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Upper Loire & W Burgundy 7-day Luxury Barge Tour (REN)
One of the finest regions in France one could barge through! Across the mighty River Loire on the Canal de Briare, France's oldest canal, completed in 1642 and steeped in history, past beautiful scenery and small country villages.
The barge accommodates up to 8 passengers in ultimate luxury. The interior has been extensively refitted and includes a beautifully appointed and spacious lounge area with comfortable seating. The extremely generous accommodation features four suites, each including a large ensuite bathroom. The other impressive features include a forward deck with a roof extension for alfresco dining and on-deck heated spa pool.
6 Nights accommodation on board in an air-conditioned, en-suite cabin.
The services of an experienced Captain / Host, Chef, Hostess(es), Driver/Tour Guide.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner aboard. A local meal ashore, once per week on most barges.
An excellent selection of fine regional and international wines and spirits, plus an all day open bar, tea and coffee.
Daily excursions by chauffeured minibus and entry fees to castles, vineyards, markets and other local places of interest.
Use of barge facilities such as bicycles, boules, barge library and on certain vessels, a spa pool.
Return transfers to and from the local meeting/drop off point.
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Guests are met at the designated meeting spot in Paris and transferred to the spacious barge moored in Montargis where a Champagne welcome with canapés awaits you. Time enough to explore the pretty town of Montargis on foot or by bicycle before dinner on board.
Montargis to Montbouy.
Morning cruise through the Loire countryside, with great towpath walking and cycling opportunities, to Montbouy. After lunch, we visit Chateau de Fontainebleau. To walk through this palace is to walk through the history of France. It is the only royal and imperial chateau to have been continuously inhabited for seven centuries and every French royal family added its own architectural style and features when in residence. Dinner on board.
Montbuoy to Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses.
This morning we visit Chateau de Sully-sur-Loire. The castle originally belonged to Georges de la Tremaille, who infuriated Joan of Arc by encouraging the Dauphin to devote himself to idle hunting in the forests around Sully. After Joan's failure to liberate Paris in 1430, de la Tremaille imprisoned her in the castle. In the 18th century Voltaire, exiled from Paris, also spent time in the chateau. Afternoon cruise to historic Rogny and its 350-year-old lock flight. Dinner on board.
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 and also explore the town's bustling markets. 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.
La Gazonne to Briare.
Morning cruise to Briare and Gustave Eiffel's magical aqueduct across the River Loire with walking and cycling opportunities. We preview Friday's crossing of this amazing 10,000 ton 662 metre Pont Canal which was completed in September 1896. This afternoon we visit the delightful, privately-owned Chateau de La Bussiere, known as the 'fisherman's castle' with its wonderful ornamental and vegetable gardens. Dinner on board.
Briare to Chatillon-sur-Loire.
This morning we wander around fruit and vegetables, seafood, cheeses and French fashion stalls in the market in Briare before returning to the barge for a short cruise across the aqueduct and lunch on board. Afternoon visit to a renowned winery in Sancerre for a tour and private tasting. This medieval hilltop village overlooks a vibrant region which has known viticulture since Roman times. Captain's farewell dinner on board.
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the designated drop off point in Paris.
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternative weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Apr 05 2020||Apr 11 2020||8||Single rooms||7,950€|
|Apr 12 2020||Apr 18 2020||8||Single rooms||7,950€|
|Apr 19 2020||Apr 25 2020||8||Single rooms||7,950€|
|Apr 26 2020||May 02 2020||8||Single rooms||9,090€|
|May 03 2020||May 09 2020||8||Single rooms||9,090€|
|May 10 2020||May 16 2020||8||Single rooms||9,090€|
|May 17 2020||May 23 2020||8||Single rooms||9,090€|
|May 24 2020||May 30 2020||8||Single rooms||9,090€|
|May 31 2020||Jun 06 2020||8||Single rooms||9,090€|
|Jun 07 2020||Jun 13 2020||8||Single rooms||9,090€|
|Jun 14 2020||Jun 20 2020||8||Single rooms||9,090€|
|Jun 21 2020||Jun 27 2020||8||Single rooms||9,090€|
|Jun 28 2020||Jul 04 2020||8||Single rooms||9,090€|
|Jul 05 2020||Jul 11 2020||8||Single rooms||9,090€|
|Jul 12 2020||Jul 18 2020||8||Single rooms||9,090€|
|Jul 19 2020||Jul 25 2020||8||Single rooms||7,950€|
|Jul 26 2020||Aug 01 2020||8||Single rooms||7,950€|
|Aug 02 2020||Aug 08 2020||8||Single rooms||7,950€|
|Aug 09 2020||Aug 15 2020||8||Single rooms||7,950€|
|Aug 16 2020||Aug 22 2020||8||Single rooms||7,950€|
|Aug 23 2020||Aug 29 2020||8||Single rooms||9,090€|
|Aug 30 2020||Sep 05 2020||8||Single rooms||9,090€|
|Sep 06 2020||Sep 12 2020||8||Single rooms||9,090€|
|Sep 13 2020||Sep 19 2020||8||Single rooms||9,090€|
|Sep 20 2020||Sep 26 2020||8||Single rooms||9,090€|
|Sep 27 2020||Oct 03 2020||8||Single rooms||9,090€|
|Oct 04 2020||Oct 10 2020||8||Single rooms||7,950€|
|Oct 11 2020||Oct 17 2020||8||Single rooms||7,950€|
|Oct 18 2020||Oct 24 2020||8||Single rooms||7,950€|
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