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France: Gay River Cruise

Explore Paris and float along the Marne-Rhine canal on this all-gay river cruise.

Experience French food, wine, and culture on our Marne-Rhine canal barge cruise. Explore the City of Lights with a panoramic tour including photo stops outside the Louvre and Madeleine church. Walk along Paris’s prettiest covered walkways and we’ll journey back in time while discovering the history of the Palais Royal. Our canal cruise will coast through the sprawling Champagne region, characterized by its steep and undulating vineyards that grow the world’s most beloved sparkling wine. Beyond this remarkable region, we’ll taste authentic brie in Meaux, witness a falconry show in Château-Thierry, and stroll the storied streets of Reims. Pardon our French, but this cruise is going to be cussing amazing.

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Quick Facts

  • Who's it for? Gay men, friends and family
  • Countries visited: France
  • Duration: 7 Nights/8 Days
  • Starts in: Paris, France
  • Ends in: Paris, France
  • Group size: Min 12; max 20
  • Accommodations: 4-Star Hotel (1 nt), Canal Barge (6 nts)
  • Physical Rating: 1/5
  • Theme: Cruise
  • Activities: UNESCO Site Visit, Wine Tasting

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience one of the most romantic cities in the world on a private tour, including photo stops outside the Louvre and Madeleine church
  • Walk through the City of Light’s prettiest covered walkways and the historic Palais Royal
  • Drift along the scenic Marne-Rhine canal, indulging in the region’s beloved food and wine
  • Learn about the unique terroir of Champagne before sipping sparkling wine with a sommelier
  • Experience the history and culture of Reims on a private walking tour
  • Watch a traditional falconry show in the medieval region of Château-Thierry
  • Nibble on the beloved white-mold cheese, Brie de Meaux, in the city that invented it
  • Browse local and international boutiques in Paris’ many shopping districts

DATES AND PRICES

August 22-29, 2023 (From $5,195 USD)
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  • Tour Prices - All tour prices are in USD and based on double/twin occupancy
    • Tour Price: $5,195.00 per person
  • Single Supplement (Optional) - All single supplement prices are in USD and additional to the tour price
    • Single Supplement: $2,595.00 per person
  • Payment Terms: 25% deposit, 25% due 6 months prior, balance due 90 days prior to trip
  • Guides and Hosts for this trip: Robert Sharp
Aug. 29 - Sep. 5, 2023 (From $5,195 USD)
WAITLIST ONLY
  • Tour Prices - All tour prices are in USD and based on double/twin occupancy
    • Tour Price: $5,195.00 per person - (SOLD OUT)
  • Single Supplement (Optional) - All single supplement prices are in USD and additional to the tour price
    • Single Supplement: $2,595.00 per person - (SOLD OUT)
  • Payment Terms: 25% deposit, 25% due 6 months prior, balance due 90 days prior to trip
  • Guides and Hosts for this trip: Robert Sharp
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ITINERARY

Day 1 Paris

Bonjour! Welcome to “Gay Paree”. Check-in to our centrally located hotel in the fashionable Le Marais gayborhood, and feel free to relax before our Welcome Meeting at 5PM where we’ll get acquainted and answer any of your lingering questions. Afterwards we’ll spoil our taste buds with an included Welcome Dinner, and perhaps a cocktail or two at a nearby LGBTQ+ bar.

Day 2 Paris

This morning feel free to have a leisurely morning café, or perhaps do some shopping in the boutiques of Le Marais. In the early afternoon we head off to explore the City of Lights on an exclusive private tour. We’ll have photo stops outside of incredible landmarks like the Louvre and Madeleine church, then we’ll stroll around Paris’s prettiest covered walkways. Take a trip back to its decadent past as we learn about the history of Palais Royal. At 6:00pm we’ll board our home for the next week, the Barge Déborah. Once everyone has settled in, we’ll have a safety briefing, meet the crew, and enjoy cocktails before dinner.

Day 3 Largny-sur-Marne

This morning our barge will be stationed by the Eiffel Tower, leaving plenty of time for an optional visit to the top for a birds-eye view of Paris, or for a stroll through the romantic Champ de Mars Gardens. Lunch will be served back on our barge before we set sail for Lagny-sur-Marne. Dinner will be provided on the barge later in the evening.

