Mini break in Northern France

Champagne and romance in Northern France: London - Paris - Reims

A romantic three stop tour which takes you through London and Paris before bringing you to the source of France’s most famous wine. Start the adventure in a cosy canal boat in central London, before crossing the channel in search of parisian passion and Champagne.

A trip which combines the Eiffel Tower and a visit to some of the region’s most famous Champagne houses is sure to surprise and delight. 



Start your visit with a stay on ‘Jessie’ a modern narrowboat which is moored in Little Venice, a stone’s throw from Paddington Station and Hyde Park. This delightful boat was completed in 2011, and can comfortably sleep up to four people.

Little Venice is a peaceful oasis in central London, popular with tourists because of its Regency architecture and waterside restaurants. It’s a great place to open a bottle of English sparkling wine before you head off on your French adventure.

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A short walk through Hyde Park (or a 20 minute tube journey) will take you to the Champagne Bar at King’s Cross Station from which you can catch the Eurostar to Paris.

Moored on the River Seine with a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower is Gerald’s Barge, a 127 foot barge which can sleep up to 12 people, should you want to go away with friends.


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The banks of the river offer many a romantic spot for a picnic, with the barge being moored only a short walk from the grand gardens of the Champs de Mars, and Notre Dame.

To get the best view of the city it is worth scaling the steps to the church of Sacré-Cœur in the Montmartre district.

The nearby cemetery is famous for being the final resting place of some of France’s most influential poets and musicians. 


Finally a short train journey from Paris takes you the capital of the French Champagne wine region.

Reims is home to many of the big champagne houses including international brands Mumm and Veuve Clicquot.

Many of the champagne houses offer tours of their extensive cellars which includes a tasting of their world renowned wine. 

After an extensive tour of the different Champagne houses, you’ll be glad to retire to ‘Serenity’ a barge bed and breakfast, moored on Canal de l’Aisne a la Marne.

A double bedroom costs just £43 a night, and each guest also has access to the boat’s roof terrace hot tub.

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