While not as well-known as Burgundy or the Canal du Midi, the Upper Loire is an emerging cruise region perfect for those who enjoy the discovery of travel. Within this halcyon setting, barge Renaissance serenely sails, inviting her guests into a charming world of natural beauty and pastoral allure.
Elegant and tasteful with Provenicial-style décor, the vessel’s four identical cabins at over 225 square feet are among the grandest in barging. Designed for maximum personal space and contemporary comfort, public areas further the sophisticated ambiance. Russet reds, rich creams, and accents of gold come together in the light-filled salon, offering the perfect place for guests to sip a glass of wine and socialize with friends both old and new. When not lazing in the hot tub or relaxing under the deck’s canopy, guests can explore the canal’s pastoral pleasures with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll.
Classic Continental cuisine is crafted by the barge’s dedicated Chef, focusing on regional specialties, seasonal inspiration, and market fresh ingredients. Hand selected wine pairings reflect the region’s many producers, both large and small, with an emphasis on the Sauvignon blancs and Pinot noirs meticulously made from the area’s pampered grapes.
History, both modern and ancient, is everywhere within the Renaissance’s experience. Sightseeing highlights include winetasting at Sancerre, visiting majestic chateaux, and touring the flower-adorned town of Montargis, also known as “Little Venice”. An excursion to the famed palace of Fontainebleau provides an intriguing contrast to the rest of this rural route. Finally, a cruise over the Loire River at Briare is on the “Pont Canal”, the famous aqueduct designed by the one and only Gustave Eiffel.