Day 4 Meaux & Saint-Jean-Les-Deux-Jumeaux

This morning will be spent cruising to Isles-les-Meldeuses, then in the afternoon we’ll arrive at a truly un-brie-leavable destination: Meaux! On today’s guided tour we’ll enjoy a sample of Brie which has a lovely mellow mushroom flavour, distinct from its often confused cousin Camembert. We’ll also tour the gorgeous city, photographing its largely intact old walls and headless statues—a gruesome reminder of the French Revolution. During this visit, the ship continues cruising to Saint-Jean-Les-Deux-Jumeaux where we will return on board.

Day 5 Saint-Jean-Les-Deux-Jumeaux & Château-Thierry

This morning will be spent cruising, passing Champigny and Drachy, through the heart of the Seine-et-Marne countryside and its Champagne vines. In the afternoon, we’ll arrive in Château-Thierry and witness a falconry show with live demonstrations. There will be plenty of time to explore, shop, and even practice our French. We will spend the night in Château-Thierry.

Day 6 Château-Thierry & Dormans

Today we head into the French countryside, enjoying beautiful views of the charming Champagne route. In particular, we’ll visit the village of Hautvilliers, the birthplace of Champagne, where we’ll tour the vineyards and cellar of a major Champagne house and enjoy a taste of its romantic wine.

Day 7 Dormans, Reims & Épernay

This morning we’ll enjoy a buffet breakfast onboard before driving through the Champagne region’s beautiful vineyards en route to Reims. Together we’ll enjoy a private tour of the historic center and visit the city’s gargantuan Gothic cathedral. It’s here that 34 sovereigns began their reign over one of Europe’s richest and most powerful countries. Later in the afternoon we arrive in Épernay, the capitale du Champagne. Beneath its streets are 110km of underground cellars housing over 200 million bottles of Champagne. Feel free to explore the town, walk its cobblestone streets and perhaps taste a glass of bubbly. Tonight we’ll reconvene on the ship for our Farewell Dinner before saying au revoir tomorrow.

Day 8 Paris

This morning, enjoy one last breakfast before disembarking at 9:00am. 

Please note: Today a group transfer will be provided to Paris, either to the international airport or our post-tour hotel. With that in mind, we ask that you schedule your departing flight to leave no earlier than 5 PM.

Day 1 Paris

Bonjour! Welcome to “Gay Paree”. Check-in to our centrally located hotel in the fashionable Le Marais gayborhood, and feel free to relax before our Welcome Meeting at 5PM where we’ll get acquainted and answer any of your lingering questions. Afterwards we’ll spoil our taste buds with an included Welcome Dinner, and perhaps a cocktail or two at a nearby LGBTQ+ bar.

Day 2 Épernay

This morning we explore the City of Lights on an exclusive private tour. We’ll have photo stops outside of incredible landmarks like the Louvre and Madeleine church, then we’ll stroll around Paris’s prettiest covered walkways. Take a trip back to its decadent past as we learn about the history of Palais Royal. In the afternoon you will have free time to grab a croissant or lunch at a café before our private transfer to Épernay, the capitale du Champagne. Beneath its streets are 110km of underground cellars housing over 200 million bottles of Champagne. Feel free to explore the town, walk its cobblestone streets and perhaps taste a glass of bubbly. At 6:00pm we’ll board our home for the next week, the Barge Déborah. Once everyone has settled in, we’ll have a safety briefing, meet the crew, and enjoy cocktails before dinner.

Day 3 Épernay, Reims, & Dormans

This morning we’ll enjoy a buffet breakfast onboard before driving through the Champagne region’s beautiful vineyards en route to Reims. Together we’ll enjoy a private tour of the historic center and visit the city’s gargantuan Gothic cathedral. It’s here that 34 sovereigns began their reign over one of Europe’s richest and most powerful countries. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner on the barge while sailing to Dormans.

Day 4 Dormans & Château-Thierry

Today we head into the French countryside, enjoying beautiful views of the charming Champagne route. In particular, we’ll visit the village of Hautvilliers, the birthplace of Champagne, where we’ll tour the vineyards and cellar of a major Champagne house and enjoy a taste of its romantic wine. Back on board, we’ll cruise to Château-Thierry, through the beautiful Marne canal landscapes.

Day 5 Château-Thierry & Saint-Jean-Les-Deux-Jumeaux

After breakfast we’ll saunter into the town of Château-Thierry and witness a falconry show with live demonstrations. There will be plenty of time to explore, shop, and even practice our French. Afterward, we’ll return to our ship and sail to Saint-Jean-Les-Deux-Jumeaux. On arrival, a glass of French wine might just seem like a fitting happy hour selection.

