Our Journeys

Paris, Champagne & The Seine River

River Cruise
13 Days
$13,990 CAD
All inclusive from, per guest, double occupancy.
Brand New Journey
Current Date Selected

October 3 to 15, 2024

River Cruise
13 Days
$13,990 CAD
All inclusive from, per guest, double occupancy.
Brand New Journey
Current Date Selected

October 3 to 15, 2024

Journey Highlights

Experience the timeless allure of Paris and the captivating charm of the Champagne region. Delight your senses with the artistry of French cuisine and immerse yourself in the rich history of renowned champagne houses. Glide along the Seine River aboard a serene cruise, where every bend reveals picturesque villages and breathtaking châteaux. Join us on this enchanting journey through the heart of France, where every moment exudes magic.

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Paris, France

Paris, France

Explore the enchanting city of Paris, a timeless beacon of art, culture, and romance, where every corner reveals history and elegance, from the iconic Eiffel Tower to the world-renowned Louvre Museum, indulge in culinary delights at charming cafes, stroll along the Seine River, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere – Paris, with its breathtaking beauty and unparalleled charm, offers a rich tapestry of experiences for every traveler.

 

Moet et Chandon

Moet et Chandon

Discover the allure of Moët et Chandon and the extraordinary Orangerie, a must-visit destination in France. Immerse yourself in the impressive cellars and wander down the elegant Avenue de Champagne, fully embracing this iconic French cultural experience. Indulge in exquisite champagne tastings and delightful pairings as you soak up the captivating atmosphere.

Seine River Cruise

Seine River Cruise

The Seine River Cruise, from Sens to Paris, winds through historic towns and scenic landscapes, offering a captivating journey through France. Along its banks, travelers encounter charming villages, vineyards, and iconic landmarks, immersing themselves in the beauty and culture of the French countryside.

Private Macaroon Course

Private Macaroon Course

Prepare to create lasting memories and treat your palate with our exclusive Journeys by Van Dyke private macaroon making course. Under the guidance of expert chefs, you will master the art of creating these iconic French treats, infusing them with your own creativity and flair before enjoying the fruits of your labor.

MS Deborah

MS Deborah

Cruise the MS Deborah, a private chartered barge for Journeys by Van Dyke guests, offering premium comfort and solitude as you traverse the serene Seine River. Enjoy ample daytime cruising, soak in the breathtaking scenery, indulge in the refined ambiance of the lounge, sun deck, and embrace the enchanting French charm at every turn.

 

Detailed Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1

DEPART FOR PARIS, FRANCE

Have a relaxing start to your journey with a private car home pick up service to bring you to the airport. Guests departing from the Toronto airport are assisted with their check-in. Meet your Journey Manager alongside your fellow guests, and board your flight to Paris, France. Our Journey Manager travels with you to take care of all the details throughout, enabling you to focus on creating memories and enjoying the experience.

Overnight: Flight
Meals:  —
Day 2

MONTMARTRE

Upon arrival in Paris, our local guide greets us warmly as we settle into the city of light. Start by enjoying a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before the journey officially begins and we venture to Montmartre, a quintessential district of Paris.

We’ll board a funicular to reach the summit of Montmartre Hill, where breathtaking panoramic views of Paris await, accompanied by the magnificent Sacre-Coeur Basilica and the historic St-Pierre de Montmartre church. A guided tour provides insight into the area’s rich history before allowing free time to discover the energetic main square.

Overnight: Paris, Hotel Maison Astor
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 3

PARIS & THE LOUVRE

In store today is a full-day of exploring Paris, starting with a guided bus tour that unveils the city’s most renowned landmarks such as the Opera House, Place Vendome, Champs Elysees, Eiffel Tower, and Concorde Square. Take note of your favourite sights as you’ll have ample time later to revisit and encounter them at your leisure.

Then, immerse yourself in the world of art with a private VIP tour of the Louvre. Admire timeless masterpieces and gain insights from expert guides along the way. Conclude your Louvre excursion with a tranquil walk through the Tuileries Gardens, offering a serene escape amidst the bustling city.

