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Semur en Auxois, Burgundy region

Classic Cruise - Upper Loire & Burgundy

Example 7 Day Cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile
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Explore Burgundy on this 7-day cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile. Visit different historical locations such as the "Garden of Paris" and walk through a piece of French history at the famous Château de Fontainebleau. Visit the "Little Venice" of the Gatinais, popular for its canals. Explore the village of Châtillon Coligny or drive off to Puisaye to see 16th-century Château de Saint Fargeau, which is over 1,000 years old and likely the most important place of historical interest in this unspoiled rural region. Visit International Hunting Museum at Chateau de Gien. After arriving in Briare and tasting the delicious local wines, transfer back to Paris.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Paris | Embark
Day 2 : Nemours
Day 3 : Montargis
Day 4 : Châtillon Coligny
Day 5 : Rogny
Day 6 : Briare
Day 7 : Briare | Disembark

Highlights

  • Tour the world famous Château de Fontainebleau Palace
  • Cross the river on the Pont Canal de Briare
  • Walk or bicycle along the towpath of Montargis
  • Drive out to the splendid 16th century Château de Saint Fargeau
  • Visit the International Hunting Museum at Chateau de Gien

Ship

La Nouvelle Etoile

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Adventures in Europe Semur en Auxois, Burgundy region Wander the stretching Champs de Elysees as you tour Paris View of Notre Dame in Paris Vineyards of France

Day 1 Paris | Embark

Guests will meet in Paris and transferred to the hotel barge by a private chauffeured minibus which is moored in the heart of the Fontainebleau forest. After a champagne welcome, perhaps 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 enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board.

Day 2 Nemours

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin the cruise into the Upper Loire region which is also known as the "Garden of Paris", This little-known region gently reveals its secrets. In the afternoon, you will visit the Château de Fontainebleau. To walk through this palace is to walk through the history of France where each French Royal Family added its own architectural style and features when in residence. On the drive back to the barge you may visit the artist community of Barbizon.  We moor for the night in Nemours. Dinner will be served on board. 

Day 3 Montargis

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This will be a full day cruise to Montargis where you will have plenty of opportunities to bicycle or walk along the towpath of the canal. After having your lunch, you will visit the charming town 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 will be served on board. 

Day 4 Châtillon Coligny

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, you will set off on a relaxed cruise to the beautiful village of Châtillon Coligny. After lunch, you will take a drive out to the splendid 16th century Château de Saint Fargeau, which is over  1,000 years old and probably the most important place of historical interest in this unspoiled rural region, the Puisaye. This evening, you will have enough time to stroll around the ramparts before you will have your delightful dinner on board. 

Day 5 Rogny

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The cruise will continue up the canal to reach Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses. This “staircase” of seven locks was built in 1648 and is an impressive monument to the engineers of the past. After a relaxing lunch, take a short drive out to the beautiful town of Gien, on the banks of the River Loire, and famous for its faïence earthenware. You also will visit the International Hunting Museum at Chateau de Gien. Dinner will be served on board. 

Day 6 Briare

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After passing through the locks of Rogny, you will reach the highest point of the canal and start to descend slowly towards the River Loire. At Briare, cross the river on the Pont Canal de Briare, designed and built by Gustav Eiffel in 1890.  Later, drive to the Sancerre wine region to sample some of this delicious wine and perhaps taste some of the local Crottin de Chavignol cheese on your way back to the barge. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7 Briare | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Paris.

La Nouvelle Etoile

Per person starting at
$8,630
La Nouvelle Etoile, stateroom
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Suites
200 sq. ft. including en-suite facilities. Twin/double beds, private bathroom with shower, wardrobe, small tables and a chair.

Notes

Rates Include:
  • Accommodations
  • Private shower
  • All gourmet meals
  • Selected regional wines and alcoholic beverages
  • All sightseeing tours and admittance fees
  • Use of the vessel's bicycles
  • Roundtrip transfers from specified meeting point
Rates Exclude:
  • Air transportation
  • Airport taxes
  • Visas
  • Health or accident insurance
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Superior Châteaux vintage wines
  • Crew gratuities
  • Optional activities such as hot air balloon flights or items of a personal nature such as laundry, communication charges or purchases
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