INDIVIDUAL CABINS

Join us aboard Serenity Barge for a holiday to remember.  Whether you’re travelling as a couple, solo or with a friend, we offer individually bookable cabins on cruises departing from April to October.  

Our all-inclusive five night hotel barge cruises include daily tour guide led excursions, all meals, all drinks on board and transfers to/from the barge.

With only three cabins on board, you’ll be sharing the barge with a maximum of four other guests.  And with a team of four crew to look after you, personalised service is guarenteed.

A group of people relaxing in a hot tub on a hotel barge.

Take a barge cruise along France's intimate canals

A barge cruise is a very special way to explore the smaller canals and rivers, that larger river boats simply can’t reach.  And whilst this may be small ship cruising, at 128ft (39m) long there’s plenty of space on board, with a large open plan lounge dining area inside and a sun deck with dining area, comfortable seating and even a jacuzzi.

Read more: Discover the barge

Couples or friends

All our cabins can be set up with double or twin beds and offer en-suite bathrooms with showers

Escorted excursions

Discover our region on a wide range of escorted tours and activities – there’s something for everyone

Small group cruise

Our all-inclusive cruises have all the  benefits of traditional river cruising but on a more personalised scale 

Restaurant dining

Eating at great restaurants each evening is the only way to really experience French cuisine 

Dedicated crew

Our onboard team are here to spoil you and take care of all the details – so you can sit back and relax

Cruise through the heart of Champagne

On our 5 night cruises we travel between Tours-sur-Marne and Dormans offering you the experience of cruising on both the winding river Marne and the narrower more intimate man-made canals which date from the 1800’s. 

Champagne is just a short train ride from Paris, or to make things even simpler we can pick you up and drop you off in central Paris for a small extra charge.

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A hotel barge is traveling down a canal.

Barging really is the ultimate in slow travel.  It’s all about the journey, having time to connect and exploring both the highlights and hidden places of Champagne, far from the tourist crowds.

On our 5 night, 6 day trips you’ll truly relax into the cruising lifestyle and have plenty of opportunity to enjoy all the things France is world famous for; stunning chateaux, fresh food markets, mouth watering patisseries, charming quaint villages, grand gothic cathedrals, peaceful countryside, delicious cheese, fine wines and gourmet dining.

Read more: Enjoy 10 iconic French experiences on your cruise

Relax and unwind

We typically spend 3 to 5 hours cruising each morning through the varied landscape of the French countryside past vineyards, châteaux and through woodland and charming villages.

As the barge travels at only around 3 miles per hour (6 kilometres per hour), there’s time to look around and take in the beautiful tranquility of the countryside sliding past.

While we’re travelling the crew are here to look after you – relax on deck and soak in the scenery, take a dip in the jacuzzi or join Captain Claire in the wheelhouse, you can even try steering the barge!

Serenity halts frequently at locks which raise or lower the canal to match the contours of the landscape.  With the tarmac towpath alongside you can hop on and off the barge at the locks to take a stroll along the water or go and explore a pretty village we’re passing.

Explore our region

During each full day aboard you’ll enjoy an excursion accompanied by a member of the crew.

While some visits are just a short walk from our mooring, most days we’ll use our comfortable 9-seater van to explore a bit further.  With just six guests, all our excursions are private and exclusive, no crowds and no headsets needed to hear your guide.

Having been in the Champagne region for several years, we have done the ‘hard work’ for you and found amazing locations that showcase the best of the area’s wine, countryside, history and culture.  The excursions we’ve selected for our cabin cruise weeks are perennial guest favourites, suitable for all fitness levels and offer a great mix of visits across the week.

Whether you are meeting a passionate 5th generation winemaker, visiting the historic city of Reims or exploring a privately owned 18th century château, you’ll meet local people and enjoy authentic experiences.

But there is also plenty of opportunity to do your own thing – you can head off for a stroll or bike ride any time or if you don’t fancy joining the excursion, just stay onboard and relax.

A collage of pictures showcasing a cathedral and a church during a canal cruise in France.

Your cruise itinerary

Eastbound: Dormans to Tours-sur-Marne

Afternoon – Pick up at Dormans train station and welcome aboard
We will meet you at straight off your train from Paris at Dormans train station.  The direct train takes around 1 hour and we’ll provide all the information you need, including where to go and how to buy your tickets in advance. Typically the fare from Paris to Dormans is around €25 per person.

From the station it’s about a 5 minute drive (in our 8 seater vehicle) to where the Serenity is waiting for you on the Marne river.  You’ll be welcomed aboard by the rest of the crew with a glass of champagne, followed by a late lunch on deck.

