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Cruise from Montbouy to Léré - Canal de Briare
Our cruise itinerary is designed to allow as much flexibility as possible. The following is an example of the tour itinerary but we will always try to accommodate any specific group requirements. A typical itinerary includes:
Sunday - Paris to Montbouy
We collect you from your Paris hotel after lunch for transfer by private mini-coach to Meanderer moored in the quiet and picturesque village of Montbouy (just a few miles from the regional capital of Montargis ). After a champagne reception we take an early evening cruise to the village of Montcresson and back. Relax on deck and watch the town and people pass by. Your first dinner on board.
Monday - Montbouy
During the morning we cruise to Rogny-Les-Sept-Écluses , a historical home of an ancient seven-stage staircase lock, considered to this day a marvel of engineering. After lunch, the excursion program begins with a visit to the magnificent Château de Sully-sur-Loire or to the busy town and spectacular palace of Fontainebleau, home to generations of French royalty or to the Château Vaux le Vicomte with its extensive and pristinely preserved formal gardens.
Tuesday - Rogny-Les-Sept-Écluses
to La Gazonne
This morning we visit the regional capital town of Montargis , the week's best opportunity to explore a busy market town. People-watch or shop for souvenirs and exquisitely packaged confectionary from the famous Mazet Praline shop. On return to the barge, our afternoon cruise through six locks, which replaced the historical seven staircase lock of Rogny , brings us to the overnight remote mooring at La Gazonne , in the middle of a magnificent nature preserve.
Wednesday - La Gazonne to Briare
We start with a morning visit to the splendid 16th century Château of St. Fargeau , offering a surprising and unique discovery of the rich history of this castle. An alternative excursion is available to the Medieval Village of Guedelon , an extraordinary and unique experience to observe this 25 year project recreating a defensive medieval castle, which is being built with materials, tools and techniques of this ancient period. Our afternoon cruise takes us through some of the most beautiful and rural parts of the canal to the spectacular town of Briare on the bank of the Loire River and the entrance to the extraordinary Briare Aqueduct (Pont Canal).
Thursday - Briare
We shall cruise in the morning over the Pont Canal. The daily excursion program continues with a visit the town of Gien . Set on the banks of the River Loire, the pretty town holds many attractions including the famous Faience Boutique, the Hunting Museum and the Château de Gien . We then take a short drive to the beautiful private Château de La Bussière , with its incredible 18th Century gardens. An optional visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site Village of Vézelay is highly recommended as is a private visit (by appointment) to Château de Buranlure.
Friday - Beaulieu to Léré
This morning we continue along the Canal Lateral de la Loire on the way to the charming town of Léré, our final mooring port. The scenery of flat fields and pastures slowly changes to the hills of the vineyards. Afternoon excursion takes us to the world famous wine region of Sancerre with the opportunity to sample the local wines and explore the charming hill-top village. A visit to the extraordinary town of La Charité sur Loire, surrounded on all sides by the Loire River is a special treat. For early risers the best market visit of the region at Cosne-sur-Loire with our chef is an option. The real wine aficionados have the option to visit 2 wineries that afternoon; Sancerre as well as Pouilly Fume.
Saturday - Léré to Paris
This morning after breakfast we depart for the return transfer to Paris.
Note:Cruises run in reverse direction alternate weeks. It may be necessary to vary the itinerary from day to day according to local conditions.
Cruise from Samois sur Seine to Montargis - Canal du Loing
Sunday – Samois-sur-Seine to St. Mammès We collect you from your Paris hotel after lunch for transfer by private mini-coach to Meanderer moored at the riverside village of Samois-sur-Seine , home of Django Rheinhardt . A champagne reception and early evening cruise to a busy waterside town of St. Mammes await you.
Monday – St. Mammès to Épisy During the morning we cruise to Épisy, sailing past Moret-sur-Loing. After lunch, the excursion program begins with a visit to the busy town and spectacular palace of Fontainebleau, home to generations of French royalty, or Vaux-le-Vicomte, site of the movie “Man in the Iron Mask”.
Tuesday – Episy to Nemours Today’s excursion takes us to Moret-sur-Loing and a guided walking tour of this spectacular village, home of Alfred Sisley and inspiration to many famous impressionist painters. Our afternoon cruise takes us to the charming town of Nemours , with its impressive church and beautiful 12 th century castle.
Wednesday – Nemours to Néronville This morning’s cruise takes us to a picturesque mooring at the village of Néronville. From there, after lunch, we visit the hilltop town of Chateau Landon. Many options are available, including horse-drawn carriage visit of the town (additional fee) or a very interesting guided walking tour. The cruise itself takes us through an industrial section of the canal followed by a contrasting quiet, rural and picturesque section before arriving at Néronville .
Thursday – Néronville to Nargis The daily excursion program continues with a visit to the village of Grez sur Loing . An optional excursion to Barbizon is available. That afternoon we shall cruise to another beautiful, secluded mooring in the village of Nargis .
Friday – Nargis to Montargis In the morning our cruise will continue to our final overnight mooring at the region capital, Montargis. For those interested in wine tasting, we offer a trip to the Sancerre wine region including tasting and winery visit. An optional trip to visit the beautiful Chateau de la Bussiere with its 18 th century garden or Chateau de St. Fargeau with its unique history and present role in the life of local community. We can, time allowing, include a stopover and a walk over the Briare’s Pont Canal – the famous 700 yards aqueduct over the Loire River built in 1896 by Gustav Eiffel. For the early risers a visit with the chef to the farmer’s market in Ferrieres en Gatinais is an option.
Saturday This morning after breakfast we depart for the return transfer to Paris.
Cruises run in reverse direction alternate weeks. It may be necessary to vary the itinerary from day to day according to local conditions.