Upper Loire and the Gatinais Cruises
Your barge cruise in Upper Loire takes you on ancient waterways through unspoiled countryside – the perfect way to experience this largely unknown region! Cruising in the Upper Loire offers many opportunities to bicycle and walk, too.
Upper Loire lies very close to Paris – within a two hour car ride to most barges – but might be a million miles away in terms of ambiance. All of the vessels in Upper Loire provide chauffeured transfers, so it is very easy to choose to barge here.
The major waterway is the River Loire, but the barges cruise on the intimate Canal de Briare and Canal du Loing.
Also known as the Gatinais, this area has long been known as the “Garden of Paris.” This is because the entire waterway system, starting with the Canal de Briare in the 16th century, was built to supply produce to Paris. The route still meanders through farmland, unspoiled villages, and romantic scenery. This is a cruise for lovers of atmosphere, culture, and those who like to go “off the beaten track.”
Several small and family owned chateaux. Winetasting in the village of Sancerre, perched on a hill high over the vineyards. Moret-sur-Loing, home to Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley – where exact scenes he painted can still be viewed. The flower-bedecked town of Montargis, where you can taste the local pralines. Cruise across an aqueduct designed by Eiffel of Tower fame. Fountainebleau, hunting chateau of the French kings.
There is a barge trip for almost everyone in Upper Loire! Great selection on ancient waterways: This is cruising in the Loire!