Meanderer

Cruising the Upper Loire

Between Montargis and Sancerre

Montargis - Sancerre

Owned and operated by charismatic American owners George and Susan Kovalick, Meanderer is one of the most spacious luxury barges on the waterways of Europe. She can accommodate up to six guests in great style in a friendly and relaxed yet private atmosphere. All three cabins can be arranged either as twin or queen-size doubles and are spacious, light and very comfortable. The light, airy cabins and sparkling bathrooms have opening windows with mosquito nets which means you can leave cabin windows open at night without waking up to insect bites!
Her attractive full width saloon and dining area has huge opening picture windows on each side, making cruising on Meanderer a real treat as you always have a wonderful view of the outside scenery. From the saloon there is easy access to the large sun deck complete with luxury heated spa pool, a covered al fresco dining area, and very comfortable, high quality lounging furniture. There is more than 6 foot 6 inches headroom throughout, no more than 5 steps between each level and a permanent canopy over the sun deck (not temporary parasols), so guests have the choice of sitting in sun or shade at any time during the cruise.
The Meanderer 2018 cruise itinerary is based in the fascinating and lesser-known region of the Upper Loire, often referred to as the ‘Garden of France’; a typically French landscape with peaceful, rolling countryside.

 

Prices and Dates

 
The Meanderer Barge
  • 123 FEET LONG (37.2 METRES)
  • 6 PASSENGERS
  • 5 CREW
  • 3 TWIN OR QUEEN-BEDDED DOUBLE CABINS (ALL WITH PRIVATE BATHROOM, HAIRDRYERS AND BATHROBES)
  • 6 HIGH QUALITY BIKES (TREK DS8.5)
  • AIR CONDITIONING AND CENTRAL HEATING
  • ALL NEW 6 SEAT HEATED JACUZZI ON THE SUNDECK
  • FULLY AIR CON’D MERCEDES PRIVATE MINIBUS WITH AUTOMATIC ACCESS STEP
  • BROADBAND FREE INTERNET ACCESS IN SALOON, PLUS CDS, STEREO, LIBRARY, GAMES, ETC.
Cruise highlights may include:
The beautiful Chateau de Fontainebleau
Walking tour of pretty Montargis
The Chateau de St Fargeau (a private visit)
The Pont Canal de Briare (the longest aqueduct in Europe, crossing the River Loire and designed by Gustave Eiffel, of the Paris tower fame)
The picturesque Canal de Briare
INCLUSIONS:
  • Luxury minivan transfers to and from Paris
  • All food, drinks and wine served on board
PICK-UP:
  • Central Paris hotel*, 2:00pm
DROP-OFF:
  • Central Paris hotel*, late morning (between 10h20 and 10h40)
* For charter bookings pick-up/drop-off is at one hotel of your choice in central Paris. For non-charter bookings the pickup/drop-off will be at the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile

CRUISES START ON A SUNDAY AND END ON THE FOLLOWING SATURDAY
2017 PRICES (EURO) VALUE SEASON REGULAR SEASON
Individual Cabin Bookings (per guest sharing a double or twin) $5,575 $6,100
Single supplement $5,575 $6,100
Charter for 4 guests $31,150 $33,300
Charter for 5 guests $31,650 $34,100
Charter for 6 guests $32,150 $34,900
2 week charter $65,000

2018 PRICES (EURO) VALUE SEASON REGULAR SEASON
Individual Cabin Bookings (per guest sharing a double or twin) $5,875 $6,400
Single supplement $5,875 $6,400
Charter for 4 guests $32,700 $34,900
Charter for 5 guests $33,200 $35,800
Charter for 6 guests $33,750 $36,600
2 week charter $68,500

The Meanderer is please to be able to offer themed and special interest cruises for charter groups upon request. Please contact us for itineraries, rates, inclusions and availability:
   - Golf Cruises
   - Antiques Cruises
   - Family Cruises
   - Wine Cruises

2017 Cruise Dates
APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT
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Itinerary

St Leger sur Dheune to Dijon (or reverse)
On the Burgundy Canal, Canal du Centre and River Saône
Cruise route map

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 to Rogny-Les-Sept-Écluses
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.
MEANDERER Barge - Flight of seven locks at Rogny-Sept-Ecluses
Flight of seven locks
at Rogny-Sept-Ecluses




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 to Beaulieu-sur-Loire
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.

PLEASE NOTE— This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change without notice. The cruise runs in the reverse direction on alternate weeks.

Client Quotes



Here are just a few of the wonderful things that past clients have had to say about their cruise on the Meanderer...

Jill and Jeff, OK, USA, wrote:

Exquisite! From the barging to the cuisine to the accommodations to the excursions and small details. This vacation has fulfilled a 15 year dream and provided the best start to the next 20 years of our marriage. We hope we can spend all future anniversaries with you!

Bill and Cora, Milton Keynes, UK, wrote:

We are so jealous of next weeks guests – do you think they would notice if we were still here? Our third visit in as many years and still you take our breath away – barging aboard Meanderer is just fabulous. We are already planning trip number four.

Lucy and Robert, Sitges, Spain, wrote:

The Meanderer has brought new meaning to total comfort and relaxation. New friends, fabulous cuisine, marvellous wines and great excursions in beautiful countryside. And to top it all, we only had to unpack once and our 5 star hotel moved each day! A wonderful experience – Thank you to the crew, captain and chef.

Food and Wine


Sample Dinner Menus

Bayonne Ham, Rocket & Fig Salad With a Balsamic Vinegar Dressing

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Herb Stuffed Poussin Roasted in Cider with Asparagus & New Potatoes

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French Vanilla Ice Cream on Breton Cake with English Toffee Sauce

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Coffee & Chocolates


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Chevre en Croute with a Watercress Salad dressed with Strawberry Vinaigrette

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Boeuf Bourgignon topped with Puff Pastry served with Roasted Baby Vine Tomatoes & Broccoli

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Orange and Lemon Cream Crumble

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Coffee & Chocolates

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Sample Dinner Wines and Cheeses

Sunday
Wine—Gigondas/Sancerre Clos de Roy
Cheeses—St Agur/Brie de Meaux

Monday
Wine—Morgon Beaujolais Cru/Coulange les Vineuse
Cheeses—Bleu des Causses/Caprice des Dieux

Tuesday
Wine—Margaux/Poilly Fumé
Cheeses—Montbriac/ Mimolette

Wednesday
Wine—Mercurey/Crozes Hermitage
Cheeses—Forme d’Ambert/Boursault

Thursday
Wine—Sancerre Cuvee Romble/Menetou Salon
Cheeses—Bleu d’Avergne/Boursin Poivre

Friday
Wine—St Emillion Gr Cru /Chablis Premiere Cru
Cheeses—Domaine de Bresse/Pie d’Angloys


Now just one more sample menu…!

Red and Yellow Pepper Soup

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Filet Mignon of Pork in a Champagne and Three Mustard Sauce with Rosemary Potato Stacks and Steamed Fennel

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Chocolate Mousse with Rasperries pickled in Cassis

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Coffee & Chocolates

Deckplan