'Renaissance' - Canal de Briare

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Canal de Briare

Tour Description:

Explore the Upper Loire aboard ‘Renaissance’ as one
of only eight privileged guests. Taste local vintages at
a family-owned vineyard. Cruise on Gustave Eiffel’s
famous canal bridge, and visit Château de Ratilly with
its spectacular turreted towers.

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Dates & Pricing

Sunday 21 Jul 24 — Sunday 18 Aug 24Starting at $8,550 Get a Quote
Sunday 25 Aug 24 — Sunday 06 Oct 24Starting at $9,950 Get a Quote
Sunday 13 Oct 24 — Sunday 27 Oct 24Starting at $8,550 Get a Quote


Day 1 - SUNDAY
Meet in Paris and transfer to ‘Renaissance,’ moored in Montargis. After a welcome reception, there is time to settle into your spacious cabin before a gourmet dinner on board.

Day 2 - MONDAY
The morning cruise to Montbouy offers excellent opportunities for walking or cycling. Then, visit Château de la Bussière today with its formal garden designed by renowned 17th-century landscape architect André le Nôtre where you'll enjoy a cooking demonstration using wild and medicinal plants.

Visit Montargis, known for its praline confections. Then cruise to Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses to see the impressive 350-year-old staircase of seven locks, originally built to connect the Loire and Seine rivers.

At Château de Rosa Bonheur this morning, visit the studio of one of the most celebrated female artists of the 19th century with lunch ashore in her salon.

Cruise to Briare this morning. After lunch on board the barge, visit a family-run vineyard at Sancerre for a private tour and tasting of local vintages. The picturesque village here has many old houses lining narrow streets.

Day 6 - FRIDAY
Wander the market in Briare today before 'Renaissance' crosses the Pont-Canal de Briare, a magnificent canal bridge built in the late 19th century by Gustav Eiffel. Then visit Château de Ratilly, a charming medieval castle dating from the 13th century where you will see traditional pottery being made. Cruise to Châtillon-sur-Loire for a celebratory farewell dinner on board to end the cruise week.

After breakfast, transfer to Paris, where your journey ends.