Upper Loire & Western Burgundy Cruise (Renaissance)

Upper Loire & Western Burgundy Cruise (Renaissance)

From EUR €5,850

Description

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: Family, Golf, Wine Appreciation Theme Departures available. Please contact us for more details.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.

Trip Name
Upper Loire & Western Burgundy Cruise (Renaissance)
Days
7
Overview
Vessel Type: Hotel Barge / River Boat Length: 128 feet / 39.01 meters Passenger Capacity: 8 Renaissance has been designed to carry her guests in ultimate luxury along the Canal de Briare, France’s oldest canal and steeped in history on a cruise route that features elegant chateaux, small countryside villages and the famed wine-growing region of Sancerre. She is a very spacious hotel barge and the beautifully-appointed saloon with its wooden beams, classic dining furniture and artworks, invokes the atmosphere of a classic French manor house. The comfortable leather sofas and hand-built bar where you can enjoy your pre-dinner aperitif, add to the feeling of onboard opulence. The ‘Renaissance mood’ extends to the four very generously-sized twin or double bedded bedroom suites, (approx. 265sq ft including en suite), each one fully air-conditioned and complemented by a large en suite bathroom. Outside, the large forward deck includes a covered roof extension with a circular table for alfresco dining, comfortable hardwood sun loungers and a heated spa pool. With her refined onboard ambience, Renaissance is the perfect vessel on which to cruise a historic canal and experience the splendour of landmarks en route, including Gustav’s Eiffels’s aqueduct across the mighty River Loire.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 Montargis
Guests are met at our meeting point in Paris** and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the spacious Renaissance where a Champagne welcome with canapés awaits you and you meet the Captain and crew. Time enough for a walking tour of the pretty village of Montargis before dinner on board.
Day 2 - Day 2 Montargis to Montbouy
This morning, we embark on our first cruise through the Loire countryside, with great towpath walking and cycling opportunities, to moor at Montbouy. After lunch on board, we visit the Château de Fontainebleau, a national museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site where we enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the French Military School of Horse-riding, accompanied by a passionate French Colonel. We continue our tour through the magnificent château itself; the only royal and imperial residence to have been continuously inhabited for seven centuries, to walk the halls of Fontainebleau is to stroll through the history of France. Dinner on board.
Day 3 - Day 3 Montbouy to Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses
This morning we visit the privately-owned Château de La Bussière, known as the ‘fishermen’s castle’, with its wonderful ornamental and vegetable gardens. Following lunch back on board, we enjoy an afternoon cruise to our mooring at the pretty village of Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses, near its 350-year-old 7 lock-flight, which is well worth visiting on foot. Dinner on board.
Day 4 - Day 4 Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses to La Gazonne