Overnight: Paris, Maison Astor
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4

PARIS FREE DAY & DINNER ON THE SEINE RIVER

Today, take what you learned and liked most about the city yesterday and make the most of this free day to explore Paris at peace. Seek out a charming café to indulge in French delights, wander through a Parisian park, capture memorable photos beneath the iconic Eiffel Tower, browse local boutiques and art stores, or seek out hidden gems like ‘The Wall of Art’. This final day in the city is yours to discover and savor every moment.

This evening, we embark on a Seine River dinner cruise, a perfect way to bid adieu to this enchanting city. Step aboard a modern riverboat boasting panoramic glass windows and a roof, providing unobstructed views of Paris’s iconic landmarks.

Overnight: Paris, Hotel Maison Astor
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5

MACAROONS & CHAMPAGNE

Today promises a delightful journey into the heart of French indulgence, as we enjoy classic delicacies and the renowned Champagne region. Prepare to create lasting memories and treat your palate with our exclusive Journeys by Van Dyke private macaroon making course. Under the guidance of expert chefs, you will master the art of creating these iconic French treats, infusing them with your own creativity and flair.

After working up an appetite and indulging in our freshly made macaroons, enjoy a delectable lunch before continuing to Epernay, the beating heart of France’s famous Champagne region.

Overnight: Champagne, Hotel La Briqueterie
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6

MOET ET CHANDON

The iconic Moet & Chandon cellars await our arrival, with deep historic roots and a household name – these cells epitomize Champagne luxury. Our tour of Moet & Champagne is concluded by a private lunch at the celebrated Orangerie, reserved solely for Journeys by Van Dyke guests.

Discover the secrets of Moet & Chandon as you explore their renowned cellars, followed by an easy stroll along the charming Avenue de Champagne to reach the historic Orangerie. Built in 1807 by Lorraine painter Isabey, this architectural gem once housed Jean-Rémy Moët’s children in the 19th century. Today, it stands as a testament to Moët & Chandon’s renowned hospitality.

Overnight: Champagne, Hotel La Briqueterie
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7

REIMS & SENS

Begin your day in Reims, the historic city of royal coronations and Champagne. Our journey starts with a visit to the renowned Notre-Dame Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed landmark that has witnessed the coronation of 33 French kings and the baptism of Clovis, the first king of the Franks, in 498.

After immersing ourselves in the rich history of Reims, we’ll have the opportunity to uncover the city center, soaking in the vibrant atmosphere and admiring its Art Deco marvels. As evening descends, we’ll embark on our home for the remainder of the journey, the MS Deborah, our private French barge reserved for Journeys by Van Dyke guests.

Overnight: MS Deborah
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8

SENS & MONTREAU-FAULT-YONNE

Start your morning with a captivating exploration of Sens, a city steeped in history and adorned with impressive architecture. Our first stop is the magnificent Sens Cathedral, the pioneering masterpiece of Gothic architecture in France. This cathedral served as the inspiration for many others, including the renowned Canterbury Cathedral in Great Britain. As we walk through the streets and promenades, you’ll be enchanted by the remarkable homes, buildings, and facades that bear witness to the town’s rich heritage.

After immersing ourselves in the charm of Sens, we’ll return to our barge and set sail on the tranquil waters of the Yonne River, a picturesque tributary of the Seine. Our cruise will culminate in the charming town of Montereau-Fault-Yonne, where we’ll arrive in the late afternoon.

 

Overnight: MS Deborah
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9

MORET SUR LOING

Enjoy a tranquil morning sail down the river to the charming town of Moret-sur-Loing, where our afternoon journey awaits.

In the afternoon, we’ll disembark to unearth Moret-Loing-et-Orvanne, a picturesque town nestled on the edge of the Fontainebleau forest. During our visit, we’ll wander through the town’s fortified medieval gates, admire the splendid Renaissance facades, and savour in the serene beauty of the Loing River and Notre-Dame Church.

 

Overnight: MS Deborah
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10

FONTAINEBLEAU & MELUN

Savor the morning as we cruise along the peaceful waters to Melun, taking in the charming scenery that lines our route.

