Between Champagne and Seine
Johanna takes you on the Marne from Château-Thierry downstream to the Seine. The vineyards of the Champagne region are slowly being replaced by meadows and forests. After a stop near the small town of La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, we arrive in Meaux. The city is known for its famous Brie de Meaux, its cathedral, war museum and much more. The next mooring place is cozy Lagny with its fantastic covered market and nice shopping streets.
The second part of the tour goes over Neuilly-sur-Marne through the tunnel of Saint-Maur to the Seine just above Paris. A further 2 days sailing on this mighty river to Melun with a stopover at the lock of Ablon. This part is a real connection trip where sailing gets more attention than visits and trips ashore.
On all our trips you can choose what you want to do and which places you want to visit. Below are just a few options.
From Bubbles to Castles...
1) Château-Thierry - Lagny
From Château-Thierry we slowly sail down the Marne and leave the champagne region. For lovers of the bubbles, we can stop for a while in Azy to pay a last visit to Bonneil in the middle of the vineyards. We spend the night near La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, where centuries ago the best millstones were made.
In Meaux it is wonderful to walk between the many historic buildings on both banks of the Marne. Be sure to visit the cathedral, the city walls, the episcopal gardens, the Bossuet museum or the house of the Brie de Meaux.
Lagny is a pleasant town with small shopping streets. At the covered market, Patsie buys the tastiest ingredients to spoil you culinary. A few km away is the surprising garden of Dhuys with statues cut from stones from an aqueduct that was bombed in 1939.
2) Lagny - Melun
This part of the tour is a connecting route where we especially enjoy sailing. After a morning in Lagny, we sail for a few hours to the lock of Neuilly-sur-Marne, the last quiet stop before the Seine.
From Neuilly we continue down the Marne, through the tunnel of St. Maur and the lock of Saint Maurice, to the Seine just above Paris. On this immense river we enjoy the passing landscape. It can sometimes be busy in the locks when we are together with some large freighters.
After an overnight stay at the lock of Ablon, we arrive the next day at our destination Melun. From here you can visit the castles of Vaux-le-Vicomte or Fontainebleau, but a walk in the town itself is also worth it.
Part 1: Chateau-Thierry – La Ferté sous Jouarre – Meaux – Lagny. (5 days)
Part 2: Lagny – Neuilly sur Marne – Ecluse Ablon – Melun. (5 days)
Eventually, this route can be sailed in 8 days without long stopover in Lagny.
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