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Saroche







Saroche: Luxury Canal 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 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


BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
Special Places Travel Logo.  EMAIL: info@specialplacestravel.com or PHONE: 1-877-642-2743 (001.443.321.3614 outside US/Canada).The 6-passenger SAROCHE was purchased in 2015 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 will also have a hostess and deckhand to assist in the day-to-day running of the barge. Together they will ensure that cruising the waterways of France aboard Saroche is a relaxing, comfortable, informative and truly unique gourmet experience.

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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Saroche's Deck Plan
Saroche's Deck Plan




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




Passenger Comments:

The trip and the service were first rate, caring, discreet, over the top and professional!
T.D., WY, USA, May 2012

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 2017

This very special itinerary through the unspoilt undiscovered Burgundy countryside captures the essence of France. Starting near Dijon, visit the magical vineyards of the world famous Cote d'Or. Cruise through unspoilt canals mooring up in quaint hamlets and villages. Truly France as it should be seen!

Sunday - Paris to Escommes

Meet your chauffeur at the designated location for your journey down to the Saroche at Escommes on the Canal du Bourgogne. You will be welcomed 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 Chateauneuf en Auxois

Today's cruise takes you down the flight of locks from the summit pound to the foot of beautiful Chateauneuf en Auxois. After lunch Jason will take you to visit a chocolatier for a delightful tasting and talk on this wonderful product. With both lunch and dinner aboard today, relax and enjoy burgundy and canal life at its best.

Tuesday - Chateauneuf en Auxois to Pont D'Ouche
After breakfast Jason will drive you up the hill to the village of Chateauneuf en Auxois. This 11th century chateau is a famous landmark in the area and hides a quaint hamlet behind it. After a tour of the chateau there is plenty of time to enjoy exploring the village before returning to the barge for lunch. In the afternoon we set sail and head downstream to Pont d'Ouche, our mooring for the night. There is a towpath all the way, and you can walk or cycle or perhaps enjoy the pace of life from the deck. Once moored up, Dawn will once again regale you with another gourmet feast.

Wednesday - Pont d'Ouche to Veuvey sur Ouche

Today we leave the Saroche and head over the hills to Beaune. In the morning Jason will do a guided tour of the Hospice du Beaune, as famous for its wines as it is for its tiled roof! Today for lunch you will dine out in a gourmet restaurant in Beaune. After lunch Jason will take you into the Cote du Beaune, known for its soft reds and complex delectable white wines. You will walk in the vines and be given an explanation as to why Burgundy wines are so well renowned, before going for a comprehensive tasting in a private winery. Returning to Saroche for a sundowner cruise before a light dinner on board.

Thursday - Veuvey sur Ouche to La Bussiere

After breakfast we set sail and cruise down to La Bussiere, with another gentle towpath for those who wish to walk or cycle. Lunch is on board the Saroche. In the afternoon Jason will drive you into the Cote du Nuits where first you will visit the Clos du Vougeot, the 11th century Cistercian monastic winery, now home to the Knights of the round table of wine tasting, before heading into one of the villages for a tasting. The Cote du Nuits is famous for its red wines, and Jason will show you why the world raves about the Pinot Noir from this area.

Friday- La Bussiere to Gissey sur Ouche

Market Day. Dijon is the capital of Burgundy, once home to the Dukes of Burgundy and home to Gustaf Eiffel, who designed the market square. After a walking tour of the old town, you will have plenty of time to enjoy and explore the market and enjoy the classic French shops of Dijon. We return to the Saroche for lunch before setting sail for Gissey our destination for the week. This beautiful village nestled in the heart of the Ouche valley is classically French and no trip would be complete without exploring the village. Tonight Jason will be your host for Captain's dinner where Dawn will round off your culinary experience with another gourmet delight.

Saturday - Gissey  sur Ouche to Paris
Your chauffeur-driven minibus will pick you up after breakfast and take you back to Paris with time to reflect on the fabulous week aboard the Saroche.

Note: This is a sample itinerary. Depending on the starting point the itinerary may run in the opposite way.
SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Champagne: Marne River & Canal Lateral a la Marne
Vandieres to Beaumont-sur-Vesle 2017

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 and enjoy it at it's best, celebrating with friends!

Sunday - Paris to Vandieres
Pick up in Paris, where your chauffeur driven minibus will transport you to Vandieres on the Marne River. Champagne reception on deck with introductions to the crew. Plenty of time to settle into your stateroom before Dawn creates your first gourmet dinner on board Saroche.

Monday - Vandieres to Cumieres

After breakfast Jason will take you on a historic visit to the chateau of Conde en Brie. This 16th century hunting lodge has hosted Kings and Queens, murderers, saints and sinners. Jason will guide you on a private visit through this wonderful building and if the owner is in house, he will introduce you and perhaps a glass or two of champagne may be drunk with the Count? We return to Saroche for a lazy lunch with 360 degree views of the glorious Champagne vineyards before setting sail and heading up stream towards Cummieres. This important river gently meanders through the Marne valley covered on both sides in vineyards, steeped in history and surrounded by wonderful French countryside. All this can be admired from the deck. We moor up in the shadow of the Abbey of Hautvillers. Time for a gentle stroll along the towpath before Jason introduces you to "bubbles du jour" followed by another of Dawn's fabulous meals on board?

Tuesday - Cummieres to Tours-sur-Marne

After breakfast Jason will drive you through Epernay to visit chocolatier Thibault where you will spend the morning making artisanal chocolate with the master chocolatier, famous as the last chocolatier to make the alcohol filled chocolate champagne cork. This is a rare and exciting chance to get up close to one of the world's favourite foods! Return to the Saroche where Dawn will present another fabulous lunch. After lunch we set sail for Tours-sur-Marne on the Canal Lateral a la Marne. We pass by hill-covered vineyards owned by many famous Champagne houses like Mumm, Philipponnat, Moët & Chandon and Piper 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, in time for "bubbles du jour" before dinner on board.

