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Renaissance Aqueduct

Private Charter - European Classic Cruise - Upper Loire & Western Burgundy

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Embark on a 7-day private cruise through the rivers and canals of France aboard the luxury hotel barge Renaissance. Visit the delightful, privately-owned Château de La Bussière, known as the 'fishermen's castle,' with its wonderful ornamental and vegetable gardens. Take a leisurely breakfast of fresh croissants, baguettes, and assorted pastries as you visit Gien, home of the Faience pottery, renowned for its beautifully decorated and vibrant dinnerware. Cruise over Gustav Eiffel's famous aqueduct spanning the Loire River. Take some time to explore the beautiful village and canals of Montargis either on foot or by bicycle.
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Highlights
  • Enjoy wine tasting in Sancerre with your private group of up to 8 guests
  • Visit Gien, home of the Faience pottery
  • Tour the privately-owned Château de la Bussière
  • Cruise across the aqueduct built by Gustave Eiffel over the River Loire
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Day 1: Montargis | Embark

Guests are met at the meeting point in Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the spacious Renaissance where a Champagne welcome with canapés awaits you to meet the Captain and crew. You might have some time for a walking tour of the pretty village of Montargis before dinner on board.

Day 2: Montargis to Montbouy

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, embark on your first cruise through the Loire countryside, with excellent towpath walking and cycling opportunities, to moor at Montbouy. After lunch on board, visit Château de Fontainebleau, a national museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. To walk through this magnificent 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. Every French royal family added its own architectural style and features when in residence. Dinner on board.

Day 3: Montbouy to Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning 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 failed to liberate Paris in 1430, de la Trémoïlle imprisoned her in the castle. In the 18th century Voltaire, exiled from Paris, also spent time at the château. Following lunch back on board, enjoy an afternoon cruise to our mooring at the pretty village of Rogny-Les-Sept-Ecluses, near its 350-year-old seven lock-flight, which is well worth visiting on foot. Dinner on board.

Day 4: Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses to La Gazonne

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After a leisurely breakfast of fresh croissants, baguettes, and assorted pastries, visit Gien, home of the Faience pottery, renowned for its beautifully decorated and vibrant dinnerware. And also explore the town’s bustling market. After lunch, 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.

Day 5: La Gazonne to Briare

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A morning cruise to the 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 meter Pont Canal completed in September 1896. For a tour and private tasting, your afternoon visit to a renowned winery in Sancerre, such as Domaine Henri Bourgeois in Chavignol. This medieval hilltop village overlooks a vibrant region that has known viticulture since Roman times. Dinner on board.

Day 6: Briare to Châtillon-sur-Loire

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning be able to wander around fruit and vegetable, seafood, cheese, 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. This afternoon, you can visit the delightful, privately-owned Château de La Bussière, known as the ‘fishermen’s castle,’ with its wonderful ornamental and vegetable gardens. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7: Châtillon-sur-Loire | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Paris.

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250 sq ft featuring 4 Twin/Double Suites, ensuite bathrooms, central heat and air conditioning, including TV/DVD, CD Player/iPod Dock, and WiFi (Subject to local reception)
Included
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Selected regional wines and alcoholic beverages
  • Complimentary use of bicycles
  • All sightseeing tours and admittance fees
Excluded
  • 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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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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