as much as it is for the traditional tiled roofs, this bastion of Burgundian history was constructed in 1443, and while not the oldest monument you will see this week, it is by far and away its most impressive. It was still a functioning hospital as late as 1973! Today is also market day in Beaune and before lunch there is time to wander the stalls and lovely cobbled streets, enjoying this very French town. Jason invites you to join him for lunch at L'Ecusson, a wonderful small fine dining establishment that puts a modern twist on classic French food. Plates arrive more like works of art which almost make it a shame to eat them, but eat you must and the rewards in flavours are stunning. Beaune is really two towns; one above ground and one below, made up of a labyrinth of cellars dating back to Roman times. With this in mind Jason takes you on a comprehensive wine tasting at the house of Patriarche. The largest wine house in Burgundy with 3 miles of cellars and well over 2 million bottles of wine, it goes without saying it could be a long afternoon! You will taste sublime whites and rich complex reds from some of the most famous Grand Cru fields in the world. As a personal friend of the cellar master, Jason enjoys unrivaled access to the wines. We finish in a small private cellar surrounded by rare vintages which are normally reserved for the higher echelons of the wine world -- this is a privilege which Jason enjoys sharing with guests. As a trained sommelier, he is on hand to guide, explain and advise. Dinner tonight aboard Saroche is a simple rustic French affair of Dawn's homemade pâtés, terrines and local cheese, ensuring a relaxed evening accompanied by a special treat of live music on our deck.

Thursday - Veuvey-sur-Ouche to La Bussière

This morning we set sail and head into the famous Ouche Valley, with the towpath running alongside. The steep-sided valley is covered in original deciduous forest which is teeming with deer, wild boar and game birds, is home to some of the most beautiful cruising in Europe. We moor up in the village of La Bussière and enjoy lunch on deck overlooking the magnificent views. In the afternoon Jason will drive you into the Côte de Nuits. First we visit Clos du Vougeot, the 11th century Cistercian monastic winery, now home to the Knights of the Round Table of wine tasting. Next we set off to the vineyard for a wine tasting hosted by Jason, where he explains the idiosyncrasies of French wine making and what truly makes the wines of Burgundy so special. Before returning to Saroche, we stop at a "truffle specialist" and join the family dog for a truffle hunt, followed by a tasting of this mysterious fungi. Tonight's aperitif is enjoyed at the Abbey de la Bussière, set in an immaculate parkland, which is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of bubbles. This 11th century Cistercian Abbey is now home to a magnificent Relais et Château hotel. Meet the owner of this impressive building, who is delighted to show our Saroche guests his home. Busy on the barge, Dawn awaits to present you with another sumptuous dining experience.

Friday- La Bussiere to Gissey sur Ouche

Market Day in Dijon, the capital of Burgundy, once home to the Dukes of Burgundy and birthplace of Gustave Eiffel, who designed the market square. After a walking tour of the old town, founded in the Roman era, you will have plenty of time to experience and explore one of the best markets in France and join Jason in selecting produce to accompany your lunch aboard Saroche. We will have time to enjoy the classic French shops or relax in one of Dijon's many cafes. We return to Saroche for lunch before setting sail for Gissey, our final destination for the week, and Jason and Dawn's home for the last ten years. This beautiful village, nestled in the heart of the Ouche valley, is classically French and no trip would be complete without exploring it. Before aperitifs, join Dawn in the galley for the final time as she demonstrates the art of canapés. Jason will join you for pre-dinner drinks on deck this evening and recount tales of barging folklore, many of which he and Dawn have been part of. Tonight's dinner is the pinnacle of culinary excellence where Dawn and Jason will round out your gastronomic wine experience with another gourmet delight and Grand Cru wines.

Saturday - Gissey
Your chauffeur-driven minibus will pick you up after breakfast and transport you to your onward destination, with time to reflect on your memorable week aboard the Saroche and France as it should be seen! We hope to welcome you back, perhaps in the springtime while we cruise the Champagne region!

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. It runs in reverse on alternate weeks.
SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Champagne: Marne River & Canal Lateral a la Marne
Vandières to Soulanges 2018

Champagne holds a world of mystery. With the mere word "Champagne" images of luxury and wealth spring to mind, let us cruise you through this magical part of France and indulge you in the drink of Kings and Queens, enjoying it at its best, celebrating with friends!

