Kir Royale River Cruise

Kir Royale, the latest addition to our fleet, has a fascinating history.

Journey Overview

Kir Royale has a fascinating history. Converted to a beach landing craft in World War Two, she was sunk before being refloated and eventually transformed into a hotel barge. She now cruises the beautiful region of Champagne with its plethora of vineyards stretching across the rolling hillsides as far as the eye can see. There will be plenty of opportunities to sample the sparkling wine to which the region has given its name with private tastings at renowned champagne houses.

Her saloon is spacious and airy and has been the subject of a complete refit with bespoke furniture and a bar, piano and separate dining area. The four generous and individually decorated suites are each over 18.5 square meters in area and are also newly renovated. They have ultra-modern en suite bathrooms with his and hers sinks, and a luxurious oversized rainforest shower.

Outside, there is a small forward sun deck to watch the progress of the barge, a large and sheltered aft sun deck with covered dining area, sun loungers and heated spa pool, plus an upper observation deck with a panoramic view. Imbued with an air of style and elegance, Kir Royale is a great choice for discovering Champagne – whether you’re cruising alongside the rolling vineyards, or perhaps on a private tour, savouring the wines, history and culture of this famous region.

Cruise Highlights

  • Private tour and tasting at world renowned champagne house, Moët & Chandon
  • Tour the majestic cathedral in Reims, where the Kings of France were once crowned
  • Visit the boutique champagne house of Frerejean Frères and enjoy lunch in the family domaine
  • Enjoy a private winery tour and tasting at Maison Pannier, the largest champagne house in the western Marne Valley
  • Cruise the pretty River Marne past waterside vineyards
  • Visit Château-Thierry, the scene of fierce battles in World War One, and Belleau Wood