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
  • Satellite flatscreen TV/DVD
Public Area
  • 128 Feet Long
  • AC and Central Heating
  • Large picture windows in salon, dining room
  • Laptop with free internet
  • CD player and ipod dock
  • WIFI with limited availability
Deck
  • Sundeck with large canopy
  • Spa pool on deck
  • Dining table
  • 8 touring bicycles

Itineraries

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

Sunday
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Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Montargis
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Renaissance at the designated meeting point. 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, & 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 Chateau of Fontainebleau, the only royal chateau 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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Discover One of France’s Palatial Chateaux
Travel: Montbouy to Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner onboard

This morning your Tour Guide escorts you to the Chateau of Sully. The chateau contains elaborate tapestries and other seventeenth-century furnishings. Explore this fascinating example of a "chateau-fort", a true castle, built to control one of the few sites where the Loire can be forded. Relax on deck this afternoon, or explore the towpath on foot or by bicycle as Renaissance cruises past a 350 year-old flight of seven locks, an engineering marvel of its time. Enjoy drinks and dinner onboard tonight.

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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Swirl, Sip and Savor in Sancerre
Travel: La Gazonne to Briare
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Laze in the hot tub this morning as Renaissance cruises through idyllic scenery, or explore the passing villages on foot or by bicycle. In the afternoon, visit the vineyards of Sancerre, which produce crisp and fragrant white wines. Sample the region’s terroir at a winetasting for a unique immersion into the world of wine pairings and flavor profiles. Back onboard, Chef is busy preparing tonight’s gourmet dinner

Friday
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Bustling Market and Local Chateau
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. This morning’s cruise takes us over the Loire River at Briare on the “Pont Canal”, the famous aqueduct designed by Gustave Eiffel. This afternoon your Tour guide escorts you to Chateau de la Bussiere, known as the “fisherman’s castle” with ornamental flower and vegetable gardens to explore. The Captain’s Dinner tonight ends your cruise in style.

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Chatillon-sur-Loire
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point.

"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

Accommodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise for 8 guests$51,500$59,500
Private Cruise for 7 guests$50,000$57,300
Private Cruise (up to 6 guests)$48,500$55,100
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)$6,890$7,990
Single-Occupancy Supplement$2,500$2,900

2019 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season
Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
April7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-4
May5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
June2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-6
July7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-3
August4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31
September1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-5
October6-12, 13-19, 20-26

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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