Sunday - Paris to Vandières
Your chauffeur driven mini bus will transfer you to Saroche moored near the beautiful Champagne-producing village of Vandières on the river Marne. Owners of Saroche Captain Jason and Chef Dawn will meet you with a Champagne reception on deck and introduce you to the crew. Plenty of time to settle into your stateroom and then enjoy a stroll along the river bank, or a cocktail on deck whilst overlooking the weir where you will spy kingfishers hunting and swans, herons and ducks enjoying the tranquility of the Marne. This evening your first of many gourmet dinners created by Dawn will be enjoyed aboard Saroche, followed by a nightcap on deck stargazing.

Monday - Vandières to Cumières

After breakfast Jason will take you on a historic visit to the Château of Condé en Brie. This 16th century hunting lodge has hosted kings and queens, saints and sinners. The Château is officially closed today, however as a personal friend of the owners Jason will guide you on a private visit through this wonderful building and introduce you to the Count, who will demonstrate the flamboyant technique of "sabering" a bottle of Champagne and then indulge in a glass or two in the shade of the courtyard. We return to Saroche for a lazy lunch with 360 degree views of the glorious Champagne vineyards before setting sail and heading upstream towards Cumières. This important river gently meanders through the Marne valley covered on both sides in vineyards, steeped in World War I history and surrounded by wonderful French countryside. All this can be admired from the deck or even the Jacuzzi. We moor up in the shadow of the Abbey of Hautvillers, once home and work place to the grandfather of Champagne Dom Perignon. Dawn will be demonstrating the art of "confiting" duck in her galley and there is time for a gentle stroll or a cycle along the towpath before Jason introduces you to "Bubbles du Jour". Each evening you will be presented with a different Champagne with explanations about the house it comes from and any unusual techniques and qualities it possesses followed by another of Dawn's fabulous meals on board, while Jason pairs your meal with magnificent wines from Burgundy. Finish the evening with a digestif on deck from the wide selection of single malts, rums, cognacs and liquors and perhaps indulge in a Cuban cigar from Jason's personal humidor.

Tuesday - Cumières to Tours-sur-Marne

After breakfast Jason will take you to Épernay, where he'll drive you down the famous Avenue du Champagne home to the houses of Mercier, Perrier-Jouët and the biggest of them all, Moët et Chandon, to name a few. This morning you will visit chocolatier Thibault where you will spend time making artisanal chocolates with the master chocolatier, who is famous as the last chocolatier to make the alcohol-filled champagne corks. This is a rare and exciting chance to get up close and personal and experience the intricacies of creating fine confectionery. Return to the Saroche where Dawn will present another fabulous lunch. This afternoon we set sail for Tours-sur-Marne on the Canal Lateral a la Marne. We pass by hills covered in vines that stretch down to the water's edge. These are owned by many famous Champagne houses, such as, Mumm, Philipponat, Moët & Chandon and Heidsieck to name but a few. With plenty of opportunity to walk and cycle along the well paved towpath, we slowly ascend the valley toward our mooring in the centre of the village of Tours-sur-Marne. This traditional Champagne village is home to the house of Laurent Perrier, however dozens of small independent champagne makers are represented here. Jason will take you on a short walking tour and then for "Bubbles du Jour" in one of the private cellars. On the way back to Saroche join the crew in collecting fresh bread from the baker or visit the butcher, one of the finest in the area, where the chef does most of her provisioning. This evening Dawn will demonstrate the art of pâté and terrine making, before cocktails and canapés on deck. Following this Dawn will continue to impress with another fine dining experience and Jason will match some of the most famous wines to the food.

