Regions: Upper Loire
The Renaissance is a luxurious vessel with slylish accommodations for eight. Large cabins, light and airy salon with fireplace, large deck with Jacuzzi and gorgeous furnishings to complete the overall ambiance of luxury and refinement. Cruise the River Seine, the Canal de Loing and the ancient Canal du Briare with stops in the beautiful towns of Samois-sur-Seine, St Mammes, Nemours, Nargis and Rogny les Sept Ecluses. A glorious area to cruise aboard a glorious vessel designed with every comfort in mind.
2:15 PM, Westminster Hotel, ParisNote: Pickup locations may be TBD on charter bookings.
12:00 PM, Westminster Hotel or Central Location ParisNote: dropoff locations may be TBD on charter bookings.
|Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred to the spacious Renaissance moored in Montargis where a champagne welcome awaits you. Time enough to explore the pretty village of Montargis by foot or bicycle before dinner on board.|
|Montargis to Montbouy|
|Morning cruise through the Loire countryside with towpath cycling to Montbouy. After lunch we visit Château de Fontainebleau. To walk through this palace is to walk through the history of France. It is the only royal and imperial château 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.|
|Montbouy to Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses|
|This morning we visit Château de Sully-sur-Loire. The castle originally belonged to Georges de la Trémoïlle, 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 1430, de la Trémoïlle imprisoned her in the castle. In the 18th century Voltaire, exiled from Paris, also spent time at the château. Afternoon cruise to our mooring at the village of Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses, near its 350-year-old 7 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 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.|
|La Gazonne to Briare|
|Morning cruise to Briare and Gustave Eiffel’s magical aqueduct across the River Loire with 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. This afternoon, we visit the delightful, privately-owned Château de La Bussière, known as the ‘fishermen castle’, with its wonderful ornamental and vegetable gardens. Dinner on board.|
|Briare to Châtillon-sur-Loire|
|This morning we wander around fruit and vegetable, seafood, cheeses 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. 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.|
|Breakfast and Farewell|
|After breakfast disembark Renaissance and transfer to the designated drop off point.|
|Suite Per Person||$7,450||$8,690|
|Charter 6 Pass||$52,300||$59,400|
|Charter 7 Pass||$53,900||$61,700|
|Charter 8 Pass||$55,500||$64,000|
Airfare to and from your destination, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)