Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • Four cabins with ensuite shower bath
  • All with choice of one king or two twin beds
  • Moliere & Voltaire Suites – 265 sq ft
  • Dumas & Hugo Suites – 235 sq ft
Also in Each Cabin
  • Satellite flatscreen TV/DVD
  • CD Player
Public Area
  • Beautiful furnishings, fabric, china
  • Large picture windows in salon, dining room
  • Laptop with free Internet, WIFI with limited availability
Deck & Wheelhouse
  • 126 Feet Long
  • Sundeck with Jacuzzi on deck
  • Dining table with large canopy
  • New and comfortable seating*
  • 8 touring bicycles

Itineraries

Montargis to Chatillion-sur-Loire on the Canal de Briare

Sunday
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Private Chauffeured Transfer from Paris to the Barge
Travel: Paris to Montargis
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met at the designated meeting point by Renaissance crew. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in Montargis. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first of many gourmet dinners aboard. End the evening with a nightcap in the hot tub.

Monday
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Ornamental Opulence
Travel: Montargis to Montbouy
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner onboard

A morning cruise presents the perfect opportunity to relax on deck with a cup of coffee, or explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. 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 an unparalleled view of European history, French culture, and ornamental architecture. An early evening cruise precedes tonight's gourmet dinner.

Tuesday
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A Modern Day Castle Construction Site
Travel: Montbouy to Rogny les-Sept-Ecluses
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner onboard

This morning, your Tour Guide escorts you to Guedelon, a modern day castle construction site using only techniques and materials found in the Middle Ages. When completed in the 2020s, it will be an authentic recreation of a 13th-century chateau. This afternoon, enjoy a cruising highlight at the “Seven Locks of Rogny”, a staircase of locks built in 1648. The barge is lifted (or lowered) through this clever example of audacious engineering. Drinks and dinner culminate the day.

Wednesday
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Pearls of French Pottery
Travel: Rogny les-Sept-Ecluses to La Gazonne
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

This morning's excursion is to the town of Gien, the world famous center for French tableware. Visit the pottery, where designs of the original 19th century pieces were initially inspired by other European manufacturers or from those originating from the Far East. Your Tour Guide returns you to the barge for an afternoon cruise. Dinner tonight is at Auberge des Templiers, a former post house converted to an inn and restaurant. Enjoy an evening stroll on the lovely grounds of this historic property.

Thursday
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Discover One of France’s Palatial Chateaus
Travel: La Gazonne to Briare
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning’s cruise takes us over the Loire River at Briare on the “Pont Canal”, the famous aqueduct designed by Gustave Eiffel. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts to the Château of Sully. The château contains elaborate tapestries and other seventeenth-century furnishings. Explore this fascinating example of a "château-fort", a true castle, built to control one of the few sites where the Loire can be forded. Return to the barge for cocktails and canapes before tonight's gourmet dinner.

Friday
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Swirl, Sip, and Savor in Sancerre
Travel: Briare to Chatillon-sur-Loire
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Bonjour! Today, foodies and Francophiles can join the locals for an early morning market visit, while this morning cruise's offers the perfect opportunity to explore the towpath by bicycle or on foot. In the afternoon, visit the vineyards of Sancerre, which produce crisp and fragrant white wines. Sample the region’s terroir at a wine tasting for a unique immersion into the world of wine pairings and flavor profiles. Return to the barge and freshen up for 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
  • Fresh Foie Gras Grilled with Grapes
  • Lamb Medallions in a Red Wine sauce
    served with Potato Gratin and Young Spring Vegetables, Provencal-Style
  • Cheeses: Epoisse and Crottin de Chavignol
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas, and Biscuits
Dinner
  • Escargot in Pastry with Cognac Sauce, Garlic, and Fresh Tarragon
  • Roasted Duck with Mini-Turnips, Orange Sauce, served with Puree of Artichokes and Fresh Garden Peas
  • Cheeses: Bleu de St. Agur and Livarot
  • Homemade Strawberry Pie with French Custard
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • 1 Dinner Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
Wine
  • Domaine Changarnier Monthelie 2005
  • Domaine Des Hautes Cornieres, Santenay
  • Domaine Lussac, Chateau Lyonnat Lussac-St Emilion 2002
  • Domaine Jean Teiller Menetou-Salon 2006
  • Chateau Mire L’Etang Rosé
  • Domaine Fernand

Rates & Dates

Accomodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise (up to 6 guests)$47,500$54,000
Private Cruise for 7 guests$49,000$56,200
Private Cruise for 8 guests$50,500$58,400
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)$6,750$7,850
Single-Occupancy Supplement$2,450$2,850

2018 Dates

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

Month
Days
April8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-4
May6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-2
June3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30
July1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-3
August5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
September2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-5
October7-13, 14-20, 21-27

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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