In the afternoon, lose yourself in the history and grandeur of Fontainebleau and its magnificent gardens with a guided tour. This iconic palace holds a storied past, having been inhabited by all the kings and queens of France at some point in history.

As the day comes to a close, we’ll return to our barge, where you’ll have the evening free to relax and unwind.

Overnight: MS Deborah
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11

BARBIZON & EVRY

As the sun rises, we set off on another tranquil morning cruise to the charming town of Evry, allowing you to bask in the serene beauty of the surrounding landscape.

In the afternoon, we venture to the historic village of Barbizon. Steeped in artistic heritage, Barbizon became a haven for renowned painters in the early 19th century. Edmée and François Ganne’s humble grocer’s shop served as a catalyst for the village’s artistic renaissance, attracting luminaries such as Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Théodore Rousseau, and Jean-François Millet.

Overnight: MS Deborah
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12

CHÂTEAU DE VAUX-LE-VICOMTE

Today we soak in the grandness of the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. Designed by the celebrated architect Louis Le Vau in 1653, this magnificent estate showcases his mastery of the Italianate style and classical antiquity. As the Kings Principal Architect, Le Vau’s innovative designs laid the foundation for French architecture for generations to come.

After our tour, we’ll return to Evry and spend the afternoon cruising to Paris. This evening we’ll have a quintessentially Parisian experience aboard our barge, where you’ll be treated to an evening of “Parisian titi” celebrations.

Overnight: MS Deborah
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13

RETOUR À PARIS

Today we bid adieu to the MS Deborah as we return to Paris and prepare for our flights. A private car will bring you home upon arrival.

Overnight:
Meals: Breakfast
Private car home from the Journey to the Nordic Countries
Private car home from the Journey to the Nordic Countries
Private car home from the Journey to the Nordic Countries

Signature Inclusions on This Journey

THE JOURNEYS DIFFERENCE

In addition to our essentials, your Journey includes our following Signature Inclusions:

24/7 Professional Journey Manager
  • Will travel with you from Canada and handle every detail
    * In addition to knowledgeable local guides

 

Memorable Private Excursions
  • Private excursions crafted by our team
  • All sightseeing & entrance fees included

 

Private Car Pick-up Service
  • Within a 200-kilometre radius, let your Journey begin in elegant comfort with a private chauffeured car to the airport

 

Generous Tips & Gratuities
  • For the porters, local guides, hotel staff & many more, paid by us on your behalf

 

Our essentials included with your Journey:

  • 6 nights on the MS Deborah
  • 5 nights in outstanding hotels
  • All meals listed included (11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners)
  • Wine, beer & soft drinks included with all lunches & dinner
  • Round-trip airfare from Toronto with Air Canada
  • All taxes as well as port & service charges
  • “Whisper” radios included for use during excursions
  • Other gateways & travel classes available
  • Porterage for one piece of luggage per person
  • Complete information & assistance leading up to your departure
  • Branded overnight carry-on or backpack

Discover the MS Deborah

Step aboard the magnificent MS Deborah, a Premium canal barge spanning an impressive 38.50 meters in length and 5.07 meters in width. With accommodations for up to 22 passengers across 11 beautifully appointed cabins, every aspect of your comfort has been meticulously considered.
Bask in the beauty of the French countryside as you cruise along the tranquil waterways, taking in the scenery from the terrace or fully equipped sun deck above.
Indulge in the elegant ambiance of the lounge and bar, where you can unwind and socialize with fellow travelers.
October 3 to 15, 2024

Fares & Staterooms

MS Deborah Deck Plan

Main Deck

97 sqft

The Main Deck is home to all guest cabins and comes equipped with all necessary amenities for you to cruise comfortably.

  • TV
  • Bathroom with shower and toilet
  • Towels
  • Hair Dyer
  • Independent air-conditioning
  • Wi-fi
  • 220V Electricity
  • Telephone for internal calls
  • Safe
  • Windows

Please note that there is no laundry service on board the ship.

Prices are per guest in CAD, all taxes included.

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