Upper Loire & Burgundy Cruise (La Nouvelle Etoile)

Upper Loire & Burgundy Cruise (La Nouvelle Etoile)

From EUR €7,190


France is where the idea of luxury barge cruises first started, due in no small part to the myriad of waterways which cross not only its scenic countryside, but also many of its historic towns and cities. And while a Burgundy barge cruise may not be one of the best known holiday options for visitors to France, those who do discover hotel barging in Burgundy are sure not to be disappointed.

In fact, taking a Burgundy barge cruise down one of the region’s canals is a truly wonderful experience. The area boasts some of the world’s finest wines with around 60,000 acres of sunlit vines and arguably the prettiest canals in France. The waterways wind through the heart of the territory’s renowned vineyards, medieval towns, elegant châteaux, magnificent cathedrals, picturesque villages and wonderful local markets. En route, barging in Burgundy guarantees our clients a wealth of sightseeing opportunities.

This is a region with a vast variety of cheeses, in all shapes, sizes and colours, strong in character or mild and fresh and all can be enjoyed with full-bodied red Burgundies, or perhaps with lighter white Chablis wines. The Burgundian gastronomic tradition is rich and diverse and a sedate Burgundy barge cruise along one of its delightful waterways will allow you to indulge along the way in good food and wine: two of life’s essential pleasures.

Please Note: On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.

Trip Name
Upper Loire & Burgundy Cruise (La Nouvelle Etoile)
Vessel Type: Hotel Barge / River Boat Length: 129 feet / 39.31 meters Passenger Capacity: 8 La Nouvelle Etoile has been designed to offer a very high level of comfort and convenience, to provide an on board blend of traditional elegance and modern-day facilities. The spacious, air conditioned saloon with its attractive cocktail bar, piano and elegant furnishings provides a truly sophisticated setting, while other amenities include an exercise room and a lift. Each of the four generous 200 sq ft cabin suites is lavishly equipped and the en suite bathrooms feature double hand-basins and oversized showers. On deck there is a large sun deck with comfortable loungers and a hot tub, as well as bicycles for you to pedal along the nearby towpath. This cruise on the luxurious La Nouvelle Etoile is a journey back in time through a picturesque landscape along two delightful canals, including France’s oldest, the Canal de Briare. She also cruises in Alsace, Champagne, Holland, Belgium, Picardy, Germany and Luxembourg in Spring and Autumn.


Day 1 - Day 1 Moret-Sur-Loing
Guests are met in Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to La Nouvelle Etoile moored in the heart of the Fontainebleau forest. After a champagne welcome perhaps take a stroll through the medieval walled town of Moret-sur-Loing, known to many as the home of the famous Impressionist painter, Alfred Sisley. Tonight enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board.
Day 2 - Day 2 Moret sur Loing to Misy sur Yonne
After breakfast, we drive to Chateau of Fontainbleau. Here we walk through Fontainbleau, which is to walk through the history of France, where every royal family has added its own architectural signature. Upon return we cruise on the upper part of the Seine to Montereau, where the smaller river Yonne meets us. Tonight we will moor in a beautiful country setting in Misy sur Yonne along the banks of the Yonne. Dinner on board.
Day 3 - Day 3 Misy sur Yonne to Sens
After breakfast we enjoy a morning cruise to Sens. Enjoy lunch on board before we drive out to the medieval town of Provins, also called the “City of Roses”. Here we can watch the magnificent show of the birds of prey. Dinner on board.
Day 4 - Day 4 Sens to Villeneuve sur Yonne
This morning we visit the town of Sens, one of the oldest town in France. An opportunity to see one of the first great Gothic cathedrals, a magnificent building that dominates the square. There is plenty of time to shop, visit the museum or just stroll around the town. This afternoon we will cruise to the charming village of Villeneuve sur Yonne. Dinner on board.
Day 5 - Day 5 Villeneuve sur Yonne to Bassou
Enjoy breakfast as we cruise our way up the Yonne until we reach the pretty riverside town of Joigny. Take in the beautiful narrow cobbled streets winding their way up to wonderful churches perched on top of the hillside, that take you back to another era. In the afternoon we take a drive out to Chablis selecting one of the small family operated wineries for an intimate tour of the vineyards and cellars. We will moor for the night in Bassou and enjoy dinner on board.
Day 6 - Day 6 Bassou to Auxerre
This morning we cruise along the upper reaches of the Yonne River to Auxerre, the most beautiful of all the river towns in France whose skyline is punctuated by church spires and its streets lined with timbered 16th century homes. Time for shopping, visiting the old port or the 15th century clock tower. Enjoy Captain’s farewell dinner on board.
Day 7 - Day 7 Auxerre
After breakfast, disembark La Nouvelle Etoile and transfer to the designated drop off point in Paris.This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
Day 8 - Please Note:
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
14-06-202021-06-2020EUR €7,190Suite
14-06-202021-06-2020EUR €10,740Suite Solo
21-06-202028-06-2020EUR €7,190Suite
21-06-202028-06-2020EUR €10,740Suite Solo
28-06-202005-07-2020EUR €7,190Suite
28-06-202005-07-2020EUR €10,740Suite Solo
05-07-202012-07-2020EUR €7,190Suite
05-07-202012-07-2020EUR €10,740Suite Solo
13-06-202119-06-2021EUR €7,550Suite
13-06-202119-06-2021EUR €11,325Suite Solo
20-06-202126-06-2021EUR €7,550Suite
20-06-202126-06-2021EUR €11,325Suite Solo
27-06-202103-07-2021EUR €7,550Suite
27-06-202103-07-2021EUR €11,325Suite Solo
04-07-202110-07-2021EUR €7,550Suite
04-07-202110-07-2021EUR €11,325Suite Solo


    • Visit Château de Fontaineblea
    • Cross the river on the Pont Canal de Briare
    • Tour of Château Saint Fargeau