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Upper Loire & W Burgundy 7-day Luxury Barge Tour(LNE)
A cruise that is a journey back in time through a picturesque landscape and past sleepy hamlets, along two delightful canals including the Canal de Briare, the oldest in France.
The luxury barge is designed to offer a very high standard of comfort and convenience, with a spacious saloon, dining area and bar featuring a warm teak interior and elegant furnishings. Each of the 4 double suites is lavishly equipped and the ensuite bathrooms have double hand basins and oversize showers.There is also a lift, an exercise room and a spa pool on deck.
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Guests are met in Paris and transferred to the barge mooring. After a champagne welcome you can 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 you enjoy your first gourmet meal on board.
Moret-Sur-Loing to Nemours.
Today, we begin our cruise into the Upper Loire region. Affectionately known as the “Garden of Paris”, this little known region gently reveals its secrets. After lunch, we visit the Château de Fontainebleau. To walk through this palace is to walk through the history of France where each French Royal Family added their own architectural style and features when in residence. On our drive back to the barge we may visit the artist community of Barbizon. This evening we moor for the night in Nemours. Dinner on board.
Nemours to Montargis.
Today, we have a full day cruise to Montargis with plenty of opportunity to bicycle or walk along the towpath of the canal. After lunch we visit this charming town, also called “the Little Venice of the Gatinais” because of its numerous canals. Visit one of the many museums, or shop at the famous Mazet Praline shop with its exquisitely packaged delicacies. Dinner on board.
Montargis to Châtillon Coligny.
After breakfast, we set off on a leisurely cruise to the charming village of Châtillon Coligny. This afternoon, we take a drive out to the splendid 16th century Château de Saint Fargeau. The château is over a 1,000 years old and probably the most important place of historical interest in this unspoilt rural region, the Puisaye. Later, in the evening, there is time to stroll around the ramparts surrounding Châtillon-Coligny. Dinner on board.
Châtillon Coligny to Rogny.
Today, we continue our cruise higher up the canal we reach Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses. (The seven locks of Rogny). This “staircase” of seven locks was built in 1648 and is an impressive monument to the engineers of the past. After another relaxing lunch, we take a short drive out to the beautiful town of Gien, on the banks of the River Loire. Gien is famous for its faïence earthenware and we visit the International Hunting Museum at Chateau de Gien. Dinner on board.
Rogny to Briare.
After passing through the locks of Rogny, we reach the highest point of the canal and now start to descend slowly towards the River Loire. At Briare, we cross the river on the Pont Canal de Briare. This magnificent structure was designed and built by Gustav Eiffel in 1890. This afternoon we drive out to the Sancerre wine region to sample some of this delicious wine and perhaps taste some of the local Crottin de Chavignol cheese on our way back to the barge. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to your drop-off point in Paris.
*This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.
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