Wednesday - Reims
We leave the Saroche this morning to head into the historic city of Reims. Our first stop is to the Eisenhower War Rooms, an important yet under publicized museum where the treaty to end the Second World War was signed. From here Jason will take you to the world famous Cathedral of Reims. Having survived the revolution and two world wars it is a testament to the resilience of the people of Reims; with its amazing nave and wonderful architecture it deserves the UNESCO World Heritage status it has gained. Time to wander the shopping district of Reims before meeting up to go to lunch. Jason will host lunch at Les Crayères bistro for a lazy yet tantalizing Michelin dining experience. After lunch enjoy a stroll in the formal gardens at this most magnificent Relais and Château, once home to the Pommery family and now one of the best small hotels in the world. Crossing the city of Reims, we will visit one of the local fromageries for a cheese degustation and talk on their magnificent products. As we make our way back to the barge, Jason will stop off at an artisanal snail ranch where he will describe in detail what goes into making this gourmet dish so special. For the more adventurous there will be a sampling of this local delicacy. Back on board there is time for a dip in the Jacuzzi or a stroll by the canal side before the evening kicks off with "Bubbles du Jour". Tonight Dawn serves a light rustic French dinner of her homemade terrines and pâtés with local cheeses and salads, accompanied by hearty wines from the Languedoc.

Thursday - Tours-sur-Marne to Chalons-en-Champagne
After a lazy breakfast we take the mini bus to Mareuil-sur-Ay, home to many famous Champagne houses but none more so than Billecart Salmon. Enjoy a private tour of the last remaining independent large Champagne house followed by a delectable tasting. Returning to Saroche for more of Dawn's creations which will leave you well suited for a relaxing afternoon on the deck or walking by the barge as we meander towards the city of Chalons-en-Champagne, where we moor in the shade of the trees near the town center. As we cruise, those who are interested can join Dawn in the kitchen and watch her prepare her food as she divulges her kitchen secrets and recipes, while quizzing her about her menus and creations. Enjoy canapés on the deck as Jason introduces "Bubbles du Jour". Following this, tonight's dinner is classic French farmhouse style, where Dawn will present one of her hearty creations like Cassoulet, Boeuf Bourgignon or Coq au Vin, all washed down with delicious French wines from the Bordeaux region.

Friday - Chalons-en-Champagne to Soulanges
This morning we set sail and head along the canal towards the tiny hamlet of Soulanges, our cruising destination. Lunch will be served en route before we moor up in the early afternoon. From Soulanges Jason will drive you to the World War I trenches at La Main de Massiges, an archeological dig that is as authentic and sobering as it is mysterious. These trenches were discovered by a Parisian archeological student during a summer dig. Today they are the newest discovery of this grizzly episode in Champagne's torrid history. A walking tour of real trenches is a reminder of the other reason Champagne is world famous and before returning to the barge there is time to pay our respects to the fallen at the war cemetery. The route taken by Jason is the one used by General Patton as he swept across France on the allied offensive to help end the Second World War. For your final evening aboard Saroche Jason will start by presenting your last "Bubbles du Jour" on the deck with canapés before Dawn delights you one final time with a magnificent gala meal and Grand Cru wines.

Saturday - Paris

After breakfast your chauffeur-driven minibus will take you back to Paris with time on the journey to reflect on a truly unique vacation. Perhaps you are already thinking of your next trip aboard Saroche in Burgundy?

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. Depending on starting point the itinerary may run in the opposite way.

SAMPLE ITINERARY*
THIRTEEN DAY ANGLO-FRENCH GASTRONOMIC WINE TOUR "
England & Champagne: Cotswolds Manor & Marne River, Canal Laterale a la Marne 2018
(Special Itinerary)

THIRTEEN DAY ANGLO-FRENCH
GASTRONOMIC WINE TOUR

The 16th Century Cotswold Manor

This carefully crafted and unique itinerary includes the most quintessentially English and French experiences. Your trip begins with a week in the Cotswolds, based at a beautiful 16th century manor with a heated pool. Your en-suite, spacious and period decorated room ensures perfect comfort. The Manor's skilled chef and staff will delight you with wonderful food, paired with an excellent wine selection which will quench the thirst of even the most keen of wine enthusiasts. During the week your visits will range from the town of Bath with its Roman history to stately homes and even a game of Polo at one of the country's finest polo parks - where the Princes William & Harry play Polo regularly!

Next you will fly to France and the Champagne region where you will visit WWI trenches and ancient history monuments. Partake in wine tastings and chocolate making, and sip a different Champagne each day from the deck of your luxury floating hotel.