Once your settled at the table we’ll start our cruise along the river to a beautiful private mooring spot with spectacular views of the vineyards. 

Evening 
As we are in a beautiful rural spot, you’ll dine aboard with evening on the terrace.  It’s a relaxed opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers over a delicious 3 course dinner with wines.

Morning – Cruise from Vandieres to Damery
About 9.30am we’ll be taking off the mooring ropes to continue our cruise along the river Marne. This tree lined winding river has for centuries been an important trade route to Paris and even today we will likely pass some cargo barges on our journey.  With sweeping views of the rolling vineyards above, the river is a peaceful place with wildlife, fishermen patiently waiting for their catch, pleasure boaters and canoeists.

Afternoon – Explore the vines at Champagne Chateau Boursault

At this winery not only are their vineyards blessed with beautiful views down the Marne valley but the grapes also go right up to the turreted Chateau Boursault, built in 1843 by Madame Clicquot. On a walk through the vineyards you’ll learn about how the grapes develop through the year and the fascinating history of the families who’ve owned it, before enjoying a champagne tasting in the ground floor of the chateau.

Evening

Dinner tonight will be at the Chez Max, a charming family run restaurant just a 10 minute drive from the barge. You’ll be welcomed by the charming Franck and his wife and enjoy classic French cuisine in a modern dining room that is always packed with locals and a smattering of ‘in the know’ tourists.

Morning – Cruise from Damery to Epernay

Today as we continue eastwards along the river, the banks become less tree-lined to reveal sweeping views of the rolling vineyards.  As we pass the village of Cumieres, make sure you look out for the metal sculptures along the river bank, depicting different scenes from the vineyards.

Afternoon excursion: The Avenue of Champagne and a cellar visit to a famous champagne house (3 minutes drive from the barge)
You’ll discover the stories of some of champagne’s most iconic names on a walking tour along the Avenue of Champagne, often referred to as the most expensite street in France.  We’ll also visit the impressive underground cellars of a famous Champagne brand – with over 20km of tunnels there are millions of bottles maturing here, but don’t worry we’ll only be visiting a small section! As well as opportunities of shopping, or a stop for refreshment at a pavement cafe, you can choose to end the afternoon with a flight on a tethered balloon, offering fantastic views over the city and vineyards (weather permitting). 

Evening – Restaurant dinner
This evening you’ll enjoy a gourmet dinner at our favourite restaurant in Epernay.

Morning – Cruise from Epernay to Dizy

This morning is a shorter cruise as we head back along the river to join the man made canal near the village of Dizy.

Michelin star lunch and afternoon excursion: Visit to the historic city of Reims (30 minutes drive from the barge)

Settled since Roman times, Reims is awash with history. We start our visit at the magnificent gothic cathedral. Every king of France since Clovis in 1130 has been crowned in this cathedral. Today it is an UNESCO World Heritage site in recognition of this history, it’s architectural significance and the impressive beauty of the external sculpture work.

We’ll then take a short walk past some of the cities other sights to reach to Musée de la Reddition, where the German delegation signed the surrender document that ended World War 2. The room where this historic event took place has been perfectly preserved and is now par of a small museum dedicated to the city’s role in the closing stages of the war.

Evening – Dinner aboard
After relaxing aboard the barge, perhaps with an aperitif or cocktail, you’ll enjoy a light dinner on deck.

Morning – Produce market and the village of Hautvilliers, then cruise from Dizy to Mareuil-sur-Ay (15 minutes drive from the barge)

This morning there’s the opportunity to join Claire for a visit to the bustling Saturday morning covered market in Epernay. The stalls are laden with fresh produce from across the region and you can choose the cheeses and charcuterie to enjoy as a platter style lunch on Sunday.    

We’ll then drive to the charming village of Hautvilliers, famous as the home of monk Dom Perignon who is credited with discovering champagne.  On a walking tour you’ll learn the true story of Champagne’s discovery and admire the views down over the vineyards.

Once we return to the boat we’ll take a short cruise along the canal to Mareuil-sur-Ay.  Here the locks are much smaller and you’ll watch Serenity maneuvering in with just centimeters to spare.

Afternoon excursion: Cellar visit to a small champagne producer  (5 minutes from the barge)
Beyond the iconic global brands, small family run vineyards are the heart and soul of Champagne production and that’s what we’ll be discovering this afternoon.   Your knowledgeable guide will take you through the entire process of making Champagne before you enjoy a tasting of their Grand Cru bottles.

