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Renaissance Barge - Upper Loire & Western Burgundy Cruise

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Discover the charm and beauty of Upper Loire and Western Burgundy as you cruise along Canal de Briare and the Loire River aboard Renaissance. Both regions are stepped in history, culture and picturesque scenery that will surely charm first-time and returning visitors.
France
Cultural
Luxury
Barge

Highlights

Visit to and guided tour of the magnificent Château de Fontainebleau

7-lock flight at Rogny-Les-Sept-Ecluses, a national historic monument

Cruise across the aqueduct at Briare, built by Gustave Eiffel over the River Loire

Visit Gien, home of the Faience pottery
 

Private wine tasting in Sancerre

Excellent opportunities for walking and biking

Renaissance was built in 1960 in Belgium and used to carry grain and ore. She was converted to a hotel barge in 1997 and now cruises in the waterways of Burgundy and Loire Valley. The elegant, 8-passenger

Renaissance cruises along the scenic Canal de Briare, France’s oldest canal, and the Loire River, the longest river in the country. Renaissance can accommodate up to eight passengers with four spacious suites with en-suite facilities, saloon dining room, relaxing sun deck with spa pool, small library and bicycles.

Renaissance will take you to the heart of upper Loire Valley region and western Burgundy, steeped in history, culture and breathtaking countryside. This classic cruise highlights include Château de Fontainebleau, Château de Ratilly and the charming towns of Gien and Briare.

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Included

6 nights onboard at Hotel Barge Renaissance in a Suite
Crew of 5 (Captain, tour guide, chef and hostesses)
Transfers by an air-conditioned minivan
Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily prepared by your chef
Captains farewell dinner on your last night
Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Excursions as per itinerary
Use of barge facilities

On-Board Facilities

  • Maximum of 8 passengers
  • 4 suites
  • 8 bicycles
  • Small library of books and maps
  • Collection of board games
  • Fishing rods
  • Nordic walking sicks (on request)
  • Bose Hi-fi system with an iPod docking station, radion and a selection of CDs
  • Guest iPods

Renaissance deck plan

Itinerary

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Day 1
Paris → Montargis

You are met at your 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.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Renaissance in a Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Dinner
Paris → Montargis
Champagne welcome aboard Renaissance
Day 2
Montargis → 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,our visit thisafternoon is to the splendid Château de Fontainebleau, a national museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the only royal and imperial château to have been continuously inhabited forseven centuries and every French royal family has added its own architectural style and features when in residence.We make a private tour through rooms and galleries not usually on public view, including Napoleon III’s Imperial Theatre. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Renaissance in a Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Montargis → Montbouy
Château de Fontainebleau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Day 3
Montbouy → 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, where we enjoy a cooking demonstration using wild and medicinal plants. Following lunch back on board, we make an afternoon cruise to our mooring at the pretty village of Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses, near its original 350-year-old 7 lock-flight, now disused and a national monument, from which it takes its name. A short stroll to the locks is worthwhile before dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Renaissance in a Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Montbouy → Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses
Renaissance moored in Montbouy
Day 4
Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses → La Gazonne

Today, we immerse ourselves in the world of impressionist art. We start with a short walking tour of Moret-sur-Loing, famous for its association with the Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley and see several his most famous scenes before continuing to the Chateau home of Rosa Bonheur. Rosa Bonheur was the most celebrated female artist of the 19th Century; a pioneer in a man’s world and a champion of women’s rights. Her best-known paintings are of animal scenes including one of Buffalo Bill on horseback which prompted an enduring friendship between the two. We take lunch in the private salon of the chateau before joining the present owner for a tour and to hear more about the history of this remarkable lady and view some of her works. Later, we enjoy an afternoon cruise past the Rogny lock flight to La Gazonne, a beautiful rural mooring surrounded by lakes and ponds that provide water for the workings of the Canal de Briare. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Renaissance in a Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses → La Gazonne
Rogny 7 locks
Day 5
La Gazonne → Briare

A morning cruise to your 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. Preview Friday’s crossing of this amazing 10,000 ton, 662 metre Pont Canal which was completed in September 1896. In the afternoon visit 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.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Renaissance in a Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
La Gazonne → Briare
Renaissance cruising the Briare aqueduct
Day 6
Briare → Châtillon-sur-Loire

This morning we visit the market in Briare with its food and fashion stalls before returning to the hotel barge for lunch and a spectacular short cruise across the Briare aqueduct with its ornate iron lampposts and railings, spanning the wide River Loire below. This afternoon, we visit the delightful Château de Ratilly and its rather unusual selection of turreted towers, construction of which began in 1270. In the castle’s workshops, we see traditional pottery being hand thrown and have the chance to try this artisanal craft for ourselves. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Renaissance in a Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Briare → Châtillon-sur-Loire
Ratilly Drive
Day 7
Châtillon-sur-Loire → Paris

After breakfast, you are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Paris.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
French
Local currency
EUR
Barge Cruising

This unique, all-inclusive experience allows you to admire the picturesque landscape of your destination, try some regional cuisine, explore the most beautiful cities and towns, visit local sights and monuments, learn history and tradition, meet friendly locals and much more. 

6 nights
France
Paris
Paris
Cultural, Luxury
03 April 2022 – 23 October 2022

Optional Extras

Departure Dates and Pricing:

Important notes

  • Please note that this product is not part of our flexible booking policy as the supplier terms and conditions apply. Our team will advise of the exact booking conditions at the time of booking.
  • This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks, the cruise will be in the reverse direction.

This barge is available for charter bookings and theme cruises. Contact us for more details.

Pick-up Point

  • Cabin bookings - The Hotel Westminster, Paris at 2:00 pm
  • Charter bookings - One location of the group's choice in Paris at 2:00 pm OR a TGV train station close to the barge after 4:00 pm

Drop-off Point

  • Cabin bookings - The Hotel Westminster by 12:00 noon
  • Charter bookings - One location of the group's choice in Paris by 12noon OR at a local TGV train station by 10:00 am

Why are flights not included?

Following customer feedback, we do not include flights in our holiday packages. Many prefer the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points or travel on specific airlines.  

However, we are able to assist, so please just notify us during the booking process or contact our team.

Blackout dates may apply during festive season.

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