Saroche is the largest
Luxmotor cruising the canals of France

Saroche is the largest Luxmotor cruising the canals of France and her spacious en suite staterooms, enormous panoramic sun terrace with jacuzzi hot tub and attentive staff ensure a magical experience is had. Your hosts in England are Joe and Angharad Campbell Sait. This young dynamic couple started their career working for Orient Express on board a Dutch barge in France, with Joe at the helm as Captain and Angharad working alongside him. They have now established their own luxury experience a little closer to home. Their fine attention to detail, friendly professionalism and enthusiasm will ensure your expectations are exceeded. In France your hosts are Captain Jason, who is also a trained sommelier and his wife Chef Dawn, the proud owners of Saroche. With their combined 30 years experience cruising the waterways of France, you will be in good hands for your relaxing trip on the canals of Champagne. According to your hosts in England and France: "We have known each other for the last eight years and this has been a long project to put together and we are all four very proud of the results, in our opinion its probably the perfect Grand European vacation."

England & Champagne: Cotswolds Manor & Marne River, Canal Laterale a la Marne
(13 days) (Special Itinerary)


Sunday - Greeted by your host, you will depart England &
Champagne: Cotswolds Manor, & Marne River, Canal
Laterale a la Marne 2017 (13 days) (Special
Itinerary) London in our luxury private transfer service direct to The Manor. A Champagne reception will welcome you as you are introduced to the staff. After you settle in to your state rooms, enjoy a cocktail on the terrace overlooking the rolling hills of Bisley before indulging in a delicious five course dinner, prepared by your private chef.

Monday - After breakfast, depart for a visit to the famous Sudeley Castle & Gardens; a 15th century castle in North Cotswolds which is one of the few castles in England which is still in residence. The castle contains many fascinating treasures from ancient Roman times to the present day. Outside, the castle is surrounded by award- winning gardens and a breathtaking 1,200 acre estate. Sudeley Castle & Gardens is also the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within its grounds; Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII's six wives! Return to The Manor for your first lunch, followed by a relaxing afternoon by our heated pool, or enjoy exploring the extensive gardens and for the energetic perhaps a country walk through the local area. Enjoy cocktails and another superb five course dinner at The Manor.


Tuesday - Today you will explore one of Britain's most beautiful cities;England &
Champagne: Cotswolds Manor, & Marne River, Canal
Laterale a la Marne 2017 (13 days) (Special
Itinerary) the city of Bath, made famous by Jane Austen. Visit Bath's iconic landmarks including the Royal Crescent, The Circus and Bath Abbey. Indulge in a magnificent lunch at a Michelin-starred local restaurant in the heart of the city, before continuing to the Roman Baths -- the most popular attraction in the city! Enjoy some free time browsing Bath's exceptional boutique shopping before returning to The Manor in the late afternoon ready for sipping cocktails on the terrace and enjoying another gourmet meal.

Wednesday - After a leisurely breakfast, the chef will accompany you as you visit the bustling multi award winning Stroud Farmer's Market which is well known as one of the biggest, busiest and most popular farmers markets in the UK. Select local ingredients and delicacies and return to the manor for a cooking demonstration and a beautifully prepared market lunch. This afternoon you will attend a quintessentially British sporting match - polo! Established in 1894, amid 3000 acres of parkland and woodland on one of the country's most beautiful parks, enjoy cream tea or a glass of Champagne at Cirencester Park's Country Polo Club.


Thursday - After a relaxing morning and delicious lunch, set off for your tour of medieval Burford,;England &
Champagne: Cotswolds Manor, & Marne River, Canal
Laterale a la Marne 2017 (13 days) (Special
Itinerary)one of England's prettiest villages. Discover the hidden treasures through intriguing alleyways and courtyards between the 17th and 18th century buildings and see the splendour of the parish church built from the wealth of the wool trade. From here, continue on to Cotswolds Woollen Weavers, where you will learn of the heritage of textiles in the area and how it was the source of the infamous wealth of the Cotswolds. On your homeward journey, stop at Bibury, home to the famous Arlington Row. Built in 1380 as a place to store wool for the monastery, these cottages were then converted to weavers homes in the 17th century. Return to the manor for cocktails and another wonderful five course dinner.