Day 6 Saint-Jean-Les-Deux-Jumeaux, Meaux & Lagny-sur-Marne

Good morning. Today’s quaint destination is truly un-brie-leavable: Meaux! On today’s guided tour we’ll enjoy a sample of Brie which has a lovely mellow mushroom flavour, distinct from its often confused cousin Camembert. We’ll also tour the gorgeous city, photographing its largely intact old walls and headless statues—a gruesome reminder of the French Revolution. Tonight we continue to glide down the canal towards Lagny-sur-Marne.

Day 7 Lagny-sur-Marne & Paris

From Largny-sur-Marne we’ll sail the final stretch of canal into the heart of Paris where we’ll dock near the Eiffel Tower. We’ll have a free afternoon to stroll the area, perhaps head via metro to the Arc de Triomphe, or the Champs-Élysées for some last minute shopping. Reconvene on the ship for our Farewell Dinner, and perhaps even head to the Le Marais district for a final bottle of bubbles.

Day 8 Paris

This morning, enjoy one last breakfast before disembarking at 9:00am. Your trip includes a complimentary departure transfer which will be confirmed by your group leader. It can either transfer you to the airport or a local hotel. Luggage storage is available on the ship until 5PM. Au revoir for now!


GUIDES AND HOSTS

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WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • 1 Local Guide and 1 Out Adventures Host from beginning to end of tour
  • Arrival transfer to Out Adventures’ joining point hotel
  • Departure transfer to the airport, or a local hotel
  • Breakfast daily, 5 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • Wine and beer with lunch and dinner on board the barge
  • Guided tours in Paris, Épernay, Reims, Château-Thierry and Meaux
  • All activities and entry fees and mentioned in the itinerary
  • All transportation as part of the organized itinerary in private air-conditioned vehicles with bottled water
  • Gratuities for city/activity guides, drivers, and included meals
  • A $50 USD Rainbow Railroad donation to help resettle LGBTQ+ refugees. Read more here.

WHAT ISN’T INCLUDED?

  • International airfare
  • Optional activities, meals, and drinks not outlined in itinerary 
  • Gratuities for ship crew and local guide (approximately $70 – $90 USD)
  • Entry visa & Covid-19 testing fees
  • Travel insurance (medical & repatriation coverage is mandatory for all travellers. Click here for more details)

LGBT INFO FOR France

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

What to bring, visa information, required
vaccinations, travel insurance and more.
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EXAMPLES OF ACCOMMODATIONS

Paris
Hôtel Duo
Exterior
Paris
Hôtel Duo
Lobby
Paris
Hôtel Duo
Dining
Paris
Hôtel Duo
Superior Room
Paris
Hôtel Duo
Bathroom

SHIP DETAILS & PRICING

Barge Déborah
Upper Deck
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Barge Déborah
Lower Deck
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Barge Déborah
Exterior
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Barge Déborah
Sun deck
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Barge Déborah
Dining
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Barge Déborah
Bar
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Barge Déborah
Lounge
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Twin/Double Convertible Cabin
DBL Occupancy: $ 5,195
SGL Occupancy: $7,790
Twin/Double Convertible Cabin
DBL Occupancy: $ 5,195
SGL Occupancy: $7,790
Twin/Double Convertible Cabin
DBL Occupancy: $ 5,195
SGL Occupancy: $7,790



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Who's it for?

While these trips typically attract gay men, all genders are welcome, and we encourage friends and family to join the fun as well.

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Accommodations

All accommodations on Out Adventures tours include breakfast and are located in areas central to our activities. All amenities are examples only, and may differ from hotel to hotel.

4-Star Hotel: Very comfortable and well-decorated rooms along with quality amenities such as a stylish restaurant and/or bar, a fitness centre. Customer service is very good, and there is usually a concierge.

Canal Barge: A boutique vessel accommodating up to 20 passengers, with amenities such as a sun deck, dining area, jacuzzi, and lounge. For more ship info, scroll down to see more photos.

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Physical Rating: 1 - RELAXING

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If you are a solo traveller willing to share a room with another solo traveller, please select Shared/Twin Room when booking this tour.

If you are a solo traveller interested in booking a private room, please select single supplement when booking this tour (based on availability). If you are willing to share a room with another solo traveller, please select Solo Shared.

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