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 undiscovered museum where the end of 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 world heritage status it has gained. Time to wander the the shopping district of Reims before meeting up to go to lunch. Jason will take you to lunch at Les Crayeres bistro for a lazy yet tantalising Michelin dining experience, followed by time to enjoy the garden at this most magnificent Relais et Chateau, once home to the Pommery family and now one of the best small hotels in the world. Leaving Reims behind we drive back to Saroche. On the way stop off in Bouzy for a small private tour and tasting before returning to the barge in time for a dip in the jacuzzi before Dawn serves a light dinner on deck.

Thursday - Tours-sur-Marne to Mont-de-Billy
After a lazy breakfast we take the minibus 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 will leave you well suited to a relaxing afternoon on the deck or walking by the barge as we climb the 8 locks to the summit pound, where we moor in the shade of the trees in the middle of the French countryside. As we cruise those who are interested can join Dawn in the kitchen and watch her prepare her famous pates and terrines, while quizzing her about her menus and creations. After bubbles du jour another delightful meal awaits for dinner.

Friday - Mont-de-Billy to Beaumont-sur-Vesle
This morning as we set sail and head along the canal to the tunnel at Mont-de-Billy, Jason will prepare the barge to go through the tunnel. A marvel of French engineering, this tunnel allowed commercial traffic to enter the heart of Reims and thus connected Paris and Reims in the 18th century. Having passed the tunnel we continue our lazy cruise down the canal to Beaumont-sur-Vesle. After lunch Jason will drive you to the World War 1 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 doing 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. Return to the barge in time to get freshened up before captain's dinner. Tonight the Captain, Jason, will host your dinner, starting with bubbles du jour and cocktails on the deck before Dawn wows you with more delights from her kitchen.

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.

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



Saroche
2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
May 14 Vandieres-Beaumont-sur-Vesle REGULAR
May 21 Beaumont-sur-Vesle -Vandieres REGULAR
May 28 Vandieres-Beaumont-sur-Vesle REGULAR
Jun 4 Beaumont-sur-Vesle -Vandieres REGULAR
Jun 11 Vandieres-Beaumont-sur-Vesle REGULAR
Jun 18 Beaumont-sur-Vesle -Vandieres REGULAR
Jun 25 Vandieres-Beaumont-sur-Vesle REGULAR
Jul 2 Beaumont-sur-Vesle -Vandieres REGULAR
Jul 9 Vandieres-Beaumont-sur-Vesle REGULAR
Jul 16 Beaumont-sur-Vesle -Vandieres REGULAR
Jul 30 Dommarien-Maxilly-sur-Soane REGULAR
Aug 6 Maxilly-sur-Soane-Gissey-sur-Ouche REGULAR
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Aug 13 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes REGULAR
Aug 20 Escommes-Gissey-sur-Ouche REGULAR
Aug 27 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes REGULAR
Sep 3 Escommes-Gissey-sur-Ouche REGULAR
Sep 10 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes REGULAR
Sep 17 Escommes-Gissey-sur-Ouche REGULAR
Sep 24 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes REGULAR
Oct 1 Escommes-Gissey-sur-Ouche REGULAR
Oct 8 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes REGULAR
Oct 15 Escommes-Gissey-sur-Ouche REGULAR
Oct 22 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes REGULAR

2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
May 14 Vandieres-Beaumont-sur-Vesle REGULAR
May 21 Beaumont-sur-Vesle -Vandieres REGULAR
May 28 Vandieres-Beaumont-sur-Vesle REGULAR
Jun 4 Beaumont-sur-Vesle -Vandieres REGULAR
Jun 11 Vandieres-Beaumont-sur-Vesle REGULAR
Jun 18 Beaumont-sur-Vesle -Vandieres REGULAR
Jun 25 Vandieres-Beaumont-sur-Vesle REGULAR
Jul 2 Beaumont-sur-Vesle -Vandieres REGULAR
Jul 9 Vandieres-Beaumont-sur-Vesle REGULAR
Jul 16 Beaumont-sur-Vesle -Vandieres REGULAR
Jul 30 Dommarien-Maxilly-sur-Soane REGULAR
Aug 6 Maxilly-sur-Soane-Gissey-sur-Ouche REGULAR
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Aug 13 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes REGULAR
Aug 20 Escommes-Gissey-sur-Ouche REGULAR
Aug 27 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes REGULAR
Sep 3 Escommes-Gissey-sur-Ouche REGULAR
Sep 10 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes REGULAR
Sep 17 Escommes-Gissey-sur-Ouche REGULAR
Sep 24 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes REGULAR
Oct 1 Escommes-Gissey-sur-Ouche REGULAR
Oct 8 Gissey-sur-Ouche-Escommes REGULAR
Oct 15 Escommes-Gissey-sur-Ouche REGULAR
Oct 22 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.


The Saroche's routes through the Champagne region from Vandieres to Beaumont-sur-Vesle.

The Saroche's routes through Burgundy, on the Canal de Bourgogne from Gissey-sur-Ouche to Escommes.
The Saroche's routes through Champagne and Southern Burgundy. For a more detailed look at the cruise route, view our map of the Marne River and the Canal de l'Aisne a la Marne in Champagne, and the Canal de Bourgogne in Burgundy.



SAROCHE
2017 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE REGULAR
May 14 thru Jul 22
Jul 30 thru Oct 28
Stateroom (per person, double occupancy)
$6,000
Single Occupancy Supplement
$2,500
Charter for 4
$26,000
Charter for 5
$29,000
Charter for 6
$32,000


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
- 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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