Where is it?
West side of Burgundy, on the Canal
Latéral à la Loire
, between (just west of) Digoin and Montargis.
What are the cruises like?
countryside and small villages
and towns, with flower covered
and the like. This area is often referred to
as ‘the garden of France
’ due to its colourful, attractive
landscape and unspoilt natural surroundings
Landmarks on this cruise route include the amazing Briare Aqueduct
stretching over the wide River Loire, designed by
the famous Gustave Eiffel
(right-below). The glorious Meanderer
barge that cruises this illustrious route (right) and the
awe-inspiring Chateau Vaux le Vicomte
(above right). The
Upper Loire has many hidden treasures and is well worth a
How does this area compare with others in Europe?
In past centuries it was one of the
most important branches of the canal network
that product transferral between the centre of rural France and
its grand capital, Paris, remained possible. It was so essential
to be able to cross the huge River Loire that lay in its pathway,
that Gustave Eiffel
designed the famous Aqueduct at Briare
(above-right) which spans the entire width of the huge
River Loire below it. Cruising across here is something
, particularly if you happen to be lounging in the
spa pool on the gracious Meanderer
drinking Champagne as
you do so! The beautiful Meanderer
(above-right), her lovely
spa pool (below right) and sun deck (below left) await you!