Friday - After breakfast, depart for a short drive to Cirencester - one of Britain's oldest cities, where you will take a guided stroll through the town, visiting its architectural landmarks which span several centuries. You will then visit the award winning Corinium Museum, home to one of the largest collections of Roman - British antiquities. Enjoy some free time to roam Cirencester's antique and craft market before returning to the manor for an exquisite lunch and a relaxing final afternoon at The Manor. Before the cocktail hour is upon you, enjoy a traditionally English game of croquet on the lawn with your companions and staff, before indulging in a memorable seven course gala dinner.

Saturday - Enjoy your final breakfast at The Manor, before departing England &
Champagne: Cotswolds Manor, & Marne River, Canal
Laterale a la Marne 2017 (13 days) (Special
Itinerary)for Bristol Airport where you will catch a flight to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. At 1 hour and 15 minutes it makes the journey to France easy. Upon arrival you will be met by the Saroche's chauffeur and transferred to the barge moored on the River Marne in the heart of the Champagne region. Owners of Saroche Captain Jason and Chef Dawn will greet you with a Champagne reception on deck and introduce you to the crew. Plenty of time to settle into your stateroom and then enjoy a stroll along the river bank, or a cocktail on deck whilst overlooking the weir where you will spy kingfishers hunting, swans, herons and ducks all enjoying the tranquility of the Marne. This evening your first of many gourmet dinners created by Dawn will be enjoyed aboard Saroche, followed by a nightcap on deck stargazing.


Sunday - Vandieres to Cumières - After breakfast Jason will take you on a historic visit to the Château of Conde en Brie. ;England &
Champagne: Cotswolds Manor, & Marne River, Canal
Laterale a la Marne 2017 (13 days) (Special
Itinerary)This 16th century hunting lodge has hosted kings and queens, saints and sinners. The Chateau is officially closed today, however as a personal friend of the owners Jason will guide you on a private visit through this wonderful building and introduce you to the Count, who will demonstrate the flamboyant technique of "sabering" a bottle of Champagne and then indulge in a glass or two in the shade of the courtyard. We return to Saroche for a lazy lunch with 360 degree views of the glorious Champagne vineyards before setting sail and heading upstream towards Cumières. This important river gently meanders through the Marne valley covered on both sides in vineyards, steeped in World War I history and surrounded by wonderful French countryside. All this can be admired from the deck or even the Jacuzzi. We moor up in the shadow of the Abbey of Hautvillers, once home and work place to the grandfather of Champagne Dom Perignon. Dawn will be demonstrating the art of "confiting" duck in her galley and there is time for a gentle stroll or a cycle along the towpath before Jason introduces you to "Bubbles du Jour." Each evening you will be presented with a different Champagne with explanations about the house it comes from and any unusual techniques and qualities it possesses followed by another of Dawn's fabulous meals on board, while Jason pairs your meal with magnificent wines from Burgundy. Finish the evening with a digestif on deck from the wide selection of single malts, rums, cognacs and liquors and perhaps indulge in a Cuban cigar from Jason's personal humidor.

Monday - Cumières to Tours-sur-Marne - After breakfast Jason will take you to Epernay, ;England &
Champagne: Cotswolds Manor, & Marne River, Canal
Laterale a la Marne 2017 (13 days) (Special
Itinerary)where he'll drive you down the famous Avenue du Champagne home to the houses of Mercier, Perrier-Jouët and the biggest of them all, Moët et Chandon, to name a few. This morning you will visit chocolatier Thibault where you will spend time making artisanal chocolates with the master chocolatier, who is famous as the last chocolatier to make the alcohol-filled champagne corks. This is a rare and exciting chance to get up close and personal and experience the intricacies of creating fine confectionery. Return to the Saroche where Dawn will present another fabulous lunch. This afternoon we set sail for Tours-sur-Marne on the Canal Lateral a la Marne. We pass by hills covered in vines that stretch down to the water's edge. These are owned by many famous Champagne houses, such as, Mumm, Philipponat, Moët & Chandon and Heidsieck to name but a few. With plenty of opportunity to walk and cycle along the well paved towpath, we slowly ascend the valley toward our mooring in the centre of the village of Tours-sur-Marne. This traditional Champagne village is home to the house of Laurent Perrier, however dozens of small independent champagne makers are represented here. Jason will take you on a short walking tour and then for "Bubbles du Jour" in one of the private cellars. On the way back to Saroche join the crew in collecting fresh bread from the baker or visit the butcher, one of the finest in the area, where the chef does most of her provisioning. This evening Dawn will demonstrate the art of pâté and terrine making, before cocktails and canapés on deck. Following this Dawn will continue to impress with another fine dining experience and Jason will match some of the most famous wines to the food.

