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France Boutique Gay River Cruise

Paris, Largny sur Marne, Meaux, Saint Jean Les Deux Jumeaux, Château Thierry, Dormans, Reims, Épernay, and more!

8 Days from/to Paris, France

August 22 – 29, 2023

 

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Paris France gay cruise Explore Paris and float along the Marne-Rhine canal on this boutique 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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From Paris to Epernay, cruise on the majestic Marne canal lined with cities full of character. You will discover charming and timeless Paris and its famous monuments, but also Reims, the City of Art and History, home to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Do not miss out on Hautvillers and its beautiful surrounding vineyards.

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France Boutique Gay River Cruise 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

 

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France Boutique Gay River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 - Paris, France
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.

Hotel: Duo Hotel, Paris

 

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Day 2 - Paris, France
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.

Accommodation: CroisiEurope Barge Déborah

 

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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.

Accommodation: CroisiEurope Barge Déborah

 

France gay cruise - Meaux

 

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.

Accommodation: CroisiEurope Barge Déborah

 

France gay cruise - Chateau Thierry

 

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.

Accommodation: CroisiEurope Barge Déborah

 

France gay cruise - Champagne

 

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.

Accommodation: CroisiEurope Barge Déborah

 

France gay cruise - Reims

 

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.

Accommodation: CroisiEurope Barge Déborah

 

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Day 8 - Paris, France
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.

 

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What's Included

• Local Guide and 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.

 

Not 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.

 

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Trip Notes

The flavours, fashions, and romance of Paris and the French countryside continue to seduce and enthrall gay travellers to this day.
It’s no wonder France has been dubbed the world’s most popular tourist destination. French culture lures and captivates with its effortless nonchalance. Chic women sip café with their croissant, and a dainty menthol dangling from their fingers. Buskers and accordionists peddle near popular attractions like the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. In the south, locals and visitors alike bask in the sun-soaked Mediterranean from shady terraces while sipping Soixante-Quinze cocktails (aka The French 75). If we had to sum up this timeless destination, we’d describe it as an extravagantly simple delight that’s as familiar as it is unexpected. It just has that je ne sais quoi.

Visas
A visa is not required for American, Australian, British, and Canadian citizens travelling to France for fewer than 90 days. There may be exceptions, and all visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

 

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LGBT Rights in France
France has always been intrigued by unconventional lifestyles. So when it came time to recognize LGBTQ+ people, the country was leagues ahead of its European neighbours. Paris has been a queer mecca since the ‘70s, if not earlier. And smaller scenes exist in every major city including Lyon and Marseille. Overall, the country is very LGBTQ+ welcoming and has strong anti-discrimination laws. Same-sex marriage and adoption are legal, while changing your gender doesn’t require surgery.

Gay France Travel
Paris claims to have one of the largest and most robust queer scenes throughout Europe, only matched by cities such as Madrid and London. And while we j’adore Paris’s Le Marais district, it’s not the only district in the country featuring guys who like guys, and gals who like gals. Marseille and Lyon both have excellent LGBTQ+ scenes worth indulging in. Nice—the country’s famous summer escape—has not one, not two, not three, but four popular gay beaches to choose from. With multiple annual Prides, plenty of bars and clubs, a sex-positive culture, and even a number of lesbian-centric institutions, France is one of our favourite queer destinations in the world.

 

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Best Time to Visit
May to July, and September to October are the best times to visit France. August is also excellent, however, many smaller cafes and restaurants may be shut down while their employees enjoy a month off.

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements:
Out Adventures requires proof of full Covid-19 vaccination from all guests, following recommendations by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Other Vaccinations
Based on the entry requirements for France, there are no other vaccinations needed. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic. We cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

Electricity
You will need an international travel plug/adapter for type E sockets.

Time Zone:
Central European Summer Time (GMT +2)

 

Duo Hotel Paris

 

Starting Point Hotel
Duo Hotel, Paris
Set in the lively Marais district in central Paris, this design hotel features a sauna and fitness room. It offers air-conditioned guest rooms with free Wi-Fi access and a mini-bar.

Satellite TV and a telephone are standard in each contemporary guest room. Some of the stylish rooms feature a seating area and a private courtyard. A hairdryer is included in the private bathrooms.

Cocktails are served in the bar lounge at Hotel Duo. A continental breakfast is served each morning in the bright dining room.

Hotel de Ville Metro Station is just 140 m from Duo hotel, providing direct access to the Champs Elysées. Noter Dame Cathedral is a 10-minute walk away.

 

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Your Ship - MS Deborah

A canal barge cruise is an authentic and timeless experience. A privileged moment where you take the time to discover “la douce France” in a different way. Aboard the charming MS Déborah, enjoy this wonderful journey on the Marne-Rhine canal, a timeless region of spectacular beauty and grace.

The MS Deborah is a superb Premium canal barge, measuring 38,50 meters long and 5,07 meters wide. It can accommodate 22 passengers, in 11 cabins offering amenities and providing guests with all the comforts they need during their stay.

 

Deborah sundeck

 

On board, everything has been taken care of down to the smallest detail with 6 crew members to guarantee a personalized service. The decoration creates a particularly soft and welcoming atmosphere.

Located on the upper deck are the restaurant, which offers delicate cuisine in a refined setting, the lounge bar and a relaxation area with a jacuzzi. Comfortable sun loungers are provided on the sun deck, the ideal place to relax and admire the surrounding landscapes.

 

Deborah restaurant

 

Restaurant
Located on the main deck, the restaurant is where all meals are served during your cruise. It seats all guests at tables which vary in size with a panoramic view. The atmosphere is casual but elegant.

 

Deborah terrace

 

Terrace
Located at the front of the barge and equipped with tables and parasols, you can easily share a moment with friends or unwind while enjoying the view.

 

Deborah lounge bar

 

Lounge Bar
The lounge tastefully decorated and offers panoramic views. Cocktails and games, dancing, and other forms of entertainment all happen here.

 

Deborah barge lounge

 

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France Boutique Gay River Cruise Prices

Cabin Description
Double
Per person
$ (USD)
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Deborah cabin

TV; Telephone (for internal calls only); Bathroom with shower and toilet; Towels; Safe; Independent air-conditioning; Electricity 220V; Wi-Fi

$ 5,195

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Single Supplement: $2,795

Port Charges of $200 are additional.

Gratuities for ship crew and local guide (approximately $70 – 90 USD)

25% Cruise fare + $200 Deposit required at time of booking. Second deposit of 25% due 6 months prior to trip. Balance Due 90 Days prior to trip

 

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