'RENAISSANCE'

Sample Itinerary
Upper Loire and Western Burgundy Cruise Itinerary in 2016
Between St.Satur and Rogny-sept-ecluses

Cruise route map
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Sunday, Day 1
St-Satur
Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the spacious Renaissance where a Champagne welcome with canapés awaits and you meet the Captain and crew. Time perhaps for a walk or cycle ride, before dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2
St-Satur to Beaulieu
This morning we visit a renowned winery in Sancerre, such as Domaine Henry Bourgeois in Chavignol for a tour and private tasting. This medieval hilltop village overlooks a vibrant region which has known viticulture since Roman times. After lunch, we embark on our first cruise along the canal to the village of Beaulieu. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3
Beaulieu to Châtillon-sur-Loire
This morning, we visit the attractive town of La Charité-sur-Loire, an important site of Burgundian Romanesque art. The Clunisian ensemble of La Charité was a hugely important spiritual centre in the early Middle Ages and a renowned stopping place for pilgrims on the road to Santiago de Compostela. After lunch back on board, we cruise to our mooring at Châtillon-sur-Loire, where you can take a stroll into this charming little town to admire the wine growers’ houses and other residences dating from the 16th century. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4
Châtillon-sur-Loire to La Gazonne
After a leisurely breakfast of fresh croissants, baguettes and assorted pastries, we visit Gien, home of the Faience pottery renowned for its beautifully decorated and vibrant dinnerware. There is also time to explore the bustling market. We return to the barge for lunch, then cross Gustave Eiffel’s magical aqueduct over the River Loire, an amazing 10,000 ton, 662 metre Pont Canal, which was completed in September 1896. A perfect place to take some memorable photographs. We cruise on to la Gazonne, a beautiful mooring surrounded by lakes and ponds that provide water for the workings of the Canal de Briare. Dinner ashore at the Michelin-starred Auberge des Templiers in Les Bezards.

Thursday, Day 5
La Gazonne to Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses
A morning cruise further along the canal, with plenty of opportunities for walking or cycling along the towpath, to our mooring at Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses, a village well-known for its 350-year-old 7 lock-flight, which is well worth exploring. This afternoon, we visit Château Sully-sur-Loire which originally belonged to Georges de la Trémoïlle and who infuriated Joan of Arc by encouraging the Dauphin to devote himself to idle hunting in the forests around Sully. After Joan's failure to liberate Paris in 1430, de la Trémoïlle imprisoned her in the castle. In the 18th century, Voltaire, exiled from Paris, also spent time at the château. Another option is to visit Château Guedelon, an extraordinary project to build a castle using the very same techniques and materials as in the Middle Ages. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6
Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses to Dammarie-sur-Loing
This morning we cruise to Châtillon-Coligny, where your Captain skilfully turns the barge around and then moors up for lunch at the pretty little hamlet of Dammarie-sur-Loing, near the Moulin-Brûlé, site of a 17th century 4 lock-flight. In the afternoon, we visit the delightful, privately-owned Château de La Bussière, known as the ‘fishermen’s castle’, with its wonderful ornamental and vegetable gardens. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7
Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses
After breakfast, guests are transferred to Paris

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

Upper Loire and Western Burgundy Cruise Itinerary in 2017
Between Chatillon-sur-Loire and Montargis on the Canal de Briare

Cruise route map
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Sunday, Day 1
Chatillon-sur-Loire
Guests are met at the Westminster Hotel in Paris and transferred to the spacious Renaissance moored in Chatillon-sur-Loire, where a champagne welcome awaits you. We cruise to Briare crossing Gustave Eiffel’s magical aqueduct over the River Loire, an amazing 10,000 ton, 662 metre Pont Canal, which was completed in September 1896. Time for a walk or cycle ride before dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2
Chatillon-sur-Loire to La Gazonne
Morning visit to a renowned winery, Henry Bourgeois in Sancerre for a tour and tasting. This medieval hilltop village overlooks a vibrant and pulsating region which has known viticulture since Roman times. After lunch we enjoy an afternoon cruise to La Gazonne, a beautiful mooring surrounded by lakes and ponds with the Seine River on one side and the Saone River on the other. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3
La Gazonne to Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses
A morning cruise to the village of Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses. After lunch, today’s excursion is to the 1000 year old Chateau de Saint Fargeau. In 980, Héribert, Auxerre's bishop and biological son of King Hugues Capet, built this fortified hunting meeting place. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4
Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses to Chatillon-Coligny
After a leisurely breakfast of fresh croissants, baguettes and assorted pastries we visit Gien, home of the Faience pottery. Afternoon cruise to Chatillon-Coligny with houses, battlements, moats and towers dating from the 16th century. The park of the Chateau de Coligny has the oldest orangery in France. Dinner ashore at the Michelin starred Auberge des Templiers in Les Bezards.

Thursday, Day 5
Chatillon-Coligny to Montbouy
We leave Chatillon-Coligny this morning for a gentle cruise to Montbouy. This afternoon we visit Chateau Sully sur Loire. The castle originally belonged to Georges de la Trémoïlle, who infuriated Joan of Arc by encouraging the Dauphin to devote himself to idle hunting in the forests around Sully. After Joan's failure to liberate Paris 1430, de la Trémoïlle imprisoned her in the castle. In the 18th century, Voltaire, exiled from Paris, also spent time at the Château. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6
Montbouy to Montargis
We enjoy a morning cruise through Little Venice, past flower-bedecked bridges and medieval watercourses joining France’s oldest canal. The cruise takes us through the Loire countryside with opportunities for cycling along the towpath. Our visit this afternoon is to the splendid Château de Fontainebleau. It is the only royal and imperial château to have been continuously inhabited for seven centuries. To walk through this palace is to walk through the history of France and every French royal family has added its own architectural style and features when in residence. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7
Montargis
After breakfast we return you to the Westminster Hotel in Paris.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

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