Tuesday - Reims - We leave the Saroche this morning to head into the historic city of Reims.;England &
Champagne: Cotswolds Manor, & Marne River, Canal
Laterale a la Marne 2017 (13 days) (Special
Itinerary) Our first stop is to the Eisenhower War Rooms, an important yet under publicized museum where the treaty to end the Second World War was signed. From here Jason will take you to the world famous Cathedral of Reims. Having survived the revolution and two world wars it is a testament to the resilience of the people of Reims; with its amazing nave and wonderful architecture it deserves the UNESCO World Heritage status it has gained. Time to wander the shopping district of Reims before meeting up to go to lunch. Jason will host lunch at Les Crayères bistro for a lazy yet tantalising Michelin dining experience. After lunch enjoy a stroll in the formal gardens at this most magnificent Relais and Château, once home to the Pommery family and now one of the best small hotels in the world. Crossing the city of Reims, we will visit one of the local fromageries for a cheese degustation and talk on their magnificent products. As we make our way back to the barge, Jason will stop off at an artisanal snail ranch where he will describe in detail what goes into making this gourmet dish so special. For the more adventurous there will be a sampling of this local delicacy. Back on board there is time for a dip in the Jacuzzi or a stroll by the canal side before the evening kicks off with "Bubbles du Jour". Tonight Dawn serves a light rustic French dinner of her homemade terrines and pâtés with local cheeses and salads, accompanied by hearty wines from the Languedoc.

Wednesday - Tours-sur-Marne to Chalons-en-Champagne - After a lazy breakfast we take the mini bus to Mareuil-sur-Ay, home to many famous Champagne houses;England &
Champagne: Cotswolds Manor, & Marne River, Canal
Laterale a la Marne 2017 (13 days) (Special
Itinerary)but none more so than Billecart Salmon. Enjoy a private tour of the last remaining independent large Champagne house followed by a delectable tasting. Returning to Saroche for more of Dawn's creations which will leave you well suited for a relaxing afternoon on the deck or walking by the barge as we meander towards toe city of Chalons-en-Champagne, where we moor in the shade of the trees near the town center. As we cruise, those who are interested can join Dawn in the kitchen and watch her prepare her food as she divulges her kitchen secrets and recipes, while quizzing her about her menus and creations. Enjoy canapés on the deck as Jason introduces "Bubbles du Jour". Following this, tonight's dinner is classic French farmhouse style, where Dawn will present one of her hearty creations like Cassoulet, Boeuf Bourgignon or Coq au Vin, all washed down with delicious French wines from the Bordeaux region.

Thursday - Chalons-en-Champagne to Soulanges - This morning we set sail and head along the canal towards the tiny hamlet of Soulanges, our cruising destination. England &
Champagne: Cotswolds Manor, & Marne River, Canal
Laterale a la Marne 2017 (13 days) (Special
Itinerary) Lunch will be served en route before we moor up in the early afternoon. From Soulanges, Jason will drive you to the World War I trenches at La Main de Massiges, an archeological dig that is as authentic and sobering as it is mysterious. These trenches were discovered by a Parisian archeological student during a summer dig. Today they are the newest discovery of this grizzly episode in Champagne's torrid history. A walking tour of real trenches is a reminder of the other reason Champagne is world famous and before returning to the barge there is time to pay our respects to the fallen at the war cemetery. The route taken by Jason is the one used by General Patton as he swept across France on the allied offensive to help end the Second World War. For your final evening aboard Saroche Jason will start by presenting your last "Bubbles du Jour" on the deck with canapés before Dawn delights you one final time with a magnificent gala meal and Grand Cru wines.

