Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • Four cabins with ensuite shower bath
  • All with choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • All over 200 square feet
  • One suite is wheelchair accessible
Also in Each Cabin
  • TV/Internet
  • Picture windows
  • Brand new touch-screen computer
  • Double sinks in bathroom
Public Area
  • Elevator
  • Piano & large-screen satellite TV in salon
  • Washer/dryer for guest use
  • Exercise room with treadmill, home trainer bicycle, free weights & step
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Elegant salon, dining room with picture windows
Deck
  • 128 Feet Long
  • Sundeck with retractable canopy
  • Jacuzzi on deck
  • 8 Batavus Weekend bicycles 8 speed gears and hand brakes, bell Adjustable seats/handlebars & front/back shock absorbers Four women’s frame (48″), four men’s frame (53″)

Itineraries

Travel from Moret-sur-Loing to Briare on the Canal de Briare

Sunday
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Impressionist Painter's Village
Travel: Paris to Moret-sur-Loing
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met at the designated meeting point by La Nouvelle Etoile crew. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in the heart of the Fontainebleau Forest. After a champagne welcome, explore the medieval walled town of Moret-sur Loing, known to many as the home of the famous Impressionist painter, Alfred Sisley. The first of many gourmet dinners is served aboard.

Monday
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Ornamental Opulence
Travel: Moret-sur-Loing to Nemours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A morning cruise is the perfect time to relax on deck and admire the scenery drifting by. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to the Palace of Fontainebleau, the only royal château to have been continuously inhabited for seven centuries. Ornately decorated and opulently furnished, your guided tour provides a glimpse into European history, French culture, and ornamental architecture. On the way back, there may be time for a visit to the artist community in the village of Barbizon. Chef serves another gourmet dinner.

Tuesday
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The Timeless Charm of a Delightful Village
Travel: Nemours to Montargis
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner onboard

This morning's cruise offers time to laze in the hot tub, take a bicycle ride on the towpath, or just relax on deck. Upon mooring, your Tour Guide takes you to the town of Montargis, revealing the timeless charm of the French countryside. Characterized by the canals which cross the town, there are 131 flower laden bridges, explaining why it is affectionately known the 'Venice of the Gatinais'. Visit a confectionery shop for pralines, which were created here in the time of Louis XIII. Return to the barge for cocktails and dinner.

Wednesday
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Architectural Adventures
Travel: Montargis to Chatillon Coligny

Begin the day with a peaceful cruise. Relax on deck, or explore the towpath by bicycle or on foot. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide accompanies you to the Château of St Fargeau, which dates back from the 10th century. Having undergone many additions and restorations, the present castle boasts six towers and has an unusual pentagon shape. Return to the barge and stroll around the ramparts that surround the village of Chatillon-Colligny before another gourmet dinner is served onboard.

Thursday
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Pearls of French Potter
Travel: Chatillon Coligny to Rogny-les-sept-Ecluses

Perhaps the highlight of the cruise portion of your holiday, today the barge is carefully lifted (or lowered) through the “Seven Locks of Rogny”, a staircase of locks built in 1648. Upon mooring, your Tour Guide escorts you to the delightful town of Gien, famous for the French tableware that is produced there. Browse the pottery shops, and then visit the immaculately restored Chateau of Gien, originally built in the 15th century. Enjoy a nightcap in the hot tub after tonight's gourmet dinner.

Friday
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Swirl, Sip, and Savor in Sancerre
Travel: Rogny-les-sept-Ecluses to Briare
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning’s cruise takes us over the Loire River on the “Pont Canal”, the famous aqueduct designed by Gustave Eiffel. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide will chauffeur you to the vineyards of Sancerre, which produce crisp and aromatic white wines. Sample and savor the region’s terroir at a private tour of a local cellar, and experience an immersion into the world of wine pairings and flavor profiles. Return to the barge and freshen up for festive cocktails and canapes before the farewell gala at the Captain's Dinner.

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer to Paris
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured back to a designated drop off point in Paris.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • Vegetable Stack with Balsamico Dressing
  • Filet of Duck with Orange Sauce, Vegetable Bouquet
  • Cheeses: Chaource, Bleu de Causses and Selles sur Cher
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas and Biscuits
Dinner
  • Homemade Pasta Tartufo with Truffle Sauce
  • Filet of Lamb, Red Wine, Shalot and Garlic Sauce and Pommes Anna
  • Cheeses: Camembert au Calvados, St. Agur and Ossau Iraty
  • Chocolate Mousse, Homemade Stracalatella, Peppermint Ice Cream
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
Wine
  • Julianas ’09 Burgundy, Domaine de Gry Sablon”
  • Sancerre ’03 vin de Loire, Les Tuileres” Michel Redde
  • Chateau Margaux ’02 Bordeaux, “Alter Ego”
  • Chablis 1er Cru ’04 “Dom. Laroche”, Burgundy”Les Fourchaumes”
  • Florimont Riesling Grand cru ’02, Alsace “Jean Maeffelin”
  • Pouilly fuisse ’04 Burgundy, Dom. La Soufrandise “Clos Marie”

Rates & Dates

Accomodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Charter (up to 8 guests)-$61,000
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)-$7,975
Single-Occupancy Supplement-$3,987

2018 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season, Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season, Blue Bold Dates = High Season

Month
Days
June3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30
July1-7, 8-14

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge & return
  • all meals – from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning
  • all wines with lunch & dinner
  • open bar
  • daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from France
  • cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

*All rates are quoted in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise noted.

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