Begin your cruise down the waterways of northern France on the luxury Belmond Hirondelle. Set sail in the heart of the French countryside, arriving the next day in the regal city of Reims, where over 30 French Sovereigns have been crowned in the famous Gothic cathedral. Head to the Musée des Beaux-Arts to see their fine art collection, including pieces from Camille Corot, Claude Monet and Paul Gaugin. Sample the famous ‘Biscuit rose de Reims’ with a glass of champagne, before enjoying a gourmet dinner back on your private barge. The Hirondelle will continue down the canal to Châlons-en-Champagne, where the next day guests can dock for a tasting at a local, family run champagne house before exploring the town’s medieval cathedrals, gardens and bistros.