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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.
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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
Activities
Places Visited
  • Europe
  • France
  • Briare
  • Châtillon-Coligny
  • European Union
  • Franche-Comté
  • Montargis
  • Moret sur Loing
  • Nemours
  • Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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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.

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200 sq. ft. including en-suite facilities. Twin/double beds, private bathroom with shower, wardrobe, small tables and a chair.
Included
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Selected regional wines and alcoholic beverages
  • Complimentary use of bicycles
  • All sightseeing tours and admittance fees
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  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Superior Châteaux vintage wines
  • Passport or Visa fees

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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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