After a leisurely breakfast of fresh croissants, baguettes and assorted pastries we visit Gien, home of the Faience pottery, renowned for its beautifully decorated and vibrant dinnerware, and also explore the town’s bustling market. After lunch, we enjoy an afternoon cruise to La Gazonne, a beautiful mooring surrounded by lakes and ponds that provide water for the workings of the Canal de Briare. Dinner ashore at the Michelin-starred Auberge des Templiers in Les Bezards.
Day 5 - Day 5 La Gazonne to Briare
A morning cruise to our mooring at the little town of Briare, site of Gustave Eiffel’s magical aqueduct across the River Loire, again with excellent walking and bicycling opportunities. We preview Friday’s crossing of this amazing 10,000 ton, 662 metre Pont Canal which was completed in September 1896. Our afternoon visit is to a renowned winery in Sancerre, such as Domaine Henri Bourgeois in Chavignol, for a tour and private tasting. This medieval hilltop village overlooks a vibrant region which has known viticulture since Roman times. Dinner on board.
Day 6 - Day 6 Briare to Châtillon-sur-Loire
This morning we wander around fruit and vegetable, seafood, cheese and French fashion stalls in the market in Briare before returning to the hotel barge for a short cruise across the aqueduct and lunch on board. This afternoon, we visit the delightful Château de Ratilly and its rather spectacular selection of turreted towers, construction of which began in 1270! Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 7 - Day 7 Châtillon-sur-Loire
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Paris.
Day 8 - Please Note:
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
05-04-202012-04-2020EUR €5,850Suite
05-04-202012-04-2020EUR €7,950Suite Solo
12-04-202019-04-2020EUR €5,850Suite
12-04-202019-04-2020EUR €7,950Suite Solo
19-04-202026-04-2020EUR €5,850Suite
19-04-202026-04-2020EUR €7,950Suite Solo
26-04-202003-05-2020EUR €6,690Suite
26-04-202003-05-2020EUR €9,090Suite Solo
03-05-202010-05-2020EUR €6,690Suite
03-05-202010-05-2020EUR €9,090Suite Solo
10-05-202017-05-2020EUR €6,690Suite
10-05-202017-05-2020EUR €9,090Suite Solo
17-05-202024-05-2020EUR €6,690Suite
17-05-202024-05-2020EUR €9,090Suite Solo
24-05-202031-05-2020EUR €6,690Suite
24-05-202031-05-2020EUR €9,090Suite Solo
31-05-202007-06-2020EUR €6,690Suite
31-05-202007-06-2020EUR €9,090Suite Solo
07-06-202014-06-2020EUR €6,690Suite
07-06-202014-06-2020EUR €9,090Suite Solo
14-06-202021-06-2020EUR €6,690Suite
14-06-202021-06-2020EUR €9,090Suite Solo
21-06-202028-06-2020EUR €6,690Suite
21-06-202028-06-2020EUR €9,090Suite Solo
28-06-202005-07-2020EUR €6,690Suite
28-06-202005-07-2020EUR €9,090Suite Solo
05-07-202012-07-2020EUR €6,690Suite
05-07-202012-07-2020EUR €9,090Suite Solo
12-07-202019-07-2020EUR €6,690Suite
12-07-202019-07-2020EUR €9,090Suite Solo
19-07-202026-07-2020EUR €5,850Suite
19-07-202026-07-2020EUR €7,950Suite Solo
26-07-202002-08-2020EUR €5,850Suite
26-07-202002-08-2020EUR €7,950Suite Solo
02-08-202009-08-2020EUR €5,850Suite
02-08-202009-08-2020EUR €7,950Suite Solo
09-08-202016-08-2020EUR €5,850Suite
09-08-202016-08-2020EUR €7,950Suite Solo
16-08-202023-08-2020EUR €5,850Suite
16-08-202023-08-2020EUR €7,950Suite Solo
23-08-202030-08-2020EUR €6,690Suite
23-08-202030-08-2020EUR €9,090Suite Solo
30-08-202006-09-2020EUR €6,690Suite
30-08-202006-09-2020EUR €9,090Suite Solo