Friday - After breakfast your chauffeur-driven minibus will take you back to Paris with time on the journey to reflect on a truly unique vacation.

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. Depending on starting point the Saroche cruising itinerary may run in the opposite way.

Price: $13,000 per person (Charter only for 4 or 6)

What's Included
- This itinerary includes: 12 nights/13 day made up of:
- 6 nights full board accommodation at the Manor in the Cotswolds
- 6 nights full board accommodation aboard the Saroche in Champagne (also available for Burgundy cruises)
- All transportation from pick up on in London on the first day to drop off in Paris on the last day inclusive of the midweek transfer from England to France.
- All Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, teas and coffees whilst at The Manor or onboard Saroche
- All escorted side excursions

What's Not Included
- Travel to the pick up point in London
- Travel from the drop off point in Paris after the cruise
- Travel Insurance
- Gratuities




Saroche
2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
May 13 Soulanges-Vandieres Regular
May 20 Vandieres-Soulanges Regular
May 27 Soulanges-Vandieres Regular
Jun 3 Vandieres-Soulanges Regular
Jun 10 Soulanges-Vandieres Regular
Jun 17 Vandieres-Soulanges Regular
Jun 24 Soulanges-Vandieres Regular
Jul 1 Vandieres-Soulanges Regular
Jul 8 Soulanges-Vandieres Regular
Jul 15 Dommarien-Maxilly-sur-Soane Regular
Jul 22 Maxilly-sur-Soane-Gissey-sur-Ouche Regular
Jul 29 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Aug 5 Escommes-Gissey-sur-Ouche Regular
Aug 12 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
Aug 19 Escommes-Gissey-sur-Ouche Regular
Aug 26 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
Sep 2 Escommes-Gissey-sur-Ouche Regular
Sep 9 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
Sep 16 Escommes-Gissey-sur-Ouche Regular
Sep 23 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
Sep 30 Escommes-Gissey-sur-Ouche Regular
Oct 7 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
Oct 14 Escommes-Gissey-sur-Ouche Regular
Oct 21 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular

2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
May 13 Soulanges-Vandieres Regular
May 20 Vandieres-Soulanges Regular
May 27 Soulanges-Vandieres Regular
Jun 3 Vandieres-Soulanges Regular
Jun 10 Soulanges-Vandieres Regular
Jun 17 Vandieres-Soulanges Regular
Jun 24 Soulanges-Vandieres Regular
Jul 1 Vandieres-Soulanges Regular
Jul 8 Soulanges-Vandieres Regular
Jul 15 Dommarien-Maxilly-sur-Soane Regular
Jul 22 Maxilly-sur-Soane-Gissey-sur-Ouche< /td> Regular
Jul 29 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Aug 5 Escommes-Gissey-sur-Ouche Regular
Aug 12 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
Aug 19 Escommes-Gissey-sur-Ouche Regular
Aug 26 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
Sep 2 Escommes-Gissey-sur-Ouche Regular
Sep 9 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
Sep 16 Escommes-Gissey-sur-Ouche Regular
Sep 23 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
Sep 30 Escommes-Gissey-sur-Ouche Regular
Oct 7 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular
Oct 14 Escommes-Gissey-sur-Ouche Regular
Oct 21 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes Regular



*Note: Cruise directions and sample itineraries may be in reverse and are subject to change and may depend on bookings and local navigation conditions. Alternate excursions of equal appeal are substituted when needed. For charter cruises special itineraries can be arranged.


Burgundy Champagne




SAROCHE
2018 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE REGULAR
May 13 thru Oct 27
Stateroom (per person, double occupancy)
$6,500
Single Occupancy Supplement
$3,000
Charter for 4
$30,000
Charter for 5
$34,000
Charter for 6
$38,000


What's Included
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in a cabin with private bath
- Transfers from Paris to the barge and return; also from Geneva or Lyon for Burgundy cruises or Brussels or Vatry airport for Champagne cruises
- All meals from Sunday dinner through Saturday breakfast, including one meal at a local restaurant
- Wine with lunch and dinner
- Open bar
- All escorted side excursions
- Use of bicycles

What's Not Included
- Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
- Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be given to the captain in equivalent euros




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This page last updated December 8, 2017