Evening – Dinner at village restaurant on the square

Tonight’s dinner is at an informal bar/restaurant on the village square which is always packed with locals.  If you’d like we can have a game of petanque on the pitch opposite beforehand.

Morning – Cruise from Mareuil-sur-Ay to Tours-sur-Marne
It’s a final relaxed morning  cruise as we make our way to our final destination, the charming village of Tours-sur-Marne.  

Afternoon – Depart the barge
After a final leisurely lunch aboard we will take you to the train station in Epernay to catch an early afternoon train back to Paris (you’ll arrive at Paris Est around 4pm).

Westbound: Tours-sur-Marne to Dormans

Afternoon – Pick up at Epernay train station and welcome aboard

We’ll meet you on the platform at Epernay train station, which is just 10 minutes drive from the barge. The direct train from central Paris takes just over an hour (which is quicker than if you drive).   We’ll provide all the information you need, including where to go and how to buy your tickets in advance. Typically the fare from Paris to Epernay is around €30 per person.

When you arrive at the barge you’ll be welcomed aboard by the rest of the crew with champagne, followed by a late lunch on the deck.   

Once you’re settled at the table we’ll make a short cruise along the canal to our picturesque mooring for the night, below the vineyards in Mareuil-sur-Ay. 

Evening
Your first dinner of the cruise will be at the Chez Max, a charming family run restaurant just a 10 minute drive from the barge. You’ll be welcomed by the charming Franck and his wife and enjoy classic french cuisine in a modern dining room that is always packed with locals and a smattering of ‘in the know’ tourists.

Morning – Cruise from Mareuil-sur-Ay to Dizy
After breakfast, and time for a walk around the village of Mareuil if you’d like, we’ll cast off the mooring riopes and continue our journey along the canal.


Afternoon excursion: Cellar visit to a small champagne producer and walking tour of the village of Ay (20 minutes from the barge)
Beyond the iconic global brands, small family run vineyards are the heart and soul of Champagne production and that’s what we’ll be discovering this afternoon. Afterwards we’ll take a short walking tour in the historic and charming village of Ay, with its 14th century half timbered houses, winding lanes and gothic church, before we discover the history and cultre of the region through an immersive, sensory experience at the Pressoria museum.

Evening

Rather than going to a restaurant this evening its a relaxed 3 course dinner aboard.

Morning – Cruise from Dizy to Epernay
This morning we leave the narrower man-made canal and cruise out onto the winding Marne river to the city of Epernay. Often billed as the ‘Capital of Champagne’ this small city is the home of many iconic champagne brands including Moet & Chandon, Pol Roger and Perrier Jouet.

Afternoon excursion: The Avenue of Champagne and a cellar visit to a famous champagne house (3 minutes drive from the barge)
You’ll discover the stories of some of champagne’s most iconic names on a walking tour along the Avenue of Champagne, often referred to as the most expensite street in France.  We’ll also visit the impressive underground cellars of a famous Champagne brand – with over 20km of tunnels there are millions of bottles maturing here, but don’t worry we’ll only be visiting a small section! As well as opportunities of shopping, or a stop for refreshment at a pavement cafe, you can choose to end the afternoon with a flight on a tethered balloon, offering fantastic views over the city and vineyards (weather permitting). 

Evening – Restaurant dinner
This evening you’ll enjoy a gourmet dinner at our favourite restaurant in Epernay.

Morning – Cruise from Epernay to Damery
As we continue westwards along the river, the banks become less tree-lined to reveal sweeping views of the rolling vineyards.  As we pass the village of Cumieres, make sure you look out for the metal sculptures along the river bank, depicting different scenes from the vineyards.

Michelin star lunch and afternoon excursion: Visit to the historic city of Reims (30 minutes drive from the barge)

Settled since Roman times, Reims is awash with history. We start our visit at the magnificent gothic cathedral. Every king of France since Clovis in 1130 has been crowned in this cathedral. Today it is an UNESCO World Heritage site in recognition of this history, it’s architectural significance and the impressive beauty of the external sculpture work.

We’ll then take a short walk past some of the cities other sights to reach to Musée de la Reddition, where the German delegation signed the surrender document that ended World War 2. The room where this historic event took place has been perfectly preserved and is now par of a small museum dedicated to the city’s role in the closing stages of the war.

Evening – Dinner aboard
After relaxing aboard the barge, perhaps with an aperitif or cocktail, you’ll enjoy a light dinner on deck.

Morning excursion: Produce market and Chateau Boursault (15 minutes drive from the barge)
We’ll start the morning with a visit to the bustling Saturday morning covered market. The stalls are laden with fresh produce from across the region and you can choose the cheeses and charcuterie to enjoy as a platter style lunch tomorrow.