06-09-202013-09-2020EUR €6,690Suite
06-09-202013-09-2020EUR €9,090Suite Solo
13-09-202020-09-2020EUR €6,690Suite
13-09-202020-09-2020EUR €9,090Suite Solo
20-09-202027-09-2020EUR €6,690Suite
20-09-202027-09-2020EUR €9,090Suite Solo
27-09-202004-10-2020EUR €6,690Suite
27-09-202004-10-2020EUR €9,090Suite Solo
04-10-202011-10-2020EUR €5,850Suite
04-10-202011-10-2020EUR €7,950Suite Solo
11-10-202018-10-2020EUR €5,850Suite
11-10-202018-10-2020EUR €7,950Suite Solo
18-10-202025-10-2020EUR €5,850Suite
18-10-202025-10-2020EUR €7,950Suite Solo
04-04-202110-04-2021EUR €6,090Suite
04-04-202110-04-2021EUR €8,290Suite Solo
11-04-202117-04-2021EUR €6,090Suite
11-04-202117-04-2021EUR €8,290Suite Solo
18-04-202124-04-2021EUR €6,090Suite
18-04-202124-04-2021EUR €8,290Suite Solo
25-04-202101-05-2021EUR €6,990Suite
25-04-202101-05-2021EUR €9,540Suite Solo
02-05-202108-05-2021EUR €6,990Suite
02-05-202108-05-2021EUR €9,540Suite Solo
09-05-202115-05-2021EUR €6,990Suite
09-05-202115-05-2021EUR €9,540Suite Solo
16-05-202122-05-2021EUR €6,990Suite
16-05-202122-05-2021EUR €9,540Suite Solo
23-05-202129-05-2021EUR €6,990Suite
23-05-202129-05-2021EUR €9,540Suite Solo
30-05-202105-06-2021EUR €6,990Suite
30-05-202105-06-2021EUR €9,540Suite Solo
06-06-202112-06-2021EUR €6,990Suite
06-06-202112-06-2021EUR €9,540Suite Solo
13-06-202119-06-2021EUR €6,990Suite
13-06-202119-06-2021EUR €9,540Suite Solo
20-06-202126-06-2021EUR €6,990Suite
20-06-202126-06-2021EUR €9,540Suite Solo
27-06-202103-07-2021EUR €6,990Suite
27-06-202103-07-2021EUR €9,540Suite Solo
04-07-202110-07-2021EUR €6,990Suite
04-07-202110-07-2021EUR €9,540Suite Solo
11-07-202117-07-2021EUR €6,990Suite
11-07-202117-07-2021EUR €9,540Suite Solo
18-07-202124-07-2021EUR €6,090Suite
18-07-202124-07-2021EUR €8,290Suite Solo
25-07-202131-07-2021EUR €6,090Suite
25-07-202131-07-2021EUR €8,290Suite Solo
01-08-202107-08-2021EUR €6,090Suite
01-08-202107-08-2021EUR €8,290Suite Solo
08-08-202114-08-2021EUR €6,090Suite
08-08-202114-08-2021EUR €8,290Suite Solo
15-08-202121-08-2021EUR €6,090Suite
15-08-202121-08-2021EUR €8,290Suite Solo
22-08-202128-08-2021EUR €6,090Suite
22-08-202128-08-2021EUR €8,290Suite Solo
29-08-202104-09-2021EUR €6,990Suite
29-08-202104-09-2021EUR €9,540Suite Solo
12-09-202118-09-2021EUR €6,990Suite
12-09-202118-09-2021EUR €9,540Suite Solo
19-09-202125-09-2021EUR €6,990Suite
19-09-202125-09-2021EUR €9,540Suite Solo
25-09-202111-09-2021EUR €6,990Suite
25-09-202111-09-2021EUR €9,540Suite Solo
26-09-202102-10-2021EUR €6,990Suite
26-09-202102-10-2021EUR €9,540Suite Solo
03-10-202109-10-2021EUR €6,090Suite
03-10-202109-10-2021EUR €8,290Suite Solo
10-10-202116-10-2021EUR €6,090Suite
10-10-202116-10-2021EUR €8,290Suite Solo
17-10-202123-10-2021EUR €6,090Suite
17-10-202123-10-2021EUR €8,290Suite Solo
24-10-202130-10-2021EUR €6,090Suite
24-10-202130-10-2021EUR €8,290Suite Solo

Inclusions

    • Visit to Château de Fontainebleau
    • Visit to the privately-owned Château de la Bussière
    • 7-lock flight at Rogny-Les-Sept-Ecluses
    • Visit to Château de Sully-sur-Loire, a moated fortress and ‘monument historique’
    • Cruise across the aqueduct at Briare, built by Gustave Eiffel over the River Loire
    • Wine tasting in Sancerre
    • Visit Gien, home of the Faience pottery
    • Excellent towpath for walking and bicycling
    • “Biking Plus” option available

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