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Upper Loire & W Burgundy 7-day Luxury Barge Tour (REN)

  • 7days
  • France

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Luxury Barge Tour in Upper Loire & W Burgundy

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.

Included in the Luxury Barge Tour:

  • 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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  • Day 1

    Montargis.

    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.

  • Day 2

    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.

  • Day 3

    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.

  • 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 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.

  • Day 5

    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.

  • Day 6

    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.

  • Day 7

    Chatillon-sur-Loire.

    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.

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Apr 09 2023 Apr 15 2023 8 Single rooms 9,450€
Double rooms 6,850€
Apr 16 2023 Apr 22 2023 8 Single rooms 9,450€
Double rooms 6,850€
Apr 23 2023 Apr 29 2023 8 Single rooms 9,450€
Double rooms 6,850€
Apr 30 2023 May 06 2023 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
May 14 2023 May 20 2023 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
May 21 2023 May 27 2023 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
Jun 11 2023 Jun 17 2023 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
Jun 18 2023 Jun 24 2023 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
Jul 02 2023 Jul 08 2023 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
Jul 09 2023 Jul 15 2023 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
Jul 16 2023 Jul 22 2023 8 Single rooms 9,450€
Double rooms 6,850€
Jul 23 2023 Jul 29 2023 8 Single rooms 9,450€
Double rooms 6,850€
Aug 06 2023 Aug 12 2023 8 Single rooms 9,450€
Double rooms 6,850€
Aug 13 2023 Aug 19 2023 8 Single rooms 9,450€
Double rooms 6,850€
Aug 20 2023 Aug 26 2023 8 Single rooms 9,450€
Double rooms 6,850€
Aug 27 2023 Sep 02 2023 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
Sep 03 2023 Sep 09 2023 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
Sep 24 2023 Sep 30 2023 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
Oct 08 2023 Oct 14 2023 8 Single rooms 9,450€
Double rooms 6,850€
Oct 15 2023 Oct 21 2023 8 Single rooms 9,450€
Double rooms 6,850€
Oct 22 2023 Oct 28 2023 8 Single rooms 9,450€
Double rooms 6,850€
Mar 31 2024 Apr 06 2024 8 Single rooms 9,450€
Double rooms 6,850€
Apr 07 2024 Apr 13 2024 8 Single rooms 9,450€
Double rooms 6,850€
Apr 14 2024 Apr 20 2024 8 Single rooms 9,450€
Double rooms 6,850€
Apr 21 2024 Apr 27 2024 8 Single rooms 9,450€
Double rooms 6,850€
Apr 28 2024 May 04 2024 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
May 05 2024 May 11 2024 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
May 12 2024 May 18 2024 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
May 19 2024 May 25 2024 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
May 26 2024 Jun 01 2024 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
Jun 02 2024 Jun 08 2024 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
Jun 09 2024 Jun 15 2024 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
Jun 16 2024 Jun 22 2024 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
Jun 23 2024 Jun 29 2024 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
Jun 30 2024 Jul 06 2024 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
Jul 07 2024 Jul 13 2024 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
Jul 14 2024 Jul 20 2024 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
Jul 21 2024 Jul 27 2024 8 Single rooms 9,450€
Double rooms 6,850€
Jul 28 2024 Aug 03 2024 8 Single rooms 9,450€
Double rooms 6,850€
Aug 04 2024 Aug 10 2024 8 Single rooms 9,450€
Double rooms 6,850€
Aug 11 2024 Aug 17 2024 8 Single rooms 9,450€
Double rooms 6,850€
Aug 18 2024 Aug 24 2024 8 Single rooms 9,450€
Double rooms 6,850€
Aug 25 2024 Aug 31 2024 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
Sep 01 2024 Sep 07 2024 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
Sep 08 2024 Sep 14 2024 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
Sep 15 2024 Sep 21 2024 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
Sep 22 2024 Sep 28 2024 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
Sep 29 2024 Oct 05 2024 8 Single rooms 10,950€
Double rooms 7,950€
Oct 06 2024 Oct 12 2024 8 Single rooms 9,450€
Double rooms 6,850€
Oct 13 2024 Oct 19 2024 8 Single rooms 9,450€
Double rooms 6,850€
Oct 20 2024 Oct 26 2024 8 Single rooms 9,450€
Double rooms 6,850€

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