We’ll then head to Champagne Chateau Boursault. At this winery not only are their vineyards blessed with beautiful views down the Marne valley but the grapes also go right up to the turreted Chateau Boursault, built in 1843 by Madame Clicquot. On a walk through the vineyards you’ll learn about how the grapes develop through the year and the fascinating history of the families who’ve owned it, before enjoying a champagne tasting in the ground floor of the chateau.

Afternoon- Cruise from Damery to Vandieres
After lunch at a village restaurant you’ll return to the barge for an afternoon of river cruising. The river Marne has for centuries been an important trade route to Paris and even today we will likely pass some cargo barges on our journey. Otherwise the river is a peaceful place with wildlife, fishermen patiently waiting for their catch, pleasure boaters and canoeists.

Evening
Tonight we are moored in one of our favourite spots, on our own small private island with wonderful views across the vineyards, so it is the perfect evening for a 3 course dinner onboard.

Morning – Cruise from Vandieres to Dormans
It’s a final relaxed morning of cruising as we make our way further west along the river to the town of Dormans.

Afternoon – Depart the barge
After a final leisurely lunch aboard we will take you to the train station in Dormans to catch an early afternoon train back to Paris (you’ll arrive at Paris Est around 4pm).

 

Fabulous food and wine

From informal village eateries to fine dining at Michelin starred restaurants, with Serenity Barge all-inclusive cruising doesn’t mean only eating aboard.

Each morning starts with a feast of croissants and gorgeous pastries from the best local bakery together with yoghurts, fresh fruit and cereals.

Lunch is your opportunity to try the pates, charcuterie, cheeses and quiches that France is famous for, all accompanied by a selection  of tasty salads.  And if you’ve still got room, there’s a light dessert to follow.

Served aboard while the barge is cruising, lunch is typically a relaxed affair at the top deck table, accompanied by a selection of wines, sourced directly from small independent vineyards.  During your cruise you’ll have the chance to try famous Grand Cru wines and hidden gems you’ll never taste outside France.

Most evenings you’ll enjoy dinner at one of our favourite restaurants.  As our cruises are all-inclusive, when eating off-board the 3 course set menu is covered in your cruise price.  Normally you will have a choice of several dishes for each course, or if something on the a-la-carte menu catches your eye instead we will pay the equivalent value towards your meal.

A vibrant collage showcasing delectable food and exquisite wine.
A barge cruise boat is going through a lock in a canal.
A group of people sitting at a table on a hotel barge.
A canal cruise barge docked in a river.

Affordable hotel barge cruises

With Serenity Barge we have deliberately kept our prices affordable and comparable to other much larger river cruise ships – so that everyone can experience the magic of the French canals. 

Travelling solo? – as standard a €1,500 single supplement applies, but we can waive this on cruises where only 1 cabin remains or last minute bookings, so if you can be flexible on your travel dates get in touch.

5 night / 6 day cruise

Based on two people sharing a cabin
3,450
per person
  • Double or twin cabin with private bathroom
  • All meals - either aboard or at restaurants (set menu or equivalent)
  • All beers, wines and soft drinks aboard
  • Daily excursion with one of the crew as your guide
  • 8 seater vehicle for excursions and transfers
  • Pick up/drop off at local train stations (easily accessible by train from Paris)
  • Use of onboard amenities including hot tub and wi-fi
  • All taxes, fuel and mooring charges

Optional extras

prices per cruise
  • Bicycle - €80 per person
  • Electric bicycle - €150 per person

Book with total confidence

No fees or price increases

Need to change your plans? No worries, re-schedule your cruise to any available date in 2024 or 2025 with no fees or price increase.

Guaranteed departures

We don’t have minimum numbers.  Your cruise departure is guaranteed from the moment you pay your deposit, even if no-one else books.

100% financial protection

Your payments are held in an independent trust account until your cruise, giving your complete peace of mind on your financial protection.

Book your hotel barge cruise

Our cruises depart on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from mid April to mid October, travelling Eastbound and Westbound on alternating weeks.

By booking early you not only get the pick of the dates (we normally limit the number of cabin departures to two per month) but if you’re the first to book you choose the daily excursion option.

As soon as your deposit (€500 per person) is paid, your cruise departure is guaranteed, regardless of whether any other cabins are booked.

Not sure when to cruise? – check out our handy month by month guide.

2024 availability

Our cruises depart on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from mid April to mid October, travelling Eastbound and Westbound on alternating weeks.

We have the following departure dates still available for this summer:

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